The countdown began April 21 this year. Seven Sabbaths plus one day and exactly 50 days will be June 9.
Yah’s Restoration Fellowship will gather for this holy assembly in the main building at 10AM, June 9. Jerry Dodd will be our guest speaker. Afterward, we’ll enjoy an oneg. Instead of potluck, we’ll bring sandwiches and chips. Fellowship is providing ice cream for dessert.
Yah’s holy day of Shavuot (“Weeks” in Hebrew), also called Pentecost (from a Greek word meaning 50th), commemorates the time when Yah gave His Torah (instructions) at Sinai to His people, Israel, so they would know how to live a holy life. It was also on Shavuot after Yeshua’s resurrection (exactly 10 days–as in 10 commandments–after His ascension) that Yah gave those who trusted and obeyed Him the gift of His Holy Spirit to dwell in them continually so they could indeed live a holy life.
At Sinai, the people promised to obey but rebelled and 3000 people were killed. At the temple during Shavuot when the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the people who put their confidence in Yah’s promised Messiah, 3000 people were saved and given new life. We must not rebel, but instead, allow the Holy Spirit to empower us to be obedient children.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that even those of us who were once outside the covenant promises of Israel have now been grafted in and are children of Abraham by faith. So whether we were born Jewish or non-Jewish, if we have been born from above by the Holy Spirit’s grace–that is, Yah’s power at work in us to bring us to Himself with the purpose of living in holy fellowship with Him–through faith–that is, the kind of confidence in Yah that produces obedience to His Word, We have reason to celebrate on this glorious day of Shavuot!
Chag Sameach! (Happy Holy Day!)
Read about Shavuot: Exodus 20 and 32:28; Leviticus 23:15-21; Acts 2, especially verses 38-41
Read about how Messiah makes both Jews and non-Jews one people, Israel: Romans 11:17-18; Galatians 3:7; Ephesians 2:12-13, 17-22