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The Principle of First

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October 7, 2019
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  • about money and finances
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  • but that's exactly what we're gonna do today.
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  • So many of us struggle to reach our financial goals.
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  • But what if you could pay off all of your debt,
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  • save for the future and turn your money into a tool
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  • that helps you bring joy, freedom and blessings
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  • to other people that are around you?
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  • I'm Pastor Robert Morris and over the last 30 years
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  • I've seen that God has a perfect plan
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  • to overcome all financial stress.
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  • I believe that generosity is the key
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  • to living a blessed life.
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  • But before we can be generous,
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  • we have to learn to be wise and faithful stewards
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  • of the resources that God entrust to us.
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  • And the Bible is full of practical lessons
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  • that show us how to do just that.
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  • I want to equip you to bless others
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  • and to experience the fullness
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  • of God's blessings in your own life.
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  • Wherever you are today,
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  • you can start living beyond blessed.
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  • (upbeat electric music)
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  • (swoosh)
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Thank you, thank you.
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  • Thank you for joining us at home.
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  • I want to say welcome to Beyond Blessed.
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  • We're talking about that God wants to bless us
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  • so that we can be a blessing.
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  • And it's really beyond anything
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  • that we could ever imagine or think or ask.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • And I don't want you to think about materialism
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  • because so many times when people talk about being blessed,
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  • it seems to get over into a materialistic message.
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  • But I believe that God wants to bless us
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  • just like He said to Abraham,
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  • so that we can be a blessing.
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  • So today, I wanna share with you,
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  • now this may shock you what I'm about to say,
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  • I want to share with you the most important principle
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  • that I could share with believers.
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  • Obviously, the most important thing I could share
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  • is the gospel, is that Jesus Christ came to save the lost.
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  • But if you're a believer
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  • this is the most important principle I could share
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  • and it's called the Principle of First.
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  • And it's about putting God first in your life
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  • but since Jesus says,
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  • "Where your treasure is,
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  • "there your heart will be also",
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  • I wanna talk to you about putting God first in your finances
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  • because the first in your finances,
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  • thing is first in your heart.
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  • And so many people don't relate the two,
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  • and I think a lot of people think
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  • yes, God's first in my life
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  • but He's not first in my finances.
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  • We'll we have a problem there.
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  • So I want to show you in Scripture
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  • how important this principle is, alright?
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  • So we're gonna be mainly in Exodus Chapter 30,
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  • and Exodus 13 verse 1 says,
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  • "Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying consecrate",
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  • that just means set aside,
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  • "to Me
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  • all
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  • the firstborn,
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  • "whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel,
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  • "both of man and beast",
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  • now this is a very important phrase,
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  • "it
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  • "is
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  • "Mine."
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  • In other words it is My property is what He's saying,
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  • it belongs to Me.
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  • Then verse 12, Chapter 13 He says that,
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  • "You shall set apart to the Lord all that open the womb,
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  • "that is every firstborn that comes
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  • "from an animal which you have,
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  • "the males
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  • shall
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  • be
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  • the Lord's.
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  • "But every firstborn of a donkey
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  • "you shall redeem with a lamb",
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  • we'll talk about that statement,
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  • "and if you will not redeem it,
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  • "then you shall break its neck."
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  • In other words, you're gonna lose it anyway.
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  • This is what a lot of people don't understand.
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  • If you don't return the tithe to God,
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  • it's still leaving your account.
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  • - [Congregation] Amen!
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  • - It's goin' out, you're not going to get to keep it.
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  • It's you're gonna leave it,
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  • you're gonna lose it.
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  • "And ll the firstborn of man among man
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  • "of your sons you shall redeem."
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  • So, I have three principles with today
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  • that I want to share.
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  • Here is the first one.
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  • The firstborn
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  • must be
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  • sacrificed or redeemed.
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  • How do you know which one to do?
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  • I mean it says you have to sacrifice it
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  • or you have to redeem it.
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  • How do you know whether to sacrifice it or redeem it?
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  • You know because God gave two animals
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  • that are exemplary
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  • of
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  • two classifications of animals.
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  • He gives a donkey and a lamb.
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  • A donkey is exemplary of unclean animals.
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  • A lamb is exemplary of clean animals.
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  • Here's how you know
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  • if your
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  • animal,
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  • like a sheep,
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  • has a firstborn,
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  • you have to sacrifice it to God.
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  • It belongs to God is what He's says,
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  • it's Mine.
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  • If you're unclean animal has a firstborn,
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  • you have to redeem it,
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  • the word redeem means to buy back because God owns it,
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  • you have to buy it back or redeem it
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  • with the sacrifice of a clean animal.
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  • Now, let me say that one more time
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  • because in a moment,
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  • you're all goin' to go Ooohh!
