God’s plan for us to be prosperous is found right from the book of Genesis.
If we are going to be a blessing to others, we ourselves need to be blessed first. There are some Hebrew words I want to look at, words that show us that God wants us blessed. So let’s get started.
Genesis 1:1 IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.
This is one verse we all know well, but there is something I like us to see from this verse….
רֵאשִׁית Bree’shiyth – b-ray-sheeth
the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically, a firstfruit):–beginning, chief(-est), first(-fruits, part, time), principal thing. Beginning, first, chief, choice part
The first alphabet in Bree’shiyth is “B” – which is “Beth“, which means “house“.
If you remove the “B” from Bree’shiyth it becomes “Reeshiyth” which means “FIRSTFRUITS“.
Deuteronomy 18:4 The firstfruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first or best of the fleece of your sheep you shall give the priest.
We don’t have priests in the temple today, but our highpriest is Christ.
Genesis 14:18-20 Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High,
19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,
20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].
FOR THIS Melchizedek, king of Salem [and] priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2 And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all [the spoil]. He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace.
3 Without [record of] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor.
4 Now observe and consider how great [a personage] this was to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth [the topmost or the pick of the heap] of the spoils.
5 And it is true that those descendants of Levi who are charged with the priestly office are commanded in the Law to take tithes from the people—which means, from their brethren—though these have descended from Abraham.
6 But this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham [himself] and blessed him who possessed the promises [of God].
7 Yet it is beyond all contradiction that it is the lesser person who is blessed by the greater one.
8 Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; while there [in the case of Melchizedek], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives [perpetually].
Tithe is not throwing up the money in your room to the Lord and what goes up is for the Lord and what falls down is yours…..The tithe is also not your investment policy, where you give 10% and expect a 100% return on investment.
Hebrews 7:8 Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; while there [in the case of Melchizedek], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives [perpetually].
Here men receive tithes, there they are received by Him/ Christ. Tithes are a testimony, a witness that Jesus lives.
Genesis 45:17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Tell your brothers this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan,
Genesis 45:25 So they went up out of Egypt and came into the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,
26 And they said to him, Joseph is still alive! And he is governor over all the land of Egypt! And Jacob’s heart began to stop beating and [he almost] fainted, for he did not believe them.
27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived [and warmth and life returned].
28 And Israel said, It is enough! Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.
Jacob is referred to as Israel when he BELIEVED!!!
Some people need to see the blessings before they can believe.
The world will begin to believe we are following the Living God when they see the church blessed.
Now if the first handful of dough offered as the firstfruits [Abraham and the patriarchs] is consecrated (holy), so is the whole mass [the nation of Israel]; and if the root [Abraham] is consecrated (holy), so are the branches.
If the FIRSTFRUIT is holy, the lump will also be holy.
Tithe is the FIRSTFRUIT. The TITHE is holy! if the TITHE is HOLY, then the LUMP will also be HOLY
Many people have a big problem with money, thinking that money is evil…But money is not evil, it is the LOVE OF MONET that is the root of all evil…..
If you can understand this then you can change things around. If the root is holy, then the lump is holy.
Make the root holy and you won’t have any problems with the lump. When we bring our firstfruits to the Lord we make the rest, the lump holy.
God does not need our money, but when we put Him first with our tithes we are obeying the word of God in bringing our firstfruits to the Lord.