Pentecost, an annual Holy Day within God's calendar, brings an inspiring lesson for our lives.
[Steve Myers] All right. We're right between the time of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, God's festival season. And this is a time that the Bible tells us there's something very special in order to come to the time of the Passover. And in Leviticus 23:15 Leviticus 23:15And you shall count to you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
American King James Version×, it gives us this unique aspect of Pentecost, and how we find what day that we're to meet on as we worship and honor God. And it says, "You shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, seven Sabbath shall be completed." And then it says, "Count 50 days to the day after the seventh Sabbath, then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord."
So it's telling us how we get to the day of Pentecost, this special feast that God's design. And in order to celebrate on the proper day, you have to count. In fact, the word Pentecost means 50th. And so you count to the 50th day and that's the day you celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. And I think there's an important lesson there, because we know that these festival days, especially in Old Testament times, were arranged around the harvest seasons. And so this wave sheaf began the harvest season, that spring season. And that lasted all the way through Pentecost with the barley and then the wheat harvest. And so harvest is intricately connected to Pentecost. And so as you look here, we're counting the days, counting our days to the harvest as this harvest is collected. And so we find this idea of maturing crops so that they're prepared to be harvest.
And there's a spiritual connection there that I think is so critical for us. Are you counting? We need to count the days of our life, as we consider our life. Are we growing spiritually? Are we dedicated to serving God? No matter rain, sunshine, snow, whatever it is that's occurring in our life, are we continuing to grow spiritually as our harvest time continues? Because we know harvest only lasts for a certain amount of time.
And so I think we can connect this to a beautiful Psalm. In Psalms 90:12 Psalms 90:12So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
American King James Version×, it tells us something that I think is related to this idea of counting, and Pentecost. It says, "Teach us to number our days, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom." You see, all of us are only given a certain amount of time for life. And as God has called you and opened his mind...your mind to his truth we've got to choose to follow him. We have a limited amount of time, the harvest only lasted so long. We have to recognize that fact in our life. And don't let down. Don't let the discouragement, don't let the bad weather of your life take you out of the picture so that you're not ready for harvest. So be ready, count the days of your life and be ready not only for Pentecost but ultimately that great spiritual harvest.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.