• Todd Horton

Shavuot, Pentecost, and the Coming of the Holy Spirit

We have just finished celebrating the counting of the Omer leading up to 7 weeks plus one day. Our math indicates the number 50. In many Christian circles, Pentecost refers to the coming of the Holy Spirit or Ruach HaKodesh into the lives of individuals. We now become the home of God instead of a temple made with hands.

Fire is one of those symbols we see during this time of year. In Acts 2 the word tells us - "The festival of Shavu‘ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. 2 Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak."

Exodus 19 brings this understanding of the marriage covenant between God and the people to a culmination. God prescribes how the people were to prepare themselves for the ceremony. Moses went up the mountain to meet God and all manner signs and wonders took place on the mountain. Smoke, lighting, and thunder were part of the environment. God was making an agreement with mankind to either accept or reject.

"19 I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants," -  Deuteronomy 30:19

The reading of the book of Ruth takes place in the Synagogues during this festival. I believe this is a beautiful picture of God bringing the Jew and Gentile together for covenant purposes. God never wanted to leave anyone out of a relationship with Him. He wanted to bring all mankind together. He chose the Hebrew nation to help the world come to a clear understanding of who God is. From Ruth, the Moabite woman came Obed, Jesse, and David. David would become King over all of Israel.

"5 (6) For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace], 6 (7) in order to extend the dominion and perpetuate the peace of the throne and kingdom of David, to secure it and sustain it through justice and righteousness henceforth and forever. The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot will accomplish this." - Isaiah - 9

I want to encourage you during this festival time to consider what it is God has already spoken. The voice of the Lord is real and available to all. Specifically, I want to challenge you to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit for your next step in this new month, season.

Be not afraid. God Gave us the Holy Spirit not only as the comforter but, teacher and guide.

"25 I have told you these things while I am still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Ruach HaKodesh, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything; that is, he will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened. 28 You heard me tell you, ‘I am leaving, and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would have been glad that I am going to the Father; because the Father is greater than I. 29 “Also, I have said it to you now, before it happens; so that when it does happen, you will trust." - John 14:25-29

The answer to the question of what does Shavuot, Pentecost, and the coming of the Holy Spirit have in common is simple; they are one and the same. The details about the three are what matters in our growth and development as disciples (students). Gaining understanding helps to bring perspective and application.

How this festival is celebrated

  • Reading the book of Ruth

  • Eating Dairy foods

  • June 8 - 10, 2019

  • Reading of the Ten CommandmentsI

  • t is considered a wedding between God and the people

  • In ancient days two loaves of bread were brought as a wave offering

  • First and choicest fruits were brought to God.

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