We’ve been “counting the omer”
It’s almost here 😀
Sundown on the 26th will start the day of Shavuot going thru the day of the 27th… This weekend!
Shavuot, in today’s world, known as Pentacost is the “Second” First Fruits celebration.
It is connected with the “First” First Fruits celebration as we must count 7 Sabbbaths plus a day, or 50 days from First Fruits till Shavuot.
Here’s the Feasts’ instructions from Lev 23:15-22
15 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. 17 You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven.They are the firstfruits to the Lord. 18 And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be as a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the Lord. 19 Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering.20 The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. 21 And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
22 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.’”
There are some pretty cool implications in the instructions for the feast, that I encourage you to seek out…
Today, I want to talk about the history of Shavuot/Pentacost.The first Shavuot – before it was a commanded feast, was a wedding ceremony. Surprising, I know, but, it was.
The marriage covenant was given, was accepted, was sealed on the very first Shavuot – a bit more than 50 days after Israel left Egypt.
We find that in Exodus 19-24.
I love what YHVH says to Moses, a few days before, in preparation for this wedding and covenant making…
As Moses went up to meet YHVH, YHVH called down to him from the mountain:
“Speak to the House of Jacob, tell the People of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you’ll be my special treasure. The whole Earth is mine to choose from, but you’re special: a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.’
“This is what I want you to tell the People of Israel.”
YHVH told them to clean camp, set a fence around the mountain, and be ready.
Then, YHVH blasts the shofar, louder and louder… and finally, speaks the 10 commandments.
The people, understandably, are frightened so ask Moses to not let YHVH speak to them any more, so Moses goes up to the Mountain of Elohim to receive the rest of the covenant, which, once he’s spoken it to the people, they say they will do.
The next morning they seal it with blood.. I think I missed this detail as a child 😀
Yeah, so Moses builds an altar, and they offer Burnt offerings and Peace offerings on it. Moses keeps half of the blood in bowls, and then throws the other half on the altar.
He reads the book of the Covenant (the words He’d written from Ex 19-23) and they again say, We will do it! (aka “I DO”)
Next Moses takes the blood in the bowls, and says,
“Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.”
(that sounds so familiar… the cup is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for you).
But the kicker is, Moses then sprinkles both the ‘book of the covenant’ (ketubah) AND the people with blood.
Can you imagine?!? Sprinkling several million people with blood! How long does that take? What does that feel like?
Then, Moses, Aaron and Aaron’s sons, and the 70 elders went part way up Mount Sinai, and ate a meal.
This was the making of a “blood” covenant, sealed with blood, celebrated with a meal.
Let’s remember what happened at Pentacost many years later…
Yeshua had told his disciples, 10 days earlier, to wait in Jerusalem for the gift. So, they waited, and where ready, the morning of Shavuot, on that 50th day since Yeshua had raised from the dead.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And, the NEW covenant, promised by YHVH, thru Jeremiah was sealed…
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jer 31:33
Shavuot truly is about the desire YHVH had always had for His people. His plan is still the same…
As 1 Peter 2:9-10
restates YHVH’s words in Ex 19…
9 But you are a chosen people, the King’s priests (cohanim), a holy nation, a people for YHVH to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are YHVH’s people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
May this Shavuot, this 5oth day (Pentecost) be a reminder of His Covenant with us, a reminder of our Holy Union and calling. May we be emboldened to walk in our calling as His chosen, His priests, His Holy Nation, to be totally possessed by Him, in order to Praise HIM as His Bride!!!
For, We have received Mercy thru the blood of Yeshua!!!