SHAVUOT

Also know as Festival of Weeks or Pentecost, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

SHAVUOt

“You are to observe the Feast of Shavuot, which is the first fruits of the wheat harvest, as well as the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.  - Exodus 34:22

The significance of this holy day, like most other Biblical festivals, can be largely understood by its name. In this passage, the holy day is called Yom HaBikkurim (First Fruits), because it is a day of bringing first fruits as an offering to G-D.
 
This holy day is better known by two other names. Jewish people know it as Shavuot (Weeks) because it occurs seven weeks after a specific event (Deuteronomy 16:10). Greek-speaking Jews and many non-Jewish Christians called this day "Pentecost" (fiftieth) because it occurs fifty days after the given day (Leviticus 23:16). Shavuot is designated as a time of thanksgiving for the early harvest. G-D's faithfulness in providing the early wheat harvest increases hopefulness for an abundant fall harvest (Sukkot). Giving thanks for present provision leads to faith for future addition. What a wonderful G-D we serve! He provides all our needs through His riches in glory in Messiah (Philippians 4:19)!
 
Dates:
Sunset of May 16th through nightfall of May 17th, 2021
 
No Work Days:
Sunset of May 16th through nightfall of May 17th, 2021
 
Services:
Erev Shavuot Service
May 16th, 2021 at 7 pm

Biblical References:
“Three times in the year you are to celebrate a festival for Me. You are to observe the Feast of Matzot. For seven days you will eat matzot as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Aviv, for that is when you came out from Egypt. No one is to appear before Me empty-handed. Also you are to observe the Feast of Harvest, the first fruits of your labors that you sow in the field, as well as the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather your crops from the field. Three times in the year all your men are to appear before Adonai Elohim.” Exodus 23:14-17 TLV

“You are to observe the Feast of Shavuot, which is the first fruits of the wheat harvest, as well as the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times during the year all your males are to appear before Adonai Elohim, God of Israel.” Exodus 34:22-23 TLV

“Then you are to count from the morrow after the Shabbat, from the day that you brought the omer of the wave offering, seven complete Shabbatot. Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbat you are to count fifty days, and then present a new grain offering to Adonai. You are to bring out of your houses two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two tenths of an ephah of fine flour. They are to be baked with hametz as first fruits to Adonai...You are to make a proclamation on the same day that there is to be a holy convocation, and you should do no regular work. This is a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Leviticus 23:15-17, 21 TLV

“On the Day of First fruits, when you offer to Adonai a new grain offering during the Feast of Weeks, you are to have a sacred assembly. You are to do no laborious work.” Numbers 28:26 TLV

“Seven weeks you are to count for yourself—from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain you will begin to count seven weeks. Then you will keep the Feast of Shavuot to Adonai your God with a measure of a freewill offering from your hand, which you are to give according to how Adonai your God blesses you. So you will rejoice before Adonai your God in the place Adonai your God chooses to make His Name dwell—you, your son and daughter, slave and maid, Levite and outsider, orphan and widow in your midst. You will remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you are to take care and do these statutes...Three times a year all your males are to appear before Adonai your God in the place He chooses—at the Feast of Matzot, the Feast of Shavuot, and the Feast of Sukkot. No one should appear before Adonai empty-handed—the gift of each man’s hand according to the blessing Adonai your God has given you.” Deuteronomy 16:9-12, 16-17 TLV

“When the day of Shavuot had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And tongues like fire spreading out appeared to them and settled on each one of them. They were all filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh and began to speak in other tongues as the Ruach enabled them to speak out.” Acts 2:14 TLV

“For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he might not spend much time in Asia, because he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Shavuot.” Acts 20:16 TLV