This weekend we celebrate Pentecost
As Christians, we are celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples found in Acts 2. But did you realize that the Israelites have been celebrating this same day since God instructed them to celebrate in Leviticus 23? Pentecost in Hebrew means 50 days. They were to celebrate on this day… 50 days after Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits. Called The Feast of Weeks.
Passover celebrated the day God freed the people from Egypt. The people killed a perfect lamb and placed the blood on their doorframes so that the death angel would “pass over” them. But did you realize that this is the very same day that Jesus (The Perfect Lamb) died on the cross for our sins? That gives me chills.
But wait till you hear this…
They celebrated the Feast of Firstfruits on the first day after the sabbath following Passover. This is the day Jesus raised up from the dead breaking the chains of sin and death. Hallelujah! He became the first fruits of the resurrection. The first to rise to life eternal. 1 Corinthians 15
The Israelites were instructed to wait 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits to celebrate again. (Pentecost – 50 days – The Feast of Weeks). This is the day God sent His Holy Spirit to live within our hearts. Freeing us from the chains of sin in our own lives!
I love reading about these feasts and how God was foretelling them about His redemptive plan. It just blesses my soul!
More on Pentecost tomorrow.
More about the Hebrew Feasts
Pastor’s Wife (retired) & Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.