Shavuot/Pentecost Its Meaning and Significance (2018)

05/19/18 (03/03) Video Broadcast

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So we have been talking about the 10 commandments and their importance, but you know we're coming up here on a very important festival and I think it's important for us to review and talk about this festival and its importance and why we observe it and the blessing of it and the meanings behind it, and also we're going to do that. So we are ready to begin this portion of our broadcast today as we examine the question Shavuot or Pentecost, its meaning and significance. It is significant and the more I study this thing I just stand in awe of the amazing layer upon layer of spiritual revelation in the holy scriptures and I wanna share some of these things with you. And so if you're totally new to this observance and how to arrive at the proper time this also will help you get a better grip on these things but first of all let's understand the meanings of the 2 words Shavuot and Pentecost. Shavuot is what we call this festival in Hebrew and then Greek they call it Pentecost and then here English we call it Feast of Weeks. And so we look here Penteconta, the Greek version means 50, Pentecost day is 50 and the feminine and so that's where we get the term Pentecost and then in the Hebrew Shavua means week. Sometimes Jewish people will say Shavua Tov meaning good week. Well Shavua is the word meaning week and Shavuot it means weeks. And we use we count weeks, we count 7 weeks and then one extra day to arrive at the time of Pentecost or Shavuot and so we have in our English language this Feast of Weeks and that's how they translate it because Shavuot you know means weeks. But looking here I want you to pay close attention to how it's pronounced some people look at this work here and say Shavuot or you're not sure what to do with it but in Hebrew the final syllable is usually which stress sometimes the next, the final syllable being stressed. In this case its the final syllable and so we're going to say Shavuot and that's how we pronounce the Hebrew word and so you know it's interesting.
But to have a proper understanding of Shavuot
we have to first understand Passover, it says in Deuteronomy chapter 16 verse 8; Six days you shall eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day there shall be a sacred assembly to Yahweh your Mighty One: you shall do no work on it. This is talking about the first feast of the year which is Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. He says; you shall count seven weeks for yourself: begin to count the seven weeks from the time you put the sickle to the grain. And that's when they would go ahead and harvest the first barley crop of the year and then they would take the first fruits of that barley harvest and they will bring that to the priest and the priest would waive that harvest before Yahweh. And it's interesting on that particular day called The Day of First Fruits that is the day that our Savior Yahushua the Messiah commonly called Jesus: Yahushua the Messiah we call him by his Hebrew name he ascended up to heaven on this Day of First Fruits. And so he became the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep as one scripture tells us. Okay from this point where we have the 7 weeks there are 50 days, it's referred to as the Counting of the Omer. And so and the Counting of the Omer is simply a counting of days that's really all that boils down to. But they will cut this barley down and they would extract the seeds out of barley and with the seeds if they are dry enough they grind it into powder to make flour and sometimes it will be a little-wet inside they go ahead and roast it over the fire and then just eat the kernels raw. But that's the barley plant and so the feasts have significance and that they were connected to the harvests and that was part of the importance of the feast and so during this harvest time of the barley harvest they'll give thanks to Yahweh because Yahweh provided them food from the ground right. So you know sometimes we're not quite as connected to the harvesting of food anymore we just think about farmers and machinery but you know you get your little food out of the box at WalMart but you know it's important that we give thanks to him for what he's provided for us each and every year and that's what Yahweh expected them to do. So here is a picture actually a relief of an ancient Egyptian he would use a sickle to harvest the barley and so from the time he put the sickle to the grain you know that was around the time of the Day of First Fruits when they would bring the first fruits of their barley harvest to Yahweh. And he said six days eat unleavened bread and then from there you count 7 weeks for yourself from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain and that mark the beginning of this count. And then he says; you shall keep the feast of weeks to Yahweh your Elohim (Elohim is a Hebrew word commonly translated God) with a tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as Yahweh your Elohim (commonly translated God, means Mighty One), Mighty one blesses you. You shall rejoice before Yahweh your Elohim, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male servant, and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are among you, at the place where Yahweh your Elohim chooses to make his name abide. And so where is this now what did he choose to make his name abide? We know in the book Revelation it says; his name is on our foreheads, we know the Messiah taught us that wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in his name he is there in our midst. And so we are where his name abides, we are the holy temple and so where do we observe his festivals? Wherever his people are gathered that's where we observe them and some people say well you can't bring these you know harvest things to the priest and all that today. And that's true there is no temple, there is no functioning priesthood however we can give him thanks through the offering of our lips, we can give him praise for the harvest that he's provided for us this year and we can observe a day of rest, and we can remember the good things that our heavenly father has done to bring us to this point. And we're gonna talk about the different things how this all connects to our Savior Yahushua the Messiah. Now the book of Leviticus also talks about this feast in connection to the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He says on the fifteenth day of the same month as the feast of unleavened bread to Yahweh: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation: you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh for seven days. I want to mention here this commandment right here is actually for the priests. This is something that priests would do, it's not something that common people will have to do this. Otherwise you have you know 600,000 people all trying to descend on one place offering; offerings made by fire on one alter. But no the priest would make these offerings and so it's not something even if it was enforced today that we ourselves personally would have to do. So anyway the seventh day shall be holy convocation: you shall do no customary work on it. Again this is Passover; and Yahweh spoke to Moshe, saying, speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I give you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. Now it's talking again about this barley harvest, he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh to be accepted on your behalf: on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And that's why we chose the first day of the week to be the day in which this first fruit was offered, it just so happens on the day after the Sabbath the Messiah our Savior Yahushua who most of the world calls him Jesus rose from the dead and became the first fruits of those who fell asleep. And most people observe this as Easter but really it's the day of firstfruits biblically speaking when the first plant that came out of the ground and provided food for Israel, first major harvest was the barley harvest. And so that was the first fruits of that year and so our Savior also was the first fruits and he is the one who provides the necessary food that we need. And he is the first fruits of those who fell asleep, so and it says; and you shall offer on that day when you wave the sheaf a male lamb the first year without blemish as a burnt offering to Yahweh. Again this is something the priest would do. It's offering shall be two-tenths of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to Yahweh for a sweet aroma: and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin.
