Bishop Sean Teal, Visionary
May 12th, 2021
The Harvest Is Here!
Sunday, May 16th – Tuesday, May 18th
Prepare For Pentecost
Shavuot commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and is known as Hag ha-Bikkurim (Hebrew), (The Festival of The First Fruits).
For Orthodox Jews Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah. The Law of Moses (The Ten Commandments) was given at Mount Sinai. It is known in Hebrew as Hag Matan Torateinu (“The Festival of the Giving of Our Torah”).
The time from Passover to Shavuot is a time of great anticipation. The time from The Cross to Pentecost are 50 days of hope and expectation. We count each of the 50 days that leads to Pentecost Sunday.
From Passover to the day before Shavuot there are 49 days or 7 full weeks, hence the name of the festival is The Feast of Weeks. Old Testament Shavuot is New Testament Pentecost. In the Old Testament God gave His people His Word. In The New Testament God gave His people His Spirit. The Word and The Spirit confirm and create all that God has for us.
Pentecost means “fiftieth”. It happens on the 50th day. The counting reminds us of the important connection between The Cross and Pentecost; Passover and Shavuot. The Passover is salvation. The Passover is God keeping His Word. The Cross is salvation. It is God keeping His Word.
The Shavuot is expansion. After salvation expect expansion. Shavuot is God keeping His Word. Pentecost is an expansion. Pentecost Day is God keeping His Word to His Church.
Shavuot is not tied to a particular calendar date, but to the counting from Passover. The season begins at the time of the lamb being slain and offered as a sacrifice. Passover is the protocol of all festivals. The Cross is God’s protocol. The Cross is how God chose to make all that He is and all that He has available to humans.
Shavuot is spiritual and biblical. We should rest from our flesh. The Holy Spirit is our power source. Shavuot nights (May 16th-18th) are times for us to study the Word. I encourage you to read The Book of Ruth each night. The Holy Spirit is prominent in The Book of Ruth. Prepare to rise early in the morning (5am / Tuesdays and Thursdays).
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Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest (Leviticus 23;10).
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) (I Corinthians 18:15).
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