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Okay, everyone?
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  • You want practice?
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  • Ooohhh! Okay, alright!
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  • - Alright, so if you have a clean animal
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  • and it has its firstborn,
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  • you have to sacrifice it.
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  • Firstborn clean have to be sacrificed.
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  • If you have an unclean animal it has to be redeemed
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  • with the sacrifice of the clean, okay.
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  • So what in the world does that mean for us today?
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  • Well, let's just think about it.
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  • You and I
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  • when we were born into this world
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  • spiritually speaking,
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  • is our spiritual state before God,
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  • were we born clean
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  • or unclean?
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  • Unclean, right? Because we were all born in sin.
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  • That's what the Bible says,
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  • we all came from Adam,
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  • we're born in sin.
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  • As a matter of fact,
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  • I can prove it by asking the experts here
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  • who are parents.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • If you're a parent, you're an expert at this, okay?
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  • Here is one question to prove it.
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  • Did you have to teach your children
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  • to be bad?
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • No.
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  • Or did it come naturally for them?
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  • Right, it comes naturally, right?
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  • We have to teach them to be good, right? Okay.
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  • So you and I, we were all born unclean.
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  • - [Voice] Amen.
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  • Was Jesus
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  • born unclean
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  • or clean?
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  • - [Congregation] Clean.
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  • - Clean. Listen very carefully, here comes the Oh part.
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  • The clean
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  • had to be sacrificed
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  • so that the unclean
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  • could be redeemed.
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  • - [Congregation] Ooohh.
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  • - That's what we just read.
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  • - [Congregation] Ooohh.
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  • - That's the principle, do you follow me?
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  • That's the principle.
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  • So, so many times we read something like this in the Bible
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  • and especially the Old Testament and we just read over it.
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  • But 1 Corinthians 10 which is New Testament says
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  • everything happened to them as an example for us.
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  • And is written for our instruction.
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  • There is a reason for this.
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  • In other words, if your sheep
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  • has a lamb
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  • you have to give the first one to God.
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  • You have to sacrifice the first one.
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  • Now, I want you to notice it's the first one,
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  • not the tenth one.
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  • In other words God doesn't say,
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  • wait until your sheep has 10 lambs
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  • and then give Me one of them
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  • and you can give Me the one that you don't like
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  • that keeps gettin' in your garden everyday.
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  • - [Congregation] (laughing) Yeah!
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  • - Right? He says you give Me the first one
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  • before you have the other nine.
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  • See, this is what people don't understand.
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  • It's not just 10%, it's the first 10%.
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  • The reason is it takes faith to give the first one
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  • before you have the other nine.
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  • - [Congregation] Yes.
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  • - It doesn't take faith to have 10 then give one,
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  • that's not faith, that's not faith at all.
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  • So it's the faith that enacts the blessing.
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  • And it's all through Scripture.
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  • Now, you may never thought about this.
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  • Jesus is actually called the firstborn,
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  • and is actually called firstfruits.
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  • And I wanna show in point two
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  • firstfruits belong to God, too.
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  • But here is what I want you to realize.
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  • Jesus
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  • is God's tithe.
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  • Here is why.
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  • Because you don't wait to see if you have enough to tithe,
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  • you give the tithes first.
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  • God didn't wait to see if we would straighten up
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  • to give Jesus.
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  • - [Congregation] Yes.
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  • - God gave Jesus when we were mocking Him
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  • and spitting on Him and nailing Him to a cross.
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  • Romans says it this way,
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  • "While we were still sinners,
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  • "Christ died for us."
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  • While we were still sinners,
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  • God demonstrates His own love toward us
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  • in the while we were still sinners.
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  • See and other Romans says is that He gave Jesus in hope,
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  • that word hope, the root word is faith.
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  • So, He gives His first, His firstborn,
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  • His first through did faith that will come.
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  • It's very, I'm telling you,
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  • tithing
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  • is a whole lot more,
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  • is a lot deeper to God than what we think it is.
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  • - [Congregation] Amen.
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  • - He represents His own Son.
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  • And it's all through Scripture.
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  • You give the first to God and the rest are blessed.
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  • When the people, the children of Israel
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  • went in the Promised Land,
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  • (snickers) God said, "Bring all of the silver and gold
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  • "from Jericho into the House of God".
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  • By the way, remember the tithe always
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  • give to the House of God.
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  • Bring all of the silver and gold
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  • and I'll come back to word bring in a moment,
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  • bring all of the silver and gold
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  • from Jericho unto the House of God.
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  • Bring it all, bring it all.
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  • Why? Why would God say,
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  • why wouldn't God say,
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  • Conquer 10 cities and give me one?
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  • It's real simple.
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  • Jericho was the first city.
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  • I'm telling you this principle runs through all Scripture.