And you shall count for yourselves from the day
after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths And that's what we do we count 7 Sabbaths from that time, if you go to eliyah.com/calendar you can do that, you can follow right along. Count 50 days to the day after the seventh Sabbath, again it's going to be on the first day of the week every time. Then you shall offer a new grain offering to Yahweh, so that's going to be our day of Pentecost and so that's how we arrive at the proper time for the day of Pentecost. You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be a fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. Unlike the feast of unleavened bread, the wheat harvest is actually baked with leavening.
And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs the
first year without blemish, one young bull, and two rams: they shall be as a burnt offering to Yahweh, with their grain offering, with their drink offerings, an offering made by fire, to Yahweh. Again this is something the priests would wave before Yahweh, something they are responsible for doing. So we have the barley harvest and then we have what's behind me here is this wheat harvest and the wheat harvest is connected to Pentecost and some of you might be wondering how does this all correlate spiritually and I cannot wait to show you how it does and it's amazing how it applies and what it means to us as believers. So the wheat harvest was from winter wheat, they would plant both barley and wheat in the fall and it would come up early spring first the barley harvest and then 50 days later the wheat harvest. So we continue to read here it says; you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, two lambs the first year sacrifice the peace offerings. Once again this is commandments for the priests, the priests shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before Yahweh with the 2 lambs. They should be holy for Yahweh for the priest and so there are 2 loaves and these loaves spiritually speaking we know that the Messiah is pictured in the wave offering of the barley and see he is the first fruits and then we become the harvest afterward which is the wheat harvest. And the 2 leaven loaves because the Messiah is sinless, but then we have had sin and so we have leavening in those loaves. And however that wheat from this year's harvest, let's suppose that there was a Feast of Pentecost going on in Israel this year and they have the priesthood, they had the temple in place and everything. That wheat from that year's harvest will then be used the following year to make the unleavened bread that people would eat during the feast of unleavened bread. And what that signified was, yes we are leavened however the Messiah is going to make us unleavened that means without sin. And so that same wheat will be used the following year during the Feast of Unleavened Bread and we are commanded 7 days to eat unleavened bread signifying 7,000 years in which the Messiah will cleanse all of us from our sins and cause us to be acccepted. And so even though we have leavening we're still accepted because that leavening is placed on Yahushua the Messiah who makes us unleavened, pretty amazing stuff when you really look into it deeply. So anyway the one doing the waving is supposed to be the priest we have no business taking any kind of bread and waving it up to Yahweh that is something that the priests alone are permitted to do. And we have to remember that because I know there are some people out there trying to do this but that's a command for the priest. And for that reason I'm not really comfortable with some people that do that.
