“Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Israel: “The designated times of Adonai which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.” (Leviticus 23:1)
Shavuot is one of those designated times when God calls His people together into one assembly and it begins this evening at sunset the world over in Jewish homes and tomorrow morning in Synagogues. It is a commanded “appointment” they are to keep with Him perpetually in all their dwelling places throughout all their generations (Leviticus 23:21). Known as the “Feast of Weeks” after the first-harvest of wheat when they bring their best firstfruits of their land into the House of Adonai their God (Exodus 34:26). It is also the second of three pilgrimages where the men of Israel are called to appear before the Lord, Adonai, the God of Israel in Jerusalem (Exodus 34:23). We also find the Lord God called Shavuot the “Day of Firstfruits” or Yom Habikkurim in Hebrew, found in Numbers 28:26. We see the Lord God, Adonai; the God of Israel is specific and detailed with His people when giving His expectations for His set appointments.
Now we move forward to the time when Jesus walked the earth in the Holy Land of Israel. He instructed His Disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Promise of the Father, for Adonai would immerse them in his Ruach HaKodesh, His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). The Disciples then went to Jerusalem to an upstairs room where they were staying and waited. Then Shavuot arrived and there came suddenly a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house. They saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one and they were all filled with the Ruach Hakodesh, His Holy Spirit, and began to talk in different languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak. (Acts 2:1-4)
The Hebrew word for “weeks” is Shavuot and the Greek word for “weeks” is Pentecost. Today we can plainly see that the same God who gave the Torah is the same God Who sent His Holy Spirit, He is the Divine planner Who holds us in His Hands.
“For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai, ‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)