In Case You Missed It -- Deuteronomy 26, Psalm 112
The people of Israel make a visible act of faith by offering to God their firstfruits, whereby they acknowledge God’s past provision and reveal trust for future provision. In our reading today, as the people offer firstfruits to the priest, they are to recite the story of God’s goodness to their ancestor Jacob (who was renamed Israel) and to recount their redemption by God from Egyptian slavery (Deuteronomy 26:1-11) God is giving Israel a story to tell and retell, that they might forever remember that YHWH provides and intends to care for His children. As these offerings reflect trust in God’s future goodness to Israel, God is actually preparing them to understand how He will give them His own firstfruits—the New Testament reveals that Jesus is the firstfruits from among the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). Israel’s firstfruits point towards a time when God would genuinely provide everything His people need. God is a master storyteller and teacher, and even as God commands firstfruits from His people, He does so to prepare them to understand how they might be fruitful forever through the gift of His own first and best, the Son of God.