<<first of the season’s crop>>
What ‘first fruits’ can I bring to the Lord in gratitude?
of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Prov 3:9,10).
Tithing (giving to the Lord) is often termed the first fruits – it’s acknowledging man’s dependence on God as well as expressing thankfulness for the benefits received. The earliest account recorded of bringing an offering to God is of Cain and Abel (Gen 4:3-7). One of the feasts or celebrations of Israel’s annual calendar was based on this principle (Ex 23:16). This was later known as Pentecost.
In the NT the term is used to indicate the Holy Spirit who is within believers is just a foretaste of our eternal salvation (Rom 8:23). It also portrays the early NT Christians who were the first fruit of a vast company of believers, as well as (being used) of Jesus who is the first fruit of those who will rise from the dead (Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 15:20-23; Jas 1:18).
See also: Abel, Cain, feasts, first, fruit, tithing.