Pentecost: The Word and Spirit

imageToday at sundown begins the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) and on Sunday is when believers celebrate the coming of the Spirit which happened during the feast of Shavuot, what we call Pentecost.

After the Passover in Exodus we come to chapters nineteen and twenty which give us the account of Moses going up to Mount Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments which were written by the finger of God.

Deuteronomy sixteen gives us the outline and reasoning of celebrating the Feasts of the Lord; Passover, Weeks (Pentecost), and Booths.

Many Christians do not pay attention to the feasts because we think they have been done away with, they are Jewish Feasts and we have Easter, Pentecost, and Christmas.

They are the Feasts of the Lord and BLESSING is released to those who celebrate and give during the appointed times.

What I want to do is connect the Old Testament and New Testament events for us.

Acts 2:1-4 NASB “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each of them. 4 And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

Now before we continue with Acts we need to see the OLD TESTAMENT CONTEXT in order to UNDERSTAND the NEW TESTAMENT PROMISE.

Deuteronomy 16:8-12 NLT “For the next six days you may not eat any bread made with yeast. On the seventh day proclaim another holy day in honor of the lord your God, and no work may be done on that day. 9 “Count off seven weeks from when you first begin to cut the grain at the time of harvest. 10 Then celebrate the Festival of Harvest to honor the lord your God. Bring him a voluntary offering in proportion to the blessings you have received from him. 11 This is a time to celebrate before the lord your God at the designated place of worship he will choose for his name to be honored. Celebrate with your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites from your towns, and the foreigners, orphans, and widows who live among you. 12 Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, so be careful to obey all these decrees.”

Acts says when the day of Pentecost was fully come, Pentecost, like every feast begins at Sundown. So what does it mean to say when Pentecost fully came? It is customary to stay up all night and study the Torah. The night Before “Acts two happened” the disciples would have been up all night studying the Scriptures.

Jesus said in John 14:26 and 16:13 AMP “But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.”

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].”

Now look at what Jesus prayed in John 17:17 AMP “Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.”

In Hebrew there is no word for coincidence, so the fact that Holy Spirit was given at the time of this Feast is important and it speaks to His ministry.

The connection between the Old and New Testament here is key! Holy Spirit came to reveal the truth of God’s Word (1 John 2:20 and 27), it is important that we understand the importance of His coming at this time and what happened when He came in Acts 2.

Three thousand people came into the Kingdom that day!

Acts 1:8 was fulfilled in the disciples that day, “but you will receive dunamis (dynamite power!) when the Holy Spirit comes and you will be my BOLD WITNESSES.

We are missing a huge piece of what God wants to do if we focus solely on Acts 2, the Spirit without Word will lead to error and conversely the Word without Spirit will lead to religion.

The Old and New Testaments should not be separated, they should be joined!

These are not Jewish Feasts but God’s. We have been grafted in to Israel and the Law will not be done away with till all is fulfilled (Matthew 5:17-18). The Ceremonial law was fulfilled yet Hebrews says because our Passover Lamb was sacrificed we should keep the feasts!

Christ did not do away with the Ten Commandments he deepened there truth in Matthew chapter five.

The connection between Shavuot and Pentecost are wonderful and the month of Sivan is a great time to learn God’s will for your prosperity, not just financially but in every area of your life. The word Prosper means to excel in something desirable and succeed !

Psalm 35:27 AMP “Let those who favor my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

The key to being prosperous is walking in accord with the Word of God and hearing God’s direction for your life!

There was and is no better time to be renewed in the Word and the Spirit than the month of Prosperity!

PRAYER: Father I ask in Jesus name that in this time of Pentecost the Word become alive to us and the Holy Spirit alive in us. Fill us afresh with the Spirit and open our hearts, eyes, and ears, to the truth of prosperity in your Word. In Jesus name, Amen!

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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