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What’s YOUR Acre?

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This Saturday is one of those rich traditions PBCC celebrates during the Harvest, the Lord's Acre, which has been around for 75 years.All of you have HEARD about Lord’s Acre - new people means you might not know WHAT/WHY...You can read about it - but you might be surprised to find its roots in the Old Testament.Love harvest festivals? The Israelites were given THREE! Beginning of the grain, the end of the grain, and the beginning of the grape. Lord's Acre is connected with the first - Feast of Firstfruits.We read of the instructions for the Feast of Firstfruits in the OT book of Leviticus chapter 23:Lev. 23:10-14 “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. 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... You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.”God is speaking of a time in the future when the Israelites would possess the land.When the guidelines were given, they were still wandering in the wilderness, no land yet.God speaks of a LATER time - so it’s both a time of remembering the goodness of God in the past AND an anticipation that God will continue to BE good as He promised.What do the Firstfruits and Lord’s Acre mean? What purpose do they serve?