October 16, 2019
Acts Lesson 2/Day 6
Understanding Jewish Holy Days...
If I said that our family got together on Christmas day, you’d have a quick picture in your mind of what that might look like...tree, presents, traditional foods, music, and family all together. Just thinking of Christmas brings to your mind the memories with all its sights, sounds, and even smells, doesn’t it? Well, naming a Jewish holy day would do the same for any observant Jew.
Chapter two opens with “the day of Pentecost” and any Jew would immediately know what that meant – do you? Read here to understand more...
After God had given the ten commandments to His people through Moses and they were all still gathered at the foot of Mt. Sinai, God gave them seven celebrations to observe. This is all recorded in Leviticus 23. Each of these celebrations or feasts has a prophetic connection to God’s amazing plan of redemption from the crucifixion all the way through the ultimate coming of the Kingdom of God.
What does this have to do with Pentecost?
Pentecost is the Greek word for the Jewish holy day of Shavuot (Hebrew for “weeks”) or, as you will see in Leviticus 23, the “Feast of Weeks” which took place 50 days after Passover. This holy day is one of three sojourn feasts where all who were able were required to return to Jerusalem. This city would have been filled to fifty times its normal occupancy during the feast. Devout Jews – men and even women and children gather in Jerusalem every year during Pentecost. Jesus was crucified on Passover fulfilling this feast day and fifty days later as the Jews were observing Shavuot, He fulfilled this feast day as well.
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