Feasts of Israel (Part 3)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL – (PART 3: FIRST FRUITS)
(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 3RD INSTALLMENT ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. THE BEGINNING OF OUR WALK WITH GOD IS OUR SALVATION WHICH IS FULFILLED IN THE PASSOVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST’S ATONING WORK ON THE CROSS. SALVATION CHANGES OUR POSITION BEFORE GOD. WHEN WE CONFESS OUR SIN AND ASK GOD’S FORGIVENESS BELIEVING THAT CHRIST TOOK WE ARE JUSTIFIED IN GOD’S SIGHT – THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN. LAST WEEK WE SAW THAT THE SECOND STEP IN OUR WALK WITH GOD IS CELEBRATED IN THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. THIS FEAST CELEBRATES OUR SANCTIFICATION IN CHRIST. IT CHANGES OUR CONDITION BEFORE GOD. LEAVEN IS A TYPE OF SIN BECAUSE IT PERMEATES, SPREADS AND PUFFS UP. JESUS WAS THE UNLEAVENED BREAD FROM GOD. THERE WAS NO SIN FOUND IN HIM. TODAY WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE LAST OF THE FEASTS OF THE PASSOVER, FIRST FRUITS. FIRST FRUITS LIKE THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD HAD TO DO WITH OUR CONDITION BEFORE GOD. THE FEASTS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AND FIRST FRUITS SHOW THE TWO DIFFERENT PHASES RELATING TO OUR CONDITION BEFORE GOD: UNLEAVENED BREAD TEACHES US ABOUT SEPARATION OR SANCTIFICATION, THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS TEACHES US ABOUT CONSECRATION.

II) HISTORICAL SETTING OF THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS: LEVITICUS 23:9-14
A) THEY WERE TO BRING A SHEAF OF FIRST FRUITS OF THEIR HARVEST TO THE PRIEST TO WAVE BEFORE THE LORD, TO BE ACCEPTED, ON THE DAY AFTER THE SABBATH (OUR SUNDAY).
B) THE SHEAF WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS A MALE LAMB OF THE FIRST YEAR, WITHOUT BLEMISH, WAS OFFERED AS A BURNT OFFERING ONTO THE LORD, ALONG WITH A GRAIN OFFERING AND A DRINK OFFERING.
C) THE BURN OFFERING IS AN OFFERING OF “THAT WHICH GOES UP TO GOD”, IT IS A WHOLE OFFERING, AND NOTHING IS TO BE LEFT. IT IS AN OFFERING OF ATONEMENT FOR SIN, ALONG WITH THE SIN OFFERING.
D) GOD WILL NOT ACCEPT THE OFFERING OF FIRST FRUITS UNLESS IT IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE BURNT OFFERING. OUR CONCRECRATION (OUR EFFORTS TO SERVE AND PLEASE GOD) MEAN NOTHING UNTIL WE HAVE DEALT WITH OUR SIN. SALVATION COMES BY FAITH NOT OUR WORKS.
E) THEY WERE NOT TO EAT OF THE FRUITS OF THE GROUND UNTIL THE FIRST FRUITS OFFERING WAS MADE – GOD WAS TO HONORED FIRST AS THE ONE WHO IS THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING. HE IS NOT TO GET THE LEFTOVERS BUT THE FIRST FRUITS OF THEIR HARVESTS.
III) HOW JESUS FULFILLED THE CELEBRATION OF FIRST FRUITS.
A) JESUS FULFILLED THIS FEAST WHEN HE WAS RESURRECTED AS THE FIRST FRUITS FROM THE DEAD. HIS RESURRECTION MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE HARVEST OF SOULS WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED AND SET APART FOR GOD THROUGH THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST.
B) 1CO 15:20 – 23 (NIV) BUT CHRIST HAS INDEED BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP. 21 FOR SINCE DEATH CAME THROUGH A MAN, THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD COMES ALSO THROUGH A MAN. 22 FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, SO IN CHRIST ALL WILL BE MADE ALIVE. 23 BUT EACH IN HIS OWN TURN: CHRIST, THE FIRSTFRUITS; THEN, WHEN HE COMES, THOSE WHO BELONG TO HIM.
