Jews and Gentiles
The Two Loaves of Pentecost

Shavuot is a wonderful and joyous time when we celebrate God’s goodness, victory and His blessings when all we have is dedicated to Him and He gives it back to us multiplied. 

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 23:17

What’s special about the instructions for these two loaves is that in comparison to Passover’s unleavened bread, this one was to be made with leaven (yeast). 

This bread represents us, and as humans, we have faults and defects, we fail and fall, and that is the leaven in us. But it is God who lifts us up, and we are presented before Him as first fruits that He cleanses, sanctifies and makes whole. 

The symbolism of this bread that is made from the firstfruit of our fields and presented before Him proclaims that despite our sinful nature (leaven), it is God that justifies and forgives us. 

But why two loaves? 

Two loaves represent the unbreakable bond between Jews and Gentiles. God always had in mind to bring Jews and Gentiles together, and Pentecost was that historic moment in time when the Gospel went out from the people of Israel to Gentiles, and that is when God made two nations into one through Christ. 

That is the hidden prophetic message of God in the Old Testament about the New Testament and the fullness of the gospel and salvation of Israel and the nations. 

The priest is to wave the two lambs before the LORD as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the LORD for the priest.

Leviticus 23:20 

When coming to the priest with the offering and the bread of the firstfruits that symbolized our lives, families and everything we own, the priest would lift it up before God and wave it before Him, dedicating it to the Lord. 

Once something is dedicated to God, it can only return to us increases and multiplied in blessings.