Category Archives: Pentecost/Shavuot

Feast of Weeks — Shavuot in Hebrew for “sevens” and Pentecost in Greek for “50th”

‘Feasts to the LORD’ foreshadowed in Genesis 2-5

Sukkot 2011 — day 7

Daniel explores foreshadowing of all seven ‘feasts to the LORD’ in Genesis 2–5. For example, hints of Passover are seen in Adam and Eve’s hiding from God in the garden; Firstfruits, in Eve’s dedicating her firstborn; Atonement, in God’s marking Cain to wander with vengeance taken against him.

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Shavu’ot: Firstfruits and the remnant of the crop left for the poor

Shavu’ot is a holiday celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits. By this time, most of the harvest is gathered, prepped and stored. But God told His people in Leviticus 23 that they were supposed to leave a remnant behind for the “poor and the stranger.” Continue reading Shavu’ot: Firstfruits and the remnant of the crop left for the poor

Book of Ruth and Shavu’ot: Return of and redemption for Israel and the nations

Traditionally, the book of Ruth is studied during Shavu’ot in most Jewish congregations. We have studied the surface story of Ruth in the past, but this study will dig deeper. Ruth had no right to an inheritance from God. She disregarded her birth family and follows her mother-in-law, Naomi, and Naomi’s God for the rest of her life.

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Leviticus 23-24 — ‘Feasts to the LORD’; ‘the LORD spoke to…’

The 23rd chapter of Leviticus is a relatively obvious passage. The explanations are simple and self-explanatory, except for questions about the biblical timing of Firstfruits and Pentecost.

The 24th chapter is a bit unusual and not so simple to decipher. When you read the book of Leviticus and you find the phrase “the LORD spoke to…” pay attention to whom is supposed to hear the message. There were some messages for the sons of Aaron but some messages were for the people of Israel. Each group had their own duties and responsibilities, and it’s God Himself Who decides.

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Journey to the 10 — Exodus 20 — arrival at Sinai and the hearing of the 10 — Shavu’ot

Following in Israel’s footsteps, we have arrived at Sinai. Pretend you are listening to the 10 Commandments for the first time. It’s a challenge to hear them anew. Find a new way to make them a part of your life—to bring yourself even closer to Yeshua than you have ever been before.

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Acts 3 — Peter’s second Pentecost plea for repentance

There are language cues in Acts 3 that strongly suggest that it is a description of an event on the afternoon of Pentecost. Thus this is a continuation of the events of Acts 2. The Spirit of God is on display in the temple with power, a display meant to prompt Israel to “turn back” from their rejection God’s Messiah and be restored by God’s Spirit. Continue reading Acts 3 — Peter’s second Pentecost plea for repentance

What ‘crop’ is God going to ‘harvest’ from your life?

Pentecost is described in the Bible first as a celebration of the wheat harvest. Then the timing of it coincides with God’s giving of His Torah at Sinai. Then it is connected with the giving of God’s Spirit to the first believers of Messiah Yeshua. How are all of lessons connected? Continue reading What ‘crop’ is God going to ‘harvest’ from your life?