Feast of Weeks (Counting of the Omer) / Pentecost
The next appointed time is the counting of the omer or commonly known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.
Leviticus 23 v 15 - 22
“And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the omer wave offering, you shall count for yourselves; seven completed Sabbaths. Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath, you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to YaHuWaH. Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to YaHuWaH. And
besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are the ascending offering to YaHuWaH, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to YaHuWaH.
And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings. And the priest shall wave the besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before YaHuWaH, besides the two lambs. They are set apart to the YaHuWaH for the priest.
And on this same day
you shall proclaim a set apart gathering for yourselves - you do no servile work on it - a law forever
in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
you reap the harvest of your land, do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am YaHuWaH your Elohim”
So we can see that the counting of th omer begins on the day of the first offering by the priest and
continues until the day after the seventh weekly Sabbath, the 50th day, which
is called Shavu’ot or Pentecost. Also known as Feast of Weeks, the Feast of the
Harvest, the counting of the omer and the Latter First-fruits. It is the time to present an offering of
new grain of the summer wheat harvest to YaHuWaH to show joy and thankfulness
for the harvest. Shavout is an appointed time and a set apart day where no work is to be done.
Shavuot also marks the time of the Exodus from Egypt, when
fire from the presence of YaHuWaH descended atop Mount Sinai. Moses told the people to assemble at the base of the mountain, while he
climbed up to meet with YHWH who then gave the “10 Commandments” and the directions of YaHuWaH (Torah) to all
the people present that day.
In a subsequent act of judgment over the
rebellious people's sin of worshipping a pagan golden calf, 3,000 people died.
We also see another great event happen at the appointed time of Shavuot. Following Messiah's crucifixion and resurrection and just before his ascension, Messiah Yahushua told his disciples to wait
'And see, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you, but you are to remain in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothe with the power from on high.' (Luke 24:49)
“When the Day of the Festival of Shavuot had come, they were all with one mind in one place.” (Acts
Yahushua’s disciples had gathered together in Jerusalem as He instructed
them, and on the day of the Festival of Shavuot they saw what seemed to be divided tongues as of fire that settled on each of them. All of them were filled with the Set Apart Spirit and began
to speak with other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:3-4) The people responded
to Peter’s message with repentance, and about 3,000 were added to their number
that day (Acts 2:41), symbolically associating the number of those lost as a
result of the golden calf incident (Exodus 32:28).
“But an hour is coming, and now
is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father also does seek such to worship Him. Elohim is spirit, and those who
worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
The appointed time of Shavuot
is a good opportunity for those who follow Messiah to fully commit to worshipping our Heavenly Father as led by His
Spirit, and in accordance with His Truth – Torah.
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