Offering the Loaf of Barley
Counting the Omer
The process of offering up the Barley
Symbolism of the SheafA sheaf in the bible can be used to typify a person or persons (Genesis 37:5-11). It can also be a spiritual representation of people who accept the Messiah into their hearts.
1. Nissan 17 Following day after Passover, Priest and People gathered in Jerusalem barley fields.
2. Barley sheafs were carried by priests back to the Holy Temple
3. Priest would sift the barley through 13 sieves
4. Like the High Priest in the Temple, Jesus is our High Priest
5. Priest would beat and roast barley into a coarse meal
6. Pan lifted by the priest before the altar, frankincense, and olive oil were added.
7. Priest carried the pan of prepared barley to the southwest corner alter and waive the Omer before God.
8. Finally the priest would ascend to the altar, where he would scoop out a handful of the Omer grain, and drop it into the alter fire.
9. This was followed by the bringing of a single male lamb offering as a burnt offering
10. From this point on, the barley from the new harvest could be consumed by all.
11. The remaining grain that had been brought up to the Holy Temple by the priests would then be eaten by the priests.
12. The marketplace of Jerusalem, in anticipation of this moment, were already laden with grain products.
13. Day 50 Pentecost 50 = consummation, Websters likens it to a marriage
What does this mean for the Barley Firstfruits Bride?
Gifts offered up are a shadow of things to come.