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The Picture of the Firstfruits

This week, as we have celebrated the Passover, and remembered the deliverance that God brought about for His people in Egypt; we also remember how we ourselves have experienced God’s deliverance from slavery to sin. The beauty of the picture of God’s work of salvation no longer is a ‘theological construct’ to be studied, but a hope inspiring recognition of the restoration of new life in Him. It was the traditions that God made part of Jewish custom which showed the pattern that God was going to use in the future fulfillment of His plan of salvation for all of us.

Many Christians think of the Sunday morning after Passover as ‘Easter Sunday.’ But it is so important to take notice what was happening in Jewish tradition on that very same day, because of the way the patterns of tradition continue to show us their fulfillment in Jesus.

“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. (Lev 23:10-11)

The same Sunday that Jesus rose from the dead was the time when the very first part of the harvest was being brought to the Priest to “wave” before the Lord. Jesus often used imagery of a harvest to compare the salvation process of mankind. Not only this, but Paul also speaks about Jesus Himself becoming the “Firstfruits” of the harvest of salvation:

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (1 Cor 15:20-24)

We can conclude that Jesus’ resurrection was the opening of the season of the harvest, and that God has called us all to understand how we are to take part in this season. Each of us has been sent out into a different part of His harvest, and are called to be faithful to Him in the field that He has placed us. Later this year we will talk about the end of the season which happens at the Feast of Tabernacles, and how it is a symbol of the completion of “bringing in the harvest.” No wonder the prophet Zechariah prophesied about the end times saying:

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Zechariah 14:16)

 

Comments(6)

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    Thomas Santo says

    Thanks for sharing the importance of the “first fruits” in light of both Passover and Christianity.

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      Daniel says

      Hi Tom,
      Thanks for the feedback.

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    Ellen Kinney says

    Dan & Shirit,

    Your excellent analogy regarding “first fruits” in your closing paragraphs invokes a myriad of ways Christians can extrapolate the concept into a deeper understanding of God’s Word and its relevance to our daily lives. My Bible research app shows the word “harvest” is used 69 times from Genesis all the way to the Book of Revelation. At RCF today, we looked at John 21:15, where Jesus takes the notion a step further by instructing Peter to “Feed My lambs” [i.e., the first fruits of His harvest], and in verses 16 &17, to “tend (and feed) My sheep” [i.e., mature followers]. Thanks for providing much “food” for thought.

    PS-Your girls are growing up so beautiful and SO fast!

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      Daniel says

      Thanks, Ellen. We appreciate you being here with us and we look forward to seeing you this summer.
      Blessings.
      (They do grow up way too fast)

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    Scott "in the weeds" Henderson says

    Luke 10:2 comes to mind…

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      Daniel says

      Luke 10:2
      “Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
      May God find us as willing to go out into His harvest.
      Amen.

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