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Shavuot (Pentecost) 2017

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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Previous Shavuot sermon notes  as given on May 31, 2014. Read

Mature wheat field in IsraelWe see from Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16 that the LORD spoke to Moses about the Feast of Weeks, which was to happen 50 days from the time of first putting the sickle to the standing grain. God told him to tell the children of Israel that, when they came into the land which God was giving them, they were to celebrate this feast with happiness in the presence of God and offer voluntary sacrifices according to the blessing of ADONAI. God said that everyone in Israel, including slaves and foreigners, should celebrate the festival with a holy convocation, refraining from any ordinary work. God said it is to be a permanent regulation throughout all generations. The Feast of Weeks is one of the three feasts that the people of Israel were commanded to come to the place that God would choose, Jerusalem (the other two feasts being the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Booths).

God gave his Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from slavery in Egypt. He came down upon the mount in the sight of all the people with fire, blackness, darkness, and whirlwind; with the sound of a shofar and the voice of God!  This same day of the year is the day that the Feast of Weeks is celebrated! This is also the same day that God fulfilled His promise that he would pour out His Spirit on all flesh, as prophesied by Joel. The disciples heard a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire! They were all filled with the Holy Spirit! (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2, Hebrews 12)

We are to follow ADONAI our God, fear him, obey his commands, listen to what he says, serve him and cling to him! (Deuteronomy 13:4a)

And here is God’s promise as spoken to Jeremiah (31:33):

I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people!