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Wave Offering

Jesus, our sacrifice,
is Hope for the Rest

Scripture

Lev 23:10 "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 firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:"
Lev 23:11 "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."
Lev 23:12 "And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD."

Text

Lev 23.12 “…ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish…”

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The definitions that Strong's Concordance offers are not very good.
But the definition along with how the word is translated is much better.

#8573 is Strong's number for the Hebrew word Ten-oo-faw.
The definition offers Brandishing in a threatening manner, it implies a tumult, specifically there is the thought of undulation or rippling of waves, as if to offer.

#8573 is sometimes translated:
offering - shaking - offering wave

#5130 is Strong's number for the Hebrew word Noof.
The definition offers Quivering, sprinkling, beckoning, rubbing (as if to remove the husk from the wheat), sawing, waving.

#5130 is sometimes translated:
lift-up - move - offer - perfume - send - shake - strike - wave

The sermon is taken
from some of the ways that the Hebrew word WAVE is used or implied.
We hope it is as interesting for you and your people as it was for us.

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Explanation

The Promised Land is sometimes pictured as our eventual home that will come down out of heaven, the New Jerusalem, with Gemed Walls and Gates of Pearl.
But more often, the Promised Land is a Picture of the Land of Victory, for the Saint of God.

Victory because it is the place
where God fights the battles like He did for the Israelites as they went into the Promised Land,
where God provides the necessities like He did for the Israelites as they went into the Promised Land,
where God is worshipped and glorified for who He is like the Israelites did when they went into the Promised Land.

Now in our Text God told Moses:

Tell the People …
When you get to the Victorious Life
pant a crop of Wheat and when you reap the Harvest
take a sheaf (a few stems of wheat) of the very First Fruit of that Harvest and take it to the Priest.

Now don’t get lost in this.
They were to take part of the very first part of the crop to the priest.

The Priest was to Wave the Sheaf
before the Lord, in front of the Lord and this sheaf was to be accepted for the People and the Priest was to Wave it the day after the Sabbath.

Now on that same day, after the Sabbath
something else was to take place.

The Priest was to offer
at the same time a Male Lamb without blemish as a Burnt Offering.

Do you have it?

When they get to the Victory Land
They were plant a Crop of what grain, ______________? Wheat

At Harvest time,
They were of take the First what of it, ___________? Fruit
A Sheaf of ____________? Wheat

And they were to
take the Sheaf of Wheat to the, who ____________? The priest

Then the Priest
was to ___________ the Wheat? Wave

Now, the Priest was to Wave the Wheat
before ___________ (Whom)? God the Father

And, he was going to do this
on the day after what day ____________? Sabbath
Which would be on what day ___________? Sunday

Now, at this same time
there was to be another offering
It was to be a, what ___________? Lamb
It was to be a Male or Female __________? Male

And, it was to be
without, what ______________? Blemish

You are doing real good!

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Picture of Christ

Now, all of this
was a perfect picture of Christ to Come.

And, a perfect witness
to everyone that took part, that looked on, that were strangers from another country.

They could see
that they one who was to be First, was to lead the way.

That First Person
was to be the First Planted, because He was going to be the First Reaped in the Harvest.

That First Person
was to be the First Offered to God the Father.

That First Person
was to be the One that the rest followed.

That First Person
was to be Male Lamb, without Blemish.

That First Person
was to be waved and this is where the Sermon is this morning.

That First Person
was to be Accepted for the People by God the Father, on the Morrow, after the Sabbath, which was to be Sunday.

He was
a Male Lamb that was Reaped as the Very First One brought to the priest and waved before the Father, to be accepted for the rest, on Sunday

Of course all of this
sounds exactly like Jesus Christ.

“The Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world”

The Firstfruit

1 Cor 15:20 "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept."

He is brought to the Priest, because He is actually the High Priest Himself

Heb 3:1 "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;"

He was Waved before the Father
and was accepted of the Father in our place.

