The first thoughts (Deuteronomy 24-27)

“You shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there,” Deuteronomy 26:2

Question: “When something great happens in your life, what is your first response?”  As a kid I would respond, “Yes, I like it.”  As a young man I would respond, “Yes, oh yes.”  As a middle aged man I now respond, “Thank you God.”

The fact is, God has taught me much in this journey of faith.  I now realize everything that happens in my life is God’s gift to grow my faith and to supply my need.

As I was reading through Deuteronomy 24-27 I remembered the following:

  • Moses is clearly identifying laws that will govern the people’s conduct in the Promised Land.
  • Moses knows the heart of His people.  They are prone to be selfish and extremely sinful in every way.
  • Moses over and over leads the people to see the value of people.

One example:  “The people were to leave part of the harvest in the field for the poor in the land.” 24:19-21.  Jesus teaches us to care for the poor around us.  Acts 20:31  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

  • Moses is teaching the people to alway remember the kindness of God, i.e. law of first-fruits and tithes, Deuteronomy 26.

Brothers and sisters, “How do each of you respond when something good happens to you?”

God’s people would be so distinguished from their neighbors when they praised the Lord and when they gave an offering from the first of their harvest.  This week I have been so burdened to place both an offering of praise and an offering of all I have to God.

I do this out of loving thankfulness for all God has done for me.  Here is what God has done:  Romans 8:32-33

32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

What will be your response to God today?  

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