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Summary: There is a principle in the scriptures of keeping the first things first. That which is first in our life is important to God. Is God first in our finances? Relationships? Time? Marriage? Etc.? )Thoughts taken from a sermon series entitled Give It Up by P

Introduction

Today- talk about giving- important topic in the Bible.

Many of Jesus’ parables have to do with money.

Attitude towards money-barometer-spiritual condition

More important- money- principle- First Things First.

Begin by watching this video- First things First

As we talk about giving- I need $100 bill- for me.

First things First

Read Mtt 6:25-26, 31

Mtt 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. NASU

God cares about what is first in our lives.

We must learn the principle of First things First.

Some thinking- church always wants money- ie. $100.

Some of you maybe thinking …

I don’t want to hear about giving.

I am struggling financially already.

I know I should give- I already feel guilty.

Perhaps you feel like the writer of Haggai …

Hag 1:6 "You have sown much, but harvest little … and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes." NASU

How many would say they have one of those purses?

The Bible has good news- God has answers for us.

Look at principle of First things First in the Bible …

1. God is to be first in our lives

Ex 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before Me. NASU

God must be number one, first/foremost in our lives.

2. God’s Kingdom is to be first in our lives

Mtt 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom … NASU

Kingdom speaks of how we live- Kingdom principles.

3. The first born belongs to God

Ex 13:2 "Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first offspring of every womb among the sons of Israel, both of man and beast; it belongs to Me." NASU

The first born male, animal or person, belongs to God.

Ex 13:11-14 summarize the story

Donkey- unclean animal, first born belonged to God.

What do you do w/first born donkey- break its neck.

You sacrifice it to God, or … God gives you a choice.

Purchase- donkey’s life- redeem it, w/innocent lamb.

Firstborn belongs to God- the same is true w/people.

Look at the story of the Passover … Ex 12:1-16

What was the Passover?

God- going to destroy- first born- man/animal, of everyone in Egypt because of their sin. Even the Jewish first born would die. God told the Jews- they could redeem- buy back their first born, by sacrificing- innocent lamb- putting its blood on their door posts. Then the death angel would pass over their house- first born- be safe.

In the OT- see picture-what Jesus would do on- cross.

Jesus- die for us, purchasing our freedom/forgiveness.

4. The first tenth belongs to God

OT- first tenth, tithe- people earned- belonged to God.

Lev 27:30 ’Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. NASU

Holy- to be set apart- first tenth is set apart for God.

Mal 3:10 " Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. NASU

What is the storehouse?

Many Bible teachers believe- NT church-others do not

Principle- bring ten percent to the local church.


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