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The Old Testament description of feasts of the Lord found in Leviticus 23 were given to us so we could understand the coming of Jesus and the role that the He would play in redeeming and restoring both man and the earth back to GOD following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.   In the New Testament Paul further wrote that the feasts of the LORD, the new moon, and the Sabbath days were a shadow of things to come to teach us about the Messiah. Colossians 2:16-17

All of the Feasts were to be celebrated at times that GOD ordained.  The Hebrew word for feast means an appointment, a fixed time or season, a cycle or year, an assembly, an appointed time, a set time or an exact time. Through the feasts and their celebration God is showing that there are set times for Jesus to fulfill certain elements of the redemption of man and the world.  Jesus came to earth at the appointed time that God decided.  He will return at the appointed time in the future.

And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest. Exodus 34:22a

Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.  And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:  Deuteronomy 16:9 -10

The Feast of Weeks, Pentecost or Shavout is the fourth feast celebrated in the yearly cycle of feasts ordained by GOD almighty.  This feast is celebrated fifty days after the Feast of First-Fruits.  One theme associated with this feast is a new revelation of GOD's will.  Two very interesting events happened on the exact day of this feast, one in the Old Testament, and another in the New Testament.  Both events have astounding implications regarding GOD's revelation to us.

Israel had been in bondage in Egypt for many years.  GOD did not intend for the people of Israel to be there forever.  The final plague, of ten, had dispatched all the first-born of Egypt.  GOD delivered the people, and Moses led the people towards the wilderness.  The people crossed the Red Sea by GOD's wonderful provision.  Forty-seven days later, after the Jews crossed the Red Sea, they arrived in the Sinai wilderness and camped opposite Mount Sinai.  God instructed the people to sanctify themselves before He would visit them three days later.  From early morning, dense clouds obscured Mount Sinai.  The top of the mountain was shrouded in fire and smoke.  Moses went alone up the mountain.  This day the law was given to the people.  This day would be the fiftieth day following the crossing of the Rea Sea and came to be known as the "revelation of GOD" at Mount Sinai.  This fiftieth day would become the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost See Exodus 19-20.

Some fifteen centuries later Jesus had died at Calvary, was in the grave for three days and was resurrected from the dead.  The day he rose was on the Feast of First-Fruits.  Forty days later he ascended to heaven.  Fifty days later, when the day of Pentecost was fully come, as the believers were with one accord, in one place, the Holy Spirit came to dwell with the believers in Jesus (See Acts 2).

The giving of the Law and the giving of the Holy Spirit happened on the same day!  Think that was a coincidence?  Meditate on that for a while.  If not a coincidence, why would GOD cause both events to happen on the same day?  There are some interesting comparisons that can be seen in these two distinct events that both happened on the day of the Feast of Pentecost.

Old Testament Pentecost

New Testament Pentecost

Event occurred fifty days after crossing the Red Sea.

Event occurred fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus.

Commandments of GOD written on stone
(Exodus 24:12)

Commandments of GOD written on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33)

Fire on the mountain away from the people
(Exodus 19:18 )

Fire upon the people
(Acts 2:3)

Sound from heaven of thunder and the Trumpet of GOD (Exodus 19:16)

Sound from heaven of a rushing mighty wind
(Acts 2:2)

Written by the finger of GOD
(Exodus 31:18)

Written by the Spirit of GOD
(2 Corinthians 3:3,
Hebrews 8:10

3000 souls are killed
(Exodus 32:1-8, 26-28)

3000 souls gain everlasting life
(Acts 2:38-41)

Jewish commentary on Exodus identifies the thunder from GOD, to be a sound composed of the mixture of all known languages (70) at the time, as He recited the law simultaneously in each language.

People receiving the Holy Spirit spoke in other tongues (Acts2:4)

Birth of the congregation in the wilderness (Acts 7:38)

Birth of the Church

Beginning of journey through the wilderness toward the promised land

Beginning of our spiritual journey through the wilderness of life toward our rest in the LORD.

The comparisons above all pertain to the Law of the LORD and are listed to encourage meditation on GOD's word.  God reveals Himself to us through His word and he promises us we will be blessed if we delight in His law and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:1-2). God reveals himself to us by overlaying and reinforcing His truth in a very fascinating ways. The character of God can be seen in how intricately and perfectly He illustrates His will and His plan.  The method He tells us His truth is a testament to who He is.  His approach is somehow so wonderfully complicated and so plain and simple at the same time.
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