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“Feast of Weeks”
Shavuot- Feast of Weeks
Joel Allen Messianic Family Fellowship Copyright 2010 All rights Reserved
and say unto them. They would also count 7 weekly Sabbaths from the weekly Sabbath prior to the day of first fruits (7x7=49) and then the next day would be Shavuot the feast of weeks or the fiftieth day from First Fruits (49+1=50). According to scripture. even these are MY FEASTS. 2 Messianic Family Fellowship.org .” Shaul is saying that the feasts of the LORD are a shadow of heavenly things (just like the tabernacle) and teach us and point to the Messiah.Torah Portion Shavuot copyright 2010 all rights reserved www. They would count 7 sets of Sabbath years and the next year would be declared the year of Jubilee.Shavuot “feast of weeks” Leviticus 23:2 “Speak unto the children of Israel. which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations. This is also the same form of counting to reach the Jubilee year which is the 50th year. after the day of First Fruits the priests would begin counting the omer until the 50th day. especially if they are not Jewish. Did you know: Shavuot or the Feast of weeks is the same holiday celebrated in mainstream Christianity as Pentecost? Pentecost is the Greek word for 50th day.messianicfamilyfellowship. or of the new moon.restoringtheway. but the body is of Christ. implying that these feasts are not significant in the New Testament or the New Testament believer. or in respect of an holyday. Shaul (Paul) kept the feasts as a New Testament believer and wrote honorably toward them.Torah Portion.” The Feasts of the LORD are the very core of biblical prophecy and would be to someone that disregards them as trying to drive a car without the wheels. They truly are the FEASTS OF THE LORD and not the feasts only for the Jews.com / www. In fact they teach us of “things to come. or in drink. or of the sabbath days (feasts): Which are a shadow of things to come. It is very unfortunate because so much can be learned and experienced through the Biblical feasts.” The feasts mentioned in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23 are oftentimes taught as Old Testament feasts or feasts of the Jews. concerning the feasts of the LORD. Colossians 2:16-17 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat.
36:26. already committing spiritual adultery against the Almighty. alien.a man and a woman being one or echad. The Law or Torah would remain in stone and not written on their hearts (Eze.messianicfamilyfellowship. It speaks of many becoming one or several parts being made whole. nomad. this mixed multitude all crossed over the Red Sea and were wanderers and sojourners together at Mount Sinai.The First ShavuotAfter the children of Israel were miraculously delivered from the bondage of slavery in Egypt they were led by the pillars of cloud and fire to Mount Sinai.” It is how God describes himself in the Shema Passage in Deuteronomy 6:4 and it alludes to the great mysteries of how God’s plan of redemption will take place. The people were washed (Exo. That may surprise or shock you but Abraham was a Gentile who was called out of his former land into the land of Canaan. The Hebrew word Echad means “one or oneness. 2:24) 2. Let’s look at a few examples: 1. 31:33) .Torah Portion Shavuot copyright 2010 all rights reserved www.000 who partook of this great sin at the Mount and were selected to build and maintain the tabernacle and minister before the LORD.restoringtheway. Separate entities but consists of one unified day (Gen 1:5) 3 Messianic Family Fellowship.com / www. or stranger. Had this great sin of adultery not occurred then there would have been a nation of priests but instead only the Levites would serve in the priesthood and in like manner the only way the presence of God would be among the people of Israel would be through the tabernacle and not in the temple of their flesh. The union of a marriage. Not everyone present was descendants of Jacob but everyone present was HEBREW. Before the marriage could be consummated Yahweh tells Moses to go down to the people and stop their wickedness because they had built the golden calf. It is there that Yahweh (THE LORD) delivered the 10 commandments and all of the Torah instructions to the people of Israel as a Ketuvah or marriage contract to accompany a sacred covenant between the nation of Israel and God Almighty. What do I mean? Abraham was not Jewish.Jer. Before hearing the complete instructions the mixed multitude declared that they would do all that is commanded through Moses.” So. It is very important to note that this was a mixed multitude that came up out of Egypt and not only Israelites. The Levites at this time rose up with Moses and slew 3. He was called a Hebrew which can be translated as “one who crossed over” or as a “sojourner. (Gen. 19:10-17) and made ready to meet God himself but the great sins they committed before the Mount caused a moment of great intimacy and impregnation of the Holy Ghost to be missed. The evening and the morning were one day or echad. Something to think aboutLet’s take a look at the Hebrew word Echad.org .