But anyway this is a part of just being thankful,
this is a part of giving thanks to him for the bread we eat: we give thanks to him for the bread we eat, we give thanks to him for the barley, for the wheat and ultimately in the fall for everything he has provided all year long. And we give thanks to him for that and so these are rejoicing times. Wheat is a very major part of our diet even today, just is it was back then but in that last package of bread that you buy at the store you know, you may not think about the work that went into producing that very thing but Yahweh caused the rain to come, he caused the bread to come up from the ground. So we can partake of that bread and there should not be this disconnect between us and what our heavenly father has done for us. If you live in the city you don't really grow anything and et from that you know, there's this disconnect and so don't just think you know well here's a bread at the store and that's it think about O, this is what our Savior, this is what Messiah, this is what our heavenly father provided for us, this bread. And the idea of, and that's old testament you know all the farmers and everything no if you go back in America just about 150 years they were very very connected to the soil. And what came out of it, it's just our modern era of cities and concrete jungles that we have that you know people don't know how to grow gardens anymore and former generations really every generation of mankind on the earth up to now has been very agrarian-minded. And so it's only today with a modern industrial revolution, Internet and technology and all this you know people don't think about those things anymore. But you know the festivals have a way of bringing us back to giving him thanks for what he's provided, it can really benefit us and kind of eliminate the separation between us and what our heavenly father has done for us. So this day of Pentecost here's something we can do which he says; proclaim on the same day, it is a holy convocation to you: you shall do no customary work on it: it shall be a statute forever (not just temporary) in all your dwellings throughout your generations. And through every generation we can observe this feast and just don't do any kind of business to oriented work, just take a day of rest its the first day of the week ironically. Most of historical Christianity has observed this first day the week as the day rest but here's one day of the year where they're actually correct. But anyway he says have a holy convocation that means you gather, you hear the word and you know the word in Hebrew for convocation is mecra which has to do with calling out. It comes from the root Qahal and it has to do with calling out. And this holy calling out was you know they would basically call out and read aloud the holy scriptures and that's what they would do. So you know that's part of what we're supposed to do on this day to have a gathering and set apart reading or holy reading of Yahweh's holy word. And that's part of our observance for this day
and resting, so we rest on that day all right so what
kind of rest should we do, what kind of things are permissible on this particular day called Shavuot? Well, here we have an example on a day in which no customary work is to be done he says an exception here he says; but that which every one must eat, that only may be prepared by you. And this is referencing the Feast of Passover
here, the first-day holy convocation, Seventh-day
holy convocation but the example here is these are feast rest days. So on feast rest days I do believe we can prepare food and cook food on the feast days that's one reason why they are feast days because we get to feast. So that only may be done referring to the cooking otherwise we don't cook on the regular Sabbath, we don't cook: we make our preparation ahead of time. So one thing we should look at here is Deuteronomy 16:9 says; you shall count seven weeks for yourself: begin to count the seven weeks from the time you put the sickle to the grain. Then you shall keep the feast of weeks to Yahweh your Elohim with a tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as Yahweh your Elohim, blesses you. And so he wants us to give something, this is a time of giving back to him he has provided for you and now you have the opportunity to give back to him. He wants us to give something of our own free will and those days it might have been animals or grains or whatever might be given to the priesthood. And that free will offering was given to the priest sometime during this festival and it was maybe given, it may also be given to the poor and the needy those who had needs, as a part of a tithe. But if you want to give some money to those who are poor or some kind of food to someone who has a need that's what he wants us to do ultimately to give. When you lend to the poor, you lend it to Yahweh. And so also somebody in ministry doing the work of Yahweh, we are as believers in Yahushua we are part of the priesthood, we are part of the Melchizedek priesthood, we know that Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. And so there's nothing wrong with paying tithes to one who is functioning in a Melchizedek priesthood function. And so those who are ministers of the new covenant of which I am and many other people are. You can take a portion of whatever Yahweh has provided for you and give up to the ministry in some form or fashion as a free will offering to our heavenly father Yahweh. All right. He says in Deuteronomy 16:16; Three times a year all you males shall appear before Yahweh your Mighty One in the place which he chooses; at the feast of unleavened bread, at the feast of weeks, at the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before Yahweh empty handed. That means you bring something, you give of something on this holy day and it's a command in this case they would bring whatever they had to the priest, the priest would then manage it. But we do have Melchizedek priests on the earth of which we all are ultimately and we can give in some of fashion toward ministry even if you have the local friend and he's over there he's working in a soup kitchen or he's doing some kind of preaching you can give something towards that or you can give something to somebody you know who has food needs you can provide for them. So there are different things you can do as a free will offering on this day it's also a day of holy convocation where we hear the word of Yahweh and we can give thanks for the wheat harvest. How many of you have eaten bread this past year? You know unless you're allergic to gluten or something then you can give thanks to Yahweh, maybe you got gluten-free bread or whatever it is but Yahweh provided for that. And so we're gonna give him thanks for that harvest. Now I wanna look at some of the spiritual aspects of this Shavuot, this Pentecost Yahweh would during wheat harvest it's a time for separating, it separates the wheat from the chaff and the wheat from in some cases the wheat from the tares, right. And we are called that we harvest and so there's some spiritual connections here that we need to examine and are very very awesome, Now think about this we were created from the dust of the earth right and we were created in the image of our creator, in the image of Elohim and so when this wheat grows up out of the dust of the land and we partake of that wheat that is basically the result of Yahweh planting life on the earth and that life that grew into a wheat plant, fed got its ability to live from the nutrients that's in the soil. And those nutrients were put into the seeds so that the next plant would have something to get started and to grow okay. Now we partake of those seeds and because we are created from the earth we need things from the earth to survive we need vitamins and nutrients and so we're taking from whatever via means of nutrients that came from the soil and put into that wheat berry and we're partaking of that wheat berry and thereby we have the vitamins and nutrients we need to live. Because we were created from the earth we need that to live. And so we're partaking of those seeds, we also were created from the dust of the ground we are partaking of something from the ground to live. Now so whether through a plant or maybe from an animal and an animal partake of the grass, eat the nutrients from the grass and we have fish you know ultimately it's getting its nutrients from other fish or from plants or whatever. And so we all live off the earth, the earth is what keeps us going the water and the nutrients from the earth keeps us alive. Now we know that the Messiah taught us and it's also written in the book of Deuteronomy that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh.
