Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Feast of Unleavened Bread...Day Seven AND the Feast of First Fruits!!!

What an awesome day we just had!
I mentioned before that according to the scriptures, the day after Passover is to be the first day of the celebration of the feast of unleavened bread. It is to last for 7 days.
We celebrated Passover on the Sunday night last week which made Monday last week day 1 of Unleavened Bread which made today Day 7 of the feast; the final day. It is always an extra sabbath too.
It happened to coincide this year with First Fruits which always takes place on the day after the weekly sabbath of the week of Passover - the first day of the week.
Isn't it amazing that on the very day the High Priest was waving the sheaf of barley before the Father to make the whole harvest acceptable, that Yeshua (Jesus) who is our High Priest, was waving Himself before the Father in order to make the whole harvest of souls acceptable to Yah?!?!
AWESOME!!!!

Here's how our day unfolded....
We awoke early (athough our alarm didn't go off/wasn't set right lol) to Ben's text message asking if it was still all going ahead! We jumped out of bed (almost literally!) and I ran down to wake up the kids. Ethi also almost literally jumped out of bed and got dressed as quick as could be. Then you could just hear them calling out to each other, "Happy First Fruits!!!" with so much joy. Really blesses my heart to hear them excited about Yah's appointed times!
Zippi stayed asleep during all this which was fab because it meant we could quickly get everything together. We had 15 mins to be up, dressed and out the door - all 8 of us (including my folks).
We met Michael and Katie over at Ben and Jas' house and we all drove over to our fave spot which we've affectionately named 'Praying Rock'. Brett had wanted to go to another lookout but we wouldn't have made it in time. Maybe next year!

There was light but the sun hadn't actually risen yet as we all climbed up the rocks...


I know I posted a photo last year similar to this but it just reminded me again of how fresh the morning was; beads of dew still on the wet ground...


We'd all gathered up on the rock...


and before long Jas had spotted the first part of the sun rising! You can see it here; just a little pink in the distance (i think you can click on these photos to enlarge them...maybe)...


and more of the sun rising quite quickly before our eyes...


which had all of us mesmerised...


both young and old alike...


the boys stood still for just a little while; long enough to be captivated by Yah's amazing creation... 




the sun had risen....and so has the SON! HalleluYAH!


We read from the FIRST FRUITS BOOKLETS I had prepared for each family. I read about the Torah instructions of the High Priest waving the barley grain, the first fruits of the harvest before the Father. I read about the Messianic significance of Yeshua doing the same with his resurrected body. We also about all the different ways that Yeshua is mentioned as 'the first' in Scripture.


Brett read from Leviticus 23 about this feast, then from Mark 12 how Yeshua prophesied that he would be in the heart of the earth for 3 days AND 3 nights. And then Brett read from John 20 when Mary went to the tomb when it was still dark, that she found out that He was not there - he had indeed risen!
Praise Yehovah for His might and power and His plan of redemption!!!


We stood together during the readings and some enjoyed a hot drink...


(loved this shot of the sun just beginning to hit the side of Ethi's face too much not to include it!)


Such a great time of being in the Word together!


I took the ukelele along again and together we sang the song from last year, 'He is the First Fruit of the Resurrection'...


After enjoying the sunrise a little more, we ended with prayer + praise...

It was really special for me to have my mum and dad with our family to celebrate this feast for the first time!



Me + My beautiful husband...


Our kiddos so excited to be travelling back home for the next part of the celebration!
(I was thinking, wow, this time next year we'll have 5 in those seats!!! Our little man will be around 8 months old this time next year - WOW!)


While I made unleavened pancakes (1:1:1 of plain flour, egg and milk), mum and dad helped prepare the fruit...


Brett enjoyed a special snuggle with his big princess...


We so enjoyed having Ben + Jas and Michael and Katie (Ben's sis) with us to celebrate and remember this special time!


The table all set with all the fruits;
this year we had:
apples (red + green), mandarins, passionfruit, fresh pineapple, bananas (only a few b/c they are soooo expensive!) lychees, strawberries, kiwi fruit, purple grapes, pink grapefruit and peaches on pancakes!


Did I mention we also had icecream? lol ;)


Enjoying our time together...



We also shared about the counting of the days until the next feast which is Shavuot (Pentecost/Feast of Weeks). God's people were instructed to count off 7 weeks from today (First Fruits) with today being day 1. That makes 50 days until we arrive at the Feast of Weeks. Intrestingly (because it is ALWAYS interesting when God's timing is involved!!!!) the disciples were told to wait 50 days until they received power from on high which took place during the Feast of Weeks! More on that another time :)

The decorations for the table this year were....
the barley sheaf in the big hurricane lamp that the kids coloured in the other day...


