“Also on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.” (Num 28:26)
On the day of First-fruits, a priest lifted up the Omer (a standing sheaf of barley) before the LORD YHWH. Counting the days of the Omer then begins and continues until the day after the seventh weekly Sabbath, the 50th day, which is called Shavu’ot or Pentecost. Also known as Feast of Weeks, the Feast of the Harvest, and the Latter First-fruits. It is the time to present an offering of new grain of the summer wheat harvest to YHWH to show joy and thankfulness for the harvest. Pentecost also marks the time of the Exodus from Egypt, when fire from the presence of YHWH descended atop Mount Sinai in Arabia. (Gal. 4:25) Moses told the people to assemble at the base of the mountain, while he climbed up to meet with YHWH who then announced the “10 Commandments” to all the people present that day. In a subsequent act of judgment over the rebellious sin of worshiping a pagan golden calf, 3,000 people died.
Yeshua told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem following His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” (Acts 2:1)
Yeshua’s disciples had gathered together in Jerusalem as He instructed them, and “they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:3-4)
The people responded to Peter’s message with repentance, and about 3,000 were added to their number that day (Acts 2:41), symbolically associating the number of those lost as a result of the golden calf incident (Ex. 32:28). “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)
Pentecost is a time to destroy the golden calves in our lives – those religious practices and man-made traditions we’ve held so dearly, but are not according to His Word. It is a time to fully commit to worshiping our Heavenly Father as led by His Spirit, and in accordance with His Truth – the Word of God.
Ideas on Celebrating This Appointed Time
Pentecost is always on a Sunday, and is considered a “Holy Convocation”. Take the day to come together and worship YHWH in Spirit and in Truth, according to His Word, powered by His Spirit, and in honor of His Son. The Scripture indicates we should prepare two loaves of “leavened bread” during this celebration. In one of His many parables, Yeshua compared the Kingdom of Heaven to yeast, indicating that this message of the Kingdom would ultimately fill the whole earth in due time. (Luke 13:20-21) Read the inspirational account in the book of Acts which describes the Kingdom Power of the early believers who exercised gifts of signs, wonders, miracles, and healings, as they wholeheartedly loved one another. Actively seek the anointing of the Holy Spirit so that we can bear much fruit and be ready to use the gifts He has given to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the Earth!