And so that happened at this time at Pentecost in
the book of Exodus but we know that Pentecost is in the third month of Yahweh's calendar. Exodus chapter 19 says; In the third month, after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day he came to the wilderness of Sinai. And so man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Yahweh. And so as this wheat harvest is beginning its harvest, Yahweh is about to give us his word at Sinai. In the third month he thundered his commandments from Sinai and it will correspondence with his third month and so it happened sometime around this maybe on this feast of Pentecost or Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. And so from the scriptures we know and other places that the word of Yahweh is sometimes compared to bread, there's physical bread and there's spiritual bread and so Yahweh gave us his spiritual bread, his Torah the 10 commandments coming down from heaven to earth and saying this is the way that you need to live. Okay there's the physical living and there's a spiritual living and we live spiritually, this is the way of love, the way of truth, the way you live and a spiritual way of life is by allowing those commandments to go into our body in the same way we allow wheat berry to go into their body so we might live physically, we allow those commandments to go into our hearts and then through obedience to those commandments, we are going to live.
Now other scriptures refer to the Messiah commonly
called Jesus, we call him Yahushua as being the word that dwelt among us he says he is the word that was made flesh and dwelt among us in John chapter 1 verse 14. Well he's the living word that made flesh because when we look at him and his life and the way he conducted himself it's like we're reading a bible in action, we're seeing a bible being manifested in action. It's like we're witnessing the word of Yahweh being observed in action and so when we look at him we're looking at a picture of the word of Yahweh being lived out. And so our Savior said to us in John 6:51 he says; I am the living bread which came down from heaven, if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever and the bread which I shall give is my flesh which I shall give for the life of the world. So we know that John 1:14 said he is the word that became flesh and dwelt among us and so we know actually last Passover we partook of the body and the blood of Messiah symbolized in the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine. And so we put Messiah spiritually speaking into us when we partook of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine. The word and the blood and the blood is what cleanses us from all sins that we committed as a result of disobeying the word. But we need two ministries, we need direction on how to live I mean we turn away from anything that we have done to not obey those words of how we're supposed to live. And then we receive the Messiah and that's where the blood comes in and he cleanses us from all sin and so his life convicts us and his life was given for us that we might be cleansed of all unrighteousness. And so on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 we know the holy spirit came down upon his disciples it was during this day of Pentecost and its evidence that the word of Yahweh Yahushua the Messiah had come down from heaven and headed in dwelling in there lies the apostles and a promise of the new covenant became a reality where it says in Jeremiah 31:31; Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and the house of Judah. I want to point out here that who the covenants with, some people distanced themselves from the old testament saying well that's with Israel and Judah, it's not with us. But look here the New Testament, new covenant is with the house of Israel and the house of Judah same people but we join to them through the Messiah Yahushua we become joined to them. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; my covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says Yahweh. But this covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says Yahweh, I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts. So his word, that bread is placed in our hearts, in our minds and becomes a part of us and that's a beautiful thing. The more you think about it it's a very very beautiful thing. And so that we can have the Messiah Yahushua dwelling in us and that's what it really boils down to. This Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost and dwelt in his disciples that was the word being placed in their hearts and their minds because Yahushua is that word. Now what about our sins, what do we do about that? It says; no more shall every one teach his neighbor, every man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. That's a promise of the new covenant forgiveness of sin and the indwelling of the Messiah Yahushua the indwelling of Yahweh's word in our otherwise wayward hearts. And so this is one reason I believe that the law of Yahweh has not been abolished, I believe the law of Yahweh is quite alive, it's not dead it is living, powerful, sharp into its sword. And that law of Yahweh is now in our hearts and so if we are going to have a law of Yahweh in our minds, in our hearts shouldn't obedience to that law reflected on the outer layer, absolutely. Now what about our sin well he says he will forgive us our iniquity and our sin will be remembered no more and so now we are restored. We just need to repent and to believe the Messiah Yahushua for the forgiveness of sin and we will be forgiven.
