The Elijah and Elisha Principles (Part 3)

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Elijah principle – the principle of continual provision.

Please first read Part 1 and Part 2 before you continue to read Part 3.

Solomon’s Wisdom

Another book in the Bible that speaks about giving first unto God, is the book of Proverbs. Written by the man whom God has chosen to be King David’s successor, this book contains wisdom about everyday situations and problems with practical, Spiritually inspired advice.

King SolomonIn his wisdom, with more gold and silver in his treasury than any other king before him, King Solomon wrote these words,

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Prov 3:9-10)

King Solomon did not have to give the firstfruits unto God. He was not in a financial desperate position like the widow with her son. He inherited his father David’s riches, which David acquired over his forty year reign! However, King Solomon chose to still honour God with his firstfruits and the best he had.

As one reads from verse ten, there is a promise for the person who decides to follow by faith and obedience in King Solomon’s footsteps. According to him, there will also be an abundant supply, even to the point where it starts running over!

A Prophet’s Challenge

When it comes to tithing, each church has its own interpretation of Malachi 3:8-10.

“Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

In order to understand the above verses, the following must be taken into consideration:

  • It was one of the 613 laws of the Old Testament (Lev 27:30-32). As with all the other laws, there were a blessing and curse attached to this law.
  • Tithing1“…all the tithes…” together were 23.3%. It was like income tax, which every male in Israel had to pay. The tithes consisted of 10% to the priests (Num 18:21), 10% of the harvest, which they brought to the tabernacle (or temple) three times a year and made a feast before the Lord as a thank-offering (Deut 14:22-24). And lastly, 10% every third year, which the Levites and Priests distributed to the widows, orphans and poor (Deut 14:27-29).
  • It is is only place in the OT where God said that the people of Israel could challenge him.
  • A tithe, or tithing, was the firstfruits of their harvest or livestock.
  • The Priests were the men of God which looked after the well-being of the people.
  • When the people of Israel gave first unto the men of God, God would bless them and look after them.

Jesus’ Words

When I open my Bible at Matthew 10 from verses 40 to 42, the heading reads REWARDS FOR SERVICE. 

“The person who welcomes you welcomes me, and the person who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. The person who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. The person who welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I can guarantee this truth: Whoever gives any of my humble followers a cup of cold water because that person is my disciple will certainly never lose his reward.”

We see here that God is into rewarding any person who does the smallest of good to any of His children. Although we do not find any relevance to firstfruits in this passage of Scripture, we do find that that you and I will surely be rewarded for doing good to even the least of the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ – someone whose life is dedicated and committed in following after the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul’s Teachings

I have heard many Christians quote the following verse from the New Testament when they were trusting God for a breakthrough in their finances:

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

Maybe you have also at some time in your life, quoted this verse and standing on this promise, trusting God for a financial miracle.

To be continued in Part 4

About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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