Dear Partners and MISHPOCHAH,
Please be blessed as you read the teaching from our Partner/Hebraic Teacher, apostle Daryl Hackworth!
FROM PASSOVER TO PENTECOST
(PESACH TO SHAVUOT)
Acts 2:1-4 (KJV) When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The term “Pentecost” is translated from the Greek word for 50. After the resurrection, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) spent 40 days teaching His apostles the principles of the Kingdom of G-d (Acts 1:3). In Acts 1:4-8, Yeshua (Jesus) commanded the apostles to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Promise of the Father, which is Holy Spirit. Nowhere in Scripture or Word, was any indication given concerning what day the promise would be fulfilled. However, Our Heavenly Father does nothing without order and purpose. To understand the power of this event in its fulness, we must refer to the Old Testament with the knowledge that Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) fulfilled over 300 prophesies and Passover (Pesach) and Pentecost (Shavuot) are two of them!
Leviticus 23:15 (KJV) ‘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.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for Pentecost is “Shavuot.” Shavuot marks the culmination of the redemptive work of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The 50 days from Passover (Pesach) to Pentecost is sometimes referred to as “The Season of Our Liberation.” The Season of Our Liberation consist of three principles.
- Deliverance- The Children of Israel had been delivered from the bondage of 430 years of slavery to the Egyptians (Exodus 12). In the New Testament, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach has freed us from the curse of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
- Separation- Although the Children of Israel were physically free, they needed to become separated from their “slave mentality” and the practices that they were accustomed too. In the New Testament, we separate ourselves from the world by renewing our minds through reading, meditating, and studying the Word of G-d (Romans 12:2).
- Revelation- The Children of Israel needed to gain understanding of who they were as a free people, and to truly worship YHWH (I AM THAT I AM) as Adonai Eloheinu (L-rd G-d). In the New Testament, we gain understanding of who we are through the revelation of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (1 John 3:2).
In the Old Testament, the time of liberation for the Children of Israel began with the Passover and the night that each household took the blood of a lamb, and struck the door-post and lintel of the house (Exodus 12:23,23). This act of covenant protected all those who remained in the house from the death angel as long as they remained in the house until morning. Today, our Season of Liberation begins when we accept Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) as our Lord and savior (Romans 10:9-10).
By accepting Him, we, in the spiritual sense, imitate the actions of the Children of Israel by striking the blood of the lamb upon the door of our hearts. We are kept by the blood of our Passover Lamb, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (1 Peter 1:3-5). This brings into application another biblical principle. 1 Corinthians 15:46 reads thusly, “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.” In this we clearly understand that YHWH had ordained and destined the necessity of the “natural” Passover preceding the “spiritual” Passover.
Some may ask, if this is how Our Heavenly Father works, what is the natural or Old Testament application of Pentecost?
In Exodus 20, YHWH gives the 10 Commandments to Moses and the Children of Israel. These commandments are the principles for living a Godly life. The giving of the commandments occurred 50 days after the Passover. The 10 Commandments were not meant to be given yearly. As a time of remembrance and celebration, YHWH instituted Shavuot. As the Children of Israel settled into the Promised Land, Moses instructed them to faithfully observe Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Counting of the Omer and Shavuot.
Deuteronomy 16:9-10 (KJV) “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain. Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you.
The giving of the 10 Commandments parallels the Day of Pentecost in this way:
- Both are gifts from YHWH for His people.
- Both are necessary to live a life that is pleasing to YHWH.
- Both reveal the heart and mind of YHWH for His people.
- Both reveal our covenant relationship with YHWH.
Remember, first natural, then spiritual.
Hebrews 8:10 (KJV) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Humbly submitted by
Apostle Daryl K. Hackworth
Serving to Serve