First-Fruits and Tithes
The Israelites were God’s tenants-at-will. The entire land and its produce were His; and they were required to acknowledge His ownership by the payment of first-fruits-both at Passover and at Pentecost, Lev 2:14 ; Num 28:26 -and of tithes.
All we possess and all we earn are equally the gift of God. Let us acknowledge this by setting apart a fixed proportion of the results of our daily work, whether wages, or crops, or brood, or herd. The words of this ancient collect, with very slight modifications, will suit us well, Deu 26:5-10 . Note the injunction of Deu 26:11 . There is not enough joy in our lives or faces. Nothing so quickly commends our religion as the gladness which the world can neither give nor take. To joy let us add intercession, Deu 26:15 ; and let us never forget to renew our vows of consecration when we bring our gifts, Deu 26:16 .