All right this is all very significant and we're
going to get more into this but I want to point out some other important events that took place during this time of Pentecost. 1 Samuel chapter 12 verse 13 says; Now therefore here is the king whom you have chosen (this is when Israel was asking Yahweh for a king), and whom you have desired! Take note, Yahweh has set a king over you. If you will fear Yahweh, and serve him, and obey his voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then both you and the king that reigns over you will continue following Yahweh your Elohim. So if you are righteous then your king will be righteous, this is basically what he's saying. Oftentimes we get the leaders we really deserve but anyway; But if you do not obey the voice of Yahweh, but rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then the hand of Yahweh will be against you, as it was against your fathers. Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which Yahweh will do before your eyes. Is today not the wheat harvest? So Yahweh gave Israel a king during this time of the wheat harvest. I will call to Yahweh, he will send thunder and rain; you may perceive and see your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of Yahweh, in asking a king for yourselves. So Samuel called to Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel. So he sent them this rain on the day of Pentecost he did not like the fact they were asking for a king he wanted to be their king and so what he did was he put the fear of Yahweh in them through this the same way he put the fear of Yahweh when he thundered his commandments at Mount Sinai. And so both at Sinai and at the time that they asked for a king he sent thunder and lots of other things were happening on Sinai besides thunder but this is kind of an interesting thing that on this Pentecost around this time of Pentecost we have similar things going on, insignificant events going on because ultimately we know that okay they ask for a king in the sense that they didn't want Yahweh to be their king. And so they wanted a man to be their king and so they had all these kings all of whom failed and made mistakes and messed up and all this stuff but then Yahweh sent Yahushua. Yahushua said well I'll be your king, a righteous king, a holy king, the king of kings. And so he became our king and through that Yahweh remained our king but we accept him as our king and when we do we accept Yahweh being our king. And so I find that very interesting that you know both of these times were number 1 the selection of a king, number 2 the giving of the commandments both of them occurred around the time of Pentecost. Now another thing happened around this time of Pentecost 1 Samuel chapter 6 verse 11 it says; And they set the ark of Yahweh on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Bethshemesh. Now this is when the Philistines had captured the ark and they tried to put the ark in the temple and their idol Dagon kept falling down in prostrate before Yahweh. And they started having all these plagues and terrible things happening and so they just sent the ark back to Israel. And hitched up these 2 milk cows and let me tell you one thing about milk cows they are not gonna leave their babies okay. But these milk cows left their babies and went down the road and took the ark back to Israel. Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left; and the masters of the Philistines went after them to the border of Bethshemesh. And so significant event here they brought the ark back and if you continue to read the story they actually brought this ark back and the cows headed straight for the road and went back to Israel showing, okay the ark is representing Yahweh's presence okay. And it went to Joshua, it went to Eleazar and this ark is representing Yahweh's presence. Well the ark it was two share beam and they're facing each other with the wings covering the share, the ark of Yahweh representing Yahweh's presence between those covering chair beam and so the presence of Yahweh had no home. You know went to the Philistines, went to Joshua, went Eleazar after that and there was a notice others say that they had that problem you know they looked into the ark you shouldn't have and then. So David ultimately brought that presence of
Yahweh to Jerusalem.
Now what happened after this David had made a terrible mistake he chose to number the children of Israel 1 of 2 major mistakes David had made but this particular mistake David had made Yahweh was angry with the people it was the reason why Yahweh allowed Satan to rise up against David and moved David to do this. But I don't have a scripture right now we have to go through this and so anyway Yahweh did it because of his anger with the people. He allowed Satan to come and took the protection off at David, allowed the enemy to come in and tempt him to number Israel. And Yahweh gave him 3 choices he said you can have famine, you can be defeated by your enemies of war or I can send the plague and David says well don't let me be in the hands of men let may be in the hands of Yahweh because he is gracious and merciful. And so that plague was coming through the land killing thousands and thousands of men and David is really starting to feel bad about this. And David said to Elohim was that not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed; but these sheep, what have they done? Let your hand, I pray, O Yahweh my Elohim, be against me, in my father's house; but not against your people, that they should be plagued.
So David took responsibility but we know
we saw earlier when the people are wicked then the king will also do something he shouldn't do. And so what happened when the people were wicked, when David did this sin by counting the people it kind of work hand in hand. So he said well let this be against me, against my father's house not against your people they should be plagued I think it's a very interesting comment, I think it's very very interesting comment. Let's continue reading; therefore an angel of Yahweh commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go, and erect an altar to Yahweh on the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of Yahweh. And Ornan turned, and saw the angel; and his four sons who were there with him hid themselves. But Ornan, he just stood there threshing wheat. Guess he wasn't afraid. So he's saying he comes up to Ornan, he's like just go to erect his altar on this specific place the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. Now there's evidence biblically that this particular site is Mount Moriah and Mount Moriah is
where Abraham offered his son Isaac on the altar.
