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The 50th Day . . .

04 Jun

The Fiftieth Day

‘ . . . and on the day after the Sabbath you shall count for yourself seven complete Sabbaths . . . and on the fiftieth day, the day after the seventh Sabbath . . .’ The above is a quick paraphrase of Leviticus 23:15-16. The wording there is pretty clear in the Hebrew. The fiftieth day will fall on the day after the seventh Sabbath.
Pentecost or Shavuot usually falls somewhere around the first of June. Other than the weekly Sabbaths, there are no other Sabbaths this time of year. Therefore for the Feast of Shavuot to fall on the 50th day, it will always be on the first day of the week ( Sunday) following the seventh of the seven Sabbaths. That puts us having back-to-back Sabbaths; a little bit of a challenge, but then,
Israel did not have crockpots and they survived the ordeal.
Even in the Gospels, when it references the ‘first day of the week’, the greek literally says ‘ the first of the sabbaths’. E.W.Bollinger, in the late 1800’s understood this to be a direct reference to the passages in Leviticus concerning the keeping of the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot. Somehow though, this understanding got lost in the shuffle to us in the church.
When the women, and later the men (we are almost always behind the curve) went to the tomb, they had already begun their counting down towards the Feast of Weeks. They just did not realize at that point that Yeshua was the ‘raysheet o’mair’ – the First Sheaf – the Firstfruits of the Resurrection from which they were counting down. Counting down to what ? The second half of the promise of the Father. “
Acts 2: 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'( Joel 2:28-32).
Is it the birthday of the church ? It is that and more. It is the birthing of the physical picture of the eternal kingdom and the giving of what we come to know as the ‘New Testament’, but we call it the Torah.. For the first time in all history God enters into a covenant with a a nation, a people and takes them to Himself to be their God.
Chag Sameach! Happy Birthday ! Where’s the cake ?

 

 

 
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