Counting of the Omer ai??i?? Day 50 ai??i?? Shavu`ot
66:1) For the Chief Musician. A song. A Psalm.
66:2) Make a joyful shout to `Elohiym, all the earth!
66:3) Sing to the glory of His name!
Offer glory and praise!
66:4) Tell `Elohiym, “How awesome are your deeds!
Through the greatness of your power, your enemies submit themselves to you.
66:5) All the world will worship you,
And will sing to you; They will sing to your name.” Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Selah
66:6) Come, and see `Elohiym’s deeds,
Awesome work on behalf of the children of men.
66:7) He turned the sea into dry land.
They went through the river on foot.
There, we rejoiced in Him.
66:8) He rules by His might forever.
His eyes watch the nations.
Do not let the rebellious rise up against Him. Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Selah
66:9) Praise our `Elohiym, you peoples!
Make the sound of His praise heard,
66:10) Who preserves our life among the living,
And does not allow our feet to be moved.Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Contd.)
An intelligent woman who reads the wedding contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.Ai??
Have you ever signed a contract only later to fall foul of the ai???fine printai??i??? I have, on several occasions. Usually there are pages of waffle with the relevant clauses tucked neatly away. People rarely have time to read and absorb all the information, trusting in the other side. You only have to look at the compensation awarded due to the miss-selling of Payment Protection Insurance.
It always pays to read, absorb and understand all the terms of the agreement.
ai???Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine: and you shall be to me a kingdom of Priests and a Set Apart Nation. These are the words you shall speak to the children of Yisraai??i??el. Moshe came and called for the Elders of the people, and set before them all these words which Yahua commanded him. ai???All that Yahua has spoken we will do.ai??i?? Moshe reported the words of the people to Yahua.ai??? (Exod. 19:5-8). At Mount Sinai, the Israelites were desperate to be a nation, and quickly entered into an agreement with Yahua without realising the ai???fine printai??i?? of the Covenant.
However, Yahua, in His mercy, waited until the Law had been given before the Covenant was ratified. ai???Moshe took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. He took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people and they said, ai???All that Yahua has spoken we will do and be obedient.ai??i?? Moshe took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, ai???Look, this is the blood of the Covenant, which Yahua has made with you concerning all these words.ai??i??ai??? (Exod. 24:6-8). It was by the shedding and application of the blood that ratified the Covenant.
The giving of the Law by Yahua, the acceptance by the people, and the ratification by the blood, is traditionally considered to be the Betrothal between Yahua and His Bride, Israai??i??el. This is considered to have happened on and is celebrated on Shavu`ot. This Covenant, ai???which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace saying, ai???Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you; so shall you be my people, and I will be your `Elohiym.ai??i??ai??? (Jer. 11:14).
Beloved, can you remember the moment that you remember the moment when you called upon Abba Father to be your `Elohiym? In doing so, you were adopted into the family of Israai??i??el and became part of His Bride.
Do you obey His voice, followed His commandments?
If you think that the commandments no longer are relevant then there is another important event that took place on Shavu`ot to consider.
ai???Now when the day of Shavu`ot had come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all of the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. They were filled with the Set Apart Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.ai??? (Acts 2:1-4). This is the account of the giving of the Set Apart Spirit commonly referred to as ai???Pentecostai??i?? being the fiftieth day after Pesach.
It is the giving of the Written Law and of the Spirit that we are celebrating in this Shabbat Service. The Written Law known as Torah (Teaching) and the Spirit (Teacher) were given on the same day of the year ai??i?? Shavu`ot!
ai???I will give them one heart, and I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh; that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their `Elohiym.ai??? (Eze. 11:19, 20). It is absolutely impossible to carry out any of Yahuaai??i??s commandments (in letter and in attitude) without the Set Apart Spirit guiding us in all truth.
Just as at Mt. Sinai when the Israai??i??elites rushed into accepting Yahua as their `Elohiym without fully being aware of the ai???fine printai??i?? many Believers came to faith without fully realising the demands and consequences of their action. The Israai??i??elites had to be constantly reminded of the ai???fine printai??i?? through the Temple sacrifices but Believers today have the Spirit to constantly remind us ai??i?? of the same ai???fine printai??i??.
There was another tradition that occurred during Shavu`ot. ai???for an angel of Yahua went down at certain times into the pool [of Beit-Zata] and stirred the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had. A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Yahshua saw him lying there and He knew that he had been sick for a long time, He asked him, ai???Do you want to be made whole?ai??i??ai??? (John 5:4-6).
On the day of Shavu`ot many sick people waited around the pool anxiously awaiting the water to be stirred. They believed that the first one in would be healed. Now for this to be true, there must have been healings in the past. So they waited. Now this sick man obviously had a mobility problem so would never be able to beat more able-bodied people into the pool. The Master asked a rhetorical question about his health. Of course the man wanted to be made whole, otherwise why would he be waiting at the pool? The man must have thought that the young able-bodied man talking to him would take pity upon him and help him down into the pool. What a surprise he must have had when the Master told him to pick up his bed! Healing was in those words of the Master coupled with the obedience of the man in taking up his pallet.
This no longer takes place, but if it did, why wait for the one chance to be made well? Messiah Yahshua has come so that healing may take place at any time and in any place. Medical science and technology are rapidly making in-roads into most medical and psychological conditions. However, there is one ailment that cannot and will never be treated: the deterioration of the human spirit of sinners. If only this proved terminal, then upon death, everything would be destroyed. Unfortunately, upon death, those who have died in unrepented sin will have an eternity of punishment.
Like the man at the pool, Messiah Yahshua has come to make everyone whole, physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Moreover, He came that the deterioration of the spirit was to be reversed. Now, instead of eternal punishment, eternal peace is available to all who die having repented of their sins and accepted that Messiah Yahshua has taken upon Himself this punishment on our behalf.
Are you able to obey Messiah Yahshua and believe what the Bible tells us ourselves? It says that all have sinned and are impotent to do anything about it (just like the man at the pool). Along comes a Saviour that commands us to be whole (like the man at the pool). Are you able to obey and walk away whole (just like the man at the pool)?
Or are you willing to ignore Messiah Yahshua and sit there waiting for someone (equally impotent) to come along to help you (unlike the man at the pool).
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???House and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from Yahua.ai??? (Prov. 19:14).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.