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  • - [Congregation] Yeah.
  • 00:10:36.290 --> 00:10:38.040
  • - He said, you bring me the first,
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  • the rest are blessed.
  • 00:10:39.260 --> 00:10:41.190
  • And remember when they kept some of the first,
  • 00:10:41.190 --> 00:10:44.050
  • they lost the second battle.
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  • - [Congregation] Yeah, that's right. Amen.
  • 00:10:45.120 --> 00:10:47.040
  • - And the word God used was the same as in Malachi
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  • where he said you're robbin' me?
  • 00:10:49.150 --> 00:10:51.220
  • He said the children of Israel have stolen from Me.
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:55.290
  • They've taken something that was for me.
  • 00:10:55.290 --> 00:10:58.220
  • Now, remember this says consecrate?
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  • I want you, if you go back and read it,
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  • Joshua 6 and 7,
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  • in Joshua 6 He says,
  • 00:11:03.290 --> 00:11:05.080
  • "It is consecrated to the Lord."
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:07.140
  • In Joshua 7 when they kept it,
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:09.170
  • He said it's cursed.
  • 00:11:09.170 --> 00:11:10.230
  • This is amazing.
  • 00:11:12.090 --> 00:11:13.250
  • If more people understood this, they'd tithe.
  • 00:11:13.250 --> 00:11:16.120
  • Because it's consecrated when it's given to God,
  • 00:11:16.120 --> 00:11:18.230
  • it's cursed when you keep it in your tent.
  • 00:11:18.230 --> 00:11:20.250
  • It's very, very important.
  • 00:11:21.250 --> 00:11:23.290
  • So, all through Scripture we now understand that God says,
  • 00:11:23.290 --> 00:11:28.010
  • "You bring the first one to me and the rest are blessed."
  • 00:11:28.010 --> 00:11:31.230
  • Okay, so firstborn must be sacrificed or redeemed.
  • 00:11:31.230 --> 00:11:34.230
  • Here is number two.
  • 00:11:34.230 --> 00:11:35.250
  • The firstfruits must be offered
  • 00:11:35.250 --> 00:11:38.070
  • because the firstfruits belong to God.
  • 00:11:40.050 --> 00:11:42.250
  • Proverbs 3: 9 and 10,
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  • "Honor the Lord with your possessions."
  • 00:11:44.160 --> 00:11:47.170
  • I wonder how many people have never seen that Scripture.
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  • With your possessions.
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  • "And with the firstfruits
  • 00:11:52.190 --> 00:11:55.160
  • of all
  • 00:11:55.160 --> 00:11:56.220
  • your increase.
  • 00:11:56.220 --> 00:11:58.110
  • "So that your barns shall be filled with plenty
  • 00:11:58.110 --> 00:12:00.180
  • "and your vats will overflow with new wine."
  • 00:12:00.180 --> 00:12:02.270
  • Exodus 23 verse 19.
  • 00:12:03.250 --> 00:12:05.250
  • "The first of the firstfruits of your land
  • 00:12:05.250 --> 00:12:09.020
  • "you shall bring into the house of the Lord."
  • 00:12:09.020 --> 00:12:11.220
  • Again, it comes to tithes to God,
  • 00:12:11.220 --> 00:12:13.060
  • but again I want you to notice the word bring.
  • 00:12:13.060 --> 00:12:15.230
  • God does not use the word give
  • 00:12:15.230 --> 00:12:18.150
  • when He's talking about tithing.
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:19.270
  • He uses the word bring.
  • 00:12:19.270 --> 00:12:20.260
  • Here is the reason.
  • 00:12:20.260 --> 00:12:22.090
  • You cannot give what doesn't belong to you.
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  • - [Congregation] Amen!
  • 00:12:25.050 --> 00:12:27.080
  • - You can only bring it.
  • 00:12:27.080 --> 00:12:28.290
  • And according to Scripture,
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:30.150
  • you only have two choices with the tithes,
  • 00:12:30.150 --> 00:12:33.000
  • you could bring it to God's house
  • 00:12:33.000 --> 00:12:35.080
  • or you can steal it.
  • 00:12:35.080 --> 00:12:36.080
  • Those are the only two choices in the Scripture,
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:40.050
  • bring it or steal it, one or the other.
  • 00:12:40.050 --> 00:12:43.100
  • So, it's all through Scripture.
  • 00:12:43.100 --> 00:12:44.280
  • When I was in college,
  • 00:12:44.280 --> 00:12:46.260
  • one of the students asked one of the professors,
  • 00:12:46.260 --> 00:12:50.110
  • "Why did God accept Abel's offering
  • 00:12:50.110 --> 00:12:52.220
  • "and He didn't accept Cain's?"
  • 00:12:52.220 --> 00:12:54.250
  • It's a great question.
