As you have probably guessed by now, I’m not Debbie, but since she’s taken a sabbatical, I will host Inside Israel where we will hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …
And, speaking of The Bread, the two challot (‘challa’ is the three twined braided shabat bread) that I am hoping to bring to our gathering tomorrow are rising on my stove. Our fellowship plans to gather together to worship The Lord and bring our own thanksgivings to Him.
Shavuot is actually the 50th day following Passover (which is why it is called Pentecost in English) during which time the grain harvest is ripening and taking place. We are told in scripture to ‘count the Omer’ (grains of wheat) for 7 weeks of 7 days (49 days) and there is a meditation for each day (again Leviticus 23) and when the time of the grain is full and the grain is full in it’s head, it is really a time to thank God for the new grain harvest – grain being the ‘staff of life’ – and the first fruits of the land as spring and the land is now literally covered with new life!
As the life of the next generation … the seeds… are already amazingly present in each generation…this is evident in all of His creation.
As I walk the several streets from the bus to my work in the morning I have been writing to you in my head. Here it is… May…and yet what strikes me most is that the fall fruits are already alive in their bursting buds! My head spins with this visual example of the ‘cycle of life’ that God has given; beautiful grape vines, clean from the rains, press their paths over gates and hedges and already there are evident miniscule clusters of what will become, Lord willing, lush grapes that won’t ripen until their fullness during the fall feasts of Sukkot. Dazzling my eyes are the florescent pink orange ‘horn’, the dramatic buds of the pomegranate which will signify the fall feasts as well. I see the fig leaves in full fan already being pulled downward by the heavy dates beginning to develop. As if a colorful ‘frame’ around this activity, the bright yellow lemons beg to be picked and the air is permeated…full of the fragrance of more flowers then I could take note of … more colors then my eyes can define… all of this and so much more God has given even to us now in our disobedience!
What awaits us in the fulfillment…! Overhead the swallows (as they are called in America) or swifts (as they are called in Europe) literally darken the morning sky as they feast of the little bugs. I watch them darting around at a speed that boggles my mind and wonder at how they navigate around one another and buildings. It is literally a display of nature that one need only to look up to see. I have had to laugh because as I wait at my bus stop (after getting off the train…) in the morning, it is on a crowded narrow street. The people crowd into the little ‘tachanat’ or ‘waiting station’ and sort of ‘tolerate’ the time. One day the swallows (swifts) were just THICK and I was enraptured looking up and watching them. I took a sudden look around and EVERYONE was gazing up instead of at the ground. That brought a prayer to me ‘Lord! Looking up may we see You! May we FIND You! Look, Lord! We are looking UP!’ He is truly so good!
And as truly as the life of the fall fruits are already growing so wonderfully in the bud as the spring harvest takes place, perhaps…dare I say… that this is true in the Spirit as well as the natural? As Shavuot was given through the hand of Moses…The Holy Spirit came on the self same day through Yeshua h’Meshiach…One God, one seed, one bud, one Fruit…In Him alone is life. Maybe THIS year? Even THIS day?
There is much more to share, but I think that in this letter I don’t want to mix the wonder of the seed of what He does and is doing with more words.
Lovingly, with blessing, your sis