Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shavuot's Coming!

Here comes Shavuot, or "Pentecost" in Greek.  What is it?  It is the fourth feast that is commanded in scripture.  We saw how Yeshua perfectly fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits, and we are currently in the process of "counting the omer" for 50 days until Shavuot.  Today is day 45.

This is the only feast out of the seven that is dateless.  Why is that?  We are to count 50 days from the extremely significant feast of Firstfruits - the day that Yeshua was raised from the dead.  As we are counting, it causes us to look back upon that Precious Day!  Day 5 since Firstfruits.... day 17 from Firstfruits, day 26 from Firstfruits, etc.  Firstfruits is the feast that changed the world, so it is no wonder that God would give us a special way to focus on it.

If you missed my posts on Firstfruits, go back and read them if you have time.  What the gentile church calls "Easter" is really a beautiful scriptural feast day that was foretold and commanded in the book of Leviticus, and offers a magnificent picture of the resurrected Messiah.

Note:  The Jewish people today calculate Shavuot from the day after Passover, which is why on the Jewish calendar, Shavuot begins this year on June 7.   However, Leviticus 23 tells us how to correctly calculate Shavuot:  ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: (Firstfruits) seven Sabbaths shall be completed.  Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.

I had just returned from Mexico on Yom HaAliya, which is the Ascension Day of Yeshua, and was unable to post.  But I have been pondering it.  Why did Yeshua ascend on Day 40, during the counting of the omer?  What is significant about the 10 day period between the ascension and Shavuot, which occurs on Day 50?

In scripture,  the number 40 is very significant and occurs many times.  The number can mean generation, probation; trial; discipline.  Yeshua was on "trial" or "probation," appearing during this time to over 500 people to prove His resurrection. 

After He ascended on Day 40, there was a 10-day period of waiting.  Could the 10 possibly signify the 10 commandments, the commandments that were written in stone on Sinai and commemorated annually on Shavuot since that time?  Could those 10 days be preparing the disciples to have the commandments written on their hearts?  Ten is a number of completion or divine order, as well as responsibility on earth.

And 50!  Well, 50 represents Jubilee, perfect deliverance; (7 x 7 + 1)  - continued deliverance following the perfect consummation of time.  If that isn't a picture of Shavuot, I don't know what is.  Watch for more on Shavuot this week.

By the way, thanks to Maranathalife.com for their wonderful insight on symbolic meanings of various numbers, objects, and substances.

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