Understanding Shavuot with the Teachable Spirit

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Understanding Shavuot with the Teachable Spirit

Shavuot is the plural word for week and comes from the Hebrew word for seven. Pentecost is the word in Greek, which means fifty. Literally, the scripture tells us to count seven weeks after Passover, and on the fiftieth day, Shavuot is to be celebrated.

You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD. –Leviticus 23:15

Every festival begins with the lighting of the candles, and Shavuot is no exception, June 2014.

Every festival begins with the lighting of the candles, and Shavuot is no exception, June 2014.

The teachable spirit understands that the festivals of the Lord have a personal, historical, and prophetic application, assisting the growth of the believer in understanding God’s order. I think it is fairly easy to understand that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Passover Lamb, fulfilling prophecy.

But how does Shavuot fit into God’s scheme for the believer?

Traditionally, Shavuot is celebrated as the giving of the Torah, the day that Moses went up on Mt. Sinai and received the ten commandments written by the finger of God (see Exodus 19) The Word of God is likened to honey in the Psalms:

Originally uploaded to morguefile.com by dancesincreek.

Originally uploaded to morguefile.com by dancesincreek.

The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. –Psalm 19:9-10  

Peter references the milk of the Word:

Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. –I Peter 2:2

Hence, the holiday is celebrated with milk and honey products. Some congregations will stay up all night reading and/or discussing the Word of God.

Prophetically, Yeshua (Jesus) prophesied that the Holy Spirit would come, and told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promised power:

Every festival also includes food, June 2014.

Every festival also includes food, June 2014.

“And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” –Luke 24:49

This is reiterated in Acts, where it also discloses that he was with the disciples for forty days after his resurrection:

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” –Acts 1:3-5

Rolling out a Torah scroll at Simchat Torah, the festival where Jews celebrate a completion of a year's cycle of readings, September 2013.

The emphasis at Shavuot is the reading of the Torah. This is an original Torah scroll owned by Beit Hallel, September 2013.

Ten days later was Shavuot, when Jews from all over the world came to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival. Seeing and hearing the disciples speaking in other tongues, that is, in their native language, caused them to take notice, and gave Peter the opportunity to proclaim witness (see Acts chapter two) of Yeshua (Jesus) and declaring the fulfillment of prophecy.

Personally, Shavuot or Pentecost, represents the next step after salvation, which happens at Passover. The Word of God becomes precious as we endeavor to serve Him through our daily walk; however, as I am sure you have already discovered, without the power of the Holy Spirit, following that instruction manual in our own strength is quite difficult, if not impossible. Receiving the scripture as well as the Holy Spirit is the next step in the life of the believer, helping the teachable spirit grow and mature.


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