We Christians do not make much of the First Fruits, yet it is the very day of the resurrection of Jesus; he was the first fruit of the new Israel. Cain and Able gave the first fruits offering, so it has a long history before the Exodus. The day of first fruits is the first day of the week after Passover.
From God’s standpoint—as though I can really understand God—His people need to learn to be thankful for His saving them from a life of slavery, and to be thankful for becoming a part of the Nation of God.
We Americans, being rugged individualist, tend to ignore the importance of being part of Israel. Today, we increasingly turn away from any form of centralized churches or organized religion. We believe we can go it alone.
When we read about the temptation of Jesus, we like to slide past the first sentence: Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. MSG Jesus did not face the Tempter alone, the Spirit led him. It was so important that we know that fact that Jesus told his disciples about the experience and Luke recorded it for us to read.
If I take on the Devil without any help, I will lose. No—repeat—No human can face the Great Liar alone. That is why God has given us His Word, His Spirit, and His Son. By putting our faith in God and His Son, we have a good chance of not falling into Satan’s grasp. When we do slip, the Spirit is able to nudge us back.
Paul quotes the prophet Joel on this point of having faith. Allow me to include a few verses of introduction. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and terrible Day of Adonai.” At that time, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved. CJB
Be righteous and do good.