+ Stassi made a couple of special things...


one was this paper plate she'd decorated a couple of weeks ago...


and another was this sign. She'd written it on black with black texta so later on decided to go over it with liquid paper pen!


She drew and coloured in and pasted all those little fruits up the top...


I made this little banner to go over the door and stuck it up last night before going to bed. The kids were so excited when they saw it hanging up this morning when they awoke!


Some of the other activities we did...
The rest of the Day 7 of Unleavened Bread + the Feast of First Fruits was very relaxed for us.
I went back to bed and had a nice catch up sleep while Brett looked after the munchkins.
When I woke up, Stass and I made some tzit tzits (tassels - see Numbers 15:31 onwards) since Jas kindly leant us her threads...


Nan taught her how to plait this week so she wanted to plait some tzits tzits herself and they turned out so great!


We finished the arvo off with another lovely walk around the old race track. Trying to fit in as many walks as we can while my back is holding up and while the weather is not....well...freezing!


Some of what we ate on Day 7 of Unleavened Bread + the Feast of First Fruits...

Breakfast:
See above!

Lunch:
Pasta

Snacks:
Fruit! and popcorn

Dinner:
Meatloaf + potatoes + peas


And for the last reading of the feast, Brett read aloud from Exodus 16 - the account of Israel being provided for in the desert. They were given manna - kind of like a bread. We too are sustained by the bread of life; the Word of Yah! He always provides for His people when we walk faithfully with Him.

We finished the night with a Bible Trivia Game (Ethi won!) and us taking turns to reflect and pray about the wonderful rememberances we've taken part in this week.

It has been a full on week in many ways, but a really special one that we won't ever forget.
Thank you Yah!

More another time,
Love

10 comments:

Enid said...

Love this MsLuisi!! I am so inspired by you! Indeed He is the first fruit!

nettypike said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful day!

Thought you might be interested in this article. I'm not promoting the website, rather the article, especially as you're carrying a new baby.

http://www.issacharministry.org.au/prophetic-articles/biblical-holy-days-parallel-babys-gestation/

lusi said...

Shalom Annette! Will have a look at the website - thank you for the link.

Enid you are so sweet. I should have mentioned in my post that we TOTALLY borrowed the idea of the sunrise pancakes and fruit from our dear friends Heiko and Lori who've been doing this for years! They inspired us and so now we are loving this as a way to celebrate first fruits!
Love to you!!!
Lus x

Crystal said...

thank you so much for sharing I really enjoy looking to see what you all do and get ideas for our own home as I am always lost on what to do for first fruits. Shalom and many blessings to you and your family
Crystal

lusi said...

You are welcome Crystal! Hope you had a blessed time!
Love Lusi x

Yuri Richardson said...

Thanks for sharing the happy times YHWH has given to you all at His Appointed Times.

The photos were great! We are a husband and wife couple with 4 children living in Bermuda.

I was just speaking with someone yesterday about the fiddle wood trees we have here (which are originally from Australia) and thinking that it is now fall in there (hence the scarfs and fall clothing in the photos.)

Thanks again for sharing and please say Shalom to your Husband for me.

Shalom In Yahshua.

1Cor1031 said...

I loved reading your blog & how you spent the First Fruits. Thank you for sharing.
Tanya

Stace said...

One thing that I have noticed in past posts and now this one too - is how FANTASTIC and HUGE and INCLUDING your dining table is Lusi!!! Where is it from??? I LOVE the idea that so many can sit and be together whilst enjoying some yummy foods!!! I just LOVE IT !!!
I hope you back pain eases soon for you!!! Take care and enjoy your break from the blog world - for a little bit, dont stay away TOO LONG ;) hehe
Take care xxxxxxxx Stace

lusi said...

Thanks so much for dropping by Yuri and Tanya! Your comments were very encouraging.

Hi Satce!
Just to let you know that the
table is from Everyday Living. We've had it for almost 3 years now and it is so great! We love just doing life around it together; eating, talking,praying, studying, creating, celebrating around it. I did a post about it just before we got it which you can read here: http://homeschoolingmamalusi.blogspot.com/2008/12/12-seater-dining.html
It was designed for 10 but we paid extra to get some other chairs and it seats 12 now. Love it.
Hope you are well! Loving your new blog look :)

Anonymous said...

we are just beginning to celebrate the feasts and your site is a wonderful help (and read!). i've a toddler whom i drag to church celebrations, and i wanted to give him a deeper experience of the feasts. so thank you so much for sharing how you put it together at the family level :)

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