Good morning! As I research the different feasts, I stand amazed at how merciful God is – He gives people countless opportunities to “find” Him! I’m so thankful that God knows how desperately we need salvation and He reveals His plan in so many ways!
Today, we cover the Feast of Weeks as shown in Leviticus 23. We will start with a little bit of background on this feast. It is one of three feasts that requires all Jewish males to travel to Jerusalem to attend the feast. (Exodus 23:14-17, 34:22-23, and Deuteronomy 16:16) It begins on a Sabbath and ends on a Sabbath: seven weeks (50 days) after the Feast of First Fruits. This is where Pentecost (meaning 50) is derived (Acts 2:1). It is one of the harvest feasts and new grain was offered to the Lord (Leviticus 23:16). In fact, it is the only feast that uses leavened bread, which we will cover later in this post. Today, this celebration is called Shavuot, which is Hebrew for “weeks.”
It is a beautiful foreshadow of the coming Messiah and His redemptive work! In fact, we know that each of the Feasts reveals God’s redemptive plan through Jesus Christ! Jesus was the Passover Lamb and arose on the Feast of Firstfruits. How exciting is that!!! Afterwards, Jesus spent 40 days teaching those disciples He would leave to carry on His work. Jesus then ascended to Heaven, as recorded in Acts 1:6-11. When we count 50 days after Christ’s ascension, we arrive to the day of Pentecost (Feast of Firstfruits). The Holy Spirit was given to continue Christ’s ministry and to give power to His Church.
One of the exciting aspects of this Feast is that two loaves of leavened bread were used as a wave offering. This is a foreshadow of God’s redemptive plan being for both Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14-15). On Pentecost (Feast of Weeks), the “firstfruits” of the church became a reality after Peter preached the gospel and over 3,000 were saved in one day! God’s new Covenant through Christ and His Holy Spirit began and we continue to experience firstfruits!
Don’t these symbolic points of these Feasts excite your spirit? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ, personally or do you only know of Him? He is the true sinless Lamb of God! I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!