Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.

First-fruits

The first-fruits of the ground were offered unto God just as the first-born of man and animals.

The law required,

  1. That on the morrow after the Passover Sabbath a sheaf of new corn should be waved by the priest before the altar (Lev. 23:5,6, 10, 12, 2:12).
  2. That at the feast of Pentecost two loaves of leavened bread, made from the new flour, were to be waved in like manner (Lev. 23:15, 17; Num. 28:26).
  3. The feast of Tabernacles was an acknowledgement that the fruits of the harvest were from the Lord (Ex. 23:16, 34:22).
  4. Every individual, besides, was required to consecrate to God a portion of the first-fruits of the land (Ex. 22:29, 23:19, 34:26; Num. 15:20,21).
  5. 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 (Lev. 19:23-25). Jeremiah (Jer. 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.


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