Happy Feast of Firstfruits, the Biblical celebration of Yahshua’s (Jesus’) resurrection! We have had a wonderful day celebrating together. I hope you’ve also had a wonderful celebration of our Lord’s resurrection!
Here’s a wonderful video of a sermon explaining how the Feast of Firstfruits is a perfect picture of the resurrection and ascension of Yahshua our Messiah: https://youtu.be/BOkIrJr0ckM
As I explained to the kids today, on the Feast of Firstfruits, there are three things we do as part of our celebration of this Biblical feast:
- Celebrate Yahshua’s resurrection as the Firstfruits of all who will rise from the dead and spend time in worship!
- Give a gift of the firstfruits of our earnings (or crops if we have any) in this new Biblical year.
- Begin counting the fifty days (or seven weeks) to Pentecost. This is sometimes called “counting the omer,” but it’s really about counting the days (Leviticus 23:15-16). I found this article interesting regarding counting the omer. Today is day 1.
For number one, I wrote a song on Passover that we sang in family worship today and we spent some time just talking about what the resurrection means to us and praising Yah (God) for it.
Number two was a lot of fun as we invited the kids to brainstorm causes and missions they wanted to give our firstfruits offering to this year. After discussion and prayer, we finally landed on splitting it between an orphanage we like and a teaching ministry that has blessed our family.
For number three, I let the kids decide how they wanted to do the counting. We have tried a few different things with varied success over the past few years of our learning to keep the Feasts. Our most successful was in 2017 when we added a link to a paper chain each day after each writing something we were thankful for on it. I don’t have a great picture of it, but here’s what I could find:
The oldest wanted it to involve chocolate (she must be mine!!!) so she made zippy bags for each person with 50 chocolate chips in them so we each get to eat one a day until Pentecost.
Child #2 has been really into crocheting lately. She has been making this granny-square quilt next to her since the beginning of our sheltering in place for coronavirus this year. We call it her quarantine quilt. She decided to make a separate 50 square quilt, one per day, for her way of counting the days until Pentecost. Here she is with square number 1:
Child #3 loves to draw and color. She spent several hours drawing this counter of her own creation. I think it will be a masterpiece by June!
Child #4 is very practical and loves math. He was very straightforward in his approach and asked me to make him a 5×10 grid. He wants to simply write the number in the box each day and opted to start from 50 and count backwards. His is hanging right next to the playroom.
And so the counting begins. I love this time of counting. Of imagining the days Yahshua spent with His disciples after His resurrection, opening their minds to the way the entire Scriptures (what we sadly call the Old Testament) pointed directly to Him. And then imagining Him commissioning them to go and make disciples and then ascending to the Father before their very eyes. And then their waiting for His promised gift, wondering what exactly they were waiting for, wondering what it would be like. And then Pentecost!!! Or the Feast of Shavu’ot in Hebrew. The fourth of the seven Biblical feasts. I hope to post soon (before the actual day this time) how we celebrate Shavu’ot/Pentecost in our family. I’d love to try and answer any questions you may have so please feel free to ask whatever you want in the comments! And in the meantime, happy counting!