For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!
When we return to the Jewish Roots of the Faith and the Apostolic Hebrew Foundations we must also restore Holy Giving. Replacement Theology has affected the Body of Yeshua in many areas and especially in the area of giving. Most people do not know how to give, who to give to and when to give, thus they never come out of spiritual and/or financial drought!
Holy Giving is a matter of the heart and therefore it comes from the Heart of Elohim(God) Himself! He showed us the way in the arena of giving by giving us the highest He could give, His only begotten Son, His Blood on the altar so that you and I can be rescued from sin and satan! Yeshua’s was Elohim’s First Fruits offering and He gave Him to US!
For God so loved the world; that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
When we have Yeshua’s character, then we are givers by nature!
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Yeshua, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
The Apostle Shaul-Paul tells us that giving financially is like “sowing” and he uses farming terms to describe the way that giving affects us!
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6
Any farmer will tell you that there is no way to reap if we do not sow and that the abundance of the crop depends on the quality and quantity of the seed sown!
The quality of the seed is determined by the attitude of the giver. If it is given in obedience to Yah’s (God’s) Commandments (see prescribed giving and sacrificial giving)and with a cheerful, generous heart or not.
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
The quantity of the seed is also important and it depends on the means of everyone. The widow that gave one mite (the smallest coin) gave more than the rich people that put thousands into the treasury for her mite was ALL she had to give! It provoked Yeshua’s attention!
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on. Mark 12:41-44
We do not know what happened with that widow but most probably she got miraculously blessed for she had sowed in quality and quantity bountifully! If she would have eaten her seed instead of sowing the little she had she would have stayed poor forever! Any farmer will tell you that you should not eat your seed! When people tell me “I cannot tithe”, “I cannot give for I am very poor”, I know that that person is in terrible deception of unbelief and he/she has been eaten their seed. The Word of God says that He gives seed to the sower! In other words if you are not a sower, you will have no seed because you will eat it up! And if you are not a sower do not expect to be a reaper!
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10
He can only multiply the seed that is SOWN, not the seed that you have eaten! If you become a sower, YHVH will give you seed, but be careful not to eat it but to sow it!
NO LEFTOVERS PLEASE!
Wrong giving or lack of prescribed giving such as tithes, first fruits and Feast offerings can incur in a terrible curse and is the number one issue of repentance before revival can come!
But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?” says the LORD of hosts. 9 “But now will you not entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He receive any of you kindly?” says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 1:8,9
It is clear from this passage that the right kind of giving can incur in Elohim-God’s Favour and the wrong kind of giving in His displeasure and disfavour!
Most people give Yah (God) only what they have left over and that always will incur in His displeasure as it is terribly dishonoring to give Him “leftovers!” the leftovers are to be given to the poor not to the Almighty! It is obvious that Elohim does not need any money but when you give to His Priests/Ministers of the Gospel and Servants it is to Him that you are giving! Here is an important principle:
Do not ever give leftovers to your Bishops, Pastors, Mentors, Teachers, Rabbis, Prophets, Apostles or to anyone that is blessing you spiritually as it is dishonoring. They do not need your “charity”, they are not beggars! They carry the highest and most important positions under Heaven. Later on in this letter you will see what are the prescribed offerings for God’s Ministers!
The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:6,7
Those that do not bless their pastors and teachers financially are mocking God Himself and instead of reaping spiritual blessings, they will reap corruption! This is a very serious warning!
And here is another most important principle! If you take care of those who teach the Word to you, YHVH will take care of you! If your Minister is poor, you will be poor spiritually and eventually also financially, if your bishop, pastor, teacher, mentor is well taken care off financially, so will Yah (God) do to you in both the financial and the spiritual arena, for a disciple is never greater than his master!
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. Matthew 10:24
So if your bishop, pastor, teacher, mentor is blessed financially, rejoice! Now you can be blessed too especially if you are a sower! It is time to break out of the false teachings that promote poverty among God’s ministers! It is true that some- times we have a lot and some- times a little but there are no Scriptures supporting the theology that God’s servants need to be poor. As a matter of fact we see exactly the opposite! Even our Fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were so rich that they were a threat to the local kings! Paul the Apostle himself that suffered much hardship was carrying very often large sums of money and many offerings given to him for his own needs, for ministry and for distribution!
