Feast of Firstfruits
Passport Destination No. 3
God's Plan for Glorification
God grants victory to those who walk in obedience and gratitude
Have you ever told your kids they can't eat until you all have prayed and given thanks? If so, you are teaching them the basic principle of the Feast of Firstfruits.
The Battle of Jericho
& The Resurrection
After months of hard work planting a field (or working your 9-5 job!), the temptation to feel entitled to the harvest (your paycheck) is thwarted by the Feast of Firstfruits. Just as the name implies, the first ripened fruits of the harvest are given to the LORD before the remaining harvest matures and is harvested. This is not only an act of gratitude for what the Lord has provided, it is an act of faith that God will continue to provide.
Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect, together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin of wine. You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.' Leviticus 23:10-14
When the Israelites conquered Jericho, all the silver, gold, bronze, and iron were to be given to the LORD's treasury as a firstfruit offering. Because a single person, named Achan, disobeyed and stole some of the treasures that belonged to the LORD, the LORD became angry and His blessing was no longer on the Israelites. As a result, they lost the next battle that should have been an "easy" win. Once Joshua discovered the truth and punished all those associated with the sin, God was no longer angry with them and they continued in victory over their enemies. God takes what we give in obedience and multiplies it for His glory and good pleasure.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? Luke 16:10
Yeshua (Jesus), after being buried for 3 days, rose to life on the Feast of Firstfruits like a dead seed buried in the ground then suddenly arising to bring forth fruit. However, many forget that several other saints were also raised to life with Him that day. Ever wondered why?
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
As the season of firstfruits approaches, barley is the first grain that springs up and is ready to be harvested well before wheat. The miracle of these saints resurrected with Yeshua satisfied the firstfruit offering to God the Father, the early barley ready to reap.
The promise of resurrection for the rest of us is coming soon like wheat fields coming to their fullness.
Same Past, Present & Future
God granted the Israelites victory at Jericho under one condition, that the city's treasures be given as an offering to the LORD. Nothing was to be taken for themselves. Jericho was to be the Firstfruit offering to God, the first of many cities promised. However, the Israelites were unexpectedly defeated by an inferior army after an Israelite kept part of God's offering for himself. Once he was found out and the offering was given back to God, the Israelites continued victoriously.
Yeshua (Jesus), rose from the grave on the Feast of Firstfruit also raising several saints with Him as Firstfruits to God. All the work and sacrifice that Yeshua endured during His ministry here on earth yielded a fairly small resurrection harvest since the firstfruit offering is usually a small portion of what ripens first. Nonetheless, these firstfruits of His ministry were returned to God purchased by the blood and sweat of Yeshua Himself as He awaits the remaining harvest to come.
Yeshua promised we would do greater things, see a greater harvest by the work of the Holy Spirit. Those promised a future resurrection have been consecrated as the remaining harvest still growing and being worked until fully matured.
"It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed."
1 Corinthians 15:52
Now Boarding for Feast of Firstfruits
Attention all family members...Now is the time to get those passports out and look at your Firstfruits itinerary. You will see a list of suggested destination experiences for you and your family to choose from and complete in order to earn your Firstfruit stamp. Enjoy this journey together and check back here when you are ready to plan your next Biblical holiday destination. Remember to contact your tour guide (me!) if you have any questions along the way.