Number fifty, what does it signify?

One of the Lord’s titles is “The Lord of the Harvest.”  He compares us to wheat.
The first hint of this is a Psalm which celebrates the harvest of the earth, to the ends of the earth, and God’s righteous governance of the nations.

Another title, “Lord of the Sabbath” is from the grainfields.  Mark 2:23-28

Psalm 67  looks forward to the time the King will rule and it speaks of the harvest.  There are 49 words, that’s seven times seven – one word for each week of sabbaths.  The Jubilee happens after seven lots of seven sabbaths.  In the Jubilee year everything resets and all debts are released.

Leviticus 25

The second hint is the site he chose for his altar, and the price paid for it. The site was a threshing floor.  The price was fifty shekels.

The third hint about the harvest is Israel’s cycle of harvests, festivals and sabbaths.  You’ll find them detailed in the Book of Leviticus.  The harvests were celebrated in Israel’s cycle of Sabbaths.  Each festival has significance.  Christ was raised on the Day of First fruits and the Church began fifty days later on Shavuot, the harvest Festival of First fruits.

The fourth hint is how Jesus fed the 5000, separating the people into groups of fifty.

The fifth hint is how Christ referred to Himself as a kernel of wheat that had to die.  There are fifty kernels in one head of wheat.
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:23-24 (NIV)

The sixth hint which ties in with the third hint, is the day the Church started – on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit, “the former rain” was sent.  Pentecost is Greek and Latin for the fiftieth day.

The seventh hint about the harvest was where it was mentioned – in the fields of Samaria.  “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 (NIV)

I’ve put the corresponding Bible verses at the bottom so you can reference the Word for yourself.

Fifty

Fifty is the number of Israel’s Jubilee1.
When sabbaths number seven times seven,
it means freedom and liberty.

Jubilee, what does that mean for you and me?
God speaks of Heaven – a place of rest
for the believing who’ve been set free.

threshing floorAraunah sold a threshing floor 2
to David, Israel’s king,
It was on Mount Moriah,
where Abraham made his offering.

Fifty pieces of silver was paid,
They agreed it was “full price,”
Full price means “Tetelestai,” 3
the word uttered from the cross.

Soloman built the temple, 4
120 priests stood with the Levites
while the people bowed and prayed,
they vowed and made their offerings,
on the holy days God made.

wheat seedAt Passover, on the Day of First fruits, 5
at the altar the first sheaf was waved –
north, south, east and west.
Then after seven sabbaths – forty-nine days,
came the fiftieth day.

“First Fruits” is celebrated on the fiftieth day. 6
Moreover with that offering
Israel looked forward to the harvest,
after planting in the spring.

In time the Lord of the Harvest came,
the faithful and true witness, the great 7amen.
He was born in Bethlehem, 8
It means “the House of Bread.”

With two loaves and five fishes, 9
5000 were fed.
“Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”
the Good Lord said,
Pentecostseeing man’s hunger and meeting man’s need.

Messiah rode into Jerusalem – 10 
a donkey for his steed,
Hosanna, look at the happy crowd!
But he warned the disciples and spoke of the seed,
“Unless it died there’d be no grain.”
There’d be no harvest until he came again.

 Fifty days later in Jerusalem, 11
while pilgrims celebrated First-fruits,
120 gathered in the court,
and His Spirit fell like rain.

That event is known as Pentecost, 12 
it’s the day the Church began.
Pentecost means ‘fifty’
in the language of Greece and Rome.

kernel grainsThere’s a gem in the wheatgerm, 13 
before I bring this home.
Did you know there’s fifty kernels in one head of wheat?
there’s life eternal in that kernel of the harvest seed.

Now the fields are white for harvest, 14 
while the farmer waits
to harvest the precious grain.
The wheat bows in the wind,
while it grows amidst the weed.


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Reference

Here are the corresponding Bible verses at the bottom so you can reference the Word for yourself.

Jubilee

1 “Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.“ Leviticus 25:8-10. NIVFull price,

Threshing floor

2 David said to him, “Let me have the site of your threshing floor so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped. Sell it to me at the full price.” 25 So David paid Araunah six hundred shekels of gold for the site. 1 Chronicles 21:20-25

3 In Koine Greek Tetelestai means “paid in full.”

The Temple

4 Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David. 2 Chronicles 2:1-2 (NIV)

The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. 12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14 (NIV)

First fruits

5 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. Leviticus 23:9-11 (NIV)

6 “From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.” Leviticus 23:15-17 (NIV)

House of Bread

7To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” Revelation 3:14 (NIV)

8“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.”Micah 5:2-5 (NKJV)

Groups of Fifty

9 Luke 9:14,14 For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.” (NKJV)

The wheat kernel

10 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:23-24 (NIV)

Pentecost, Fifty

11 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:3-7 (NIV)

12 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Acts 2:1-13 (NIV)

 13 Wheat Fun Fact Sheet

The harvest
14 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35 (NIV)

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

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What happened when Jesus rose from the dead …

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Weeping broke the early morning silence.  It was the first day of the week.  While the world woke up, an uncomprehending woman cried her heart out beside a tomb. 

It was a world stricken with death.  It came to them all, sooner or later.  But this was a day unlike any other.  Resurrected feet trod the earth.

“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” the King asked, approaching her.

Standing at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise him.  With the light and the tears blinding her eyes, she cried “They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Mary,” the King said.

“Teacher!” she cried in recognition, turning to him.

The risen Lord had been in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah.  Now, he had returned from death.  (1 Peter 3:19)

He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)

Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.

Ascending to his Kingdom, the King was greeted with songs, shouts, and cries of joy.  Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him.

All of Heaven rejoiced.  The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour.  All bowed down as he passed.

A throne awaited him.

But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.

Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”

All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.

The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. (Hebrews 8)

The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.

Now all of Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18


This story is taken from Mark 16 and Luke 24.