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The Feasts
Passover - Pesach Bikkurim - Resurrection
This is the feast celebrating the Exodus of Israel from bondage in slavery by the application of lambs blood on the doorway. It is also the celebration of the time of unleavened bread as a reminder to sinless ness.
In the New Testament it is the holiday period that Yeshua celebrated his last meal with his disciples, went to the cross as the Lamb of God and offered his blood as the atonement. It is also the season of the resurrection on the third day, the feast of first fruit offering called bikkurim in Hebrew.

Israel had been enslaved 400 years! The Egyptian leader-the Pharaoh did not remember Joseph! Now Moses was raised up-to be the deliverer of God's people.

One thing remained. For God to demonstrate to the pagan nation His awesome power. The 10 Plagues, culminating in the slaying of the first born of all creatures in the kingdom who had not put the blood of the lamb on their door posts!

This was a faith step by the people. For we read that not only the Israelites applied the blood, but also a "mixed" multitude. This included Egyptians and others in the land who had heard the word and obeyed by faith. Then it was, through faith, that death passed over all who had applied the blood and were obedient to God. Israel was told to take a spotless lamb of the first year. Keep it for three days and then all were to gather as the father killed the lamb and took the blood and put it on the doorposts. So too, God the Father, came in human form as the Lamb of God.

Yeshua (Jesus) came, as the Lamb of God. Like the exodus lamb, blood needed to be shed. At that Passover Seder Yeshua, sharing that meal with his disciples, took the bread - the unleavened bread - the Matzoth - and said ". take eat, this is my body broken for you ."

And likewise, after supper he took the cup and gave thanks. Then He said: "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of me."

The Resurrection is the crowning effect of this feast. When Israel was leaving Egypt, the deliverance through the Red Sea, onto dry ground, watching Egypt's Army washed away in the sea, occurred on the third day! Israel began a new life in the desert. This only prefigures Yeshua's crowning achievement on the third day when He rose bodily from the dead. Paul said we had no hope without the resurrection. It is indeed the most significant event in all of scripture.

If one looks at Leviticus 23 versus 10 & 11 refer to the first fruit offering as a wave offering on the day following the Sabbath of the Passover. This works out to be the third day! Just a coincidence? I think not! In 1 Cor. 15.20, Yeshua is called the firstfruits of them who slept. The allusion is clear. He is the first to be approved, the wave offering of the first grain, the new grain, the unleavened bread.