The following blog is a transcription of my notes from one of the speakers at Shavuot 2012, with A Rood Awakening. The weekend was intended to equip and strengthen those able to attend. Seating was limited and there was a cover charge/donation for this “continuing education” event, so it was a small group. The teachings were solid, the fellowship wonderful, the two meals per day provided excellent, and we came home with a box of study helps and teachings.
On a couple of the teachings, I didn’t take great notes, because we were in meetings from 9 am till 10 pm, with meal breaks, and I struggled to stay awake during the afternoon meetings. (I’m so glad I left my boys with my mom, as they would not have done well with the long hours and I would have missed so much!) All of the teachings included teaching helps, power point, pics, etc, which of course, I can’t duplicate here… All texts are from the Complete Jewish Bible or the KJV as I didn’t have internet access to copy/paste from other versions.
I truly appreciated the many hours of instruction, from several teachers, on the subject of the work of the Holy Spirit.
Though SDA’s say they accept the gifts of the Spirit as being valid for today, they tend to be exceptionally leery of any manifestation of the Spirit, and especially tongues. Unintelligible tongues (not a foreign language) are completely out of the accepted norm, despite Paul’s clear writing in 1 Cor 12, 13 & 14. Including “though I speak with the tongues of men, even angels” and “Keep on eagerly seeking the things of the Spirit; and especially seek to be able to prophecy.” Or “I wish you all would speak in tongues” or “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you” and that tongue is described as “For someone speaking in a tongue is not speaking to people but to God, because no one can understand, since he is uttering mysteries in the power of the Spirit.” Or… “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit does pray, but my mind is unproductive”. (None of which sound like the speaking in a foreign, but known to a people group on earth, language). His instructions on congregational setting is – “Whenever you come together, let everyone be ready with a psalm or a teaching or a revelation, or ready to use his gift of tongues or given an interpretation; but let everything be done for edification.” How do we embrace 1 Cor 13, but toss out so much of 12 & 14?!?!
I’d already been wrestling with these Scriptures vs my upbringing vs my experience with the edifying gift of tongues over the past month – having just realized that the “love” chapter, which has been the defining chapter of my life, is sandwiched between two chapters on the Gifts and Manifestations of the Spirit, which I confess, I don’t understand well, given my upbringing. So, it was incredibly good for me to have hours of solid Biblical teaching on the things of the Spirit!!!
I will say that as I typed these notes up, there were a few things that left questions in my mind. Please know that I don’t have all the answers to all the questions these teachings might bring. I’m merely transcribing my handwritten notes to typeset and posting as a blog for my remembrance, and to push us all to deeper study.
I will say this – I am convinced that it is okay – No, not just okay, but RIGHT to Eagerly seek the things of the Spirit!!!
“ YHVH, I want more of You and Your Spirit! Make me a vessel of Honor for You to indwell and fill with your Spirit and manifestations in accordance with Your incredible plan for My life!!”
Warren Markus – Mystery of Pentecost Revealed
I was very tired during this presentation, and confess I did not take great notes… Here they are, for better or worse…
Historically/Traditionally, Pentecost commemorates these historic events:
a. Fall of the Tower of Babel
b. The giving of the Covenant and Law to the people at Mt Sinai
c. The story of Ruth occurred between Passover and Pentecost (and if you listen to Matthew Miller’s sermon on Ruth, there are some wonderful shadow pictures contained in that story! it’s found here: http://sermon.net/thevineyardofyahweh/sermonid/119925547 )
d. The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
a. Gen 11:1-3 Tower of Babel. The People were all speaking one language, in one accord – and YHVH confounded their language. However, at Pentecost the opposite occurred. People were there who spoke many different languages, and they all were able to understand One individual speaker.
b. Exodus 19:9-11 notice that the people were to clean the camp, and clean themselves prior to YHVH coming to them.
We must be clean vessels for Him to dwell in!
There are two ways in which the Spirit comes… There is a difference between the Spirit In us and the Spirit upon us!
1. John 14:16-18 Yeshua praise for the Spirit to be in us. John 20:22, he breaths upon them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. The indwelt Holy Spirit gives us the power to Obey.
Every part of our body should be dedicated to Him and his power to obedience to him daily.
2. Acts 2 – The Holy Spirit comes Upon us with the Power to witness.