The 5th -7th of Sivan, 5779
June 8-10, 2019
There is a period of seven weeks/fifty days after the Feast of First Fruits, the Counting of the Omer that lead to Shavuot (weeks). There are three stories centered around this Feast of Weeks; the giving of the Torah/Law at Mount Sinai with Moses as the mediator, the story of Ruth, with Boaz as a kinsman redeemer, and the giving of the Holy Spirit to believers in Yeshua in the book of Acts.
Moses The Mediator
Just after the first Passover when the Israelites were rescued from Egypt (Exodus), they did not realize that the adventure was just getting off to a start. They had come through the parted Reed Sea and watched their enemies drown, they gathered Manna from heaven for food, they drank bitter water turned sweet by a piece of wood and later, water from a rock and they defeated the Amakekites in a fierce battle as Moses raised his hands to the Lord. Still they became impatient as Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the Law for the people.
God was extremely displeased at the shenanigans taking place down the hill as the people crafted for themselves a golden calf to represent the god who brought them out of Egypt. If not for the intercessory pleading of Moses, He would have completely destroyed all of them except Moses.
Moses came down the mountain only to find utter chaos with his brother Aaron, whom he left in charge, making excuses, "it just popped out of the fire." He was so angry that he broke the tablets that God had given him. The people were given a choice to repent and follow Yahweh and those 3000 who did not repent were killed. To us it sounds so harsh, but sin is this serious.
As Moses continued to mediate for this "stiff necked" people, he would be constantly reminded of his inadequacy for the task at hand. But God, was looking ahead, always seeing the bigger picture as His Way and plan are always far beyond out scope and imagination.
Boaz The Kinsman Redeemer
The story of Ruth is traditionally studied at Shavout because it takes place during this season which is also wheat harvesting season. Elimelech and Naomi were from Bethlehem and went, taking their two sons, to live in the country of Moab. While there, Elimelech died leaving Naomi a widow and the two sons took Moabite women as wives, Ruth and Orpah.
Unfortunately the two sons also died, so Naomi decided to go home to Bethlehem. She told Ruth and Orpah to go home to their Moabite families to find new husbands. While Orpah did leave, Ruth pledged her devotion to Naomi and to Yahweh/God and went with her.
As poverty and hunger were a threat to the two widows, Naomi was reminded of a relative named Boaz. He was a wealthy man and Ruth was allowed to glean from his wheat fields to feed herself and Naomi. Boaz was so impressed by Ruth's devotion and faithfulness that he showed her favor and made sure she had plenty and was also protected from harm.
Naomi was concerned for the future because she had no children nor grandchildren. She encouraged Ruth to seek out Boaz to offer herself as a bride. In this way Boaz would be the kinsman redeemer, as the marriage established Ruth and Naomi into the family line of Judah as great and great great grandmothers to King David. This succession would eventually bring our Messiah Yeshua.
During the times of Ruth and Boaz, Israel was well ahead in keeping out of stride with Yahweh as the people did what was right "in their own eyes." (Judges 21:25) But God still had a plan.
Yeshua and the Ruach Ha Kodesh/Holy Spirit
Over the centuries the great need became more and more evident for a mediator, kinsman redeemer, king and high priest all rolled into One. What a great blessing that we know Him as Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha Mashiach. The timing is significant as He was sacrificed as our perfect Passover lamb, was buried during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was raised on First Fruits, appeared to many, over 500, during the counting of the Omer, ascended to heaven after 40 days and instructed them to wait just a few more days.
They knew to be expectant on Shavout because it was known and celebrated as a time of harvest and expectation. When the day of Shavout/Pentecost arrived they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. ~Acts 2:1-5
Those who accepted his message were baptized and about three thousand were added to their number that day. ~Acts 2:41
Did you catch that? 3000. Hope after all that time.
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. ~Acts 2:47
So we remember and we celebrate and we continue to pray for a great harvest of souls in these End Times.
A special Praise for Suzanne's awesome article, Who Is The Holy Spirit? Parts One and Two. I want you to know that she and I did not coordinate this. Praise Yah!!!!!