And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place(Acts 2:1 KJV)
Pentecost Sunday is a day set aside by the Church to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as noted in Acts 2:1 above. It is rooted in the Jewish feast of Weeks( Shavuoth) or Harvest. It is called Feast of Weeks because it occurs seven weeks after Passover. It is called Feast of Harvest because it is a celebration of the conclusion of the grain harvest period sometime about May-June. The name Pentecost which means “fiftieth” is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks as it occurs 50 days after Passover.
Jesus died, was buried, and resurrected during Passover/unleavened bread. Fifty days after His death, and subsequent resurrection, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks or Harvest, now called Pentecost in Greek. It should be immediately apparent that the outpouring of the Spirit on the feasts of Pentecost was not by chance. The festival of Weeks in the OT pointed to the giving of the Spirit, which is the beginning of the Church.
In later Judaism, the feast of weeks or Pentecost was also used to celebrate the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. However, this feast, as originally given by the LORD, is a feast of harvest. Does this word “harvest” mean anything to you? I will continue a series for the next few days, looking at the mystery of Pentecost or Shavuoth(Feast of Weeks). Stay tuned!
What is the meaning of Pentecost? How does it relate to the feast of Passover?
APPLY THE WORD
The Holy Spirit is the Father’s blessing for His children. Harvest time is a period of joy and gladness. It is also a season of thanksgiving. It is a moment to be grateful for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit as prophet Joel spoke about in Joel 2:28. Be thankful this season of Pentecost for the Holy Spirit.
Thank the Father for the beautiful blessing of the Holy Spirit.
The Communion of the Holy Spirit
Deshen Live Bible study is now uploaded! As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, let this teaching open your understanding for the next level of intimacy with the Holy Spirit.