After reading and hearing a lot about honouring God with the best of your finances, I thought it might be a good idea to write something along those lines. In all honesty, does first equate to best? Where on the face of the earth do believers that peddle this funny doctrine get their ideas?
If for instance I told you that the letter “A” was an alphabet and the letter “B” was also an alphabet, have I told you that “A” is the same thing as “B”? It would be so absurd to make such conclusion. Rather unfortunately, that is the same line of thought that has given rise to the first being the best belief. The first has been called everything from the tithe to the firstfruits et all.
Searching scripture from cover to cover, there is simply no verse that ever equates the first to the best or to tithes. Another man-made doctrine that appeals only to those with itching ears who own bibles just for the sake of it! From the Old Testament of the Holy Scriptures, we can gather that the first always consisted of the firstborn male animal, first born male of any household and the first crops to ripen aka firstfruits. If we decide to import this into today’s church, how then can we determine the first of currency in trying to bring the “best”? All £1 coins are the same, so also £2 coins as well as £5 notes, £10 notes and all the denominations within the English currency are the same. Which comes first? Which can actually be referred to as the “firstborn” so to speak?
The commercialisation of the gospel and it’s infusion with new age philosophy is to blame for this mess. Since many pews are packed full of spiritually naïve people each Sunday, their simple mindedness makes them very easy target for many rapacious preachers that litter the pulpits. Why not consult your bibles to see what it truly says about the first? Let’s look at why the firstborns became the Lord’s.
11And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,
12That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD’s.
13And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
14And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:
15And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.
16And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt. Ex 13
The offering of the first served as a reminder of their emancipation from Egypt. It was not instituted as a means of “attracting” God’s wealth or prosperity.
How about this
29Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.
30Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me. Exodus 22.
Still no mention of offering the first of money! And please do not tell me that this was because money was not available then. Read your bibles properly! I even find it amusing that we are encouraged to bring our “first” or “best” every month. A mammal can only ever have one firstborn. It never gives birth to a first born every time it falls pregnant. Neither does a human. Where then does this continual practise of offering the so called “first” of “best” arise? Definitely not from the bible!
As much of today’s church have redefined the bible’s meaning of tithes so also have they tried to redefine the true biblical meaning of the first. The offering of the first born animals and the first of ripe crops were all shadows of Christ! In Him all of these things find their fulfilment. He is the first born that has been offered up unto God once and for all. He is the firstfruit and He is the firstborn of all creation. In His day, he ticked all the boxes. He was Mary’s firstborn son. Since He has already been offered up, this negates the practice of trying keep offering the first unto God.
The first did not really symbolise the best but showed the strength of man. In other words it showed that a man has someone to carry on his name. We see an example of this in Gen 49: 3
Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
Jacob never referred to Rueben as the best.
There is simply no way to determine the best of currency neither does scripture equate the first with the best. That is simply a money making man-made idea.