Feast of firstfruits Leviticus 23:9-14 Followed Passover and Unleavened bread Kept on the next day after Sabbath Not observed in Egypt or Wilderness Only to be observed in the promised land Deut 8:7-9 They lacked nothing Bring to be accepted Carried to the priest Waved before the Lord
Feast of firstfruits Followed by Burnt offering, Meat offering, Drink offering – No sin offering. First sheaf – sample of the great harvest to follow Meaning of the feast : 1 Cor 15:20,23 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
Fulfillment of the Feast of Firstfruits. Exactly on the day of feast of Passover Jesus Christ died Exactly on the day of feast of Firstfruits Jesus Christ rose again. Passover – picture of Christ’s death Firstfruits – picture of Christ’s resurrection Lev 23: 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the L ORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Resurrection of Christ is the proof ‘My debt of sin is paid and now I am free’. That sheaf was a prototype of all the harvest that would follow. When that one sheaf was accepted, rest of the harvest was also accepted. Christ was firstborn among many brethren – Rom 8:29 Christ was firstborn from the dead Col 1:18
What about the rest of the dead? Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the 1000 years were finished. Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection.
Lesson for Life Will you dedicate the first 20 minutes of each day to offer to the Lord as your symbolic first fruit offering? Will you spend next 5 minutes in prayer with your neighbor to make a commitment to the Lord? Have an accountability partner to fulfill your offering of first fruit?