It is written:
“You are to observe the festival of Shavu‘ot …” (Deuteronomy 16:10)
On this special Day of Shavuot, the Holiday also Called Pentecost, let us rejoice in the gifts with which ADONAI (YHWH), the God of Isra’el, our God, has blessed us, but also in the Giver of those gifts.
Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
This the day in which the Ten Commandments were given to the nation of Israel seven weeks after their miraculous exodus from Egypt.
The Torah became the agreed upon standard of behavior and code of conduct for both the native-born Israelite and the stranger who lived amidst them.
“The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.” (Numbers 15:16)
Let us ALL, Jews and non-Jews, in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord, accept the privilege and the responsibility of living as God’s “set-apart people.”
Let us pay careful attention to what ADONAI (YHWH), our God said and keep His Covenant, then we will be His own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is His; and we will be a kingdom of cohanim for Him, a nation set apart (Exodus 19:5-6).
ADONAI (YHWH), the God of Isra’el, our God, gave two of His most priceless gifts on this Day: The Torah (His Word) and the Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of God).
Shavuot: The Giving of the Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of God)
This festival is particularly relevant to us Believers and Followers of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.
On this very day, the Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of God) came upon Yeshua’s talmidim (disciples). They were waiting according to His final instructions:
“At one of these gatherings, he instructed them not to leave Yerushalayim but to wait for “what the Father promised, which you heard about from me. For Yochanan used to immerse people in water; but in a few days, you will be immersed in the Ruach HaKodesh!” When they were together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore self-rule to Isra’el?” He answered, “You don’t need to know the dates or the times; the Father has kept these under his own authority. But you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!” (Acts 1:4-8)
On Shavuot, the talmidim (disciples) of Yeshua the Messiah, received power from the Ruach HaKodesh (The Spirit of God) to be His witnesses in Yerushalayim and in all Y’huda (Judea) and Shomron (Samaria), and to the ends of the earth!
“When the day of Shavuot came… All of them were filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to speak in other tongues as the Ruach enabled them.” (Acts 2:1, 4)
Shavuot has significance for all of us, Jews and non-Jews (the“wild branches” grafted into the natural olive tree), followers of Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord.
May this important holiday emphasizes our need for both TRUTH and The Spirit of God who empowers us to live holy lives.
May ADONAI (YHWH), our God, reward you for what you’ve done; may you be rewarded in full by ADONAI (YHWH) the God of Isra’el, under whose wings you have come for Refuge, through a union with HIS Beloved Son, the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.
Wishing you ALL a Joyous Shavuot…
Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday) from Vancouver Canada!