Jun9SunJune 9, 2019
“And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.” (Deut. 16:11)
Pentecost (meaning fifty or fiftieth) or Shavuot (meaning weeks) was the name given for “the Feast of Weeks”, a joyous time and celebration commemorating the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. It is one of the three major Feasts which required all of the men to appear before the Lord with an offering. The significance of Pentecost is that God chose to fulfill His Promise of sending the Holy Ghost upon and within the disciples of Christ and establishing/birthing the New Testament Church. Happy Birthday Church!
Jesus told the disciples at that time, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you (see Jn. 16:7).” Jesus placed such emphasis on the Promise of the Holy Ghost that He told them to stay in Jerusalem UNTIL they had been endued with His Power (Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:4, 5, 8). Fifty days after His resurrection from the dead, Jesus and the Father sent the Holy Ghost and the New Testament Church was birthed.
When the Children of Israel fled Egypt, they were led to Mount Sinai where the law was given to Moses. According to the Scriptures, it is believed it was the fiftieth day when God descended upon the mountain and gave the law (Ex. 12, 19, 20). The precision and accuracy of God throughout Scripture is unparalleled and demands our utmost attention to detail.
As Pentecost was celebrated under the Old Covenant in the giving of the law or Torah, we now celebrate it for the giving of the Holy Ghost. The letter killeth but the Spirit giveth life. God gave them commandments to live by, but in falling short of them they brought death. God gave us Jesus (the Living Word) to save us and the Holy Ghost to quicken us that we may have life and have it more abundantly (eternally). Celebrate life in the Holy Ghost today. Rejoice and walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:4). Happy Pentecost! Step Into It!
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” (2 Cor. 3:6)