————— April 07, 2015 —————

Firstfruits!

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the Firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it” Leviticus 23:9-11.

Firstfruits is the third of seven feasts the Lord… it was when they gave the Lord the first of the harvest.  This is terribly poignant – Because Yeshua Ha’Masiach is the first of the dead that was resurrected.  And that resurrection is a fulfillment of this prophecy.

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And if we believe God, then His Son was raised on FirstFruits.

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised, And if Christ be not raised, then your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished… But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His Coming.  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God…   – 1 Corinthians 15:16-18, 20-24

Paul wrote this in the New Testament to confirm that Yeshua indeed fulfilled the feast instituted thousands of years before His birth.  Is that not incredible?  What’s more incredible is that there is a promise tacked on the end – while Christ fulfilled it… it was only as the first of those yet to come.  There will be more resurrected!  Christ the Firstfruits is come and risen!!

Now something that need addressing is the fact that some people believe that because Christ resurrected on Firstfruits, we will, too.  I don’t know.  But even so, Messiah, come!

When is Firstfruits?  The wording in scripture is… funky.  It says it’s the day after Sabbath, according to Lev 23.  So in case you wondered, that DOESN’T mean that Firstfruits was Easter Sunday – that’s like SIX DAYS from Pesach, and Messiah rose in three days, right?  So in case you were wondering, here’s the skinny: Pesach is a Sabbath, and Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath… they’re feastly Sabbaths, so they count.  Messiah arose on Firstfruits, and that’s the third day… so if Pesach is the first day, and Unleavened is the second (and that’s the Sabbath right before Firstfruits), then Firstfruits would be the third day.  So… okay.  I got it.  Finally!!

 

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