18 May 2010 (Shleshi/Bikkurim)|
Day #64, 5934 AM
An Extraordinary Thing
Preparing for the Miracle of Shavu'ot
Tomorrow evening and the day after we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost or Shavu'ot and when we do we sit down in fellowship and not only recall the amazing events that took place at Mount Sinai nearly 4,000 years ago when Yahweh manifested Himself in great power, gave the Torah, and entered into a Betrothal Covenant with the nascent people of Israel - but we also remember how 2,000 years ago He entered 'normal' people and made them into something 'extraordinary'. But not before they had come to the point of feeling that everything was lost and that their future had been violently stolen from them. Then Yah'shua appeared to them, infusing them with hope once more, before leaving them. A while later after the Ascenscion:
Most have to struggle long and hard to learn another language. I know I have. My own children are currently learning four. Imagine if you will an expectant people - their Master has suffered a cruel death, has reappeared to them and asxcended to Heaven. They are gathered in obedience to Yahweh to observe Shavu'ot. And then suddenly they are supernaturally speaking in the languages of the Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Mesopotamians (various Aramaic dialects), Judeans, Cappadocians, Pontians, Asians, Phrygians, Pamphylians, Egyptians, Libyans, Cyreans, Romans (Latin), Cretans and Arabs (vv.8-11). These are not educated people but for the most part fishermen and commoners, all suddenly fluent in dozens of living languages for as long as the Ruach rests on them. (They're not, incidentally, speaking the gibberish you hear in so-called 'Pentecostal' and Charismatic churches). And the purpose of this extraordinary manifestation was to convine all people - not just the Jews - that something amazing had happened that was for them:
"Now when the Day of Pentecost (Shavu'ot) had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and began to speak in other languagess, as the Ruach gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4, NKJV).
And now that unrestrainable resurrection power was filling the talmidim or disciples who were present! This was not, moreover, the first and last such filling of the Ruach - the talmidim asked for it again and again and so should we! The early disciples sought to be empowered for the singular purpose of accomplishing whatever task Yahweh should give them. These men and women kept going back - again and again - to the well that never runs dry and to that living river which is constantly replenished from the Throne of Yahweh-Elohim.
"Men of Israel, hear these words: Yah'shua (Jesus) of Nazareth, a Man attested by Elohim (God) to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which Elohim did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know -- Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of Elohim, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom Elohim raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it" (Acts 2:22-24, NKJV).
No one buys a car, fills it up once, and then stops using it when the tank runs dry. They fill it again and again and again. That is why we have Shavu'ot every year because Yahweh wants us to come expecting to be refilled. Do not believe the 'once filled, always filled' lie. But remember, there is a condition to being filled and it is this: "they were all with one accord (together) in one place". They were were each individually and collectively where Yahweh wanted them to be and they were one or echad.
We have been commanded to gather together each year at Pentecost. It is not an invitation. Pentecost was one of the three festivals where the leaders of families at the very least had to gather for the Feast at the appointed place. That commandment has not changed. The talmidim (disciples) likwise had been commanded by Yah'shua:
We are to remain where we are until we too are endowed with power from on high. We are powerless before that, useless in our witness.
"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father (Yahweh) upon you; but tarry (remain) in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49, NKJV).
The commandment is that you gather with other like-minded believers at Shavu'ot and await Yahweh's pleasure. See you this evening!