The feast of Pentecost has to wait a bit until this one is settled. Let’s talk about the feast of the Wave Sheaf Offering. It is otherwise known as the feast of first fruits.
This is the season where the first fruits of the barley harvest is ready. Barley was usually the first to ripen. The next was wheat, and hence the first fruit of the wheat gathering is what is called the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.
The high priest offers the first fruits of the barley- the first small section to ripen before the main harvest of the rest. He offers them to the Lord as holy by waving it in the temple. It’s just as Paul said:
For if the firstfruit is holy , the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.Romans 11:16
The offering of the first fruits as holy makes the rest of the bountiful harvest blessed by the Lord as holy.
Now let’s get to the nitty gritty 👇
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:
‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf, on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.Leviticus 23:10-11
Awesome! The first harvest corresponded to the Feast of the Wave Sheaf Offering. Seven weeks later, wheat 🌾 would follow on the Feast of Weeks.
Now look at that portion of Scripture…
✅ Firstly, you’d notice that the priest was to wave it; hence the name Wave-Sheaf Offering.
✅ Secondly, this was to be done the day after Sabbath.
Remember the Passover event? Jesus died before the Sabbath. Sabbath becomes the second day. Now this event was to be performed the day after that Sabbath. Hence, the third day.
Now, Jesus arose on that day, very early that morning before daybreak. You’d see that from the account of John:
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.John 20:1
When Mary got there, He was already risen. She run to call Peter and John, who were also on their way to the tomb. They all checked the tomb again and found His body missing. So Peter and John returned home, leaving Mary alone in the garden close to the tomb. By then, the sun had just risen. It was then that Mary encountered Jesus, but she didn’t recognize Him immediately, she thought He was the gardener. When He revealed Himself to Her finally…He told her not to touch Him 👇
Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father, but go to my brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'”John 20:17
So Jesus ascended first to the Father, before showing Himself to the rest of the disciples and allowing them to touch Him. That first ascension was Jesus presenting Himself to the temple in Heaven, in order to be declared alive legally. The third hour of that day (9am), was also when the High Priest was waving the first fruits of the barley harvest to the Lord in the temple.
Jesus told Mary that he had to ascend to the Father first. This was obviously not the ascension on Mount Olives, because He let His disciples touch Him later that day. He even had Thomas feel the holes in His hands and feet.
I believe it was at that same hour that Jesus presented Himself to the Father as the First fruit of the resurrection, fulfilling this 👇
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.1 Corinthians 15:20
He is the First fruit raised, of all who are asleep (dead). Jesus said:
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.John 12:24
When that grain dies, it dies alone. However, in its rising, it rises with more fruits – more new grain. Like a mango seed that dies in the soil alone and rises from the soil (grave) as a plant that becomes a tree with more mango fruits.
So now that Jesus presented himself to the Father as the first fruit of the resurrection…. What did Paul say?
“If the first fruit is holy. . .the rest of the harvest becomes holy.” This began our sanctification – as holy.
As we have a first fruit raised from the dead gloriously, we know that the same would happen to the harvest. We will all be raised again into a new glorious body. What a wonderful event that would be 🔥🔥
Hope you enjoyed this session. There are more episodes to follow.