Shavu’ot or “Pentecost” signifies that God is taking a people for Himself from among the nations. This people has been chosen and sanctified to bring forth God’s purpose in the midst of the nations. The original covenant with Israel at Mt. Sinai was made at this time. On this day two loaves of bread are waved before the Lord – an acknowledgement of God’s provision and sovereignty over all the earth. These are as first fruits to the Lord: “a first sampling of your later crops” (Leviticus 23:17). These represent the abundant harvest that is to come. We see the loaves of bread representing Israel and the body of Messiah. Is is on this festival that God chose to make His covenants with His two chosen vessels; Israel (Exodus 19:1) and the Church (Acts 2:1-4). The coming of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) has become the most famous of firstfruits. The early fruits have come in, and the promise of the later harvest will also come.