A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson

 
     
     


And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship… 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple… 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. — Acts 2:42–47

Today is Pentecost Sunday. The English word “Pentecost” is a translation of a Greek word pentekostos, which means “fifty or fiftieth.” It was not Christians who invented this name for our feast. They received it from Greek-speaking Jews who used this word to refer to a Jewish holy day, known as Shavuot in Hebrew. It originates from Leviticus 23:16, which instructs believers to count “fifty days” from the end of Passover to the beginning of the next holy day, the Shavuot.

Shavuot was the second most important feast in Israel’s yearly series of holy days. It was a harvest festival (Exod 23:16), and later also included a celebration to remember the giving of the law on Mount Sinai.

This day became especially significant for Christians. 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, who was crucified during the Jewish Passover feast, during the next Jewish holy day, Shavuot/Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Christ’s first followers. The Spirit enabled and empowered them for their mission and constituted them as the Church of Christ and they continued being followers of Christ and fellow believers.


Adapted from: http://andriesgraceandmercy.blogspot.com/2012/05/devotion-for-pentecost-part-1.html


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