May 13, 2016
In the Exodus story, during the time period of counting the omer, the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, and were celebrating their new freedom from slavery. They were anticipating their arrival at Sinai in 50 days, when they would receive the Torah, the constitution for their new nation under YHWH.
In the time of Yeshua’s crucifixion, the time period of counting the omer began at His resurrection. His disciples were celebrating the fact that He was moving among them once again, and they were anticipating Shavuot, the celebration of the First Fruits of the harvest, in 50 days.
The day that the Spirit was given to the church is the same day that the Torah had been given to the Israelites. The Spirit was given to the church, in order that we might have the power to walk in YHWH’s holy Torah!
When the Israelites received the Torah, 3000 were struck dead because they were worshipping a golden calf. When the Messianic believers were gathered together on Shavuot, 3000 were added to the church.
When Moses received the Torah, YHWH showed Himself with signs and wonders. When the Messianic believers received the Spirit, again, there were signs and wonders.
As we count the omer, from Resurrection Day until Shavuot (Pentecost), we can anticipate the signs and wonders that will be demonstrated in our lives. As Jeremiah 31 tells us, this is the new covenant, that YHWH’s Torah would be written upon our hearts!