Praise God, it is the season of Passover and God’s appointed springtime Holy Days (Leviticus 23). The Passover season begins this year at sundown on Friday, April 22 and continues through Saturday April 30. Passover (Celebrated yearly for approximately 3,500 years), commemorates the Israelites deliverance from bondage – a story of redemption through the blood of an unblemished lamb. Passover has since been fulfilled in Yeshua: “Messiah has become our Passover” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Jesus died for us on Passover, redeeming us with His blood. He is the fulfillment of Passover, and is referred to as “the Lamb of God” 29 times in the book of Revelation.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the day after Passover ( is year it starts at sunset on Saturday, April 23) and lasts for seven days (Leviticus 23:6-8). Throughout the week, Jewish families remove all leaven from their homes and eat only unleavened bread, called Matzah. In preparing for their deliverance from Egypt, God instructed the children of Israel, “when you hear my voice, leave in haste and do not wait for the bread to rise” (Deuteronomy 16:3). Immediate action was required! Jesus is the fulfillment of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. At Passover, He took the Matzah (unleavened bread) and breaking it said, “take this bread and eat, this is My body which is given for you” (Luke 22:19). He is the ultimate obedient One, Whose obedience, to the point of His death on the cross, saved us!
During The Feast of First Fruits (Occurs this year on Sunday, April 24), the Israelites would take the first fruit of their spring harvest and offer it to God, demonstrating their thankfulness to their Provider (Leviticus 23:9-14). In the same way, Jesus was dead, but supernaturally came back to life then ascended to the Father as “the first fruits of those raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20,23). In Revelation 1:17-18, Jesus said, “I
am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore…” In ancient Israel, God accepted the whole harvest through the first fruit offering. So it is today: we are accepted and loved by Father God through the First Fruits offering of Messiah! e Lord Jesus rose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits, both fulfilling it and bringing it to its climax. Thank you Yeshua!
Shavuot, meaning weeks, also known as Pentecost, meaning 50, (This 24 hour feast begins this year at sunset on Saturday, June 11) is found in Leviticus 23:16. In Acts, chapter 2, we read that there were thousands of Jewish people in Jerusalem celebrating Pentecost. They were remembering how God appeared to them 1,500 years earlier on Mt. Sinai in re and glory, giving them His law on tablets of stone (Exodus 19:16-19). The disciples experienced this as God filled them with His Holy Spirit and wrote His law on their hearts. is was the fulfillment of what the prophets spoke of in Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you”. eternal atonement for sin was accomplished at Passover through Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost-Shavuot.
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