We enjoyed a beautiful celebration of our Risen Saviour this spring during the Feast of First Fruits. When I first began researching the Biblical feast days, I was amazed to discover that there was already a Biblically ordained festival for His literal day of Resurrection. Who needs Easter and its competing secular counterpoints? We've learned so much by shedding the traditions of man and embracing observance of the calendar of YHWH.
During the week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread, you have the Passover meal as well as the Feast of First Fruits. All the spring feasts, through Pentecost, were all fulfilled through Christ's first coming. The fall feasts are YET TO BE fulfilled, and they will be completed when He comes again. So historically speaking, we are in the harvest season right now, awaiting His return. We've gone through the spring, and we are looking ahead to fall. It's a beautiful blessing to embrace our place in the story still unfolding in God's Plan! And yes! These things that God intended for His people for them to remember, observe, set aside and be set apart with, are still relevant, accessible and purifying for us today, as grateful grafted-in children of the Most High! HalleluYah!
To combine the elements of this feast with its fulfilment, we made harvest bundles for all our guests as a centrepiece to our table. Each adult and child got a paper bundle with their name attached, to "wave" as we prayed THANKS to the one True God of Israel, YHWH.
We read through the glorious story of Yeshua (Jesus), His resurrection from the dead, HE IS OUR FIRST FRUITS!!! Woo-hoo! The grave could not hold Him. Shout it from the highest mountain!
"You are looking for Yeshua from Natzeret, who was executed on the stake. He has risen, He's not here!" -Mark 16:6
We filled the table with all kinds of delicious fruit, end-to-end! We also studied the fruits of the Spirit. The kids enjoyed a wagon ride while we watched, "Miracle of Israel." It was a beautiful day! He Is Risen, Indeed!!!
The most significant thing I learned in observing this year, was the "A-ha!" of finally understanding the 3-days, 3-nights sign. Because there can be 2 Sabbaths in one week with the high feast of Unleavened Bread, there is an additional Sabbath in the middle of the week. This allows for the Sign of Jonah to actually be TRUTH. Our Messiah said that the only sign He would give that He was Messiah, would be that of the sign of Jonah (Matthew 12:39; Matthew 16:4): 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the whale.
Well, "Good Friday-Easter Sunday" may be convenient to man-made tradition, but no matter which way you slice it, it still doesn't add up to 3-days AND 3-nights. We can count to three! The amazing Truth unfolds right in the observance of this feast. This would never have been a mystery if we had grown up studying and learning the Biblical feasts! When we forsake the Truth in favor of man's traditions, we literally forsake the only sign He said He would give!
Don't settle! The Truth is more fulfilling and freedom-giving.
We finished up our Feast of Unleavened Bread with some more Passover celebration and, on this day of First Fruits, we started counting the Omer!
Leviticus 23:15-16, "You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath...."
See you at Shavuot!! Pentecost=50 days.