“The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”“After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord.”
Exodus 13:1-2, 11-12 NIV
Whenever the Bible uses a word more than one time, we must pay attention. The word first is used in Exodus quite often. This tells us that we must:
- Honor God first
- Give to God what belongs to Him first
- Serve God first
- Love God First
Moses told them what they must do even before they enter the promise land. And first things must be first!
If you have been praying and expecting to receive a blessing from the Lord, you must give to Him first. It’s through your obedience that your blessings will be release!
When you get paid give to God first so the remainder of your wealth will be blessed and not cursed. (Don’t pay your bills first then…..)When you don’t give God his first, you run out of finances before the end of the month. (First things first) Why? Because it’s cursed! Exodus says:“Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.” Well we aren’t giving/redeeming animals or humans any longer so we won’t have to break any necks, however when we don’t give to God first what He blesses us with, it can cause what we do have to be cursed! Exodus 13:13 NIV
Give to the Lord First and Expect Favor!