So far we’ve looked at Passover, MATZA, Firstfruits and Shavuot.
What’s awesome is how every one of these festivals are directly correlated with Yeshua’s death, burial and resurrection.
First, Yeshua was executed on Passover day, and no he wasn’t executed as some human sin sacrifice as I already pointed out.
Just as the blood of the Passover lamb marked out believers to be spared judgement, by trusting in Yeshua’s death for us, we are marked out as being exempt from judgement.
Second, the Feast of MATZA teaches us that no sin (as represented by leaven) can accompany us into the new life the Lord has prepared for us.
And of course, Yeshua proclaimed himself to be the Unleavened Bread of life.
Finally, because Yeshua’s body and life was “unleavened“, he was the first to be bodily resurrected.
We can see from the observance of BIKKURIM that it is not until after the Firstfruits of the harvest that the people may partake of the harvest.
Yeshua was resurrected first and then later we will be resurrected from our graves (if we are unleavened) just as he was.
So yes, I am saying that Firstfruits is indicative of the resurrection.
Recall the “As-in-Heaven-so-on-Earth Princple“.
These feasts have both a physical earthly component and a spiritual component.
The Firstfruits festival we’re reading about here in Leviticus 23 has been observed by Israel for many centuries while the temple existed.
Of course today it is still celebrated but in a different manner as there is now no temple.
Yeshua elevated the meaning of Firstfruits to its fullest spiritual intent as intended by the Father.
For Yeshua’s disciples today, it is a celebration of remembrance.
This is a finished work.
However, there is an interesting mystery I hope to explore as we move forward.
The first OMER (sheaf of grain) is presented to God as Firstfruits and then AFTERWARDS the people are able to partake of the grain.
Now that Yeshua has been presented to the Father as the firstfruits of the resurrection, when can we believers partake of the resurrection?
In other words, is there a Feast that represents that day?
Heck to the yeah there is!
We’ll be getting into that discussion soon!
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“But the fact is that the Messiah
has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have died.”
1 Corinthians 15:20