​Susan Butler Live


Building a Relationship with Christ

First Fruits


Dedication



​​First Fruits, therefore, represents not only our gifts to God, but more importantly, His First Fruits Gift to us in the person of Jesus Christ — He is the Hope of our own resurrection!

​To the LORD God Almighty


“Not to us, O LORD, not to us,

But to Your name give glory,

Because of Your lovingkindness,

Because of Your truth.”

 
Psalm 115:1 (NASB)

First Fruits


​An Introduction


When I had my first conversation with God about writing First Fruits, the book had no name nor content. I simply shared with Him my desire to write a book. Within minutes, He impressed me with the thought that He would help me, and that my first writing project needed to be for Him. He then gave me the format of a perpetual calendar devotional, and the title, “First Fruits.” It would signify my first effort to write for Him, and encourage readers to give the Lord the first portion of each day to meditate on His Word.

Two years into the writing project, when my friend, Betty Jo Connor, found out the name of my book, she encouraged me to read what Zola Levitt, a Jewish convert to Christianity, had to say about first fruits. In his book entitled The Seven Feasts of Israel[1] he explains the significance of the third feast, “First Fruits.”

Leviticus 23:10–11(KJV) instructed: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you; on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.”

I had marked the above scripture early on in my writing as an encouragement concerning God’s gift of the title First Fruits. But what I learned from Levitt’s book and want to share with you was both astounding and thrilling, confirming to me that the title God had impressed upon me was for a purpose beyond my original understanding.

The First Fruits Feast is always the Sunday following the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, held in the spring each year. This day has eventually become known as Easter among Christians. But what many do not realize is that the name Easter was derived from the Babylonian pagan goddess of fertility, “Ishtar”. Zola explains that “we miss a very important Biblical truth by not using the term ‘First Fruits’ as the name of this feast, because “first” implies a second, a third, and so on, and that is the real meaning of the feast. We do not merely celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on First Fruits (Easter), on which it indeed occurred, but even more so, the resurrection of the entire Church!”

In 1 Corinthians 15:23 (KJV) Paul states “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” Zola continues, “Jesus celebrated the Sunday of the week of His crucifixion by rising from the dead. It was not some other day He chose but the very day of First Fruits … Jesus even presented His proper First Fruits offering to the Father. Graves were opened and dead people rose and were seen after His resurrection in Jerusalem. Matthew 27:53 (KJV). First Fruits was the last of the feasts that The Lord was seen personally fulfilling on earth.”








[1] Zola Levitt Ministries, © 2015, www.levitt.com. The Seven Feasts of Israel, p.6–8. The Miracle of Passover, p. 17.