The two-day Jewish festival of Shavuot ends at sunset today. Since the days of Moses, this Jewish harvest feast has been celebrated fifty days after Passover—fifty days during which specific arrangements are made for counting the Omer.
The Hebrew word omer means sheaf, a reference to the traditional barley harvest and offering brought by the Jewish people on the second day of Passover. On each of the following fifty days Israel focused on daily counting and each person was responsible to “count the Omer,” with emphasis on personal growth and introspection leading up to Shavuot fifty days later. (Leviticus 23:15-16)
After Jesus’ resurrection and the same fifty-day period, Acts chapter two records this feast, known in the New Testament as the Day of Pentecost. On this day followers of Jesus were waiting in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father, the giving of Holy Spirit on Mt. Zion. (Acts 2:1-4)
May this Pentecost season be a supernatural time for you—an overflow of God’s goodness to, and through you. May every path of yours be blessed with peace. In Jesus’s name.
Leviticus 23 | Leviticus 23:15-16 | Acts 2 | Acts 2:1-4 | Verses@Once
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