And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the (rme) sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. Leviticus 23:9-12
Messiah Jesus was The Lamb in the Omer
The only way this omer could be brought to the Lord and accepted was with the blood sacrifice of a spotless lamb. That Lamb was The Messiah, Jesus.
The Scripture says He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:7-11
Remember, the Resurrection is represented in the Hebrew Scriptures as a barley harvest at the beginning of the feast of First Fruits. It is also represented the same way in the New Testament in John 12: 23, 24 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Let’s follow our Lord Jesus Christ in the visual aids of the barley harvest.
The Threshing of The Messiah
Every single detail of the feast of Firstfruits was fulfilled by Jesus The Messiah. Follow the barley grain:
- He dwelt among mankind (the harvest) for 33 1/2 years
- He was separated from the harvest field
- He was threshed (beaten) as grain
- He was winnowed as grain (His Spirit was separated from His body)
- He arose from the dead in His body with many (following Him, about an omer)
- He took the omer (many with Him to the Father to be accepted for the entire harvest which would follow
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. Isaiah 52:13-15
כאשׁר שׁממו עליך רבים כן משׁחת מאישׁ מראהו ותארו מבני אדם׃
And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Matthew 20:17-19
Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. John 19:1
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 50:6 strike, beat, scourge,
גוי נתתי למכים ולחיי למרטים פני לא הסתרתי מכלמות ורק
Winnowing barley at Bethlehem. Photo 1890s Jesus was winnowed as He was separated from the “shell” of His body. We all have such a “shell” which the Scripture calls a “tabernacle” which we will leave and return to as it is changed.
2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.