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Morrish Bible Dictionary

First-Fruits

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1. As God had claimed the first-born of man and beast, so also he claimed the first of the first-fruits, that they might be presented as an acknowledgement that God was the giver of them, and thanks be rendered for His gifts. All the males were to present themselves three times in the year before God, and these occasions were arranged at the times of ingathering of the barley (at the Feast of Unleavened Bread); of wheat (at the Feast of Weeks); and of the vintage (at the Feast of Tabernacles). Exodus 23:16,19; Exodus 34:22,26; Deuteronomy 18:4; Deuteronomy 26:10; Ezekiel 48:14 .

2. Christians are said to have the first-fruits of the Spirit: they have the earnest or pledge of still future and larger blessing. Romans 8:23; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:14 .

3. Those first gathered to God in any economy are called the first-fruits. Romans 11:16; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15; James 1:18; Revelation 14:4 .

4. Christ, being raised from among the dead, is the first-fruits of them that sleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20,23 . 'First-fruits' necessarily imply that there are more like them to follow.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'First-Fruits'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/f/first-fruits.html. 1897.

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