Passover and Shavuot is connected by fifty days and within that is the "longest continuous observance of any commandment in the bible." It is this that should make us consider why the “counting of the Omer is so important?” Counting of the Omer has significance: Connects Pesach, the Passover (Exodus) to Shavu'ot (giving of the Torah)
Today we look at Passover to Shavuot and the Omer. In this for the counting of the Omer we consider some points by Ari Sorku Ram of Maoz Israel who a number of years ago sent me an email on this regard. Ari has a ministry in Israel, he is a Messianic Jew who with his wife and family are reaching out in Israel today, heralding Yeshua the Son of God who died for the sins of men, including the Jews in Israel. Today, we read and consider the points he makes in the counting of the Omer.
The Lord commanded the children of Israel to count the Omer for fifty days starting from Passover. On the fiftieth day they were to celebrate the Feast of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost).
An Omer is a sheave. Counting the Omer is a very important principle and commandment in the Biblical calendar. Counting the Omer required fifty days of obedience. For fifty days the children of Israel were commanded by the Lord to do something. They were to do it every year. Obeying this law requires the longest continuous observance of any commandment in the Bible so we should take note of it. As I see it - if the Lord reminds us to do something every year for fifty days, there is surely something in this commandment very important for us to learn and experience. [Ari Sorku Ram, Maoz Israel]
Passover to Shavuot [Pentecost] constitutes what we call the spring feasts. They are full of teaching, guidance, and hope for us today. While many churches do not recognize the feasts, opting for the current holidays set down by churches; the truth is; these feasts are "feasts of the Lord." The connection to these feasts, take us directly back to the Lord himself who kept the Passover, as did his disciples, the early church, and even Paul who also kept the feasts. It seems only the church today in America has departed from Original Apostolic doctrine in keeping the Passover feast and other feasts of the Lord.
Counting of the Omer: This symbolic countdown from Pesach [Passover] to Shavuot [Pentecost] shows the connection between the two holidays. Our freedom from slavery was not complete until we received the Torah, which gives our lives purpose and meaning. Haggadah, P.T. JewishProphet.com
While many call these Jewish feasts, may I say our Lord, his disciples were Jews; they in fact were not Jewish feasts. They are the Lords feasts, kept by Jews and also the early church. To take away the truth of the Jewish line, the feasts, and the fact our savior was the "root of David", the "tribe of Judah" is paramount to denying who our Savior was in fact and in truth. So for us, we keep the feasts of the Lord and honor the Messiah, the Son of God, the greater son of David, Yeshua ha Massiach. To do any less would be to deny the truth of this Jewish Messiah who came and died upon the cross for us all, including the Gentiles.
And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.
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