On the Day of First-fruits, bundles of “standing sheaves” (omer) were presented to Levitical priests who “lifted” them in the presence of the LORD YHWH as an act of dedicating the spring harvest to Him. This first-fruits offering took place on the day after the weekly Shabbat that occurs during the week of Unleavened Bread (i.e. First-fruits is on a “Sunday”). This begins the 50 day count to Pentecost(Leviticus 23:10-16)
New Testament Fulfillment
First-fruits is a picture of Yeshua’s resurrection. After “three days and three nights” in the grave, Yeshua rose from the dead on the day of First-fruits, and delivered to our Heavenly Father an offering of the “First-fruits of the resurrection” – the resurrected bodies of the ancient righteous dead whose graves had been opened during the earthquake following Yeshua’s crucifixion, and were seen walking through the streets of Jerusalem (Matthew 27:51-53). “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the First-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the First-fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.” (1 Cor 15:20-23) Yeshua’s resurrection is confirmation of the promise of the future resurrection of all believers (John 5:28-29).
Ideas on Celebrating This Appointed Time
First-fruits is the day after the Sabbath that occurs during the week of Unleavened Bread. We’re not told to rest on this day, however, it is a wonderful time to celebrate the Risen King! Take the time to offer Thanksgiving and Praise to YHWH for the promise of the Harvest, for raising Yeshua, and for the hope of the resurrection yet to come.