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:56.020
  • The professor was really honest.
  • 00:12:56.020 --> 00:12:57.130
  • He said, "You know, I really don't know.
  • 00:12:57.130 --> 00:12:59.240
  • "I just don't know, I don't have any revelation on that."
  • 00:12:59.240 --> 00:13:03.040
  • Later when God showed me
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:04.150
  • the Principle of Firstborn and Firstfruits,
  • 00:13:04.150 --> 00:13:07.000
  • there it was.
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:08.240
  • - [Male Voice] There it was.
  • 00:13:08.240 --> 00:13:10.090
  • - It's simple. As a matter of fact all of you will see it.
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:11.290
  • All of you watching at home will see this.
  • 00:13:11.290 --> 00:13:13.160
  • You'll see this 'coz this is simple, alright?
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:16.070
  • Firstborn belongs to God, firstfruits belong to God, right?
  • 00:13:16.070 --> 00:13:19.220
  • Watch Genesis 4, by the way
  • 00:13:19.220 --> 00:13:21.290
  • this is 2.500 years before the law,
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:25.190
  • before tithing is every made,
  • 00:13:25.190 --> 00:13:27.180
  • now it's mentioned in the Bible
  • 00:13:27.180 --> 00:13:29.050
  • with Abraham and Jacob 540 years before law,
  • 00:13:29.050 --> 00:13:31.240
  • but before it was part of the law,
  • 00:13:31.240 --> 00:13:33.050
  • 2.500 years.
  • 00:13:33.050 --> 00:13:35.000
  • Genesis 4 verse 3, "And in the process
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:38.190
  • of time,"
  • 00:13:38.190 --> 00:13:40.030
  • that's a very important, those are very important words,
  • 00:13:40.030 --> 00:13:42.100
  • "In the process of time,
  • 00:13:42.100 --> 00:13:45.080
  • it came to pass,"
  • 00:13:45.080 --> 00:13:47.080
  • just sort of happened,
  • 00:13:47.080 --> 00:13:49.020
  • "that Cain brought
  • 00:13:49.020 --> 00:13:51.040
  • an
  • 00:13:51.040 --> 00:13:52.040
  • offering
  • 00:13:52.040 --> 00:13:53.120
  • "of the fruit of the ground to the Lord."
  • 00:13:53.120 --> 00:13:56.040
  • Notice it does not say firstfruits.
  • 00:13:56.040 --> 00:13:57.290
  • "Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock
  • 00:13:59.110 --> 00:14:02.170
  • "and of their fat and the Lord respected",
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:05.130
  • or received,
  • 00:14:05.130 --> 00:14:06.200
  • "Abel and is offering but He did not respect",
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:08.170
  • or received,
  • 00:14:08.170 --> 00:14:09.120
  • "Cain and his offering."
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:10.100
  • It's simple.
  • 00:14:11.150 --> 00:14:13.000
  • Cain was a farmer but he didn't bring firstfruits.
  • 00:14:13.000 --> 00:14:16.070
  • Abel was a rancher but he brought firstborn.
  • 00:14:17.130 --> 00:14:19.220
  • God said I'll accept that, I will not accept that.
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:24.010
  • Now, here's what you didn't know.
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:25.120
  • It wasn't just that God wouldn't accept it,
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:29.000
  • it's that God couldn't accept it.
  • 00:14:29.000 --> 00:14:31.230
  • A lot of people don't understand,
  • 00:14:31.230 --> 00:14:33.070
  • when I was first studying Theology,
  • 00:14:33.070 --> 00:14:35.030
  • I could remember the very first time
  • 00:14:35.030 --> 00:14:36.260
  • the Professor said there are some things that God can't do.
  • 00:14:36.260 --> 00:14:40.240
  • It offended me.
  • 00:14:40.240 --> 00:14:42.010
  • I was like, hey, God can do anything.
  • 00:14:42.010 --> 00:14:44.050
  • No, listen to me, can never act
  • 00:14:44.050 --> 00:14:47.010
  • outside of His own character.
  • 00:14:47.010 --> 00:14:49.150
  • - [Congregation] Amen.
  • 00:14:49.150 --> 00:14:50.220
  • - In other words, God does because He is.
  • 00:14:50.220 --> 00:14:53.110
  • It's not that He is because He does,
  • 00:14:54.150 --> 00:14:57.160
  • in other words He isn't love because He loves,
  • 00:14:57.160 --> 00:15:01.010
  • He loves because He is love.
  • 00:15:01.010 --> 00:15:03.250
  • Let me tell you a couple of,
  • 00:15:03.250 --> 00:15:05.090
  • I think they're humorous things that God can't do, alright?
  • 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:08.050
  • When you think about this,
  • 00:15:08.050 --> 00:15:09.220
  • God can't change.