[For] we are on our guard, intending that no one should find anything for which to blame us in regard to our administration of this large contribution. 2 Corinthians 8:20
CATEGORIES OF GIVING
Prescribed Giving, Freewill Giving, Sacrificial Giving, Restitution Giving
The Torah is very explicit about prescribed giving. It tells us WHO to give, HOW MUCH to give and WHEN to give!
WHO, HOW MUCH, WHEN?
Priests and Levites-Tithes, First Fruits, Offerings, Feast Offerings
Widows, Orphans, Strangers, Poor– Alms, Corners of the Field and Third Year Tithe
Ourselves and our families– Feast Tithes
PRIESTS AND LEVITES
The Torah is clear about giving to those who officiate in the work of the Tabernacle. Those are likened unto the Five Fold Ministries today and they are the modern day Priests and Levites! Just imagine your life with no Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists and so forth. Some of us got saved because of an Evangelist, some of us got baptized in the Holy Spirit because an Apostle or Prophet ministered to us. Some of us got delivered from evil spirits when a Bishop or a pastor prayed for us and so many more examples of spiritual and practical blessings into our lives happened because God’s Ministers were in their position!
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Messiah. Ephesians 4:11, 12
In order to keep these Servants, Ministers “Body Builders” in shape and in their position the Almighty established a system of giving which I will call Holy Giving! In the world people also give bountifully to their “gurus”, favorite football team, singers, psychic readers and the like which is unholy giving. They give hefty sums to those that “build them up”, how is it that in the Body of Yeshua it is not clearly understood that Holy Giving to God’s Servants is mandatory if they are to perform their duties? Paul warns us not to be deceived about this issue as it will cause mockery to the Living God!
The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:6
The first of all the first fruits of every kind and every contribution of every kind, from all your contributions, shall be for the priests; you shall also give to the priest the first of your dough to cause a blessing to rest on your house. Ezekiel 44:30
This is the first offering mentioned in the Holy Scriptures when Abel offered it to YHVH!
So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to YHVH of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering. Genesis 4:3,4
Notice that YHVH received with favor the offering of Abel as it was a first fruits offering and Cain’s He did not receive because it was “an offering” or whatever Cain wanted and not what is prescribed!
The First Fruits Offering is an offering of HONOR! We honor YHVH with it!
Honor YHVH from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9,10
The First Fruits offering has to be given to the Priest so he can bless you!
In other words, when we give the First Fruits to Elohim’s Ministers that are assigned to bless us, it is Elohim Himself that we are honoring in that Minister! The promise is dual:
- Your barns (bank accounts!) will be filled with PLENTY!
- Your vats (spiritual life) will be filled with NEW WINE (newness in the spirit and revival!)
How do you calculate First Fruits in a non- agricultural society?
Whether you are a business person or receive a salary: Divide your income per 28 moon days (the moon cycle or the monthly cycle is 28 days!).The best time to give it is during the Rosh Chodesh ( New Moon- see Jewish calendar or site the moon!) or at the start of every month!
RANDOM FIRST FRUITS
Those are special blessings that occur once in a while. For example when I received the FIRST check in my life with royalties for one of my songs, it was a First- Fruits so I gave it all to Yah (God). When you start a new job, your FIRST pay check or a new business your FIRST revenue etc. When I print a new book that I have never printed before normally the first box or the first book I give away to Ministers as First Fruits. As you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit Yah will show you what are these special occasions!
SACRIFICIAL FIRST FRUITS
This is when Elohim requires the BEST or ALL that you have. This particular First Fruit is the MOST powerful kind of giving for it provokes a “cosmic” response from Heaven that can change the course of history. It is called A POTENT SEED! It engages the Almighty in such a way that the benefits of these particular First Fruits can be reaped for many generations to come and forever! Isaac was the First Fruits of Abraham from Sarah, his wife! Elohim required this extravagant First Fruit and when Abraham speedily obeyed him, it engaged the Almighty in releasing ALL His blessing unto Abraham and ALL His generations and to send us Elohim’s own Son to save us all! Think about it the next time that He requires from you the BEST or ALL that you have!
By Myself I have sworn, declares YHVH, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice. Genesis 22:16-18
To be continued next week…..
Your Friends and Mentors in Israel
Bishop Dominiquae and Rabbi Baruch Bierman
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent” Isaiah 62:1