Friday, June 17, 2016

Shavuot - A Double Portion

Signs of Summer on the Road to Tok

After 7 complete weeks of counting the omer, comes the Feast of Shavuot.  This is the final feast of the spring feasts and closes out the Feasts that were fulfilled by the first coming of Yeshua Hamashiach, our Savior and King.  At this feast, we proclaim our allegiance to our King Yeshua.  

On this day, in the time of Moshe, the Israelites, (native born and the alien/sojourner among them, according to Moshe) gathered at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.  Our King gave us HIS Laws, Statutes and Ordinances to teach us how we are to live and to give us time to practice and learn how to live in HIS Kingdom. Anyone that doesn't wish to follow HIS Laws will have to find somewhere else to live.  

Also on this day, about two thousand years later, the Israelites gathered in the Upper Room as they were instructed by Yeshua as HE prepared to ascend to HIS Father.  There they received a powerful outpouring of the Ruach HaChodesh that changed everything.  On that day, three thousand souls were added to the Kingdom.  

DannyLee waving the barley loaf!

We were doubly blessed this year to have two Shavuots.  

Our first was spent in North Pole with some fellow believers.  We got to enjoy tabbouleh for the first time.  It was fun to have a chance to make our proclamations of faith with others present.  This was our deepest prayer this year as we felt very strongly that it was important this year more so than ever before to keep this feast to the best of our ability. We've heard echoes of that feeling from many directions.

We can only hope that we'll get to spend some time with these kind folks again some day.  

SueJean waving the barley loaf.

Our second was spent at home where we again made our proclamations of faith and blew our shofars.  We had a lovely supper of hummus, turkey salad and barley bread.  I was amused to find a 'fish' somehow managed to 'rise up' in the middle of my barley loaf.  Too funny!  

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