JOIN US FOR SHAVUOT | PENTECOST 2019 | Yeshua is King!
Shavuot Quick Facts
- Hebrew Meaning of Shavuot: “Weeks”
- Transliteration: Shavuos
- English Name: Pentecost; also known as the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest and the Feast of Firstfruits
- Western Calendar Month: May/June
- Jewish Calendar Date: Sivan 6–7
- Duration: One day in Israel; traditionally two days in the Diaspora. Some Diaspora Jewish communities celebrate only one day.
- Established: In biblical times. See Exodus 23, 34; Leviticus 23; Deuteronomy 26
Origin of Shavuot
Shavuot was a way for our people to offer their best to the Lord. In Exodus, God commands His people: “The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God” (Exodus 23:19a; 34:26). Further instructions regarding this offering of firstfruits (grain) are outlined in Scripture in Deuteronomy 26:1–4:
And it shall be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide. And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, ‘I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the country which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’ Then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God.
Following the presentation of the firstfruits or “wave loaves,” Jews would recite a prayer of supplication, describing the bondage of their ancestors in Egypt, their deliverance and their dependence on God, who brought them to “a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deuteronomy 26:9). During specific time. Jews were also required to give of their harvest to any poor dependents on Shavuot (“the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow”), so that the holiday served as an occasion for mercy and social equality.
The Importance of Shavuot for Believers
For believers in Yeshua, Shavuot becomes an archetype of what happened seven weeks after the crucifixion and resurrection of Yeshua. Because of the great power displayed in the upper room at Pentecost, some regard this day as celebrating the advent of the Holy Spirit. Yet that was not quite the case. We read in John 20:22 that the risen Messiah breathed on each of the disciples and filled them with the Holy Spirit weeks before Pentecost!
The event of Pentecost was the “birthday” of the Assembly under a better Covenant—the welding together of Spirit-filled disciples into one organism—the living body of Messiah. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit moved upon each of the disciples to bring about the united story of the Messiahs Bride. Shavuot at Mount Sinai is sometimes considered the day on which “Judaism” was born, remembering the time when the sefer habrit (סֵפֶר הַבְּרִית) was sprinkled with blood and ratified by the elders of Israel (Exod. 24:3-11) and the giving of the Vook of the Covenant to Israel. Shavuot in Jerusalem (i.e., Mount Zion) is the time when the New Covenant of the LORD was ratified by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Yeshua.
God’s Plan From Passover to Pentecost
The entire spring religious season of Israel, from Passover to Pentecost, speaks of God’s plan to harvest a holy people for Himself. First, Yeshua died as the perfect, sinless sacrifice. Then, He arose and presented the firstfruits from the dead as described by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:20. Seven weeks after the resurrection, the dynamic manifestation of the Holy Spirit among the early Jewish believers became the catalyst for many to put their faith in God’s Messiah. The Jewish pilgrims at Jerusalem who heard and received the good news of salvation joyfully brought it back to their native lands. There, it was received by Gentiles as well as by other Jews, and the assembly of Messiah Yeshua became established abroad.
How Will You Celebrate Your Salvation?
Today, Pentecost should speak to us of the sowing of gospel seed and the harvest or ingathering of saved souls—redeemed people to become part of the Body of Messiah. God wants such a harvest from every kindred, tribe and nation. As we celebrate this feast, we would do well to contemplate the fact that our primary purpose is to make disciples of all nations. As we, God’s people, remain faithful to this task, the harvest will grow.
Join us for Shavuot May 18-19, 2019
Our upcoming gathering for Shavuot will start Saturday 18, at 12 pm. and Sunday at 3 pm. During our dates of gathering we’ll celebrate this precious feast with songs, worship, dance and the offering of our first fruits.
Our guest speaker from Charlotte, NC. is Apostle, Dr. Arthur Bailey, from House if Israel Ministries. Make plan to join us!
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