Eph 1:6 "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
Eph 1:7 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"

He was risen on Sunday

Mark 16:9 "…Jesus was risen early the first day of the week…"

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Waved

The Fristfruit, Jesus
was waved before God

This is where
I want to spend the rest of my time.

This waving that was done
was not like the Queen waving from the balcony of the palace, with stoic face and waving as if to all watching, be in actuallity, to no one.

No, This was a different kind of Wave.
When we look elsewhere in the Scriptures as to how this word Wave is used
we begin to see a great deal of its meaning.

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Undulatingly

The Priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in an undulating fashion.

As if it were going out in a rippling fashion.
Going to everyone.

Since it Pictured Christ
it pictured Jesus appealing to everyone, everywhere.

John 3.16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."

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Strikingly

The Priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in a striking fashion.

Giving the idea of suffering
the godly for the ungodly.

1 Pet 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"

Jesus is the first to suffer
then those that follow Him.
He is first, then us.

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.

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Waved like a new sheaf

The Sheaf of Wheat was waved by the Priest
like a new shoot coming up out of the Ground. New life from the seed.

Rom 8:11 "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

Do you see
that waved sheaf which was the firstfruit.
He was first, then us.
He dying first and rising again, then us.
He is the firstfruit of new life, then us

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.

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Sprinkling Manner

The priests waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in a sprinkling manner

Heb 10:19 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,"
Heb 10:20 "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;"
Heb 10:21 "And having an high priest over the house of God;"
Heb 10:22 "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."
Heb 10:23 "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)"

Jesus is the Firstfruit
The wave offering that is shaken in a sprinkling manner, as if to sprinkle the blood of the Lamb on those that follow.

Heb 10:24 "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"
Heb 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.
Hope for those coming after.
Hope for those being provoked to love and perform good works.
Hope for those assembling themselves together.
Hope for those exhorting and being exhorted.
Hope, so much more, as the Day of the Return of Christ draws nigh.

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Threateningly

The Priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in a threatening manner as if the Sheaf was a judge of those that were not going to follow him in the Resurrection.

Heb 10:30 "For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people."

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.
There is great hope, when we see the judgment of God on the Lost.
When the Wave Offering is waved in a Threatening manner to the lost, we know we are safe.

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Blowingly

The Priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
as if it had been blown in a manner of it being shaken by the wind in a suffering sort of way.

Paul said, in his testimony …

Acts 26:22 "Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:"
Acts 26:23 "That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles."

And we should suffer with Him.

2 Tim 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

Example of Moses

Heb 11:24 "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;"
Heb 11:25 "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;"

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.
We have hope when we see the Wave Offering shaken in a suffering manner, because we understand that Jesus was the Fristfruit of Suffering and we are next. But it is only for a while.

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Waved as if to be followed

The Priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in a manner as if to indicate to follow the Sheaf, the Firstfruit.

John 12:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."
John 12:25 "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."
John 12:26 "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me,

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.
Jesus is the Firstfruit that leads the way, we are the fruit that follow.
We are to serve the Lord.
Wherever He is, we will be there as well.

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Rubbingly

The Priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in a thrashing or rubbing manner.

As if to remove the husks
and receive the kernel to make bread to be eaten.

John 6:32 "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven."
John 6:33 "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world."
John 6:34 "Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread."
John 6:35 "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.
Jesus is the Firstfruit that will be rubbed to remove the husks so the kernels can be used for grinding and making bread.
He is the first of the bread.
We are to eat (believe in) that bread.

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As if sent

The priest waved the Sheaf of Wheat
in a sending manner.

1 John 4:13 "Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit."
1 John 4:14 "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."
1 John 4:15 "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God."

And we are sent

Rom 10:14 "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Rom 10:15 "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

Paul sent Timothy

1 Th 3:2 "And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:"

The Wave Offering
is hope for the rest.
Jesus was the Firstfruit that was waved in a sent-manner.
He was sent, and if we follow him in the harvest, we will be sent as well.

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Nextfruit

We are the nextfruit, after Jesus.
Whatever He has done, we can expect the same.
With His help.
With His power.
With His leading.
With His example.

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