The 16th of the first month – First fruits.

These verses establish when first fruits is:

Deuteronomy 26:1-4, 9-10
1 “And it shall be, when you come into the land which Yahuwah your Elohim  is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it,
that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that Yahuwah your Elohim  is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where Yahuwah your Elohim chooses to make His name abide.
And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, ‘I declare today to Yahuwah your Elohim that I have come to the country which Yahuwah swore to our fathers to give us.’
…..
He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”;
10 and now, behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land which you, O Yahuwah have given me.’

So what day was this?

Joshua 5:10-12
10 Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.
11 And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover (fifteenth day – A Sabbath), unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.
12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land (the sixteenth); and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

And how is it related to Yahushua’s resurrection?

Corinthians 15:20-23
20 But now is Yahushua
 risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Yahshua shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Yahushua
 the firstfruits; afterward they that are Yahushua’s at his coming.

And this is reflected in Leviticus 23

Then Yahuwah spoke to Moses, saying,
10 “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am giving you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.
11 He shall wave the sheaf before Yahuwah so that you may be accepted; the priest shall wave it on the day after the Sabbath.
12 Now on the day when you wave the sheaf you shall offer a male lamb one year old without blemish as a burnt offering to Yahuwah.

And which day was the day after the Sabbath? He was crucified upon the 14th. The 15th He  and the people rested.

Luke 23:56
56 Then they went back and prepared spices and ointments and sweet-smelling herbs. 
And on the Sabbath they rested in accordance with the commandment [forbidding work].

The 16th He rose and became the first fruits.

3 comments

  1. I find it interesting that the manna began and ceased on the sixteenth of the month and ended on the sixteenth of the month. It began on the sixteenth of the second month and ended nearly 40 years later on the sixteenth of the first month.

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  2. I appreciate your acknowledgment of Christ as our First Fruits but your timeline is off. There is a difference between the weekly Sabbath and a High Sabbath. The weekly sabbath was alway Saturday but a High Sabbath could technically be any day of the week since it would be the first day of a week long feast such as Unleavened Bread.
    Here’s the problem with Jesus resurrecting on the 16th day of the month- When the Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign that He was Messiah, He told them that only a wicked generation seeks a sign and then in a declaration of their wickedness He said He would give them a single sign- that as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish 3 days and 3 nights (this is very specific in the Greek language- 6 12 hour periods) so the Son of Man would be in the heart of the earth 3 days and 3 nights. This also tears down the Catholic doctrine of a “good Friday” crucifixion.
    No matter how you slice it, you cannot get Jesus in the tomb on Friday and resurrected on Sunday…
    First Fruits was a Feast within a Feast and it always took place on the first day of the week (after the Sabbath, the weekly Sabbath, not the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread)
    So the week of Christ’s crucifixion Jesus would have actually ate the Passover with the disciples on Tuesday after sunset which would have been the start of Passover. Arrested that night and on trial the next morning. On the cross, dead, and taken down before sun down which would have been the start of Unleavened Bread and a High Sabbath. In the tomb Wednesday before sun down and in the earth Wednesday night (1 night) Thursday day (1 day) Thursday night (2 nights) Friday day (2 days) Friday night (3 nights) and Saturday day (3 days) and resurrected just after sun down on Saturday night (which in Hebrew thought the new day starts at sun down, not midnight) so Saturday at sun down would have been the end of the last day of the week and the beginning of the first day. 3 days and 3 nights. Jesus is our First Fruits, you time line was just a tad off 🙂

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    1. Hi Joshua.

      Sorry. You are referring to the wrong calendar. The Roman calendar uses the names of false gods (which is where the name of Saturns day comes from) and it also starts upon a man-made dateline.

      The calendar of scripture uses the new moon to mark where it starts each month. The two are incompatible. Also, In scripture, New moon day was not a workday, however, on the Roman calendar, it is.

      The 16th-day of the month is ALWAYS the first day if the week and it is ALWAYS the day of first fruits in the first month.

      If you stop trying to squeeze Passover (14th), The start of the feast of unleavened bread (15th- The Sabbath) and first fruits onto a different calendar from what they were using then, you will see quite clearly.

      Rob

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