C) IN FULFILLING THE FEAST OF PASSOVER, JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON THURSDAY THE 14TH DAY OF NISSAN, HE WAS BURIED ON THE FRIDAY THE 15TH WHICH BEGINS AT 6:00 PM. THE WORD SABBATH MEANS REST. JESUS BODY RESTED IN THE TOMB ON THIS DAY. THEN ON SUNDAY MORNING, THE 17TH JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD IN FULFILLMENT OF THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS.
D) MATTHEW’S ACCOUNT OF THE RESURRECTION: MAT 28:1 (NIV) AFTER THE SABBATH, AT DAWN ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, MARY MAGDALENE AND THE OTHER MARY WENT TO LOOK AT THE TOMB. 2 THERE WAS A VIOLENT EARTHQUAKE, FOR AN ANGEL OF THE LORD CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND, GOING TO THE TOMB, ROLLED BACK THE STONE AND SAT ON IT. 3 HIS APPEARANCE WAS LIKE LIGHTNING, AND HIS CLOTHES WERE WHITE AS SNOW. 4 THE GUARDS WERE SO AFRAID OF HIM THAT THEY SHOOK AND BECAME LIKE DEAD MEN. 5 THE ANGEL SAID TO THE WOMEN, “DO NOT BE AFRAID, FOR I KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR JESUS, WHO WAS CRUCIFIED. 6 HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID. COME AND SEE THE PLACE WHERE HE LAY.
E) JOHN ADDED SOME OTHER DETAILS WHEN JESUS WAS RECOGNIZED BY MARY: JOHN 20:17 (NIV) JESUS SAID, “DO NOT HOLD ON TO ME, FOR I HAVE NOT YET RETURNED TO THE FATHER. GO INSTEAD TO MY BROTHERS AND TELL THEM, ‘I AM RETURNING TO MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER, TO MY GOD AND YOUR GOD.'”
F) JESUS WAS TO ASCEND TO HIS FATHER TO PRESENT HIMSELF AS THE FIRST FRUITS FROM THE DEAD. HE DEFEATED SIN, DEATH, HELL AND THE GRAVE. HE IS OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST. HE WHO OFFERED HIMSELF IN FULFILLMENT OF FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS ON THE EXACT SAME DAY THAT THE BARLEY SHEAVES WERE TO BE WAVED BEFORE THE LORD.
G) WHEN JESUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BODIES OF THE SAINTS WHO HAD DIED WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD: MAT 27:50 – 52 (NIV) AND WHEN JESUS HAD CRIED OUT AGAIN IN A LOUD VOICE, HE GAVE UP HIS SPIRIT. 51 AT THAT MOMENT THE CURTAIN OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. THE EARTH SHOOK AND THE ROCKS SPLIT. 52 THE TOMBS BROKE OPEN AND THE BODIES OF MANY HOLY PEOPLE WHO HAD DIED WERE RAISED TO LIFE. 53 THEY CAME OUT OF THE TOMBS, AND AFTER JESUS’ RESURRECTION THEY WENT INTO THE HOLY CITY AND APPEARED TO MANY PEOPLE.
H) WHEN THE TIME WOULD COME FOR HARVEST THE FARMER WOULD GO INTO THE FIELD AND INSPECT THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE CROP. IF HE ACCEPTED THE FIRST FRUITS THE REST OF THE CROP WOULD BE ACCEPTED. JESUS WAS ACCEPTED BY GOD AS THE FIRST FRUIT OF THE HARVEST OF THE EARTH. HE WILL ALSO RAISE US FROM THE DEAD IF YOU DIED IN CHRIST.
I) 1CO 15:51 – 54 (KJV) BEHOLD, I SHOW YOU A MYSTERY; WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, 52 IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, AT THE LAST TRUMP: FOR THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND, AND THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED. 53 FOR THIS CORRUPTIBLE MUST PUT ON INCORRUPTION, AND THIS MORTAL MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY. 54 SO WHEN THIS CORRUPTIBLE SHALL HAVE PUT ON INCORRUPTION, AND THIS MORTAL SHALL HAVE PUT ON IMMORTALITY, THEN SHALL BE BROUGHT TO PASS THE SAYING THAT IS WRITTEN, DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.
