03 Jan 2016

What is Mammon and How It Relates to First Fruits ~ Mary Beth McElroy

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God is now ready to deliver us from mammon. Mammon is that which brings wealth through the world’s systems. It is controlled by satan & gives vent to all sorts of unrestrained desires & lusts, it gives place to the unquenchable desire for more, that insatiable desire for more with little or no concern for others. It is the womb that gives birth to covetousness and greed. I can’t prove it, but Mammon is who Lucifer became in the fall.

It started before the garden. Satan is the inventor of sin. He lusted after the throne of God. He lusted after the power and the opulence that came with that throne. He had wealth. He was covered with precious stones. He had palaces. He appears to have been the highest of all created beings. Just like God, he had a throne, yet, he lusted for more, for control, to make everything and everyone in Heaven & in earth revolve around him. “I will ascend into Heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mountain of the congregation on the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the Most High.” He wanted the power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, & blessing reserved for the Lamb in Revelation.

God is bringing this whole mammon thing to the forefront because we are going back to the Garden. It is the restoration of all things. In the garden, Adam tilled the ground. He was told to dress it & keep it. The trees of the garden were pleasant to the sight, and good for food. In addition to the trees for eating, there was the tree of life & the tree of the knowledge of good & evil. God didn’t say they couldn’t eat from the tree of life. The only tree they could not eat from was the tree of the knowledge of good & evil. God said it was off limits. It will kill you.

The serpent said they won’t die. They would be like God knowing good & evil. The desire for God’s portion overcame them & they partook. I’ve heard it said that this was the tithe, but a tithe is a tenth of the harvest. There was no harvest yet. They ate their Firstfruit. The Firstfruit is the promise of a harvest. The ground had not yet fully produced, but it would because Adam tended it. They ate that which was set aside for dedication to the Lord. It was the Firstfruit of a world that Adam would subdue. Is it any wonder the Savior was crucified on a tree?

Now instead of working with man, the earth would resist him. It was cursed. Instead of cooperating with man, it brought forththorns and thistles. Compare thorns & thistles to the promise in Prov. 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your substance and the Firstfruits of all your increase, so shall your barns be filled with plenty & your presses burst forth with new wine.”

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