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FIRST-BORN

The ancient Rabbis called Yahweh Himself "Firstborn of the World" (Rabbi Bechai cited in Lightfoot’s commentary on Colossians). Rabbis also used firstborn as a Messianic title. "God said, ’As I made Jacob a first-born (Exodus 4:22), so also will I make king Messiah a first-born’ (Psalm 89:28)."

(R. Nathan in Shemoth Rabba, cited by Lightfoot in his commentary on Colossians)

--David Guzik

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