Shavuot: The Feast of Weeks – “Pentecost”

The Spirit of Messiah came to write the Torah on fleshly tablets of human hearts.

Pentecost was the Greek name for the fifty days from the Day of Firstfruits until the beginning of the new wheat harvest, kept in the third month during late spring or early summer. In Hebrew this festival was called Shavuot, which means “weeks,” for the seven that were counted between the Firstfruits of Passover, to Pentecost, also called the “Feast of Firstfruits.” This special day is also called “Zeman Mattan Torah,” or the season of the “Giving of the Torah,” when God uttered the “Ten Commandments,” or as it said in Hebrew, the “Ten Words,” from Mount Sinai.

The Revelation of Sinai and the Giving of the Ten Words, also called the “Ten Commandments,” was like a wedding day for The God of Israel to marry His Chosen People as a bride. Moses was commanded to tell Israel to prepare to meet Him. This was the third month, or fifty days after leaving Egypt. In fact, the memorial celebration of this historic event is called “Pentecost” in Greek, meaning 50 days, and originally “Shavuot” in Hebrew, or “weeks,” for the 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.

The original “Pentecost” was accompanied by a “rushing mighty wind” or storm, a sound from heaven of a shofar [ram’s horn], and “languages of fire” burning over the heads of the Israelis, as God communicated the Covenant in the “tongues of men,” from the 70 nations found in Gen. 10 [the “Descendants of Noah” after the flood]. Acts 2:1-4 is not only the memorial festival of that day in the past, but the fulfillment of this Feast of the Lord, in the followers of the Messiah. So if we compare Exodus 19-20 to Acts 2, the same day that Moses received the “Letter of the Law” in his hands, we see that first century believers received the “Spirit of the Law” in their hearts. The LORD wants to take stony hearts, and transform them into fleshly tablets of the heart, so that He can write His Law within us by the Spirit of the Living God.