READ: Leviticus 23:15-22
The Feast of Weeks
The feast of weeks, otherwise known as Pentecost, was an opportunity for the people to rejoice and give thanks for the provision that God had granted (Deuteronomy 16:11). Here we read that there were animals that had to be brought as an offering by the community; also there was to be an offering of two loaves also brought, most likely, by the community.
The people were to take a holiday, a day of rest and rejoice in God. In modern Jewish tradition the feast revolves around a rejoicing in God’s provision of the Law; in modern Christianity, Pentecost revolves around a remembrance of the giving of the Holy Spirit.
I love part of the words of a traditional Jewish poem that is quoted on the morning of this feast, I think it gives some thought as to how Great God is and how that should reflect in our moments of rejoicing.
“Before I begin to read His words,
I will ask permission,
Of the One whose might is such that –
Even if all the heavens were parchment,
And all the reeds pens,
And all the oceans ink,
And all people were scribes,
It would be impossible to record
The greatness of the Creator,
Who created the world with a soft utterance,
And with a single letter, the letter ‘heh,’
The lightest of the letters.” – Akdamut vs. 1
Our God is so great He deserves all the praises, and the worship, and rejoicing that we can muster; God is worthy of all the best in our lives – the firstfruits.