J) 1TH 4:13 – 17 BROTHERS, WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO BE IGNORANT ABOUT THOSE WHO FALL ASLEEP, OR TO GRIEVE LIKE THE REST OF MEN, WHO HAVE NO HOPE. 14 WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN AND SO WE BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL BRING WITH JESUS THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN HIM. 15 ACCORDING TO THE LORD’S OWN WORD, WE TELL YOU THAT WE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE, WHO ARE LEFT TILL THE COMING OF THE LORD, WILL CERTAINLY NOT PRECEDE THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP. 16 FOR THE LORD HIMSELF WILL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, WITH A LOUD COMMAND, WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL AND WITH THE TRUMPET CALL OF GOD, AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST. 17 AFTER THAT, WE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE AND ARE LEFT WILL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR. AND SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER.
K) REMEMBER HOW LAZARAUS HAD BEEN DEAD 4 DAYS WHEN JESUS GOT THERE: JOHN 11:21 – 25 THEN SAID MARTHA UNTO JESUS, LORD, IF THOU HADST BEEN HERE, MY BROTHER HAD NOT DIED. 22 BUT I KNOW, THAT EVEN NOW, WHATSOEVER THOU WILT ASK OF GOD, GOD WILL GIVE IT THEE. 23 JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, THY BROTHER SHALL RISE AGAIN. 24 MARTHA SAITH UNTO HIM, I KNOW THAT HE SHALL RISE AGAIN IN THE RESURRECTION AT THE LAST DAY. 25 JESUS SAID UNTO HER, I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE: HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE:
L) JOB EXPRESSED THIS HOPE FOR BELIEVERS OF ALL AGES: JOB 19:25 – 26 FOR I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH, AND THAT HE SHALL STAND AT THE LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH: 26 AND THOUGH AFTER MY SKIN WORMS DESTROY THIS BODY, YET IN MY FLESH SHALL I SEE GOD:

IV) PERSONAL APPLICATION OF THE CELEBRATION OF FIRST FRUITS
A) THE FEASTS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AND FIRST FRUITS REPRESENT TWO PHASES OF OUR COMMITMENT TO FOLLOW CHRIST, WHICH IS RESULTS IN A CHANGE IN OUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION.
B) UNLEAVENED BREAD TEACHES ABOUT BEING BURIED WITH CHRIST, WHICH INDICATES WE SHOULD LIVE A LIFE SEPARATED FROM SIN AND FROM THE ATTITUDES AND WAYS OF THE WORLD. THIS INVOLVES PUTTING OFF THE OLD MAN OF SIN, CHARACTERIZED BY THE WORKS OF THE FLESH.
C) THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS TEACHES US ABOUT OUR RESURRECTION WITH CHRIST, IN OUR SPIRIT NOW BUT WHEN JESUS COMES THE RESURRECTION OF OUR BODIES GIVEN TO US BY CHRIST AT HIS APPEARING.
D) WHEN WE ARE BAPTIZED IN WATER, IN GOING DOWN INTO THE WATER WE ARE TESTING THAT WE DECLARE THAT OLD SINFUL NATURE DEAD WITH CHRIST; WHEN WE COME UP OUT OF THE WATER WE ARE SAYING THAT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVES IN US AND SPIRITUALLY RAISED US FROM THE DEAD AND THAT SOME DAY WE WILL BE RAISED WITH HIM AND GIVEN AN INCORRUPTIBLE BODY THAT WILL LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER.
E) PAUL WROTE TO THE CORINTHIANS, 2CO 5:17 THEREFORE IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.
F) PAUL ALSO WROTE: GAL 2:20 I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: AND THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.
G) THE NEW MAN IS SIMOLY CHRIST LIVING IN US THROUGH THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. PAUL WROTE TO THE GALATIANS GAL 5:16, 17 (NIV) SO I SAY, LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, AND YOU WILL NOT GRATIFY THE DESIRES OF THE SINFUL NATURE. 17 FOR THE SINFUL NATURE DESIRES WHAT IS CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT, AND THE SPIRIT WHAT IS CONTRARY TO THE SINFUL NATURE. THEY ARE IN CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER, SO THAT YOU DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT.
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