3.restoringtheway. 7. and one shepherd. the echad house of Israel. The waters were gathered into one place or echad. Eph 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity. Jew and Gentile. being many. and they shall hear my voice. 1. Jacob called his eleven sons echad even though they were many. John 17:22 “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them. so making peace. the Torah is written on our hearts and there is a oneness in the spirit for those that are in the Messiah. Romans 12:5 ““we.3. 32:22) 5.” 2. and there shall be one fold. It doesn’t mean there was only one body of water but the bodies of water were gathered into their places so the dry ground could appear. John 10:16 “And other sheep I have. In Ezekiel 37:16-17 Ezekiel is to join two sticks symbolizing the house of Judah and the house of Ephraim and bind them together and make one or echad stick or house. 1:9) 4. The word Echad can either mean singular as in one in number or it can mean a unification of one or more parts. (Gen. The second ShavuotThe second Shavuot experience recorded in scripture is found in the book of Acts. Joseph dreamed of the sun and moon and eleven stars and the word for stars is again echad.messianicfamilyfellowship. even as we are one:” 5. You can read traces of it in the New Testament as well and start to see the whole picture being formed. 37:9) 6. (Gen. Acts 4:32-“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul. that they may be one. are one body in Christ.org .” 4. (Gen. which are not of this fold: them also I must bring. for to make in himself of twain one new man. I think you get the point.” This “oneness” is an example of Echad and brings us to the fulfillment of the New Covenant where sins are forgiven.Torah Portion Shavuot copyright 2010 all rights reserved www. and every one members one of another. house of Judah and house of Ephraim are Echad in His hand through the power of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). John 10:30 “I and my Father are one. In Nehemiah 7:66 the congregation was gathered “together” using the word echad showing the unification of many parts.com / www. even the law of commandments contained in ordinances. Yahshua (Jesus) speaks to his disciples and speaks of the time he would leave them and ascend into heaven: 4 Messianic Family Fellowship.” 6.
Yahshua showed himself to the disciples and gave them final instructions before his ascension: Luke 24:49 “And. the feast of weeks and they were accompanied by many others. and in Samaria.” What appointment? Remember that 50 days after his resurrection is the feast or “set appointment” of Shavuot. Elisha received that same mantle or outer clothing that Elijah had and moved in a greater outpouring of the power of God. I will send him unto you.John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. behold. This was a mixed multitude just as the First Shavuot at Mount Sinai. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away. who was the living Torah and 5 Messianic Family Fellowship. the Ruach Hakodesh which is the Comforter. The Greek word translated into English as endued is the word endyo which means to “be clothed or wrapped in” something.com / www.” Isn’t that exciting! Why would we ever want to miss an appointment with God? Why would we want to get caught up with traditions and manmade routines and not expect the endyo of the power of God? This reminds me of the great Prophet Elijah that carried a mantle or cloak and did great things in the power of God. After Elijah was taken in a whirlwind into the heavens.” After the crucifixion of our Passover Lamb on Pesach. the Comforter (Holy Spirit) will not come unto you. both Jews and Gentiles. In like manner. In other words. until ye be endued with power from on high. 1:5). The disciples did just as Yahshua had instructed and were gathered together for a holy convocation during Shavuot. They were in one accord or echad. Yahshua walked in the power of God and was given the Holy Spirit without measure and remarkably he states that we (those that receive the endyo of the H. and in all Judaea. Yahshua’s body (symbolic of unleavened bread) was buried and rose again on First Fruits as the First fruits offering of the resurrection of the dead (Rev.org . set or appoint” or in other words to make a “set appointment.restoringtheway. and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Torah Portion Shavuot copyright 2010 all rights reserved www. the Gift from heaven and the promise of the Father would come and cloth those praying and worshipping at the Feast of Shavuot with power! Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power.” The Greek word for tarry is kathezo which means to “sit down. I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem. Just as Moses went up the mountain to receive the Torah and witness the engagement of the LORD and his bride.messianicfamilyfellowship. Yahshua ascended into the mountain of God in heaven.S.) will do greater things in his name. After his resurrection. after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem. but if I depart. It is during this “set appointment” that the promise of the Father would come to fruition. Those that made this “set appointment” or feast would be “endued” with power from on high.
