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Category: Appointed Times

Are You Counting?

Tags:  Emor, Feast of Weeks, first fruits, harvest, maturity, omer, Pentecost, resurrection, shavu'ot

The Torah commanded the Israelites to bring the "sheaf of the first fruits" of the grain harvest to the Temple on the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread. The first grain to ripen in the land of Israel is the barley crop. The harvest ritual of offering the first fruits of the barley harvest in the Temple is called the Day of the Omer. An omer (עמר) is a biblical unit of measure that indicates about one sheaf's worth of grain.

Coming immediately after the first day of Unleavened Bread, the Day of the Omer is the anniversary of the Master's resurrection. According to the gospel of John, the Master suffered on the day of Passover. He remained in the tomb on the first day of Unleavened Bread and rose after the Sabbath: the day of the Omer.

Year after year, the day of the first fruits of the barley reminds us of the resurrection of Messiah, the "first fruits of those who are asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:20).

The day of the first fruits of the barley offer...
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Category: Appointed Times

Let My People Go

Tags:  anomia, Exodus, Passover, remembrance, seder, slaves

Have you ever been to a Passover Seder meal? Did you know that the Last Supper was originally as Passover Seder meal? Christians call it the "Eucharist" or "Communion," but in the days of Jesus and the disciples, it was...
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Category: Appointed Times

What's This Service to You?

Tags:  afikoman, breaking bread, communion, cup of blessing, four cups, haggadah, matzah, Passover, seder

Bread and wine are historically common elements of every meal. So what was going on behind the scenes that would motivate Yeshua to say 'this' bread and 'this' cup? Many believers participate in 'breaking bread' together. And most services employ...
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Category: Appointed Times

The Traditional Seder Plate

Tags:  passover

The Hebrew word Seder (סדר) means 'order.' All that is done on this night that is "not like any other night" is done in a special and important order that corresponds directly with the events of our Exodus from slavery...
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Category: Traditional Treasures

Haggadah Treasures

Tags:  passover

The Seder meal on Erev Pesach begins with Kadesh—the Kiddush prayed over the first cup of wine. The Kiddush ends with the She’hechianu blessing, which is traditionally prayed on the first night of every Festival: "Blessed are You, God, King of the Universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season."
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