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ELISA NORMAN

The Living Word

Shavuot is the biblical holiday occurring 50 days after First Fruits, the day of Yeshua’s resurrection.

According to the biblical calendar, Shavuot is this Sunday, May 23.

Agriculturally, this day ma-rks the wheat harvest; historically, this day marks the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19-24) and the giving of the Holy Spirit at the Temple (Acts 1-2).

It is the day God betroths himself to his people, offering them his kingdom, and unfortunately, the day so many reject him and his offer.

The story begins well.

God leads his people out of Egypt by miraculous events, rescues them at the Red Sea, provides for them in the wilderness, and leads them to the base of Mount Sinai where he gives them his wedding covenant, their pact of betrothal.

God’s words are offered in the wilderness in every language to all people of the world, but only the Israelites accept his proposal.

They promise to hear and obey.

Unfortunately, the road to marriage between Messiah and his Bride is bumpy.

The Israelites reject God as their theocratic king, and request a human king to rule over them (1 Samuel 12).

This is a step towards idolatry; they do not want to be set apart and holy under a theocracy, they want to be like everyone else.

The kingship of God is rejected.

Moving forward about a day, or a thousand years, Yeshua arrives on the scene to again offer the kingdom of God.

Once again, a select few hear, but the majority of the world rejects him and his offer.

Yeshua dies on Passover, resurrects three days later on First Fruits, and promises to send the Holy Spirit as helper and guide.

His followers wait day and night in the Temple, counting the omer.

Fifty days later, as Shavuot arrives, the Holy Spirit arrives also, revealing again the kingdom of God, and, as at Mount Sinai, proclaiming the Word of God in all the languages of the earth.

Once again, there are many who reject him and his offer, but on that groundbreaking Shavuot, 3,000 accept God’s offer.

Like the Israelites at Mount Sinai, they will hear and obey.

It is two days later, or 2,000 years. What will be our response this Shavuot?

Will we hear and obey?

Or will we reject him and his offer?

The Living Word of DeSoto is hosting a celebration of Shav-uot this Sunday, May 23.

Come and hear!

Check the Web site for location and details www.living word-jewishichristian.com.


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