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:13.230
  • He can't change.
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:15.020
  • Theologically, it's a big theological word
  • 00:15:15.020 --> 00:15:17.050
  • called immutability.
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:18.280
  • Here the root word is mute,
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:20.150
  • which be like mutation which means change.
  • 00:15:20.150 --> 00:15:23.210
  • Immutability means it cannot change.
  • 00:15:23.210 --> 00:15:26.050
  • The reason God can't change is because He's perfect.
  • 00:15:26.050 --> 00:15:30.030
  • - [Female Voice] Right.
  • 00:15:30.030 --> 00:15:31.100
  • - If God could change, He could get better.
  • 00:15:31.100 --> 00:15:33.250
  • And He can't get better 'coz He is already best.
  • 00:15:33.250 --> 00:15:37.050
  • - [Congregation] Amen!
  • 00:15:37.050 --> 00:15:38.090
  • - So, God can't change, alright?
  • 00:15:38.090 --> 00:15:39.270
  • - [Congregation] Amen.
  • 00:15:39.270 --> 00:15:40.250
  • - There's nothing God can't do
  • 00:15:40.250 --> 00:15:42.020
  • and I'm gonna bring this back to Cain and Abel,
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:43.070
  • why He could not accept Cain's offering.
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:45.260
  • God can't think the way we think.
  • 00:15:45.260 --> 00:15:48.140
  • This will kind of blow you away
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:51.160
  • 'coz our little finite minds can hardly understand this.
  • 00:15:51.160 --> 00:15:54.140
  • This is called, here's the theological word,
  • 00:15:54.140 --> 00:15:56.270
  • omniscience of God.
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:59.060
  • Omni means all, science, you look at,
  • 00:15:59.060 --> 00:16:02.240
  • it's actually spelled science, means knowledge.
  • 00:16:02.240 --> 00:16:05.240
  • God has all knowledge.
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:07.000
  • God knows everything.
  • 00:16:07.000 --> 00:16:09.070
  • Now here's the other thing.
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:10.160
  • God knows everything at the same time.
  • 00:16:10.160 --> 00:16:12.270
  • Okay, God has never learned anything,
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:16.070
  • He just knows everything.
  • 00:16:17.070 --> 00:16:19.090
  • God knows everything at the same time.
  • 00:16:19.090 --> 00:16:21.270
  • You think about that for a little while this week,
  • 00:16:21.270 --> 00:16:24.030
  • you will trip a breaker.
  • 00:16:24.030 --> 00:16:25.150
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:16:25.150 --> 00:16:26.130
  • It's just too big for our minds.
  • 00:16:26.130 --> 00:16:28.250
  • Okay, so let me say another way,
  • 00:16:28.250 --> 00:16:30.080
  • this, I like this.
  • 00:16:30.080 --> 00:16:31.190
  • Nothing has ever occurred to God.
  • 00:16:31.190 --> 00:16:34.140
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:37.190
  • God has never said,
  • 00:16:37.190 --> 00:16:40.110
  • you know what I just thought of?
  • 00:16:40.110 --> 00:16:42.010
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:43.290
  • Wow! I just thought of something
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:46.010
  • I have never thought of before.
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:47.190
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:49.040
  • He's never said that because He knows everything, okay.
  • 00:16:49.040 --> 00:16:51.250
  • So there's, and then some of you might think,
  • 00:16:51.250 --> 00:16:53.190
  • when you said God can't think,
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:56.090
  • but there's a verse, I said He can't think the way we think,
  • 00:16:56.090 --> 00:16:59.110
  • that verse actually proves it.
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:00.210
  • It's in Isaiah, here's what that verse says,
  • 00:17:00.210 --> 00:17:02.220
  • "My thoughts are not your thoughts."
  • 00:17:02.220 --> 00:17:04.170
  • - [Congregation] Nice! Right!
  • 00:17:04.170 --> 00:17:05.240
  • - I don't think the way you think.
  • 00:17:05.240 --> 00:17:07.110
  • As the heavens are higher than earth,
  • 00:17:07.110 --> 00:17:09.180
  • my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:10.270
  • I don't think like,
  • 00:17:10.270 --> 00:17:12.130
  • the other thing, a reason we know God doesn't think
  • 00:17:12.130 --> 00:17:14.020
  • the way we think is because when we think,
  • 00:17:14.020 --> 00:17:16.240
  • we're trying to figure something out.
  • 00:17:16.240 --> 00:17:18.210
  • - [Congregation] Yes.
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:20.050
  • - (scoffs) He's not trying to figure anything out, okay.
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:23.020
  • He's not processing to try to figure something out, okay?
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:25.290
  • Here's other thing, this relates to Cain and Abel.
  • 00:17:25.290 --> 00:17:29.090
  • God can't
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:32.130
  • be second.
