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Ishy Pentecost

Last week I built a new computer from scratch and this is the first email I am sending by it. After having put all the parts together, would you believe it fired up the first time? What a “firing up” of self-confidence! Go build yourself something, or plant a tree. To celebrate, I have three gifts for you; you’ll find them a few more lines down in this note.

Root and Branches Netzari Yahad (read Hebrew Roots Group) will meet at Poinciana 410 Friday May 22 at 7 PM and Saturday May 23 at 2 PM. Sunday 1 PM we will meet with Tabernacles Ministries to iron out the final details of getting our new meeting place. This opportunity is exciting because Tabernacles is a HUB of excellent ministries – several congregations are there as well as other outreach ministries. And the campus is huge with lots of space. I like being in the hub – it’s like being in the center of prayer, the power source!

This Sabbath we’ll continue to look at the exciting prophecies of Isaiah 9 – 19, which culminate in the Abraham Path Initiative – a highway from Ur to Egypt on the pathway that Abraham took. (See http://www.abrahampath.org/flash/index.html) These in-depth, unique, and timely sessions are recorded. If you can’t come, you may request a CD. By next week, I will have them for stream-loading.

Pentecost is coming up May 31 (Aviv method), “The Birthday of the Church Torah” (take a look at the third gift). Perhaps you will want to keep the feast in 2009 since the enigmatic year 2012 is almost upon us. Keep it as a ‘just in case’ measure. Then if the Messiah makes his appearance public in 2012, you will be able to say you were faithful in a few things!

Below in this mail are three Pentecost gifts to help you keep it.

The first gift is a link to a dramatized streaming audio version or the biblical book Tobit I call Tevit and Tevyah The story takes place during Pentecost and features a 2nd century wedding. You will find this very helpful for your family so as to understand how people in Bible times lived and enjoyed their festivals right along with their hardships. It runs about an hour, and it has made a great story time for the 13 and over crowd in our family for a few years. To listen to Tevit and Tevyah, click here (make sure your speakers are on) or paste this link into your browser: http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/yah/m3u/tevit.m3u.

The second gift is a link to an easy home service for Pentecost, with music and all. No need to do the music, but the service does require you have two fresh baked loaves of leavened bread. Take a look at the service then fulfill the commandment. Your family will bless you. The home service is at this link, or paste this address into your browser: http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/yah/pentecost/shavuot-service-for-the-home.htm.

The third gift is the following easy family-friendly Scripture study that teaches us what Pentecost / Shavuot / Feast of Weeks is all about. Let me know how you come out.

Pentecost / Feast of Weeks: A Tiny Training Session
Answer the Questions and Think as You Peruse Scripture
See this on the web instead by clicking here or paste this into the browser: http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/yah/pentecost/pentecost-feast-training.htm.

Exodus 24:12 Yahweh said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the stone tablets, the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”

16. The glory (kavod / radiance) of Yahweh rested on Mount Sinai and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day Yahweh called to Moses from inside the cloud.

17. To the watching Israelites, the glory of Yahweh looked like a devouring fire on the mountain top. (Like a volcano.)

18. Moses went right into the cloud and went on up the mountain. Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Exodus 31:18. When he had finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony (or Covenant), tablets of stone inscribed by the ______________ of Elohim.

a. chisel
b. finger
c. power.

Forty is special in Scripture. How many instances of this number can you remember? Forty is the number of testing (Matthew 4:1-2). While Moses and _________ were upon the mountain, what were some of the things some of the Israelites below were doing during their 40 days of testing? (Check Exodus 32:1-8)

How did Yahweh respond to what the Israelites had done? (Exodus 32:9-10)

What was he going to do with the whole people?

What was he going to do with Moses and his family?

What did Moses then ask Yahweh to do? (Exodus 32:11-13)
And what then did Yahweh do as a response to Moses’ speech? (Exodus 32:14)

Do you remember what became of the two tablets of the Testimony?

What did Moses then do according to Exodus 34:1-5?

What name was pronounced and why?

Let’s go back to Leviticus 23 and look at how the feast of Pentecost (First-fruits, Shavuot, Weeks) came to be. “Pentecost” is a Greek word that means “Fiftieth.” It comes from the Greek version (Septuagint) of the Hebrew Scriptures of

Leviticus 23:15 & 16: 15. From the day after the Sabbath, the day on which you bring the sheaf of offering (that is, the Sunday after the Passover), you will count seven full weeks. 16. You will count fifty days, to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then you will offer Yahweh a new cereal offering.

If we were to bring a cereal offering today, which cereal would be most appropriate?

a) Cheerios
b) Frankenberry
d) Cream of Wheat
e) Honey Clusters of Oats

So fifty days from the Sunday after Passover, Yahweh proclaims an observance. What were you doing on Pentecost this year?

Pentecost is traditionally considered to be a remembrance of the giving of the Law of Yahweh at Mount _________ . Although there’s no real justification for celebrating the Law now, however tradition may have some foundation in Scripture. Look at Exodus 19:1-8!

This is what a covenant is all about. One person says he/she will do something under certain conditions, and the other party agrees.

EASTON’S: a contract or agreement between two parties. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word berith (b’rit) is always thus translated. B’rit is derived from a root which means “to cut,” and hence a covenant is a “cutting,” with reference to the cutting or dividing of animals into two parts, and the contracting parties passing between them, in making a covenant (Gen. 15; Jer. 34:18, 19).

RIDDLE: Suppose I told you that “ish” means “man” in Hebrew. What group of islands in Europe would the “covenant man” inhabit?
The Bible and our faith are all about COVENANTS between Yahweh and Creation. There are many covenants in the Bible, and we will study some later. Here, though, Yahweh promises an exceedingly great blessing if the Israelites will obey the statutes of the covenant. What does Israel do in verse 8 to “seal the deal”?

Now remember the 40 days of testing while Moses was on the mountain. Did the Israelites keep their end of the Covenant? And again, what happened? Is the covenant still in force because of the Israelite’s acts? Why or why not?

Back to the Law and the 50 days. Exodus 19:1 says it was 3 months, not 50 days, after Israel leaving captivity that the Law was given.

RIDDLE: How can we reconcile 50 days with 3 months? (Hint: Literally, Exodus 19:1 says, On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone forth out of the land of Egypt . . .”)

Jack Snyder

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June 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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