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First-Fruits

Easton's Bible Dictionary

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The law required,

  • That on the morrow after the Passover Sabbath a sheaf of new corn should be waved by the priest before the altar (Leviticus 23:5,6,10,12; 2:12 ).

  • That at the feast of Pentecost two loaves of leavened bread, made from the new flour, were to be waved in like manner (Leviticus 23:15,17; Numbers 28:26 ).

  • The feast of Tabernacles was an acknowledgement that the fruits of the harvest were from the Lord (Exodus 23:16; 34:22 ).

  • Every individual, besides, was required to consecrate to God a portion of the first-fruits of the land (Exodus 22:29; 23:19; 34:26; Numbers 15:20,21 ).

  • The law enjoined that no fruit was to be gathered from newly-planted fruit-trees for the first three years, and that the first-fruits of the fourth year were to be consecrated to the Lord (Leviticus 19:23-25 ). (Jeremiah 2:3 ) alludes to the ordinance of "first-fruits," and hence he must have been acquainted with the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, where the laws regarding it are recorded.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'First-Fruits'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ebd/​f/first-fruits.html. 1897.
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