Chag Hamatzot, (Unleavened Bread), commemorates the unleavened bread that the Israelites took with them in haste when leaving the bondage of Egypt. It also focuses on Messiah’s crucifixion and removing our sin and spiritual leaven.
Sefirat HaOmer, Counting of the Omer, begins at Pesach (the festival of “physical redemption”) and counts up to 49 days until Shavuot (the festival of “spiritual redemption”). It commemorates God giving His precious gift, the Torah, to His people at Mt. Sinai. Sefirat HaOmer is a time of personal repentance and consecration in anticipation to encountering God.
Yom Habikkurim, Firstfruits celebrates the Wave Offering of the first sheaf of the harvest, as well as the Resurrection of Yeshua. He is the firstfruit from the dead. Israel was described as the firstfruits of God’s harvest (Jer.2:3).
“Every month on Rosh Chodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in My presence,” says ADONAI. (Isaiah 66:23)
“He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation, because in connection with him were created all things – in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities – they have all been created through him and for him. He existed before all things, and he holds everything together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
In observance of Rosh Chodesh, we sanctify the coming new month by lifting up Yeshua as King over His celestial creation and praying blessings for a good month. “May it be Your Will, Lord our God and God of our fathers, that You renew for us a good month in our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah. Amen.”