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1 Corinthians 15:20 – Sheaf of the firstfruit

22-01-2020 - Posted by Andre Piet

Yet now, Christ has been roused from among the dead, the Firstfruit of those who are reposing.

The day that Christ died coincided with Passover. Much less is known that the day he rose was also a heyday. It was the day of “sheaf of the firstfruits”. We read in Leviticus 23 that after the Passover, the first sheaf of the barley harvest would be offered to God by the priest. For this heyday no date was reserved but a weekday: “the day after the Sabbath”. From this day on, seven Sabbaths had to be counted, and the day after the seventh Sabbath, it would be the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost (= 50th).

In the usual Bible translations we read that Christ rose “on the first day of the week.” In fact that is correct, but it literally says: “on óne [day] of the Sabbaths”. That is a technical term for day number one of the Sabbath count. Certainly, that was a first day of the week, but not just one. It was the day of the first sheaf!

What a Divine design that had already been recorded fifteen centuries before, not only the day on which Christ would be slaughtered (Passover), but also the day that he would be raised from the dead! “As firstfruits”!