April 21


First Fruits and the Resurrection

By Tresta Neil

Body of Christ, Called to Learn, Easter, Homeschool Stories, Symbology, פֶּסַח (Passover)

Passover took place on Nisan 14, the Israelites first month of their year. To prepare for the Passover Feast they choose a lamb, brought him into their home, cleaned their home of all leaven, killed the lamb and ate it along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The Feast of Unleavened Bread began the next day and continued for seven days. They were to eat no leaven during these days. And during these seven day was the First Fruits offering which was done on the first day following the Sabbath (Saturday for us).

The First Fruits were the first harvest of the spring – barley. They proffered it to the temple where is was threshed and ground into flour. The next morning the flour was mixed with oil and frankincense and a hand full of it was burnt, sacrificed, on the alter. These “First Fruits” were a symbol of the gratitude of the people for the harvest. They first gave God an offering before partaking of the harvest themselves. When we give a portion to God he blesses and sanctifies the whole.

According to the book of John, Jesus was Resurrected at the same time the “First Fruits” offerings were being given at the temple. Jesus was the first to be resurrected. He is our “First Fruits” offering. He gave himself as our “First Fruits” offering so God will bless and sanity the whole or all the rest of us.

Jesus Christ!
All Glory for His Life,
All Glory for His Sacrifice.
All Glory to His Name! and for Who He Became.
Because of Him We are Sanctified and Can All Be Born-again.
Because of Him We are All Blessed and Can Live with God Again.
Remember HIM!
All Glory to Him!

Chag Sameach, Happy Holy Days.

Here are some young boys having fun telling the story we tell in the Miggid, the 5th part of the Seder.

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