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of Passover], and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the LORD.
But it is another sign, a remarkable allusion in the unfolding of the Gospel that it does deserve our full attention.And the number of gospel followers has been growing continually ever since that Pentecost Sunday.That event happened 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection.This is the day that the church, the “called-out ones” of God, was born. On that day, the Spirit of God descended on the 120 followers of Jesus and they started speaking out loud in languages from around the world.This created such a commotion that thousands who were in Jerusalem at the time came out to see what was happening and in front of the gathering crowd, Peter spoke the first gospel message and ‘three thousand were added to their number that day’ (Acts ).(Numbers ) In the Jewish feast of Pentecost the Jews were to offer up a grain offering along with the regular burnt offerings.
The grain was to be ‘firstfruits’ of new grain harvested from the land.
The festival of Passover was the first to be celebrated in the Jewish year.
In Session Five I showed how Jesus was crucified on that very Jewish festival.
(Leviticus -17) On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the LORD an offering of new grain during the Festival of Weeks (i.e.
Pentecost), hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
However, to see the significance we need to understand its place in the Biblical story.