Why we should “Count the Omer”

omer1Some of you may be asking, what is an Omer? An Omer is a sheaf of barley.

Your next question is, what does it mean to count the Omer? There are forty-nine days between Passover and Pentecost. Daily during those days the Israelites offered an offering of barley before the Lord in anticipation of the celebration of receiving the Torah.

The question you most likely have now is, what does this have to do with us? That question is what this post is intended to answer.

To begin we will quickly cover ground we have covered before. Jesus did not come to do away with what many Christians call the “Old Testament”. Jesus came to fulfill, not destroy (Matthew 5:17-20). Up until the time of Constantine the early Church was very much Jewish, even the gentiles celebrated the feasts and lived by Torah (there was no “New Testament”). The only debate we see is over circumcision. Jesus never intended for us to abandon our Jewish roots, if this was the case all the disciples would have abandoned everything after Pentecost but they did not.

[For more information on how the Church left our roots check out, Our Hands Are Stained With Blood and The Messianic Church Arising].

So where in the Bible does it tell us to count the Omer? Leviticus 23:15-16 NASB “You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering [This is the offering of Firstfruits]; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. (16) You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord”.

Again, this is not about legalism, anyone is free not to celebrate. My question is, if God says in Scripture three times a year He is coming down to meet with us, why wouldn’t we want to do that?

Passover is a time to celebrate freedom and deliverance. Derek Prince said Passover can be summed up in one sentence, I have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb out of the hand of the enemy.

Pentecost celebrates the giving of the Torah (teaching) and the coming of Holy Spirit.

The time in-between these times is a time to dedicate ourselves to being in God’s presence. A time to study the Word and receive new revelation.

After the coming of Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the Counting of the Omer took on a whole new significance. We now have the teacher and revealer of Scripture empowering us to understand and walk in a new way. These fifty days should be a time of pressing in and moving forward. We should be preparing our hearts and lives to celebrate the Torah and the coming of Holy Spirit to empower us.

Again, you don’t have to celebrate any of these feasts, you don’t have to walk in your Jewish roots. You are free not to, but on the flipside we are also free to embrace the roots of our faith, embrace Yeshuah the Messiah, and embrace the meeting times of God and a seventh day rest.

I have found the more of my roots that are revealed the freer I become and the more meaningful my relationship with Father is. I invite you to begin the journey of coming back to your roots during this counting and receiving season. There is no better time to walk in this understanding than the time to receive new revelation.

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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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