Shavuot, Pentecost and the Feast
of Weeks are different names for the same Biblical holy day. On Shavuot,
fifty days after the Exodus, God gave Israel the Torah - the Law - and
transformed the twelve tribes into One People. It was a day that changed
history as a people was called to shine the light of God through their
lifestyle. A few thousand years later, after Yeshua (Jesus) rose from the
dead and ascended to heaven, the Lord God revealed Himself in
another manner and poured out His Spirit on the Jewish
followers of the Messiah - also on Shavuot. Thus, in the midst of Israel
was born a far superior New Covenant, a kingdom of priests to which
myriads of Gentiles joyfully joined themselves.
When the fields are ripe at Shavuot in early summer, Israel's farmers
reap wheat to make bread and satisfy hunger. But it is possible to reap a
spiritual harvest as well. The Lord Yeshua told His disciples, "The
harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew
9:37-38). We live in a day when all three of these events are taking place
again: the giving of the Torah, the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and
the spiritual harvest.
The Torah is as old as the world, but today it is regaining value for many
believers. For centuries many Gentile disciples of the Messiah largely
ignored the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Torah of Moses
(Genesis through Deuteronomy). Recently, as believers around the world
are coming to understand the Torah foundation, they are seeing even
brighter and more powerful truths in the New Testament. And those who used
to say the words "Believe, believe, believe" are now adding, "He who
believes in Him, keeps His Word and His commandments." God's Word is
"Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the
kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his
storeroom new treasures as well as old" (Matthew 13:52). Old treasures
are a reference to the Torah - studying and understanding that faith
without accompanying deeds is dead (James 2:26). And deeds - this is when
you're doing not just what you understand, but what the Word of God
determines is important and required.
The New Covenant priesthood and faith in Yeshua are 2,000 years old, but
unfortunately have been distant from the Jewish people among whom they
started. Now we see something different happening - modern Israelis
believing in Yeshua. Many secular Israelis are intrigued. Even among
Orthodox Jews we hear fresh debate about the question "Who is this
Yeshua?" Up until recently they only cursed Him, but now some rabbis agree,
"He is ours, He is Jewish." We see a stirring in the hearts of our people.
May we find a balance and receive the wisdom of the Lord in how to bring
good news to those who are open to the truth - both to "old timers" and to
those who have just arrived in Eretz Israel.
The fields are ripe. Even though Israel is a small country, it grows much
wheat. The eyes of many people have turned toward Zion. Israel develops
technology and scientific discoveries quite successfully. But now people
also come to Israel for revelation. Micah's words literally come
true, "In the last days ... many nations will come and say, 'Come,
let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of
Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.'
The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem"
We are also seeing a spiritual harvest in our congregation. In celebration,
Shavei Tzion arranged a festive Shavuot outing for the whole
congregation. There were three big busloads of people, and many came in
their cars. We enjoyed fresh air, spent time together and made a
mikvah (Hebrew for a purifying immersion, or baptism) in the name
of Yeshua for those who joined the priesthood of the New Covenant during
the last six months. Thirteen people were immersed in the Jordan River.
We believe this trend will continue, and that the fruit will become more
and more apparent.