Shavuot / Pentecost - Thanksgiving, Praise and Proclamation
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Fifty days after Passover, the Feast of Weeks is celebrated. Also known as Pentecost (in Greek), Shavuot (Sha-voo-OT in Hebrew), it was the time to present an offering to the Lord of new grain from the summer wheat harvest.
It expresses joy and thankfulness for the Lord’s blessing of the harvest.
Also called Matan Torah (giving of the Law), as it is believed to be the date that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and the Law at Mount Sinai. It is this festival that Jesus' disciples would have been celebrating when God poured out the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).
Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage feasts when all the Jewish males were required to go to Jerusalem to “appear before the Lord” (Deut. 16:16)
· Shavuot is celebrated 50 days after Passover, so it became known as Pentecost, which means “50 days” in Greek. The days from Passover to Shavuot are counted at weekly Sabbath services.
· Special foods for this holiday are dairy foods, such as cheesecake and cheese blintzes, because the Law is compared to milk and honey.
. The book of Ruth is often read to celebrate the holiday, as Ruths coming to Israel took place around the time of Shavuot and her acceptance of the faith of Israel is compared to the acceptance of the Jewish people of God's Torah.
. Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage feasts when all the Israelite males were required to go up to Jerusalem to “appear before the Lord” (Deut. 16:16)