Finding Christ in the Feast of Firstfruits

Last fall I wrote about the feasts that God ordained in the fall of the year. This month when I was assigned a study on fellowship and guilt offers, I was reminded of the 7 Feasts book by Erin Davis. So I picked it up again and realized that I missed out on writing about Passover, the Feast of Firstfruits, and the Feast of Weeks. So today, I’d like to share how we find Christ in the Feast of Firstfruits.

What is the Purpose of all these Feasts, Anyway?

We seldom find ourselves reading in the Book of Leviticus. The little we know sometimes strikes fear in us. Why did God set all these rules and feasts up in the first place? It really seems a bit overbearing, don’t you think? A few years ago, the First 5 app did a study of it alongside the Book of Hebrews. It became a wonderfully beautiful illustration of what God through Christ did for us.

Spiritual Amnesia

Erin Davis begins her book by teaching us that we, humans, have a terrible habit of forgetting. She called it Spiritual Amnesia. We tend to become so self-sufficient when, in truth, we need God more and more every day. The feasts were a way to remind the people of their sinfulness held against the holiness of God. The feasts reminded them of a God that not only protects but forgives and gives us all a second, third, fourth chance. The law acted as guard rails to protect us as we wander.

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Take time to Read Leviticus 23:9-14 – The Feast of First Fruits

Creation Teaches Us the Gospel

First of all, we have all learned about the seasons. They make a circle from death to life and back again. We can see the character of God in every season. We see His redemptive plan every spring as the flowers bloom and animals are born. Spring reminds us that Christ died but rose again for us. His circle of life shows us His faithfulness new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23); His great power and strength (Isaiah 40:26), His righteousness and justice (Job 37:21-23)

“The firstfruits of Spring join together to declare this amazing truth…”

He is not here, for He is risen, as He sad. Come and see the place where He lay.

Matthew 28:6

The Feast of FirstFruits Follows Immediately after Passover and the Sabbath

Interestingly, these feasts are sequential.

On Thursday, they celebrated Passover.

Friday – Jesus was crucified,

Saturday, the Sabbath – Jesus rested in the grave.

On the first day of the week, Sunday – Feast of Firstfruits

– Jesus rose from the dead defeating death and sin!

Jesus was the firstfruits of our salvation! The first to rise from the dead to eternal life.

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

1 Corinthians 15:22-23

 Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:5-6

We are the Second Firstfruits!

When we accept Christ as Savior, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). His Holy Spirit works within us to remove our carnal spirit and to become new in Him. The things in our past are now gone!

But we can take this all one step further. One day, we will rise! We will be raptured to be in Heaven ever with the Lord. This is a future hope!

We have this hope, hallelujah!

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.

John 5:28-29

For the Lord, himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“You have likely been celebrating the Feast of Firstfruits

all your life without realizing it!”

We call it Easter!

Erin Davis, 7 Feasts Finding Christ in the Feasts

On Easter we remember that because Jesus lives forever, we will too!

Jesus is Worthy of our Best!

At the feast of firstfruits, they were required to bring two offerings. First, a peace (or fellowship) offering of grain. This grain must be the very first sheaf of wheat they harvested. They were not to eat any of the new grains until after this offering was made. Like a peace offering we might bring to a spouse after messing up big time, it was an offering for acceptance; an offering to request fellowship again.

The second offering was a burnt offering or sin offering. This would be a male lamb, one-year-old with no blemishes. It was to be completely burned up and a fragrance to the Lord. It would be for the forgiveness of sins.

Did God need this grain? No. It was required to remind them of their sins and of God’s holiness. It was the “cure for their spiritual amnesia.” We still bring firstfruits offerings to God in the form of service, tithes, devotion. We give these things not because God needs them or even requires them but more as the posturing of our hearts. We give offerings because of our love and gratitude to Him.

Jesus gave the best for us. He gave all.

What offerings are you bringing to the Lord?

Are you giving the best of your best or just seconds?

Mandy Signature
Savannah, GA

This Bible study is exciting and moving, even for a seasoned Christian like myself. I get so blessed connecting the traditions set forth by God in the Old Testament to the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Like the A-Team said at the end of each episode, “I love it when a plan comes together!”

Get Ready for the Lord’s Coming

God’s Preposterous Promise – Devo Series

  1. On Our Way Back to God
  2. The Promise of Restoration
  3. God’s Promise to Comfort
  4. Prepare the Way of the Lord
  5. God Sings Over Us
  6. The Hope of God With us
  7. Trusting God’s Plans and Ways
  8. Get Ready for the Lord’s Coming

Scripture: Luke 12:35-38  

“It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.” Click here to read entire passage. 

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I’m one who likes to keep things relatively clean all the time so that I don’t have the big job of seriously cleaning the house. Growing up, I had 5 siblings. Not all of them were tidy and I hated to clean up after them. If we were to have company, my mother would crack the whip and get us all cleaning the house to the nth degree. All the high places and the low places. Places that no one ever went… even us. It was drudgery for me. 

The Holy Spirit coming into our hearts has been compared to a house. When we are saved the Holy Spirit comes in as a guest. He is in the Living Room, maybe the kitchen. But He wants to have access to every part. He wants to clean the high parts and the low parts because God cannot abide with sin. It must all go away. He wants to have access to your bedrooms and those closets where you hide away stuff that you want no one to see. He wants to go up in the attic and down in the basement to dig out things you have hidden away so far and so deep that you have completely forgotten about them. 

Just like we look forward to having a guest, we look forward to Jesus coming back and we shall ever be with the Lord. We need to do more than just keep watch at the window for His coming. We must prepare by having our whole hearts cleaned and pure. 

Points to Ponder 

  • Matthew 24 says BE READY for Christ’s Return. How can we be ready? Read (Matthew 24:45-50
  •  Study Matthew 25, What does Jesus say in these parables on being ready: 
  • Matthew 25:1-13 
  • Matthew 25:31-46 
  • What instructions did Paul give about being ready? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-24

PRAYER 

Lord, You have shown us through Your Word that You will come again to reign with us. I pray that I will be ready and watching for that day. Help me to remain in Your Word and work to show others the Way until You come. Work in and through me to shine as a light to the nations so that others may know You and be ready as well.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 


Published with permission. Originally written by Mandy Farmer and published at the Discipleship Place ~ Women’s Ministries at The Church of the Nazarene November 2019

P.S. Are You Ready For His Coming?

Friend, it may not be long until Christ returns for His Bride. I hope and pray that you are ready for the day. No one knows the day or time. It will happen in the twinkling of an eye. There will be no time to get ready. The time is now. If you are unsure that you are ready, click through this link for more understanding.


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