And in this spot there was a ram that was found there
instead a male lamb was found there instead.
And so the presence of, you know the angel of Yahweh is going through and destroying and it comes to this one spot. Now Yahweh is timeless we know this one spot is where Abraham was willing to offer his own son Isaac on the altar, and Yahweh provided a lamb instead.
And remember what David said let this be on me in

my father's house and not on the people.
And it just so happened what David spoke was very prophetic because it was on the son of David that this sin, the sin of all the whole world was laid upon and not the people. And this is the spot where Abraham was willing to give of his son and give that son to Yahweh and that cleared the way for Yahweh to take his son of Abraham Yahushua the Messiah to be that lamb that takes away the sin of the world and all this is happening around this time of Pentecost is there
threshing wheat?
So the selection of a king, the selection of the place where the angel stopped and said okay this is where Abraham did what he did.
And David said let this be on me in my father's
house. And it was the son of David who this sin was laid upon. I'll continue to read it says, therefore the angel of Yahweh commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go, and erect an altar to Yahweh on the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David went up at the word of Gad, which he spoke in the name of Yahweh. And so he did it the altar was erected. And Ornan turned, and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan continued threshing wheat. And David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed before David with his face to the ground. Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build an altar on it to Yahweh: you shall grant to me at the full price: that the plague may be withdrawn from the people. And Ornan said to David, Take it to yourself, and let my master the king do what is good in his eyes: look, I give you the oxen for the burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for grain offering; I give it all.
And David said to Ornan, No; but I will surely buy
it for the full price: for I will not take what is yours for Yahweh, nor offer burnt offerings with that which cost me nothing. So otherwise it's not really a sacrifice, now the significance of all this even goes deeper. As we find in 2 Chronicles chapter 3 verse 1 it says;
Solomon began to build the house of Yahweh at
Jerusalem on Mount Moriah (and that's where Abraham went to the land of Moriah on a mountain and offered his son Isaac), where Yahweh had appeared to his father David, on the place that David had prepared on the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. The same place where Abraham offered his son, the temple of Yahweh was built. And where that angel stopped and said hold on a minute, this is a special place.
So there it is, this is all centered around the
time of Pentecost, so I think it's significant
this is where we need to remember Yahweh has
connections to these things it's all connected to Shavuot or Pentecost. And later he said to Yahweh; I surely had built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever. And the king turned around, and blessed the whole assembly of Israel: while all the assembly of Israel was standing. And he said, Blessed be Yahweh Elohim of Israel, who has fulfilled with his hands which he spoke with his mouth to my father David, saying, since the day I brought my people out of the land of Egypt I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there; nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel. And so the place where he chose was selected at around the time of Pentecost and the fact that he chose a king ultimately David and the son of David to be over his people of Israel was chosen around this time of Pentecost in the city in which he chose Jerusalem again connected to this time and significance of this Pentecost that we are observing. So I think that's pretty awesome when it all comes together. Then he says, But Yahweh said to David my father, whereas it in your heart to build a temple for my name, you did well and it was in your heart: nevertheless you shall not build the temple; but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for my name. And we also know spiritually speaking yes the son of David Solomon built the temple but ultimately Yahushua the Messiah the son of David built a temple of which we are the temple of the holy spirit who came from Yahushua who was the son of David coming from the body of David. And through him the temple was built for his name and that's why his name is on our foreheads in Revelations chapter 14. And so all of these events together, how they connect
around this time of the wheat harvest, around this
time of Shavuot and Pentecost I think it's all pretty awesome, the choosing of his dwelling place, the choosing of the king,, the choosing of Jerusalem, the time that the law of Yahweh was given. So now when Yahweh's spirit dwells in us it's a sign of Pentecost, the holy spirit dwells in us the point is that the word of Yahweh will dwell in us as Yahushua said; the spirit gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. So his words are spirit and they are life and we embrace it, we accept it.
So the word was given at Sinai right and therefore
to Israel the spirit was given and the old covenant was given in a physical way, in an audible way they heard the words and provided for them the words that they were supposed to follow. But we know they did not follow them and so Yahweh says I'll I will forgive their sins and their lawless deeds I'll remember no more. Now we are as we said the temple of Yahweh, Ephesians chapter 2 verse 19: Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of Elohim. Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yahushua Messiah himself being the chief cornerstone. In whom the whole building being joined together grows into a holy temple in Yahweh.
