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Today is First Fruits

Bob Barney

First Fruits
In Leviticus 23, God gave us His holy days to follow.   The days God chose for us to observe had to do with prophecy and His plan for our salvation.  One cannot understand the mind of God, and God's plan by following pagan days like Halloween, Christmas and Easter.  The Plain Truth is that those days are actually forbidden by God to observe!  God gave these holy days to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  From that moment on, the Tabernacle was constructed and the feasts observed exactly according to the instructions of the Lord, by the true believers.

It is the third feast, First Fruits, which happens today.   Passover week ends which remembers the death of Jesus. First Fruits is much more important, as it represents the day when Christ rose to the Father and became God again. This Feast, Unleavened Bread, demonstrates the time when Jesus was actually BORN AGAIN from mortal to immortal!  Yes the Bible says that Jesus was Born Again, a term that simply means going from a dead mortal body to a resurrected spiritual body.  Paul writes: "And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by Him and for Him."

Christ is the first born of those who will follow Him on the last great day, a day when all Christians will "hear His voice" and be raised from the dead, ON THE LAST DAY (The Day Christ returns).

Many Christians mistakenly believe that First Fruits, is Easter, an ancient pagan fertility rite  Easter is simply a Babylonian festival with a Biblical holy convocation.

So then, in His Last week as a human, the LORD celebrated the first three feasts, each in the appropriate manner. He was crucified on Passover DAY, answering to the Blood of the Lamb, which had gotten the chosen people out of slavery to begin with; He was buried on Unleavened Bread (“This bread is my body”) — a case of a dead man arranging his own burial at the appropriate time. And He was raised to the Father and became Spirit again on First Fruits, as a demonstration of the future resurrection of the church. That wasn’t the end of the Lord’s ministry on earth, even though we assume He was inactive after that. As a matter of fact, He continued, regarding His promise to the disciples in John 14, to send the Holy Spirit. The fourth feast, Pentecost, occurs 50 days after First Fruits (Lev. 23:15–16), and on that very day, the Holy Spirit attended the Pentecost festivities at the Temple site “like a rushing, mighty wind.” Pentecost represents the summer harvest, a larger harvest than First Fruits, but not so large as the fall crops, and the Holy Spirit harvested 3,000 people (Acts 2:41). On the occasion when the Law came, Israel had made a golden calf, and by God’s direction, 3,000 were killed (Ex. 32:28). And now, on Pentecost, the same number were returned to the Chosen People, “The letter kills, the Spirit gives life.”

The "Word" of John 1:1 is a divine Person, not a philosophical abstraction. In the incarnation, the invisible God became visible in Christ; deity was clothed with humanity (Matthew 17:2). God is in Christ: visible, audible, approachable, knowable, and available. All that God is, Christ is.

Jesus is LORD of Creation
The description "first-born of all creation" speaks of Christ’s preexistence. He is not a creature but the eternal Creator (John 1:10). God created the world through Christ and redeemed the world through Christ (Hebrews 1:2-4). Jesus is the "I AM" of the Old Testament, Yahweh, the God who appeared to Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob and Moses. David's Lord!

 

Happy FirstFruits in 50 Days. PENTECOST-- The Birthday of the New Testament Church of God

 

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