Shemini Atzeret (Convocation of the Eighth Day, Lev. 23:33–36, 39–43), the day following the seven days of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Booths), and Shavuot (Pentecost) are “buddies.” The symbolism of one is mirrored in the other. What happened on Shavuot throughout the Bible is a “shadow,” a likeness, of what will happen on a Shemini Atzeret during the Day of the LORD.
God created things in the physical world to explain what happens in the spiritual world. What is the spiritual teaching behind “rest,” “mist” and “breath” in Gen. 2:1-7? Continue reading Genesis 2:1-7 — ‘rest,’ ‘mist’ and ‘breath’
When people come together with “one mind” and “one heart,” the result can range from the kingdom of Heaven on Earth at best and blasphemous Babel at worst. To be one, believers in Messiah must look for ways to unite, as husband and wife should, under the purpose of God to reveal Salvation — Yeshua — to the world. As Rabban Gamaliel predicted in the trial of Peter and John, the movement of God through them through time has not been stopped.
This is a continuation of a discussion on "one mind" and "one heart" from Acts 4:32.
The early believers in Yeshua as God’s special Anointed One, His Messiah, had the Spirit of God bringing them together in “one heart” and “one mind.” Though the sharing of resources was a temporary necessity for pilgrims far from home and hungry for God, the commonality they experienced is something all believers throughout time must embrace. Continue reading Acts 4:32 — ‘of one heart and one mind’
Peter’s Pentecost sermon not only made A’s for power of the Spirit but also for being “politically incorrect” in condemning the listeners. Why did Peter say what he said this particular Pentecost? What are the consistent lessons of Pentecost, called Shavuot in Hebrew for “sevens” or “weeks”? Continue reading Acts 2 — Peter preaches with power purposefully on Pentecost