As one looks at the Hebrew calendar we realize that the Hebrews were commanded by God to remember and celebrate… a lot!
And with each Holy day there were criteria to be observed.
There were seven major festivals commanded to be kept to the honor of God’s name.
These times of celebration are important not only to Israel, but also to the overall message of the Bible, because each one foreshadows or symbolizes an aspect of the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The one to be celebrated this week, May 30(sunset) to June 1(sunset)2017 is called the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. This occurred 50 days after the First-fruits Festival (Leviticus 23:15). Christians celebrate Pentecost 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20). It is when we celebrate the wonderful gift of His Holy Spirit who was poured out on the followers of Jesus … and His Church was born! Read about it in Acts 2;1-41). So, this coming Sunday June 4 the Christian church worldwide will be celebrating Pentecost.
I’d like to expand on this next week.. 6/12/17
How the Festival of Pentecost (Hebrew-Shavuot) is celebrated by religious Jews
Women and girls light holiday candles to usher in the holiday, on both the first and second evenings of the holidays.
It is customary to stay up all night learning Torah on the first night of Shavuot.
All men, women and children should go to the synagogue on the first day of Shavuot to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments.
As on other holidays, special meals are eaten, and no “work” may be performed. It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Menus range from traditional cheese blintzes to quiches, casseroles and more.
Some communities read the Book of Ruth publicly, as King David—whose passing occurred on this day—was a descendant of Ruth the Moabite.
Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised,
which you have heard me speak about.”