restoringtheway.000 souls were slain at Mount Sinai by the Levites because of adulteress sin before Yahweh and in the same manner Simon Keefa (Peter) preached under the power of the Holy Spirit and 3. and some. the Bride of Christ is impregnated by the Holy Spirit to bring forth the image or Spirit of Messiah within us. and some.messianicfamilyfellowship.org . First the natural and then the spiritual. for the work of the ministry. prophets. 6 Messianic Family Fellowship.” 3. 6:19). but that which is natural. Just as Miriam (Mary) was impregnated by the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the physical Yahshua of Nazareth. are one body in Christ.Torah Portion Shavuot copyright 2010 all rights reserved www.com / www. unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:” Remember that the way God does things is in a certain pattern. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us…” And also in the book of Ephesians: Ephesians 4:11-13 “And he gave some. and all members have not the same office: So we. The mixed multitude at Mount Sinai received the commandments in stone and the physical tabernacle and priesthood. At Pentecost a mixed multitude received the Holy Ghost who wrote the Torah upon their hearts and made them kings and priests of the heavenly tabernacle with their own bodies as temples of the Ruach Hakodesh (1 Cor. and every one members one of another. He writes to the assemblies in Rome that the body of Messiah has been given many different giftings but they are of the same LORD and they are collectively or corporately used to edify and build up the body of believers. the writer of the letter to the Galatians understood this principle.providing the second witness needed to consummate the marriage. Romans 12:4-6 “For as we have many members in one body.” Shaul (Paul). and of the knowledge of the Son of God. of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. unto a perfect man. and some. apostles. for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith. evangelists. It is then that Holy Spirit was sent to write the Torah or ketuvah on the hearts of the bride and impregnate them with the life-giving eternal Spirit of God. For the perfecting of the saints.000 souls were added to the kingdom. being many. first the natural and then the supernatural or spiritual. and afterward that which is spiritual. Galatians 4:19 “My little children. He also understood that the Bride of Christ would be many parts but be unified into ONE or echad Body of the Messiah. 1Corinth 15:46 “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual. pastors and teachers.
whether we be Jews or Gentiles.org . The gospel message would be preached to the Jew first and then the rest of the world would hear the message of salvation and come to know the Jewish Messiah as the lost sheep of Israel are ingathered and restored. the Messiah of Israel was from a line that had both Jew and Gentile converging at the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. During Pentecost Yahshua presented and brought together two peoples both Jews and Gentiles. During the feast of Shavuot the priest would present two barley loaves with leaven before the LORD. Ruth married Boas.restoringtheway. There was a Gentile in it. Both needed a Messiah to wash away sins and to bring into relationship with the Father. She came to know and love the God of her mother-in-law.” 7 Messianic Family Fellowship. Yes. Both barley loaves had leaven (signified sin) and both Jews and Gentiles were born with a sin nature (Rom. he had a son Jesse. At the end of David's line Yahshua the Messiah was born. 3:9). whether we be bond or free. Naomi. It is during this special set appointment that the middle wall of partition was removed between Jew and Gentile and the many member body of Messiah began to assemble.messianicfamilyfellowship. David's royal line was not totally Jewish. they had a son Obed. 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Do you know why? The great grandmother of King David was Ruth the Moabitess. and Jesse fathered King David.Torah Portion Shavuot copyright 2010 all rights reserved www.It is traditional for the scroll of Ruth to be read during Shavuot.com / www.
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