Shavuot – Festival of Weeks

How The Wheat Harvest Reveals Spiritual Life.

Shavuot Pentecost

Shavuot is The 4th of Our Creator’s 7 Sacred Days

From the Festival of Unleavened Bread we count 7 Sabbaths to the Festival of Weeks.  There are 7 weeks between the Sheaf Wave offering of the First-Fruits of the Barley harvest to the First-Fruits of the Wheat Harvest.
Sheaf wave Barley

“You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to YHVH.”  Leviticus 23:15; Leviticus 23:16.

   Shavuot begins its count after the sheaf wave offering, seven Sabbaths/Weeks will always bring us into the third lunar month, in the summer, and the day after the Sabbath will always be a Sunday.

“In the third (lunar) month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.” Exodus 19:1

In the third lunar month Moses was given The Torah, in writing by YHVH, over 3,300 years ago, Exodus 19.

In the third lunar month Y’shua, (The Torah/Word in flesh, John 1-14) sent His promised Spirit, Joel 2:28Matthew 3:11 Mark 1:8Luke 3:16Acts 1:5Acts 2:17.

Shavuot fits 4th and Center on The Lamp stand of God, The Menorah.

The Golden Lamp-stand; Exodus 25:311 Samuel 3:3

Shavuot means “Weeks” in Hebrew

Shavuot is translated the Feast of Weeks, Numbers 28:26 , Oaths, First-fruits Festival of the Wheat Harvest, In-gathering and in English it is known as Pentecost, meaning 50.

“You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of In-gathering at the turn of the year.”  Exodus 34:22

Shavuot Connects The Wheat Harvest, Torah and Spiritual Life.

YHVH’s Feast Days reveal the times of His Spiritual fulfillment’s.

Why is Unleavened Bread required at the Spring Barley harvest?  Why two leavened loaves of Wheat bread at Shavuot in the Summer?  Leaven is forbidden in any grain offering except on Shavuot, Leviticus 2:11.

You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine, (sifted), flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to YHVH.”  Leviticus 23:17unleavened-bread-1-cor-5-6-7

Metaphorically Speaking, Y’shua Reveals His Connection.

Y’shua, (Jesus) said, I Am The Bread of LifeJohn 6:48

“I Am the Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will Live forever. And this Bread, which I will give for the Life of the world, is My flesh.” John 6:51

Parables are physical examples of spiritual reality.  The proud heart is blind and deaf in understanding.  Only the humble heart perceives these mysteries.

This is why I speak to themin parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” Matthew 13:13Deuteronomy 29:4

Salvation is Revealed in YHVH’s Seven Appointed Days

Yehoshua, Yeshua’s full Hebrew Name, means YHVH’s Salvation.  He is the Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, John 1:29.   His sinless, (unleavened) body was Buried the first day (sundown) of the seven days of Unleavened Bread, He Resurrected on the Third day, as The First-Fruits of the Barley sheaf wave offering.

He appeared to over 500 witnesses in His Resurrected body,  1 Corinthians 15:6.

After His suffering, He presented Himself to them with many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a span of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3

The Kingdom of God is Not of This World, (it is not physical but Spiritual), John 18:36Romans 14:17

On the fortieth day of the count to Shavuot, Y’shua ascended up to heaven after instructing His followers to wait in Jerusalem for The Promise of His Father, Luke 24:51

(The number of 40 days also has a Spiritual meaning, Exodus 24:18)

And behold, I am sending The Promise of My Father upon you. But remain in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

Ten Days Later, At the Wheat Harvest, His Spirit is Given.

Shavuot is the only time leaven is allowed in a grain offering, two finely sifted loaves of wheat bread are waved as the First-Fruits offering.  The First-Fruits offering is not only an acknowledgement that all sustenance comes form YHVH, it is also the promised blessing on the rest of the harvest.

View Torah through spiritual eyes we perceive mankind’s need to become a new/unleavened/humble batch of dough.  The new dough is leavened with Truth/ Spirit, 1 Corinthians 5:8.

In Y’shua’s Matthew 13:30, He reveals that all mankind is growing together in the field (the world).  At the time of the Spiritual Wheat harvest, (His Second Coming) those who bear the fruit of the wheat berry are called the children of the Kingdom,  Matthew 13:38.  They are gathered into His barn, (His Kingdom).  Everything that remains is like waste material, chaff that is burned away in the fire.

The Wheat Harvest is Plentiful.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask YHVH of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”  Matthew 9:38

Shavuot, is one of three pilgrimage Festivals when every male of YHVH’s Assembly, (or Body) is instructed to return to Jerusalem, Deuteronomy 16:16.

At the Spring Pilgrimage Festival of Passover/Unleavened Bread, we get rid of the old yeast, (false teachings, hypocrisy, pride…) to become a New batch.

 “Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a New Unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ,(Messiah) our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7

The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast added to three measures, (3 saton #4568=9 gallons).

“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast  that a woman  took and mixed into three measures  of flour until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33

The Bride (The Woman) Has Made Herself Ready

Taking a peek ahead to the book of Revelation we see several clues pointing to the New/Spiritual Jerusalem and metaphors of the woman, the Bride, and the Marriage of the Lamb.

 “I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2

Let us rejoice and celebrate and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7

Then one of the seven angels with the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:9

 Shavuot reveals our Creator’s salvation plan from the beginning.  Just as Torah was given, in writing, to a “mixed multitude,” Exodus 12:38, it pre-existed before YHVH created the physical nation of Israel.

Israel is descriptive of All His people:  It has a general meaning of one who struggles and perseveres, (sarah #8280) and overcomes/prevails/has power, (yakol #3201), Genesis 32:28Isaiah 14:1Ephesians 2:12

The Bride Has Been Redeemed, Ephesians 2:15

“…and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are All One in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28Romans 10:12

I (Y’shua) have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be One as We are One.” John 17:22 Amen

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