Christian Churches of God
Wave Sheaf and the Count to Pentecost
During the days of Unleavened Bread we have the Wave-Sheaf Offering which commences the count to Pentecost. In this lesson we will learn about the importance of the Wave Sheaf in the Plan of God.
Wave Sheaf and the Count to Pentecost
To review the importance of the Wave-Sheaf Offering and what it represents, and understand its connection to the count to Pentecost.
1. Children will learn the significance of the Wave Sheaf Offering.
2. Children will know when the Wave Sheaf is to be kept and what it represents.
4. Children will be able to understand that Jesus Christ, the Messiah was the first of the first-fruits.
Open with prayer.
Lesson on the Wave Sheaf and Count to Pentecost.
Activity associated with the lesson.
Close with prayer.
1. Read through the paper Wave Sheaf and the Count to Pentecost (No. CB137) unless it is read as a sermonette with the children present.
2. Children’s questions are in bold. This is a general review of the material covered in the lesson.
Q1. Why is Wave Sheaf important in the plan of Eloah?
A. Besides being a part of the Passover Feast and a mandatory part of God’s Law, the Wave-Sheaf offering represents the day Jesus Christ, our Messiah ascended to God the Father. It also begins the fifty day count to Pentecost.
Q2. Where in the Bible do we find direction for keeping Wave Sheaf?
A. The instruction is found in Leviticus 23:9-16 (see memory verse above).
Q3. Do we now only keep the physical aspects, the letter of the law?
Q4. Who was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8)?
A. Jesus Christ, or Messiah fulfilled the symbolism of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Q5. For the Wave Sheaf the priest waved a sheaf of the first fruits of barley. What did that symbolize?
A. We know from 1Cor. 15:20-23 the first of the first-fruits of the barley harvest is Messiah. The wave sheaf pointed us to God the Father’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Wave Sheaf offering.
1Cor. 15:20-23 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. (RSV)
Q6. Is Wave Sheaf a Sabbath?
Q7. What is the significance of Wave Sheaf?
Q9. Does Pentecost fall on a specific date each year (like the 10th day of the month)?
Q10. In the first year of the Exodus, what were the Israelites doing during the period from the Passover to Pentecost?
A. During the 50 days between the Passover and Pentecost, the Israelites journeyed from Ramses to Mt. Sinai.
Q11. What day of the week do Wave Sheaf and Pentecost always fall on?
A. Leviticus 23:10-14 clearly tells us the sheaf is waved on the day after the Sabbath (or Sunday) during the days of Unleavened Bread. Remember, there are only 7 days of Unleavened Bread; therefore, wave sheaf always occurs on the first day of the week, Sunday, during the days of Unleavened Bread.
Q12. What year was Messiah crucified and when did he rise from the dead?
A. Christ was our Wave Sheaf Offering. Christ died for us on Wednesday the 14th of the First month (Abib) in 30 CE. He was laid in a tomb right before sundown on Wednesday evening. When it got dark that night it was time for the Passover meal. He was in the tomb for three days and three nights, therefore he was resurrected late on Sabbath before the first day of the week occurred.
Q13. What is the name of this 3-day period when Messiah was in the grave?
A. The 3 days that Messiah was in grave are referred to as the Sign of Jonah.
Q14. What day of the week did Messiah rise from the dead? When did he ascend or go up to his Father’s throne?
A. Christ was resurrected from the dead late on the weekly Sabbath. He ascended, or went into heaven at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, the same time the Wave Sheaf offering was being waved by the High Priest. Jesus Christ was accepted as the perfect sacrifice. Every year during the Feast of Unleavened Bread we keep the Wave Sheaf Offering church service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, in memory of this event.
Q15. What was the Comforter that was going to be sent to the Church?
A. Messiah promised God would send the Holy Spirit which he called the Comforter (Jn.14:16,26; 16:7).
Q16. When did Eloah give His Holy Spirit to the Church?
Q17. As the elect, do we have to follow the example that Jesus Christ set for us?
Q18. Who gave up both their spiritual and physical existence to redeem all of mankind and the fallen Host?
Q19. During the days of Unleavened Bread are we trying to remove all the leaven of malice and wickedness, guile, and negative thoughts and actions?
A. Yes, the days of Unleavened Bread show we have to remove the leaven of malice and wickedness and all sin, where possible and replace it with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1Cor 5:8).
Q20. Do we need to keep the full Feast of Unleavened Bread?
A. Yes; it is important that we keep the full Feast of Unleavened Bread including the Lord’s Supper, Wave Sheaf and the seven days of Unleavened Bread, that we become de-leavened of the former self and sin, and can proceed to Pentecost to receive the Holy Spirit and be leavened by the power of God.
Each child that can count is provided a pencil and worksheet with the numbers 1-50 that are scrambled all over the paper. Before handing out the worksheet, review the simple facts about the count to Pentecost, i.e. how many days from Wave Sheaf to Pentecost; how many perfect weeks etc. For the younger children, have them start from number 1, draw a line to 2, 3, etc. to 50. For older children or those that want a challenge: have them start and from number 1, draw a line to 2, 3, etc. to 50 yet in addition circle every 7 and multiple of 7 and place a small number by the circled 7 and begin the count of 7 perfect weeks. Therefore: 7 would be circled and have a 1 by it, 14 would be circled and have a 2 by it etc. until you reach 49, which would be circled and have a 7 by it.
When the first child reaches the end, reward him/her by counting 50 M&Ms or other small candies and placing them in a baggie for the child. This will help encourage the other children who are struggling and/or giving up.
Clothes pins pick up
Clothes pins, traditional clip type, are numbered 1-50 with a permanent marker. Children run to pick up the clothes pins or scavenger hunt is done to find the clothes pins. Once they are located they are placed in the correct order. This can also be done with the days of Eloah’s Feasts.
Using 7 blue beads, 1 purple bead, and 42 white beads have the children make a Count to Pentecost tool. Anchor the first white bead to the end of a string or yarn. Place a total of six white beads and the seventh will be a blue bead. This represents the first week in the count to Pentecost. Continue this pattern six more times. The 50th bead is purple and represents the Day of Pentecost. (This is also the pattern for counting the years in the Jubilee).