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Deuteronomy 26 - NIV
Firstfruits and Tithes
Firstfruits and Tithes
1 When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it,
2 take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name
3 and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.”
4 The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God.
5 Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous.
6 But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor.
7 Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression.
8 So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders.
9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey;
10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him.
11 Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household.
12 When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
13 Then say to the Lord your God: “I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, according to all you commanded. I have not turned aside from your commands nor have I forgotten any of them.
14 I have not eaten any of the sacred portion while I was in mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor have I offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me.
15 Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Follow the Lord’s Commands
Follow the Lord’s Commands
16 The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17 You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him.
18 And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands.
19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.
Sermons on Deuteronomy 26
Contributed by Craig Condon on Aug 24, 2015
Jesus invites us to take part in his feast for the soul. He urges us to eat until we are full. Only he can satisfy our deepest hunger-the quest for eternal fellowship with him. Our main purpose in life is to get spiritual nourishment and eternal life.
A country preacher decided to skip services one Sunday morning to spend the day hiking in the wilderness. Rounding a sharp bend in the trail, he collided with a bear and was sent tumbling down a steep grade. He landed on a rock and broke both legs. With the ferocious bear charging at him from a ...read more
Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Oct 14, 2013
The presentation of the first of the first-fruits as an occasion of Thanksgiving.
PRESENT PROVISION AND PAST DELIVERANCE Deuteronomy 26:1-11 1. THE ONE WHOM WE WORSHIP It was the LORD their God who was going to bring Israel into the land of their inheritance (Deuteronomy 26:1). It was the LORD their God, not the Canaanites’ Baal, who would give them bountiful ...read more
Contributed by Perry Greene on Mar 15, 2012
When we present our first fruits to God we confess our dependence on him and trust in him.
1. Tornado Story A husband and wife from California were driving through Texas. They saw a tornado coming and they were scared. They pulled the car off to the side of the road and got out a crouched down beside it. The twister was moving directly toward them but at the last second veered off ...read more
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 29, 2011
We build a "Life of Stewardship" in the offering of "Firstfruits", when we:1) Use God’s gift to His fullest Expectations. (Deuteronomy 26:1), 2) Return to God the first of everything He has given you (Deuteronomy 26:2-4), 3) Share the story of God’s goodn
Prime Minister Stephen Harper had to walk a fine line in (this week`s) G8 summit talks on the Middle East, upholding Ottawa’s strong support for Israel while respecting President Obama’s recent call for talks based on pre-war 1967 borders, and resisting Europe’s determination to pressure the ...read more
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Feb 24, 2010
A very short talk given at a midweek Communion service, looking at the firstfruits brought to the Temple. Today, our offerings should also be used to bless the foreigner, the asylum seeker and the Priest!
I wonder how you will react when in just a moment I rephrase verse eleven of this Bible reading. We’ve just heard about an important act of worship in the life of Israel. As a response of thanks and praise to God for bringing them into the Land he promised (26:3), worshippers were required ...read more