Monday, June 13, 2016

A Look At The Harvest Festival

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is Monday, June 13, in my corner of blog-land. From Sunset June 11, to sunset, June 12, the festival of Pentecost, also called Shavuot was observed in Israel and throughout the world by those who observe the festival calendar established in Leviticus chapter 23. Shavuot celebrates the harvest in Israel, and also celebrates the giving of G-d's instruction to the Exodus at Mount Sinai. Then, the collective committed in Word and intent to hear and do God's Word..

In about 33 to 36 CE, God in his kindness, began to "pour out of His Spirit on all flesh" giving the comforter to humanity known as the Ruach HaKodesh, Holy Spirit. Many came to, and still come to faith that day as well.

In the world today, masses of humanity reject the God of the Bible and choose to make themselves and humanity at large the end-point. The buck starts and stops with us. The problem becomes, Who will be in charge?

How do we just come together and live in a warm goo of love and acceptance and imagine a world with no fighting, no religion, no hassel, whatever!

I prefer to believe God is our higher power, transcends us. He said Remember Shabbat and keep it holy, don't steal, don't kill, don't commit adaultry." That's the practical part of love your neighbor as yourself.

Rabbi Russ Resnik of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations has a blog post titled:
Shavuot, Kindness, and the Kingdom To Come.

I close this post with a concluding thought from his post which discusses kindness expressed by humanity, expressed by Ruth in the Hebrew Scriptures, expressed by G-d toward each and all of us.
Note: In Hebrew, gemilut hasadim" is translated to mean kindness.

Rabbi Shimon says that the world is founded on gemilut hasadim. How striking that the line of David, which becomes the line of Messiah, is founded on gemilut hasadim as well! The Messianic kingdom depends ultimately, not on the sort of power and resources that the world depends on, but on the deliberate practice of kindness. “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Messiah died for the ungodly. . . .  God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us” (Rom 5:6, 8).

Kevod Yeheveh, His lovingkindness is forever!

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