Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 21st, 2018
We promise to bring the first part of every harvest to the Lord’s Temple year after year—whether it be a crop from the soil or from our fruit trees.
Nehemiah 10:35 (NLT)
The First Part
As the Lord’s people returned to their land and to once again enjoy its fruitfulness, they wisely made the promise to the Lord that they would follow His spiritual command to bring Him the first part of every harvest. Through this obedience they were declaring that they were once again in partnership with their Creator God for the fullness of blessing on their land.
On July 20, 1871, the Crown Colony of British Columbia committed to Confederation with Canada. As the Canadian Pacific Railway went underway in 1875 and surveyors began to study the land exploration led to the discovery of hot springs near Banff, Alberta. In November 1885 the Canadian Government made the springs public property, removing them from the possibility of private ownership and exploitation. Banff Hot Springs Reserve, now Banff National Park, became Canada’s first national park.
From early on in the Jewish religion, God’s people recognized that everything they had came from God Himself. He had been faithful in keeping His promise to provide for them while they were in the wilderness. His daily provision sustained them for 40 years, until they entered the Promised Land. So when God gave them the festivals, one of them was Firstfruits, the harvest festival where they brought a tithe into the storehouse – the best of all they grew in their fields and orchards. So when Nehemiah was restoring worship in Israel after the Babylonian exile, he made this promise in Nehemiah 10:35, “We promise to bring the first part of every harvest to the Lord’s Temple year after year—whether it be a crop from the soil or from our fruit trees.” This is a good promise for all of God’s people to make. In light of God’s provision of everything we have – salvation, daily bread, fellowship, peace, joy – we could go on forever – we need to offer the Lord the best that we have as well. Do not give the Lord your leftovers. What can you offer Him today that are the firstfruits of your life?
These have been words from the heart.