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April 4, 2018 / attilashrugs


“Dearest Mispoocha,

Last Shabbat we had a double blessing as we celebrated Shabbat and Passover. Believe or not, this Shabbat we have a triple blessing, as we celebrate Shabbat, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and FIRST FRUITS. Wow, I’m excited. Crazy excited.

rabbi Greg


Once again, I am baffled. (See hereAtlasprays   )  Lev. 23 has always pivoted on the question of WHICH day is referred as “the Sabbath” that precedes the offering for the First Fruit.

Lev. 23: 10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; ON THE DAY AFTER THE SABBATH the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord.

Since it is now unknowable when and where in Israel the first fruits is harvested the CUSTOM has been to presume THAT SHABBAT is Passover itself: so the day after Nissan 15, sunset on the 2nd day of Passover is when Jews count the Omer. They count 49 days and on the 50th it is Shavuot. According to mainstream Jewish sources tonight we count 5 of the Omer.
(Lev. 23:15 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed….”)

Is Rabbi Greg separating himself from mainstream Jewish practice by not taking Pesah Day 1 as “that Shabbat” but rather the Shabbat within the Passover week?

It is interesting that if we go by the mainstream Jewish count, Yeshua was crucified on the 15th, and cut down before night fall. At nightfall according to the Jewish counting is the “next day after that shabbat” and as Yeshua died and the sun set on the 15th the 16th was beginning. Yeshua died “when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord.” Yeshua was like the MALE LAMB OF THE FIRST YEAR. When we often liken him to the Passover lamb, it is jarring because He ate that the night before!
Also the Pesah Lamb can be from the lambs or the goats whereas the First Fruits ram is a male lamb. Significant? IDK.

But if we go by the Jewish way, they unknowingly endorse Yeshua as the Firstfruit! And who can understand that except us! The Jews don’t get it, Sunday Churchianity doesn’t get it. We are the sole occupants of the intersection of those two Venn spheres.

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