And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, so that you may be accepted. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb a year old without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD. And the grain offering with it shall be two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a food offering to the LORD with a pleasing aroma, and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, a fourth of a hin. And you shall eat neither bread nor grain parched or fresh until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.”
—Leviticus 23:9-14, 22
by: Grace Crouch.
I like to garden. I am not the greatest gardener, but I enjoy trying. Maybe that is why I get so excited when I see the first fruit growing on my plants. I just know that God’s hand was in that success because my skill lent very little to the process. I can hardly wait to pick it and show it off like it is a blue-ribbon winner. When I read about the first fruits offering being waved before the Lord, I find myself relating. I imagine them saying, “Look, Daddy! Look what grew! Thank you!” It is with grateful, overflowing hearts that we give first to God.