Feast of Weeks ~ Pentecost

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You know, you have to admit that at least two big miracles took place that day. First, the Spirit came in power, with manifestations, with inspired speaking, and with awe. In addition, the message was, right from the start, being heard in people’s own local languages.

Scripture says the disciples spoke in other tongues, and it says the people heard them, (possibly all of them)speaking in each one’s own local language! That was a sign that this message would be going out to far-flung corners of the world The best way to have the message go out to the world is to speak the languages of the world.  God certainly knew what He was doing when He sent the Spirit to the disciples and all the peoples of the Earth who would call upon the name of Yahushua.

These disciples probably could not speak fluently in all the various languages from all over the world. Nevertheless, that is all right. God took care of that. He caused everyone to hear what the disciples were saying in their own local languages!

After being filled with the Spirit of Yahwey, Peter goes on to preach a powerful message demonstrating that Yahushua was indeed the Messiah, and that everyone should repent and be baptized both for the forgiveness of sin and to receive the Spirit of God.

The Spirit of God is a down payment of eternal life, and is the empowering strength that gives converted people the power to overcome and endure to the end.

It might surprise you to know that  Jews and Gentiles from all over the Empire were gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Weeks. They had heard the stories that this Yahushua guy, the prophet and miracle worker, had come to life again. They might even have gone to the tomb and looked at the big stone rolled away. In my wild imagination, I can see a big tourist trade building up. “Come, see the place. Guided tours on the hour and half-hour.” This was big news!

We see in verse 21 of Leviticus 23 that the Feast of Weeks is to be a holy convocation.  And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. Well looky there, it’s a Sabbath.

A time when all Yahweh’s people are to come together to keep a feast unto Yahweh.  This is only one of the three times that all of Yisrael is to come together.

“You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain. “Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to Yahweh your Elohim with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as Yahweh your Elohim blesses you. “You shall rejoice before Yahweh your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you, at the place where Yahweh your Elohim chooses to make His name abide. “And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.  ~ Deuteronomy 16:9-12

This feast was referred to as ‘Feast of Weeks’ because it was celebrated seven weeks after the offering of the barley sheaf, also known as the ‘Feast of the Harvest, which illustrates that there are two harvests: the barley harvest ends and the wheat harvest begins.

It was the wave of the first fruits that marked the beginning of the harvest, which was offered at the Temple.

The Yisraelite farmer would express his praise and gratitude to Yahweh who has guided His people to the land He promised their ancestors.

Once he has taken possession of land, he would prepare his pastures, orchards, and fields.  Once he has planted, cultivated and raised his crops, fruits or what ever he grows, he will then mark and set aside the very first fruits of his labor by tying a brightly colored ribbon around their branches. He will then gather all his first fruits in a willow basket, and carry them with him to the Shavuot festival in early summer and take them up to the Temple.  He will hand them over to the priest, who will place the basket before the altar hewn from stone. It is in this way that he is thankful to Yahweh and shows his gratitude by giving back what the creator of all things gave unto him.

The Ten Commandments, In SVG
The Ten Commandments, In SVG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Feast of Weeks is associated with the birth of Yisrael and the giving of the Law at Mt Sinai. There were supposed to be two loaves of bread given.  Not only was this bread to be made with leaven but also it was to be made with the new fine flour from the wheat harvest, which was the firstfruits unto the LORD, offered with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of His peace offerings.

Just as the wave-sheaf offering of the barley gave the signal for the commencement of the harvest season, these two loaves solemnized the termination of the harvest season. They were the first fruits of that season, being offered unto the Lord by the priest in name of the whole nation.

Every thing Eloheim spoke in order to establish His law was His way of preparing the heart of humanity to worship Him in a Holy way.

This season was ordained by Him to bring all the males to gather and would later be understood by all, as His way of preserving an appointment that He wanted kept. After all it was a feast and in Hebrew, this word was pronounced yaw-ad’.  The Hebrew nation understood this word and its meaning as a ‘fixed upon agreement to summon a meeting by appointment’.  The males were to assemble and make themselves available for a divine appointment that was set aside by Yahweh Himself.

Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We do not come to Mount Sinai, covered with smoke and fire. We do not just come to Mount Zion; we are Mount Zion, the assembly of the firstborn, the spirits of people who are seeking His kingdom and His righteousness.  As a righteous people, we ought to be on fire!

God was beginning, the new phase of His plan. A few thousand years later, we are graft into the body, to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before, those who endured tremendous hardships, persecutions, martyrdom, being chased from country to country, hounded, tortured, watching their property seized and their families slain, all for the sake of the gospel, and the hope that was set before them.

Now we are able to live our lives guided by the Spirit for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.  Now rather than be stoned to death for our transgression against the law of God, once we repent, our sin is forgiven and we keep moving forward, growing daily in the grace of God.

And so began the new wine, the new way of life.

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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