Waving the Sheaf

Kelly Chiara

Joined August 2009

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Swirling arches in Holder Hall Corridor, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. You may see architecture…I see sheaves of barley. =) 17 March 2011 Time 1400 Canon rebel xsi ~ f 4 iso 800 ss 1/100 ~ 371 views as of 02 April 2012
A sheaf, literally, an omer, of the first-fruits of the barley harvest. The barley being sooner ripe than the other grains, the reaping of it formed the commencement of the general harvest season. Then, after some incense had been sprinkled on it, the priest waved the sheaf aloft before the Lord towards the four different points of the compass, took a part of it and threw it into the fire of the altar—all the rest being reserved to himself. It was a proper and beautiful act, expressive of dependence on the God of nature and providence—common among all people, but more especially becoming the Israelites, who owed their land itself as well as all it produced to the divine bounty. The offering of the wave-sheaf sanctified the whole harvest ( Romans 11:16 ). At the same time, this feast pre-intimated the resurrection of Christ (1Corinthians 15:20 ), who rose from the dead on the very day the first-fruits were offered. Commentary by Robert Jamieson on Leviticus 23.

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