Thursday, June 9, 2011

Feast of Weeks/Shavuot/Pentecost


{photo credit: here}


With Shavuot/Pentecost upon us,
I wanted to share a few Scripture verses
and some links I've come across.


This is our first year
observing/celebrating Shavuot/Pentecost
and I am still learning SO much
and it has been, and continues to be, such a joy!

I am continually amazed
by YHVH's feast days!

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Shavuot means 'weeks' in Hebrew.
It is The Feast of Weeks.
7 weeks (49 completed days),
counted from the Sabbath day
after the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread.

In Scripture it is a feast of harvest.
It is, also, the celebration of
the giving of the written Torah,
by YHVH at Mount Sinai.


It is, also, the time of Pentecost.
Pentecost means "fiftieth" in Greek.
It is when the promise of the giving
of the Set-Apart Spirit was fulfilled.

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"And the feast of harvest,
the firstfruits of thy labours,
which thou hast sown in the field:
and the feast of ingathering,
which is in the end of the year,
when thou hast gathered in
thy labours out of the field."
Exodus 23:16


"And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks,
of the firstfruits of wheat harvest,
and the feast of ingathering at the year's end."
Exodus 34:22


"And ye shall count unto you
from the morrow after the sabbath,
from the day that ye brought
the sheaf of the wave offering;
seven sabbaths shall be complete:
Even unto the morrow
after the seventh sabbath
shall ye number fifty days;
and ye shall offer a new meat offering
unto {YHVH} the LORD.
Ye shall bring out of your habitations
two wave loaves of two tenth deals:
they shall be of fine flour;
they shall be baken with leaven;
they are the firstfruits unto {YHVH} the LORD."
Leviticus 23:15-17 {and to verse 21}


"Also in the day of the firstfruits,
when ye bring a new meat offering
unto {YHVH} the LORD,
after your weeks be out,
ye shall have an holy convocation;
ye shall do no servile work"
Numbers 28:26



"And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks
unto {YHVH} the LORD thy {Elohim} God
with a tribute of a freewill offering
of thine hand,
which thou shalt give
unto {YHVH} the LORD thy {Elohim} God,
according as {YHVH} the LORD
thy {Elohim} God hath blessed thee:

And thou shalt rejoice before
{YHVH} the LORD thy {Elohim} God,
thou, and thy son, and thy daughter,
and thy manservant, and thy maidservant,
and the Levite that is within thy gates,
and the stranger, and the fatherless,
and the widow, that are among you,
in the place which {YHVH} the LORD thy {Elohim}God
hath chosen to place his name there.
Deuteronomy 16:10-11



"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,
they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven
as of a rushing mighty wind,
and it filled all the house
where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them
cloven tongues like as of fire,
and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with
the Holy {Spirit} Ghost,

and began to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Acts 2:1-4


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By sharing the following links,
I am, in no way, declaring
that I agree wholeheartedly with all of the content.
Also, some of the links may contain
references to Jewish tradition
and not, necessarily, Scriptural command.
As with anything, read with Scriptural discernment.


A few links to consider:

Shavuot - Pentecost - Feast of Weeks {PDF file}
(article from Hoshana Rabbah site)

Shavuot - "Feast of Weeks" {PDF file}
(a little more 'simplified' article at Restoring the Way)

All About Shavuot
{Emet (Truth) Ministries}

Why Shavuot Matters
(online article at Hebrew4Christians)

What is Shavuot?
(online article at Judaism site, Chabad.com)



Activities and Coloring:

Shavuot coloring pages
{at Aish.com}

Crafts and Coloring pages
{at Challah Crumbs.com}

Shavuot Recipes and Crafts
{at HebrewPodcasts.com}

Shavuot Lapbook/Lapfolder


And what's a celebration without music?!

Songs:


Rejoicing in the giving of the Torah...

Love the Torah

I Love Torah

Oh, How I Love Your Torah

The Ten Commandments


Rejoicing in the Set-Apart Spirit,
Who writes Torah in our hearts...

Bo, Ruach Elohim {Come, Spirit of Elohim}




Chag Sameach Shavuot!
{Joyous Festival of Shavuot!}



5 comments:

Miss_Rachel said...

*sniff sniff* I love you guys. *wipes tears* You all are awesome. i love reading your blog. It's so heartwarming to think that we are kindred spirits. I love you guys.
[[[[[BIG hugs]]]]]

HsKubes said...

Awww, Rachel! I love you, too!! I sure hope Yah allows us to meet one day! {{{{{BIG hug backs}}}}}

hip chick said...

Great information. Thank you for sharing it.

Jennifer in MamaLand said...

A bit late, but thanks for the linkie!

lusi said...

Great reflections and links!
Hope you all had a truly blessed set-apart Shavuot!
Lusi :-)

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