Putting the Feast back into Pentecost

God and Israel’s relationship with each other was characterized by seven joyful feasts/festivals each year.  Each feast was a special appointment with God. Leviticus 23:2

In calendar order, the feasts are, 1.  Passover, 2. Unleavened bread, 3. First Fruits, 4. Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), 5. Feast of Trumpets, 6. Day of Atonement, 7. Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or Gatherings).

The feast experiences are:

  • Relational – a bit like a family reunion filled with eating, dancing, and singing
  • Remembrances – keeping alive the story of God and Israel
  • Lessons about how God interacts with people
  • Expecting greater fulfillment in the future

Today, according to our calendar, is the Feast of Pentecost.  The Jewish Calendar celebrates the Feast of Pentecost on June 11/12 this year.

Pentecost is a feast in celebration of God’s bountiful provision of three things:

  1. The giving of the Exodus 19-20
  2. The giving of the wheat Leviticus 23:15-22
  3. The giving of the Holy Acts 2

It is interesting to note that God likes to do something special during His appointed feasts (remember the four feast experiences above).   Acts 2:1-13

Notice that a couple of things change in the Feast of Pentecost in Acts 2.

  • The message of Pentecost is no longer the Law but Jesus! Acts 2:22
  • The harvest of Pentecost is no longer wheat but people being saved. Acts 2:21, 41

When we have a personal Pentecost, we receive power and boldness to proclaim the message of Jesus throughout the world and see a harvest of people into the family of God.

In Leviticus 16:9-12 gives guidance to the kind of Pentecost celebration God enjoys.

  1. Give tribute to God with a freewill offering from your hand. 16:12
  2. And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God. 16:11
  3. You shall remember that you were slaves. 16:12