Update on My Aviv Barley Thoughts

Several weeks ago, I posted Is Aviv Barley Overrated? Predictably, it fostered some good discussion, both publicly and privately. This morning, I received a message from a dear brother in Israel with additional thoughts that even more firmly cement in my mind that the annual barley search is overrated.

Here are his thoughts as he shared them on thetorahnetwork.com without any comment or interjection:

If you want to determine the beginning of the year according to the ripeness of the barley, then you must first establish a firm understanding from the scripture and decide whether ONE omer/sheaf of barley is to be brought to the priest:

A) on behalf of all the people of Israel

OR

B) individually by each farmer

Here are some pertinent scriptures:

“take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground,
which you harvest …
put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that YHVH your Elohim will choose, …

go to the priest who is in office at that time and
say to him,
‘I declare today to YHVH your Elohim that I have come into the land that YHVH swore to our fathers to give us.’

Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of YHVH your Elohim.

And you shall make response before YHVH your Elohim, …
“I bring the first of the fruit of the ground,
which you, O YHVH, have given me.’

And you shall set it down before YHVH your Elohim and worship before YHVH your Elohim.

11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that YHVH your Elohim has given to you and to your house …

Deut 26:2-5+11

“You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce” Ex 22:29

“you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest” Lev 23:10

The key in all these verses is the “basket”.

A basket is only needed if the barley is ripe and prone to fall out.
For an Omer/Sheaf of AVIV barley – NO basket is needed.

Who is actually responsible to bring that Omer of barley to the priest?

The basket is the strongest hint that the first fruits are expected from the individual farmer.

The farmer who’s barley and oats are ripe earlier than everybody elses needs to put the grain in a basket to prevent the grains 🌾 from dropping on his way to Jerusalem.

I believe  to be the most scriptuaral approach when it comes to determening the biginning of the year based on the Aviv-barley.

Who is actually responsible to bring that Omer of barley to the priest?

Scripture seems to expect every farmer to bring His fristfruit to the priest who is in office at that time and to rejoice in all the good that YHVH Elohim has given to him and his house.

Abba Father wants YOU personally and individually to rejoice and not someone else in your place.
How do YOU want to respond to this?

Here is a verse that is clearly supporting the understanding that EVERYBODY is expected to “take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground” (Deut 26:2):

“When you enter your neighbor’s grainfield, you may pluck the heads of grain with your hand, but you must not put a sickle to your neighbor’s grain.” Deut. 23:25.

“Three times a year all your males shall appear before YHVH your Elohim at the place that he will choose:

at the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
at the Feast of Weeks, and
at the Feast of Booths.

They shall NOT appear before YHVH empty-handed. 🤲🤲

Every man shall give as he is able,

according to the blessing of YHVH your Elohim
that he has given you.” Deut 16:16-17

About Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ natsab.wordpress.com Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!
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