It took more faith to save Yisra’el than lamb’s blood on the doorposts as the Destroyer of the firstborn roamed the streets of Mitzraim during the first Passover. Then came being cornered by a huge army and going into the desert without sufficient water or food. It’s all part of the training in righteousness that all believers in the LORD much travel.
There’s more to “you shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17) than lusting after other people’s stuff. That’s the lesson of Torah reading תבוא Ki Tavo (“when you come in,” Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8), which wraps an elaboration of the Ten Commandments that spans most of the book.
Under the hood of the instructions about the thanksgiving ceremony for first fruits of the Land’s crops and the third-year tithe is this message: We also are to be grateful for what the LORD has placed in our hands and use it to produce a “bumper crop” for the Kingdom.
This is a special time in God’s calendar. We have reached Shavuot, the “Feast of Sevens.” It’s also called Pentecost, which is Greek for 50th. This feast is, in a sense, a continuation of the fulfillment of the covenant God made with Abraham.
The book of Exodus shows us how God did not forget the covenant He made with Abraham. It was not fulfilled during the lives of Abraham, Yitskhak (Isaac), Ya’akob (Jacob) or Yosef (Joseph). He took more than 400 years to fulfill that promise.
The Feast of Weeks, called Shavuot in Hebrew and Pentecost in Greek, commemorates the harvest of the second crop of the year, wheat. It’s connected to the Firstfruits of the harvest at Passover time. Yeshua is called the firstfruit of the resurrection of the dead.
Shavuot also is connected to the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai and the giving of the Spirit of God after Yeshua’s resurrection.
God loves the world but He shows His love in a different way than we might think. We must not hoard the mysteries of the kingdom of God all to ourselves.
Chag Matzot (Unleavened Bread), one of the festivals of the Lord is not primarily about eating lots of matzoh, but about “eating” and absorbing Yeshua’s pure and true testimony about God. As you nibble on the matzoh, think about God’s word and how you can absorb God’s word into your inner being.
Texts: Ex. 13:1; Lev. 23:9–10; 1st Cor. 11:17–34
The Apostle Paul said that the unleavened bread eaten at Passover and the seven days afterward represent “sincerity and truth” (1st Cor. 5:8). Yeshua told the disciples in the book of John that they were all clean, except for Judas (John 13:9–11). Yeshua said it was His word that made them clean (John 15:2–3).
Those who are still leavened are in a condition of “malice and wickedness” because they don’t have Yeshua’s word (1st Cor. 5:8). When God places Yeshua’s word in our hearts, we possess the truth.
As we go through the days of Unleavened Bread, we are becoming completely full of truth and sincere in the way that God is sincere, not a worldly sincerity.
Throughout the TaNaKh, the firstborn male holds a special spiritual significance because that status is a symbol of Yeshua who is God’s firstborn.
Since Yeshua’s death and resurrection, He has been building up a group of people, a community, for God. Sometimes, we have this impression that Yeshua does all the work of salvation and that God has no role to play, but Yeshua tells us otherwise. In the parable of the vineyard, Yeshua tells us that it is the Father that prunes the vines — not Yeshua, not the people, but God. God is the vinedresser.
Originally God had called the firstborn to be the priests to His people but He later chose the tribe of Levi to be His priests instead. God does sanctify the firstborn, but many times He has specifically chosen men who are not first born as His. That goes all the way back to Abel, down to Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Joseph, Ephraim, Moses and David. All these men were not firstborn of the flesh, yet they received a special anointing from God.
Jacob’s prophesy over Reuben in Gen. 49:3–4 is more about the Messiah than it is about Reuben personally. The entire Torah tells us about Yeshua (John 5:39).
God’s appointed time of Firstfruits, חַג הַקָּצִיר בִּכּוּרֵי מַעֲשֶׂיךָ Chag ha-Qatsir Bokerei Ma’aseikha (Festival of the Harvest, First of Your Labor) or in Hebrew, relates to the beginning of the harvest, the first head of ripened grain. The Hebrew word for first of the harvest is רֵאשִׁית קְצִיר reshiyth qatzir (Strong’s lexicon nos. H7221 and H7105) (Lev. 23:10). The priest is supposed to wave an עֹמֶר omer (Strong’s H6106a), or sheaf, of the first grain before God. The community can’t partake of the newly harvested barley until after the omer is presented by the priest to God.
There are three things this day represents:
- Sanctified firstborn.
Are you a type of firstfruit? None of us is the true first fruit because only Yeshua fulfills that office as the firstborn of those who have died and will never die again.
Death and sin are the worse enemy we face (1st Cor. 15:26), and Yeshua conquered both. The wages of sin are death, but eternal life is a gift from God through Yeshua’s death (Rom. 6:23). Sin has no more dominion over you (Rom. 6:14).
God prunes those vines that are producing so they will produce more. God is the light, and Yeshua reflects and expands it. God said, “Let there be light.” Light comes from life, not death.
Yeshua comes with His reward. The reward is not a thing such as money or lots of stuff. The reward Yeshua brings is the divinely appointed task for us to do. In Eden, Adam and Eve worked. In God’s economy, His people will be working too.
Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy.
How do we qualify to enter the kingdom of Messiah and rule with Him as priests and kings?
No grander or greater opportunity will come to any human being than to be called by the God of Creation to leadership and teaching as a priest/king, ruling under King Yeshua for 1,000 years. This is a time when God will begin got restore all thongs lost by the judgement brought about by Adam’s disobedience. Our Earth has been under a curse for 6,000 years ruled by Satan, who is “the prince of the power of the air.”
The goal of this study is to identify and examine the Scriptures that show how the called out “firstfruits” can guarantee their place in the Kingdom of God.
Shavu’ot is a holiday celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits. By this time, most of the harvest is gathered, prepped and stored. But God told His people in Leviticus 23 that they were supposed to leave a remnant behind for the “poor and the stranger.” Continue reading Shavu’ot: Firstfruits and the remnant of the crop left for the poor