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SCKIPTURE ILUJSTBA'I'IOSS.âiSo. 212. Lev XXIII. 15.âWhen ve be come into the land w!ticli I crive unto you, aud shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall brins* f* sheaf ot the first fruits of vour harvest unto the priest-" Tiie first-fruits of the harvest were offered to God at the feast of the Passover,on the sixteenth or isafl, The slieaf of- barley designed for this offering was gathered and prepared with great ceremony. The Sanhedrim deputed a number of priests 10 go into the fields and reap a handful of the first ripe corti and these, attended by great crowds of people, went out of one of the crates of Jerusalem into the neighbouring corn- fields. The first-fruits thus reaped were carried, with great pomp and rejoi>in<r, through the streets (o the temple. The Jewish writers sav that an fix preceded them. with gilded horns and an olive crown upon his head, and tlllt a pipe played before them until tikev appro-tolied the city. On entering it, thev crowned the first fruits, that is, exposed them to sight with as much pomp as thev could and the chief ofih:ers of the temple went out to meet them. This was to testify their acknowledgment, that the fruits of the earth were the gracious boon of that Jehovah who gives rain, both the former and the latter rain, in its season, and reserves to men the appointed weeks of harvest;" that lie had a right over those blessi.igs which he so freelv bestowed for, to use the language of St. James, "every good gift, and every perfect .iff, is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." It was with reference to tlrs custom that ollr Lord is spoken of as the first-fruits of them that sic-I)t,-tlie first-fruits of that harvest to be gathered into the sarner of the Lord at the end of the world. The custom was (lotibileis in- tended to typify this great event. That which is sown in corruption shall be r ised in incorrup- tinn. To this great and momentous event, then -ti-e resiirrertl,)ii of file I)o(,'V ;it tlje lait is the Cliristiati's (iiity to look t*(*)r%i,ard to bear in mind, that on that day the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incor- ruptible, and an eternal separation shall be made between the wheat and the tares, between the good and the bad seed.-Cliai-ch of England Magazine.

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