I grew up on a coffee farm in Colombia. This picture is an acuarate representation, the basket, the berries and all. You try to pick only the red ones. The yellow and green ones need to stay on the bush for a later picking.
My Christmas money each year as a child came from my earnings picking coffee. The harvest started in October, so the timing was perfect.
On our coffee farm, we drank coffee from the worst beans. Picked green, or shrivelled. The best beans, like all farms everwhere, were shipped off to the market. Coffee was our cash crop. The best went to bring in cash. The worst went for our own consumption.
Today God makes a big deal about the best. He says it again and again. The best must go to Him. Not the worst. Not even the medium. No - only the best. Read with me...
1 "The Lord called to Moses from the Tabernacle[a] and said to him, 2 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present an animal as an offering to the Lord, you may take it from your herd of cattle or your flock of sheep and goats.
3 “If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects."
“When you present grain as an offering to the Lord, the offering must consist of choice flour. You are to pour olive oil on it, sprinkle it with frankincense, 2 and bring it to Aaron’s sons, the priests. The priest will scoop out a handful of the flour moistened with oil, together with all the frankincense, and burn this representative portion on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 3 The rest of the grain offering will then be given to Aaron and his sons. This offering will be considered a most holy part of the special gifts presented to the Lord."
“If you present an animal from the herd as a peace offering to the Lord, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects."
Only the best.
Something to ponder...