The Feast of First Fruits

Leviticus 23:9-14. 18th Nisan. Which started at sunset and finished at sunset the next day.

A. The day after the first weekly Sabbath after Passover was used to start the counting of the Omer of 50 days till the next feast called Pentecost or Shavuot or Feast of Weeks.
One view is that the word “Sabbath” in Leviticus 23:15 referred to the Sabbath of the week when Pesach or Passover began, so counting would always begin on a Saturday night during Passover that is after the weekly Sabbath had finished.

B. A view, held by many Orthodox Jews today, the counting of the Omer begins on the second night of Passover, that is, the day after the non-working day of Passover making the Feast of Unleavened Bread that day.
On the second day of Passover, in the days of the Temple, an omer of barley was cut down and brought to the Temple as an offering. This grain offering was referred to as the Omer.
See verse 11 the word Sabbath is it a weekly Sabbath or a Special Sabbath?

Hallelujah, Jesus is risen!

On this Resurrection Sunday, we reflect on Yeshua being our First Fruits. In Leviticus 23:11, the command is given to observe Hag Habikurrim, the Feast of First Fruits: “and he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.” What does this feast have to do with Yeshua’s resurrection?

Yeshua was not the first person to be raised from the dead. Yet, all other resurrected individuals were restored to natural life. They died a second time later. In Yeshua’s case, He was the first to be raised to true resurrection life, where “corruption puts on incorruption and mortality puts on immortality” (I Cor. 15:53-54). He is the First Fruits of the first resurrection, as He is the only One who has experienced this type of resurrection. First Fruits always refers to “the first of a series of subsequent fruits.” Indeed, believers will be the “more to come later” someday. Thus, Yeshua’s resurrection fulfilled Hag Habikkurim (Lev. 23:9-14; Num. 28:26-31).

(Based on Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s “The Feasts and Fasts of Israel: Their Historic and Prophetic Significance”)

Background reading: – First Fruit Offerings
23:9 The LORD told Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelis that when you enter the land that I’m about to give you and gather its produce, you are to bring a sheaf from the first portion of your harvest to the priest, 11 who will offer the sheaf in the LORD’s presence for your acceptance. The priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you are to offer a one year old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering in the LORD’s presence. 13 Also present a meal offering of two tenths of a measure of fine flour mixed with olive oil as an offering made by fire to the LORD, a pleasing aroma. Now as to a drink offering, you are to present a fourth of a hin of wine. 14 You are not to eat bread, parched grain, or fresh grain until that day when you’ve brought the offering of your God. This is to beg an eternal ordinance throughout your generations, wherever you live.”
15 “Starting the day after the Sabbath, count for yourselves seven weeks from the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. They are to be complete.
Leviticus 23:9-15

1st day of the week
2nd Day
3rd Day
4th Day
5th Day
6th Day
Saturday – weekly
Sabbath (rest)
26th Adar
Day starts at SUNSET
27th Adar
28th Adar
29th Adar
1st Nisan
New Moon
2nd Nisan
3rd Nisan
4th Nisan
5th Nisan
6th Nisan
7th Nisan
8th Nisan
9th Nisan
10th of Nisan 3792 or AD32 April 6th

Triumphal Entry
11th Nisan
12th Nisan
13th Nisan
14th Nisan Feast of Passover – death about 3:00 pm full moon 10th April
15th Nisan Feast of Unleavened Bread
16th Nisan
17th Nisan –
1st Day –
18th Nisan
First Fruits – 1st day of counting the Omer
2nd Day –
19th Nisan
3rd Day –
20th Nisan
4th Day –
21th Nisan
5th Day –
22th Nisan
6th Day –
23th Nisan
7th Day –
24th Nisan
8th Day –
25th Nisan
9th Day –
26th Nisan
10th Day –
27th Nisan
11th Day –
28th Nisan
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29th Nisan
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30th Nisan
14th Day –
1st Iyar
15th Day –
2nd Iyar
16th Day –
3rd Iyar
17th Day –
4th Iyar
18th Day –
5th Iyar
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6th Iyar
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7th Iyar
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8th Iyar
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10th Iyar
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11th Iyar
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12th Iyar
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13th Iyar
27th Day –
14th Iyar
28th Day –
15th Iyar
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30th Day –
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19th Iyar
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20th Iyar
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23rd Iyar
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25th Iyar
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26th Iyar
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29th of Iyar
43rd Day –
1st of Sivan
44th Day –
2nd of Sivan
45th Day –
3rd of Sivan
46th Day –
4th of Sivan
47th Day –
5th of Sivan
48th Day –
6th of Sivan
49th Day –
7th of Sivan
50th Day – 8th Sivan, 30th May AD32
Pentecost or Shavuot

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