And so we are that temple, in whom you also are being
built together for a dwelling place of Elohim in the Spirit. Beautiful how it all just kind of ties in together amazingly awesome how it ties in together. And now look at what he says here, you're no longer strangers and foreigners that means you're not a stranger to Israel, you're not a foreigner to Israel, We're all citizens with Israel with all the holy ones, with all the saints and members of his household and the Messiah Yahushua is the chief cornerstone. And so we embrace that we are now part of Israel therefore we get to be joined in with this new covenant and we get to be a part of his people. And so I think that's pretty amazing.
Now moving forward here in Matthew chapter 3 verse
5-12 says; Then Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him. And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, a brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance. And do not think to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father: for I say to you, Elohim is able to raise children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry: he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; and he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. The wheat harvest brothers we're reading about, we are the wheat harvest, we are the people who he will come and gather he would separate the chaff and burn the chaff. And we also see it in the parable in Matthew 13 he said; the kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. And when the grain had sprouted, and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the owner came and said to
him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it has tares? He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, do you want us to go and gather them up? But he said, No; that's why you gather up the tares, you also uproot the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and at
the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, first gather together the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Now interestingly tares when they first grow up along with the wheat are almost indistinguishable from the wheat. But when they begin to bear fruit, when they start to bear seed the differences are becoming more and more evident. You'll start to see the kernels that are coming out of the tare plant are not wheat. And Yahushua said by their fruits you shall know them, so if they're not bearing wheat berries, they're bearing the tears they are planting from the enemy. Now the seed is called the word of Elohim the wheat seed is ultimately the word of Elohim. And so when you partake of Passover you're partaking of the wheat seed, you're partaking of the Messiah you're partaking of the word of Elohim and it has to be unleavened it cannot have any sand added to it: it has to be pure wheat. And so we have to bear that we have to be bearing the fruit like the Messiah bore the fruit the unleavened and we're called to be bearing that. Now Jerusalem is the place where the king of Israel dwelt right. Jerusalem was a place where the king of Israel lived and it's also the place where Yahweh's spirit would dwell. So the king of Israel now lives we are the temple we are the place of his spirit is where the king of Israel now dwells. Yahushua is that king of Israel the one dwelling in us. Now Yahweh told Solomon he would allow Israel to dwell in the land unless Solomon had turned to idols. He says Solomon if you turn to idols I'm gonna uproot Israel out of the land and that's exactly what happened they turned to idols and cause the children to stumble and every time the people became tares and the king was wicked. But now we have a righteous king dwelling in us, one whom if we follow we will never be uprooted from among his people. And we can safely follow this king Yahushua because he gives us Yahweh's spirit. Now one thing about those tares when they are finished growing the stock is straight up and stands tall. But I want you to look behind me look at the wheat berries they drop, they bow. And so we know we when we bear fruit we bow before
our maker, we don't stand tall and act like we're
the one that made this happen; we bow before our maker and give him a proper reverence for causing us to bear the fruit that we have. And so he is the one responsible for the fruit that we bear and the ability for us to reproduce and bring other people into the truth. And so our wheat berries Yahushua says unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
And from that seed we became wheat plants and
therefore we also bear fruit and we die daily, we take a step and follow Yahushua and we give that ability for Yahweh to work through us so that other people can come into his harvest as well. It's interesting Acts chapter 2 it says; when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. What are they doing here? They are keeping Pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place, 120 of them and this is after Messiah was resurrected on this day because they gathered together he poured out his spirit which resulted in 3,000 souls being baptized in Yahushua's name. He says that Peter told the people there after they wondered about what was going on: this manifestation of the spirit he told them this he said; Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahushua Messiah for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as Yahweh our Elohim shall call. And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, be saved from this untoward generation. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized: and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. This is contrary to the 3,000 souls who died when they disobeyed Yahweh by worshiping the golden calf. And so 3,000 souls were redeemed on this day of Pentecost and so we receive his spirit the old man has died, the new man rises up, Yahushua the Messiah dwelling in us. And we are able to now bear fruit through the power of Yahweh making us grow. Now Yahushua ascended to heaven on the day after the Sabbath that's the day when again like I said the barley harvest was reaped. And that's the first fruits of the barley harvest and so he became this risen from the dead the first fruits of those who fell asleep. But we're also called firstfruits James 1:18; of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. So how can we be the first fruits and Messiah be the first fruits? That's where Yahushua said this; assuredly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. Talking about his own resurrection his own death and so the grain of wheat which he was went to the ground into the tomb and it died, but he had to die in order for it to produce much grain. As you know that literally when a grain of wheat goes into the ground, comes in contact with water that grain of wheat is destroyed through the water. But then that grain wheat decomposes as the water softens the hard shell so everything except for the gem inside dies because it decomposes. But the gem does not decompose and the decomposed material becomes the first nourishment for that gem, of the plant to begin to divide cells to begin to grow into a plant that will spring up out of the ground and then again produce more wheat. And so through Yahushua's death he was buried in the ground, that grain of wheat went to the ground and died but the spirit of Yahweh came down to raise Yahushua from the dead, the gem that came forth and produced more fruit which we are. And so we also we have to do the same as he did, we must be buried with him in baptism, Romans chapter 6 in verse 4 it says; therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death: that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin, we died right.
