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Counting The Omer & Shavuot / Pentecost

The next appointed time is the 'Counting of the Omer' or commonly known as Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks and 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. “And when 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 God”

So we can see that the counting of the 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. Shavuot 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 YaH 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 in Jerusalem - "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 clothed with the power from on high."  Luke Chapter 24 Verse 49 

Acts 2:1
“When the Day of the Festival of Shavuot had come, they were all with one mind in one place.”

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).

John Verse 4 Chapters 23 - 24
“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. God is spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.” 

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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