“You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel.” Exodus 34:22-23 NASB
As God’s laws were revealed to them, we can imagine the Israelites asking many questions. Some questions must have been asked about His requirement that they celebrate the Feast of Weeks. Why, for example, did He insist that this be celebrated exactly 50 days after the Feast of Passover? They never could have imagined that He had a special purpose for this day, or that this was part of His eternal plan.
Originally, this Feast simply celebrated the dedication of the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, the last crop to ripen. But the true meaning and importance of this celebration would only become clear in the New Testament.
This Feast came to be called “Pentecost” because it took place on the fiftieth day after Passover. It was while believers gathered to celebrate Pentecost that the Holy Spirit fell in Jerusalem. The church was born and empowered. And miracles took place (Acts 2).
Today is the day Pentecost is celebrated this year. And Pentecost is as important today as it was in Bible times. It reminds us that the Holy Spirit still is available. In fact, each of us can have a personal Pentecost. To experience the power of Spirit in our own lives. To be transformed by His presence.
Seek that personal Pentecost in your life. To be refreshed anew by the Holy Spirit. Allow His power to flow. Remember that, with His Spirit, you can perform mighty deeds. But also remember that Pentecost is a time to present “firstfruits.” A great opportunity to bring Him your offerings. To Sow into His Kingdom with your time, talent, and treasure.
PrayerFather, may I experience Pentecost in a new way. Pour Your Spirit afresh on me. May the Spirit flow freely in my life. Release Your power within and through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Pray for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the world.
Extended ReadingExodus 34