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The Feasts of the Lord: Going Through the Motions

Spring FeastsPassover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles – lots of Feasts, each with different instructions for observing them. Sometimes when we’re just starting out observing the Feasts, or approach a new season of Feasts, we can easily think of all the instructions and do’s and don’ts, and forget the richness of each Feast.  It can feel – and in fact become – like we’re just going through the motions.

I can imagine that’s how the Hebrews must have felt when they heard the instructions for the first time as well.  Exodus 12 is 50 verses full of instructions for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  And the instructions are not exactly intuitive or logical.  What were they to make of killing a lamb and smearing its blood on their door frames?  Had that ever saved them from death before?  Was this a common practice?  And what’s so bad about leavened bread?  What does that have to do with saving their firstborns? (more…)


Preparing to Enter Our Promised Land – Part 2

Image271In Numbers 1-2 God appoints leaders from each tribe of the Israelites, counts the men for military battle and organizes them as to how they are to camp and move.  By Numbers 10 they are moving toward the Promised Land.  These are our bookends in this study.  Everything within this 20-day period can be considered the last minute instructions before the Israelites can move forward.

In Part 1, we referenced Hebrews 3-4, in which Paul points out,

“it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today.’ ”  … “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;”

The last minute preparations in how to enter our Sabbath rest in these last days are the same for us as they were for the Israelites in Numbers 1-10.  These are our instructions for what is required in order for God to fulfill His promises to us. (more…)


Preparing to Enter Our Promised Land – Part 1

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Numbers 1 begins the culmination of God’s main purpose for the Exodus:  entering the Promised Land.  Hebrews 4 tells us we are still headed for the Promised Land, calling it our Sabbath rest.  Numbers 1-14 are the last few weeks before His grand plan is finally realized.  The first 10 chapters provide an outline of how to prepare to enter the Land – for the Israelites, and for us today.  These are the last few instructions for following God’s presence into our land of blessing and abundance. (more…)


The Spring Feasts: A Time to Remember, A Time to Anticipate

matzah 2Typically we think of the Spring Feasts as a time to remember – the Exodus and Yeshua’s death on Passover, his resurrection on the Feast of Firstfruits, the giving of the Torah and the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Then, we think of the Fall Feasts as a time to anticipate – Yeshua’s return on the Feast of Trumpets, the Lamb’s Book of Life opening on the Day of Atonement and tabernacling with Yeshua on the Feast of Tabernacles.

However, I found there’s also more to anticipate in the Spring Feasts.  There’s more to come.  The remembering helps us understand what to anticipate in the future. (more…)


Why Count the Omer, Part 1: The First 40 Days

counting the omer 2Counting the Omer – most are familiar with the culmination of the count, which is Pentecost, also called the Festival of Weeks.  “Weeks” is taken from the Hebrew word “shavuot” and refers to the seven weeks that precede Pentecost.  Leviticus 23:15 tells us to count the weeks between the Feast of First Fruits and Pentecost:

“From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks.”

It’s called “Counting the Omer” because the omer was the unit of measure used in this counting process of tracking the grain harvest.

In 2014, the Feast of First Fruits occurs on Sunday, April 20th.  Pentecost occurs on June 8, seven weeks or 50 days later – thus the name Pentecost.

For the past few years, I’ve kept count of the 50 days, although not understanding why.  I was like a child – obeying my Father because he’s my Father.  As with all the Feasts, God has been faithful to teach me little by little each year in accordance with my desire for His revelation.  Last year brought insights about the count that I had never seen or heard of in my research. (more…)


Why Count the Omer? Part 2: Nine Days of Prayer

counting the omer 2In Leviticus 23:15 God instructs us to count the seven weeks (49 days) that occur before the Day of Pentecost (the 50th day) also called the Festival of Weeks and Shavuot in Hebrew.  But counting days with no explanation? Why would this be important to God and to us?

For the Israelites, it pertained mainly to their harvest cycle and offerings to be presented.  For us living after the time of Yeshua, and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, we can see the spiritual implications of this count.  We know that on the 50th day after Yeshua’s resurrection, something unimaginably wonderful happened:  The pouring out of the Holy Spirit not only on the disciples, but on all those who come to faith in Yeshua as the Messiah!  The implications of that day reverberate even stronger in these last of the last days.  The 50th day is one I want to be prepared for every year. (more…)


Why Count the Omer? Part 3: God’s Spirit Poured Out

counting the omer 2This 3-part blog series focuses on the Lord’s instruction in Leviticus 23:15 to count the seven weeks (49 days) that occur before the Day of Pentecost (the 50th day) also called the Festival of Weeks and Shavuot in Hebrew.  For the Israelites, the count was about the harvest, thus the word “omer” which was a unit of measure used to count and track grain harvests.  Yeshua taught us the spiritual meaning of “harvest” as those ready to receive the good news of the Messiah (Matt 9:37).  That’s what the third phase of counting the omer is about.

In Parts 1 and 2, I laid out a three-phase structure for the 49-day count:

  1. The first 40 days
  2. Days 41-49
  3. The 50th day

The first two phases prepare us for what’s about to happen on the 50th day and beyond. (more…)


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