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21 November 2021

The Blessed Life - Week 3

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb. among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.” Exodus 13:1-2 NKJV

every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the Lord’s. But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. Exodus 13:12-13 NKJV

1. THE FIRSTBORN MUST BE SACRIFICED OR REDEEMED

For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. Psalms 51:5

JESUS IS GOD’S TITHE

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

MANY THINK THAT THE TITHE IS WHAT CAUSES THE BLESSING, BUT THAT’S NOT THE TRUTH; IT’S YOUR FAITH THAT CAUSES THE BLESSING!

Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies. “Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel. Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the Lord and must be brought into his treasury.” Joshua 6:17-19

2. FIRSTFRUITS MUST BE OFFERED

Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase Proverbs 3:9 NKJV

The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God. Exodus 23:19 NKJV

But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the Lord. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the Lord was very angry with the Israelites. Joshua 7:1-2

IT TAKES FAITH TO TITHE AND IT TAKES FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT 90% BLESSED IS FAR BETTER THAN 100% CURSED.

And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Genesis 4:3 NKJV

Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. Genesis 4:4-5 NKJV

3. THE TITHE MUST BE FIRST

One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. Leviticus 27:30

For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:16 NKJV

And in the future, your children will ask you, ‘What does all this mean?’ Then you will tell them, ‘With the power of his mighty hand, the Lord brought us out of Egypt, the place of our slavery. Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, so the Lord killed all the firstborn males throughout the land of Egypt, both people and animals. That is why I now sacrifice all the firstborn males to the Lord… Exodus 13:14-15