  • 00:17:32.130 --> 00:17:33.070
  • He can't be. This is, theologically,
  • 00:17:34.130 --> 00:17:37.140
  • this is the theological word, pre-eminence of God.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:40.180
  • It means He's higher than all,
  • 00:17:42.060 --> 00:17:43.190
  • He is before all, He is above all, He's first of all.
  • 00:17:43.190 --> 00:17:47.200
  • God's first. He's first in the universe.
  • 00:17:47.200 --> 00:17:50.080
  • He's first. He'll never be second.
  • 00:17:50.080 --> 00:17:53.010
  • He can't be second.
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:54.120
  • Now, as pastors sometimes we'll say,
  • 00:17:55.160 --> 00:17:58.020
  • put God first in your life.
  • 00:17:58.020 --> 00:17:59.160
  • What's a good little saying
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:00.280
  • but even if God's not first in your life,
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:04.100
  • He's still first (snickers).
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:05.050
  • - [Congregation] Amen!
  • 00:18:05.050 --> 00:18:06.200
  • - You didn't rearrange the cosmos, you know? Okay.
  • 00:18:06.200 --> 00:18:09.090
  • God's first, alright.
  • 00:18:09.090 --> 00:18:11.080
  • - [Congregation] Yeah.
  • 00:18:11.080 --> 00:18:12.210
  • - So the reason God couldn't accept Cain's offering
  • 00:18:12.210 --> 00:18:16.040
  • because it wasn't first.
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:17.200
  • God can never be second.
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:19.280
  • Now you need to think about this
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:23.170
  • because a lot of us give God leftovers.
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:27.110
  • And in Malachi this is what God says,
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:31.150
  • "You bring me the lame and the blind
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:35.170
  • "and the maimed sacrifices."
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:37.280
  • And He says, this is what He says,
  • 00:18:37.280 --> 00:18:40.030
  • "I do not accept them.
  • 00:18:40.030 --> 00:18:41.120
  • "I will not accept that."
  • 00:18:43.020 --> 00:18:44.130
  • And He can't accept it.
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:46.000
  • So, firstfruits must be offered, here's the third thing.
  • 00:18:46.000 --> 00:18:48.240
  • The tithe must be first.
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:51.080
  • It gotta be first, and here's the Scripture.
  • 00:18:51.080 --> 00:18:53.080
  • Leviticus 27, verse 30,
  • 00:18:53.080 --> 00:18:55.070
  • "And all the tithe of the land,"
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:57.210
  • all, by the way, do you all know
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:01.130
  • what the Hebrew word for all means?
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:03.080
  • All, yeah, okay.
  • 00:19:03.080 --> 00:19:04.080
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:19:04.080 --> 00:19:05.070
  • "And all the tithe of the land,"
  • 00:19:05.070 --> 00:19:08.100
  • all
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:09.180
  • bonuses,
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:11.090
  • all,
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:12.240
  • "whether the seed of the land or the fruits of the tree,
  • 00:19:12.240 --> 00:19:16.020
  • "is
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:17.180
  • the Lord's."
  • 00:19:17.180 --> 00:19:19.060
  • It belongs to the Lord.
  • 00:19:19.060 --> 00:19:20.260
  • "It is holy,"
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:22.150
  • or set apart,
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:23.090
  • "to the Lord."
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:24.040
  • Some of you will say,
  • 00:19:24.040 --> 00:19:25.110
  • well how can the tithe belong to God
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:26.060
  • because God owns it all.
  • 00:19:26.060 --> 00:19:27.010
  • Yes, God owns it all,
  • 00:19:27.010 --> 00:19:28.190
  • but He has set apart the tithe
  • 00:19:28.190 --> 00:19:31.280
  • for His house.
  • 00:19:31.280 --> 00:19:33.240
  • He's just set it apart, it's consecrated for that.
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:36.130
  • And because it's consecrated,
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:38.110
  • if it's not given to His house,
  • 00:19:38.110 --> 00:19:39.210
  • it's stolen.
  • 00:19:39.210 --> 00:19:40.150
  • And I just have to say this.
  • 00:19:42.170 --> 00:19:44.200
  • You know when it says will a man rob God,
  • 00:19:44.200 --> 00:19:46.210
  • yeah, you've rob Me in tithes and offerings,
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:48.290
  • I never understood the word offerings
  • 00:19:48.290 --> 00:19:52.020
  • because I knew the tithes belong to God
  • 00:19:52.020 --> 00:19:54.050
  • but how can I rob God in offerings?
  • 00:19:54.050 --> 00:19:56.080
  • You know what I, I just wanna give you
  • 00:19:56.080 --> 00:19:57.160
  • a deeper revelation.
