occurs on the third day after Passover and the second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It honors the first harvest of the season and prophetically speaks to Yeshua’s resurrection as the “firstfruits” of those who have died.
1. Two weeks before the Feast:
- Plan a special meal that includes first fruits, like barley, wheat, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.
2. A few days before the Feast:
- Purchase fresh ingredients for your meal.
3. Day before the Feast:
- Prepare parts of your meal in advance if possible.
During the Feast of Firstfruits:
This feast is marked by giving thanks for the provision of the first harvest, as well as recognizing the resurrection of Yeshua. Begin the day with prayer, reading scriptures related to firstfruits, and reflections on the theme of resurrection.
Meal Ideas and Recipes:
- Barley Salad
- 2 cups cooked barley
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine barley, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
- Roasted Figs with Honey
- 8 fresh figs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Cut a cross into the top of each fig, going about halfway down.
- Drizzle the figs with honey and olive oil.
- Roast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until the figs are softened and starting to release their juice.
- Fresh Pomegranate Juice
- 2 large pomegranates
- Cut each pomegranate in half.
- Hold each half over a bowl, cut side down, and tap the back with a spoon to release the seeds (also known as arils).
- Once you’ve collected all the arils, push them through a sieve to extract the juice.
Engage in Bible study, prayer, and reflection during this feast. This is a good time to discuss the significance of Yeshua being the firstfruits of the resurrection.
Stay tuned for our next post where we will guide you through the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost (Shavuot).