SHAVUOT ~ GIVING OF TORAH
( Sivan 6, 5779/June 8 2019)
Feast of Pentecost~Giving of the Holy Spirit
“Count fifty days
to the day after the seventh Sabbath;
then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”
(Leviticus 23:16 NKJV)
“Shavuot” is a Hebrew word meaning “Weeks” and refers to the 7 complete weeks between First Fruits and the Sabbath of Shavuot. Now Shavuot may not be a familiar word to some, but Pentecost is certainly a well-known day. “Pentecost” is the Greek word for “Fifty”, and refers to the same 50 days (7 weeks + 1 day) between First Fruits and Pentecost, or Shavuot.
After being delivered from Egypt on Passover, the Children of Israel began the journey towards the Promised Land. When they came to Mt. Sinai the Lord told them to prepare for a miraculous occurrence on the 50th day. On the day of Shavuot, exactly 50 days after being delivered from Egypt, God appeared on the top of Mt. Sinai, pouring out His Spirit and power, giving the Torah to Moses. More than just Ten Commandments, the Torah is God’s teaching, instruction, and direction given to those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
In the year that Jesus was sacrificed as the Passover Lamb, His disciples also counted the days until Shavuot. Exactly 50 days after His Resurrection on First Fruits, they were gathered together in the Upper Room when something miraculous occurred:
“When the Day of Pentecost had 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 the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2: 1-4 NKJV)
50 days after the deliverance from Egypt the Holy Spirit was poured out on Mt. Sinai in the giving of the Torah…
50 days after the deliverance of Yeshua, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples in the Upper Room in Acts 2…
50 days after First Fruits, the anticipation of Shavuot takes place around the world as we await the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, to prepare the way for His return, to empower His disciples in the work of the Kingdom, to make ready the Bride for her Bridegroom!
Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and the giving of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room. This "Feast Day" reflects the ingathering of wheat during the early summer harvest, John the Baptist speaks about this time in Matthew 5:11-12: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance,but He who is coming after me is mightier than I..He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His Threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Repentance is returning to God's teaching and instruction - the Torah_ and walking as Yeshua walked in His Spirit! Study Leviticus 23:15-22; Exodus 34:22;
Numbers 28:26-31; Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Acts 2: 1-41.