Colossians 3 if then you are raised with Messiah,
seek these things which are above, where Messiah is sitting at the right hand of Elohim. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in Elohim, who died. Again Ephesians 2:4; But Elohim, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us. Even when we were dead in trespasses, has made us alive together with Messiah, (by grace you have been saved;). And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places with Yahushua. So what Peter was calling to the people to do was get baptized representing death of the old man, resurrection of the new man through Yahushua the Messiah our Savior, our king that we might all be seated in the dwelling place of Elohim in the spirit, that the king of Israel may dwell in us sending forth Yahweh's spirit with these things in mind. All this on Shavuot, all this on Pentecost the first fruits of apostles ministry 3,000 souls were saved. The entrance into the new covenant, the entrance into the old covenant was also around this time of Pentecost. But Yahushua HaMashiach enables us to be that first fruits of those who fell asleep, kind of first fruits of his creatures but Messiah first. Mostly its loaves of bread that are waved up before Yahweh is offering from the land, came from this wheat harvest that was bought and these loaves that were baked. And Pentecost has leaven loaves, Passover does not allow leavening in the bread that's produced. And so it says 1 Corinthians 5:6; your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah our Passover was sacrificed for us. So he cleanses out old leavening and that's why Yahweh accepted the two leavened loaves at the time of Pentecost because Messiah he knows he's going to cleanse the leavening out of the bread. Awesome word isn't it, and so during this feast of Pentecost brothers and sisters we have a lot that's connected to this feast biblically. Things that are just amazingly deep, it's one of the reasons why I believe that the words of Yahweh are inspired, no man could possibly have come up with this the connection between us and the harvest and all these things are just absolutely amazing, wouldn't you agree? There's a harvest out there right now that we need to be a part of and we need to get and bring
other people into Yahweh's harvest.

Yahushua said, the harvest truly is great, but the
laborers are few: therefore pray the Master of the harvest, to send out laborers into his harvest. Are you willing to be one who goes out willing to be a laborer for him? That's the question he needs laborers, he needs people who will proclaim the truth.
Number one Yahweh's law has not been abolished
it's very applicable, very relevant in today's culture and we need to return to the ancient paths. We need to return to the Messiah Yahushua and we need to turn away from our sin and receive him. And these feasts are a tremendous way of witnessing the awesome glory of our father in heaven and what he has done in us and continues to do in us. As the word is said; It is time for you, to at, O Yahweh: for they have made regarding your law as void. In contrary to what some people may feel or believe, Romans 3:31 says; do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not: on the contrary, we establish the law. It means to cause to stand, how do we make it established because it dwells in our hearts. So although they regard his law as void we need to be among those who will go forth and share the absolute truth, Yahweh's law is alive it's not dead. It is we who needed to die not the word, the word is not allowed to go out completely only the new testament parts of the word are allowed to go out completely that's something that we would
apply and seek to hide in our life.
And so it's high time that the Torah of Yahweh, the truth of Yahweh be proclaimed as a standard for all men to live by. It's high time that we say I'm going to choose to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh. It is only a restored relationship with the father through Yahushua that will save us, that restored relationship is what enables us to be the dwelling place of Yahweh but now we are the place he has chosen, we are Jerusalem.
Let's manifest his word to the world that the spirit
of Yahweh is dwelling in us with love, with joy, with peace, with goodness, with kindness, with faithfulness, with self-control all the good fruits of his spirit and part of love as loving Yahweh with all of our heart, soul and strength. And in this is love that we will keep his commandments, the 2 are synonymous and here's one of them Pentecost with a powerful powerful meaning and connection to us. Let's pray, heavenly father Yahweh we thank you for this awesome feast. Thank you for your loving kindness, for your truth, for your light, for your love.
Thank you for remembering us and calling us out of
darkness into your marvelous light. Father use this festival to strengthen our faith, to strengthen our resolve, to share our faith with others, to proclaim your word to all who are willing to listen, we thank you for your Ruach HaKodesh, the holy spirit that you've given us. We pray that we would manifest the fruits thereof, for truly yours is the kingdom and power and glory and majesty and all praise, honor and worship belongs to you: Yahweh Eloheinu, Yahweh our Mighty One we praise you for your word, we praise you for Yahushua the word that became flesh and dwelt among us and it's his name we pray, Amein.

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