Last week we looked at why we give during the feasts of the Lord. As I said in the last post, we are free to give or not give a first fruit offering. I teach and participate in first fruits because even though I can come to God at any time, three times a year He sets aside a specific time to come near to us as we give.
In this post I want us to look at the specific BLESSINGS God desires to release on us as we present our first fruit offering to Him.
1. Divine Protection
The first sign of divine protection is seen the night Passover is instituted. The Hebrews were protected from losing their first born by putting blood on the door posts of their houses (Exodus 12:7). They received continual protection from an angel sent to guard them along their way (Exodus 23:20). The shed blood of Jesus is our protection, we don’t have to shed the blood of the lamb every year. Giving our Passover offering connects us to that divine protection for the year.
2. An Enemy of our Enemies
Exodus 23:22 says that God will be an enemy to our enemies. Just like God protected Israel from the army that pursued them, God is an enemy to our enemy, the devil. John 10:10 says the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. The enemy must steal the Word before he can kill or destroy anything. That’s why he stole the revelation of the Jewish roots from the Church. When we celebrate God’s appointed times we are connecting back to that truth and back to having the windows of heaven (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles) opened over our lives.
Exodus 23:25 MEV “You shall serve the LORD your God, and He will BLESS your bread and your water…” The first picture of prosperity we see is on the night of the Passover, when God instructed them to roast the lamb (Exodus 12:7-10). You can’t keep the leftovers of a roasted lamb. God was already preparing them for a higher level of living. They began walking in that prosperity as they left Egypt because they plundered the Egyptians and took articles of silver and gold and clothing (Exodus 12:35-36). As you sow your Passover offering expect to receive ABUNDANT prosperity.
4. No Sickness or Disease
Verse twenty-five continues, “and I will remove sickness from your midst..” Exodus 15:26 MEV ““He said, “If you diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will not afflict you with any of the diseases with which I have afflicted the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Healing is a covenant right that Jesus purchased for us (Isaiah 53:4-5 AMPC and Psalm 103:3). Receive your healing this Passover.
5. Long Life
Exodus 23:25 ends by saying you will fulfill the number of your days. Scripture continually talks about living a long and satisfied life. It says of Caleb, he was as strong at eighty as forty. Believe God to live long and live strong. We are redeemed from the curse, we all get old, but we don’t have to get old and become weak and sick. Feed on long life and health Scriptures and take care of your body and watch how God takes care of you as you age.
6. Increase and Inheritance
The Hebrews inherited a land flowing with milk and honey. They went from slavery to prosperity. THE BLESSING of Abraham was working in their lives and it can work for us too. Galatians three tells us we are BLESSED with believing Abraham and redeemed from the curse. Poverty and lack are a curse (Deuteronomy 28:38, 48). Build your faith in the goodness of God. He delights in the prosperity of His servant and God’s BLESSING makes life rich!
7. A BLESSED Year
Passover takes place during the first month and it is the first offering. Mark 4:20 says that we can receive thirty, sixty, and one hundred fold. Mark 4:28 teaches us the law of progression; first the blade, then the head, then the full seed in the head. Passover. Pentecost. Tabernacles. Thirty. Sixty. One Hundred.
Deuteronomy 16:16-17 AMPC “Three times a year shall all your males appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.”
Again, we are free to give or not give. Yet, three times a year God celebrates and He invites us to join in on the celebration through are giving.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 AMPC “[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. [Prov. 22:9.] And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”
This Passover, I invite you to join me in supporting Project Aliyah through Larry Huch Ministries. This project pays for persecuted Jews around the world to return to Israel and help them start a new life in their homeland. By participating in this project we are helping fulfill Bible prophecy by helping a Jewish person return home. I invite you to learn more about this project and sow your Passover offering towards it.
Next week we will look at one of the most crucial parts of Passover, developing a new mindset. I will be bringing a lot of fresh revelation in the next three weeks on how we can BE delivered in this passover season and stay delivered as we move toward pentecost.