  • 00:19:57.160 --> 00:19:59.010
  • It's possible that God is saying,
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:20:00.270
  • you've robbed Me from blessing you.
  • 00:20:00.270 --> 00:20:04.070
  • - [Congregation] Oh.
  • 00:20:04.070 --> 00:20:06.030
  • You're robbing me from the opportunity
  • 00:20:06.030 --> 00:20:09.090
  • to open the windows of heaven over you
  • 00:20:09.090 --> 00:20:12.000
  • and rebuke the Devourer for your sake
  • 00:20:12.000 --> 00:20:14.130
  • because you won't trust Me with just 10% of your income.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • Okay, so the tithe belongs to God.
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  • How does this work out?
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  • I need, I told you I love math,
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  • I need to give you a mathematical analogy, alright?
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  • But please don't tune me out.
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  • I'm very good at math because my father was,
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  • I inherited it, my wife is not good at math.
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  • She's good at hundreds of things more than I am,
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  • but she does not understand numbers to save her life.
  • 00:20:43.290 --> 00:20:47.210
  • I mean, she just cannot understand numbers.
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  • And it's just life, and I've had to accept that.
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:53.280
  • (congregation laughing)
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  • So, Debbie and I were buying something,
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  • I'll tell you something funny.
  • 00:20:57.190 --> 00:20:59.030
  • Debbie and I were buying something one time for $7.99
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  • and so the lady said to me,
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:04.260
  • "I'll have to add the tax on the calculator
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:07.020
  • "because the cash register's broken",
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  • and I said, "It's 66 cents, that quickly.
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:13.170
  • And she said, she did like this on her little calculator
  • 00:21:13.170 --> 00:21:17.130
  • and she said, "It's 66 cents."
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:19.210
  • (congregation laughing)
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  • And I said, Okay.
  • 00:21:20.190 --> 00:21:22.050
  • So I paid for it, got out in the car and Debbie said to me,
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  • "How do you do that?"
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  • Now, let me help you, guys.
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  • I thought
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  • that she was actually asking me.
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:37.220
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:41.020
  • How do you do that?
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:43.240
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:45.200
  • I've found out later she couldn't care less how I do that.
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  • She's just complimenting me, you know, being sweet.
  • 00:21:52.030 --> 00:21:54.020
  • But I told her, and I kind of said it in the wrong way,
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  • I said, "Well, sugar, 7.99 is close to 8,
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  • our tax rate is 8.25,
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  • 8 times 8 is 64, a quarter of 8 is 2.
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  • 64 plus 2 is 66.
  • 00:22:07.290 --> 00:22:10.070
  • I said that should happen
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  • in less than a second in your mind.
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:14.110
  • (congregation cooing and laughing)
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  • She said,
  • 00:22:20.270 --> 00:22:23.130
  • "It doesn't."
  • 00:22:23.130 --> 00:22:24.290
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:26.160
  • And then she said, "But I know what 25% off means."
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:31.110
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:22:32.030 --> 00:22:33.110
  • Which meant I'm about to get you back, you know.
  • 00:22:33.110 --> 00:22:34.270
  • So, then she said, "And if it's 50% off, it's free."
  • 00:22:34.270 --> 00:22:39.200
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:22:40.120 --> 00:22:43.280
  • What?
  • 00:22:43.280 --> 00:22:45.160
  • And then she goes like this (scoffs) like I'm the one
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  • that doesn't understand math, you know?
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:50.020
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:22:50.020 --> 00:22:51.090
  • She said, "Robert, it is 50% off! It's free!"
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:53.150
  • And I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:56.020
  • She said, "Everyone knows 50% off is the same thing
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:59.160
  • as buy one,
  • 00:22:59.160 --> 00:23:00.260
  • - [Congregation] Get one free (laughing).
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:02.110
  • - Get one free! So it's free!
  • 00:23:02.110 --> 00:23:05.070
  • And she said, then she said,
  • 00:23:05.070 --> 00:23:06.130
  • "And the 75% off, you're making money!"
  • 00:23:06.130 --> 00:23:08.280
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:10.290
  • So let me just give you a natural math thing.
  • 00:23:10.290 --> 00:23:14.280
  • That was just for fun.
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  • So, if I paid you $1.000 dollars for a job.
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  • You have $1.000 dollars with your hand
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  • So you have ten $100-dollar bills,
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  • a tithe is 10% so you got $1.000
  • 00:23:25.180 --> 00:23:30.030
  • so how much is the tithe?
  • 00:23:30.030 --> 00:23:31.180
  • $100 dollars. Some of you thing carry to one, okay, fine.
  • 00:23:32.290 --> 00:23:35.270
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:23:35.270 --> 00:23:37.090
  • But you got ten $100-dollar bills in your hand,
  • 00:23:37.090 --> 00:23:38.260
  • so which one's the tithe?
