According to the book of Genesis, the first family on earth felt compelled to make offerings to the Lord. It’s unclear if God first communicated the concept of a tithe to Adam while living in the Garden of Eden or later on in life. Nonetheless, sons of Adam, Cain and Abel began to practice what is referred to as first fruits. As a farmer, Cain brought forth crops during the harvest. Meanwhile, little brother Abel was a shepherd, not withholding any expense, presenting the Lord with some of his finest sheep. These offerings often reveal who trusts God completely from those whom are still trying to control the steering wheel.
In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord, Genesis 4:3.
Like buying Christmas gifts, some individuals have the means to purchase anything they want. Meanwhile, the majority have to set spending limits to avoid going into debt. This limitation can create animosity between family members or friends over the holidays. If you expect a certain amount of gifts in your mind, any type of high expectations can lead to disappointment. From God’s perspective, He is the Creator of life, a spiritual father to all. Unfortunately, human nature breeds selfishness, causing many to forget about God the Father, like the wayward child in the parable of the prodigal son.
And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, Genesis 4:4.
The prophet Isaiah uses the term Emmanuel to refer to the coming Messiah, Jesus. When translated into English, Emmanuel means God with us. Perhaps, this inspired three Magi to each bring gifts from their lands. One brought gold, another frankincense and the last myrrh. If there is a lesson people can learn from these three wise men it’s that tithes and lives go together. Giving tithes and transforming lives go hand in hand. As Christmas Day approaches, may the Holy Spirit inspire you to give back to God through tithes and a rededicated life to Jesus.
by Jay Mankus