A TIME OF REFLECTION & ANTICIPATION
Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, as it is called in the New Covenant. While most Christians know of the powerful events of Pentecost as recorded in Acts, chapter 2, very few are aware of the historical yearly observance that pointed toward it.
It is important to understand the Old Covenant observance of Shavuot and its historical meaning to fully appreciate its New Covenant fulfillment. This feast, once thought of as only a Church holiday, is actually one of the biblical mo’adim—appointments with God—and is rich with meaning and significance.
Shavuot falls on the fiftieth day after the Passover Sabbath, or the day after “seven Sabbaths,” hence the Greek word “Pentecost” or “fifty.” The period between the Passover Sabbath and Shavuot is the time of the “counting of the Omer” (Leviticus 23: 15,16).
This is a period of transition from the exodus from slavery in Egypt to the receiving of the Torah at Sinai, and from the time of Yeshua’s death and resurrection to the receiving of the Ruach Hakodesh, or Holy Spirit. It is a period of reflection, and a time of building anticipation.