April 04, 2018
Years ago, one of my dearest mentors (who is no longer on this plane of existence) introduced me to Hebrew customs by leading me to the study of the Hebrew alphabet. Through that I began studying various different things that I previously had no interest in because I thought they were a mute point.
If you believe as I used to that the customs in the Old Testament are null and void, then we have lost half of God’s character. The Old Testament is not a mute point. In fact, it is very much relevant. Jesus Christ did not have the New Testament during His time as a man on earth. In fact, I boldly state that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the laws in the Old Testament. He says so Himself.
Matthew 5:17-20 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
I strongly believe Jesus Christ IS The Law.
Another thing my departed mentor showed me was…
Revelation 15 – Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. 2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! 4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.” 5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
“They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb…” These two combined (“after these things”) opened the “tabernacle of the testimony in heaven”. What my mentor was telling/teaching me was that the Gentiles and the Jewish believers of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach-Jesus the Messiah-Jesus the Anointed One) must come together for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in these last days.
We all have our part to do by the obedience to and leading of Holy Spirit. One of those things is counting the Omer. Technically, today is day 4 of The Omer because it is counted at sunset/nightfall. That means tonight will be day 5 of the omer. I am still fairly new into the Hebraic customs and roots. All I can do is share the website I use that has helped me in past years.
For me personally, Pentecost is an amazing season. My encounter with the God-Head began with me “meeting” or experiencing Holy Spirit first. It may seem strange to you but that’s how it happened. It was years after I was water baptized. I didn’t experience the Lord Jesus Christ until Holy Spirit (not any person) began to teach me about Him.
Here is the website that helps (if you choose) with an introduction of counting the omers.
Leviticus 23 is another great start, specifically verses 15-22.
Alicia R. Shipe