First Fruits and Counting

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The Feast of First Fruits 

The day following the sabbath during Passover is called the Feast of First Fruits Leviticus 23:10-11).

The Sheaf (Omer) of the First Fruit

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God commanded the people to offer the first sheaf of the harvest as a first fruits offering. (Leviticus 23:10). The Hebrew word for “sheaf” is omer. Exodus 16:36. An ephah is 10 omers of grain. Three times a year God commanded the people to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feasts of the Lord. Those Feasts are Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Each of these Feasts are associated with agricultural harvests. Each harvest the people were to bring an offering to the Lord, a First of the Fruit of that harvest. Passover is the barley harvest. Pentecost is the wheat harvest. The final harvest is the fruit harvest in the fall and brought as an offering at Tabernacles.

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