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.
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 is the number of Israel’s Jubilee.
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.
Araunah sold a threshing floor
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,”
the word uttered from the cross.
Soloman built the temple,
120 priests stood with the Levites
while the people bowed and prayed,
they vowed and made their offerings,
on the holy days God made.
At Passover, on the Day of First fruits,
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.
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 amen.
He was born in Bethlehem,
It means “the House of Bread.”
With two loaves and five fishes,
5000 were fed.
“Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”
the Good Lord said,
seeing man’s hunger and meeting man’s need.
Messiah rode into Jerusalem –
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,
while pilgrims celebrated First-fruits,
120 gathered in the court,
and His Spirit fell like rain.
That event is known as Pentecost,
it’s the day the Church began.
Pentecost means ‘fifty’
in the language of Greece and Rome.
There’s a gem in the wheatgerm,
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,
while the farmer waits
to harvest the precious grain.
The wheat bows in the wind,
while it grows amidst the weed.
Here are the corresponding Bible verses at the bottom so you can reference the Word for yourself.