  • 00:23:38.260 --> 00:23:40.040
  • First one, but how do you know which one's the first one?
  • 00:23:41.160 --> 00:23:43.020
  • So listen. It's the first one that leaves your hand.
  • 00:23:43.020 --> 00:23:45.200
  • See, if you go home and say
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:48.080
  • let me set aside some for the mortgage,
  • 00:23:48.080 --> 00:23:50.080
  • and then the utilities and groceries
  • 00:23:50.080 --> 00:23:52.230
  • and clothes and here's God's part.
  • 00:23:52.230 --> 00:23:54.190
  • That's not God's part,
  • 00:23:54.190 --> 00:23:56.030
  • you gave God's part to the mortgage company.
  • 00:23:56.030 --> 00:23:58.150
  • And the mortgage company
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  • does not have the power to bless your finances.
  • 00:24:00.140 --> 00:24:02.220
  • - [Congregation] Oh yeah.
  • 00:24:02.220 --> 00:24:03.170
  • - But God does.
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  • - [Voice] We should bring this-
  • 00:24:05.150 --> 00:24:06.140
  • - [Female Voice] Yes.
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:07.120
  • - And some people do this.
  • 00:24:07.120 --> 00:24:08.120
  • Let me set aside some, set aside,
  • 00:24:08.120 --> 00:24:10.060
  • oh, there's not enough leftover for God.
  • 00:24:10.060 --> 00:24:13.170
  • - [Female Voice] Ah, thank you, Lord.
  • 00:24:13.170 --> 00:24:16.080
  • - Okay, so let me finish this.
  • 00:24:16.080 --> 00:24:19.000
  • At the end of this chapter,
  • 00:24:19.000 --> 00:24:20.250
  • He says, you're son's gonna come and ask you about this.
  • 00:24:20.250 --> 00:24:23.290
  • And when your son comes and asks you,
  • 00:24:25.080 --> 00:24:27.210
  • you tell him, son, we used to be slaves.
  • 00:24:27.210 --> 00:24:30.050
  • We used to not own any land.
  • 00:24:31.120 --> 00:24:32.290
  • But God redeemed us with a mighty hand.
  • 00:24:34.210 --> 00:24:36.260
  • And everything we have now,
  • 00:24:37.260 --> 00:24:39.050
  • God has given us.
  • 00:24:39.050 --> 00:24:40.200
  • So we gladly tithe to the Lord.
  • 00:24:40.200 --> 00:24:44.070
  • So when I was young,
  • 00:24:45.040 --> 00:24:46.120
  • I would write a check, back before I did online,
  • 00:24:47.240 --> 00:24:50.250
  • I'd write the tithe check, put it over to the side
  • 00:24:50.250 --> 00:24:53.150
  • and then I'd pay the rest of the bills.
  • 00:24:53.150 --> 00:24:55.200
  • My oldest son came in and saw the tithe check and said,
  • 00:24:55.200 --> 00:24:59.100
  • "Dad, why are you giving so much money to the Church?"
  • 00:24:59.100 --> 00:25:02.030
  • And I remember this Scripture.
  • 00:25:03.170 --> 00:25:05.020
  • And I took my son and I set him in my lap,
  • 00:25:06.120 --> 00:25:08.250
  • and I said, "Son, you need to know something
  • 00:25:10.010 --> 00:25:11.200
  • "about daddy that you didn't, you don't know.
  • 00:25:11.200 --> 00:25:13.290
  • "But daddy wasn't always a Christian.
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:17.240
  • "And daddy was a very, very bad man.
  • 00:25:20.250 --> 00:25:23.000
  • "But God,
  • 00:25:28.010 --> 00:25:28.260
  • with a mighty hand,
  • 00:25:31.210 --> 00:25:33.280
  • "set your daddy free.
  • 00:25:33.280 --> 00:25:35.120
  • "And therefore, your daddy gladly gives to God,
  • 00:25:37.120 --> 00:25:42.120
  • "10% of everything he has, gladly."
  • 00:25:43.170 --> 00:25:45.280
  • Let me pray for you.
  • 00:25:47.190 --> 00:25:49.060
  • I pray, Lord, that every person watching
  • 00:25:49.060 --> 00:25:52.060
  • will put You first
  • 00:25:53.030 --> 00:25:55.170
  • in every area of our lives
  • 00:25:56.220 --> 00:25:58.210
  • including our finances,
  • 00:25:59.160 --> 00:26:01.290
  • in Jesus' name,
  • 00:26:01.290 --> 00:26:03.060
  • Amen.
  • 00:26:04.170 --> 00:26:05.200
  • Thanks so much for watching.
  • 00:26:05.200 --> 00:26:07.090
  • I'll see you next time.
  • 00:26:07.090 --> 00:26:08.240
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