This is not what you think. This is not me saying it is not a happy time. This is me saying it isn't Happy Ishtar but something far far awesomely greater.
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to be combined in one giant explosion the Jews don’t currently celebrate Temple worship
and don’t celebrate “Waving the Firstfruit Barley
Harvest”(see description below)and the Gentiles?well they have disappeared up their own backside
celebrating Ishtar and Eggs and fluffy fertility bunnies
and stuffing a wooden Cross on top to celebrateJesus, the “out there” God resurrecting.
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how this trains us to “see inwardly” with a new
single eye, and be blind nolongerChapter 10 ends on identity and who does Jesus say He is and who do we say we now are by new
birth. This is the battle as we enter the thirdlevel
and the cause of such friction with others who do
not see yet. Chapter 11 concludes this walk through with the raising of Lazarus. From now on Jesus is involved for real with His own body
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For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life Jn6.40 BEHOLD the Son raised today, the firstfruit
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Heb.6.19More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Paul’s take on waving the firstfruit!!!! Philipp 3:8-10
THE SERVICE OF FIRST FRUITS
Firstfruits requires the Temple, and since the Temple is no longer available, Firstfruits is not celebrated in the same sense as it was in the past. In the Temple days both the people and the priest would celebrate First Fruits. The priests would set aside a portion of their barley field to be the sheaves used for the harvest on Nisan 16. This barley field was cultivated solely to be used for the first fruits harvest. The Sanhedrin, the ruling council of seventy who headed the nation, would have been responsible for the field.
In the evening of Nisan 15, at the start of Nisan 16, three Sanhedrin came from the Temple to cut the First Fruit Barley harvest. With three sickles and three baskets the men would prepare to cut down the harvest to be presented in the Temple. The bundles of barley had already been prepared for the Sanhedrin members chosen to harvest the crop. As the Sun was setting, and the new day began, (Nisan 16) the men ask questions to those present.
Has the sun set?
With this sickle?
Into this basket?
On this Sabbath?
Shall I reap (now)?
On the positive response from the crowd the men would repeat the harvesting two more times as a safeguard. The reaping would continue until 2/3 of a bushel was reaped.
THE PRESENTATION OF FIRSTFRUITS
The three baskets of Barley were then taken to the Temple to be threshed with rods, as opposed to ox powered sledges, to preserve the barley heads. The barley was then parched in a flame and winnowed in the wind to remove the chaff. The barley was then milled and sifted until it was very fine. According to the Talmud the inspectors should be able to stick their hands into the barley flour without any flour sticking to the hands when they were removed. (Menahot 8:2)
On the morning of Nisan 16 the work of the barley harvest firstfruits were presented to the Lord in the Temple. One “Omer” (5 pints) or barley was mixed with ¾ pint of olive oil, along with some frankincense. This was the firstfruits offering. The priest would wave this before the Lord, burning some and giving the rest to the Levites.