(Exodus 13:12-13 NIV) 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. Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.
√ The first must be SACRIFICED or REDEEMED.
(Malachi 3:10 NIV) Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. ……
√ The first fruits must be OFFERED.
(Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV) Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
(Exodus 23:19 NKJV) “The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. . . .
(Genesis 4:3-5 NKJV) And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. . . .
√ The TITHE must be first.
(Leviticus 27:30 NIV) ” ‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
(Matthew 6:21 NKJV) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Exodus 13:14-15 NIV) “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. . . . This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’
(Exodus 6:6 NIV) . . . I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.