The Spiritual Significance of Shavuot


Feast:  Pentecost
Biblically Accurate or Hebrew Name:  Shavuot (pronounced shah-voo-OAT)        
Biblical Significance:  Shavuot comes at the time of the grain harvest.  Hence, it is a harvest festival,
wherein we offer to God the prepared fruits of our harvests, in the form of 2 loaves of bread made from
grains from the harvest (Leviticus 23:15-21).  On the first Shavuot, God revealed His glory and gave
the Torah to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai in the desert (Exodus chapters 19-20).  Thousands of
years later, the Holy Spirit fell upon believers gathered together in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, as
they waited for the gift that was promised (Acts chapters 1-2).  
Spiritual Relevance:  Shavuot comes 50 days after Firstfruits.  During those 50 days, God’s people
prepare for the harvest, spiritually and naturally.  Spiritually, it is a time to reflect on oneself and repent
before God.  Then, on the day of Shavuot, God’s people present ourselves for that which He will give
us, so that we may bring a harvest of souls into His Kingdom.  In Exodus 19:5-6, God said that Israel
would be a kingdom of priests, thereby bringing Gentile nations to Him as their harvest.  In Acts 2:41,
3,000 believers from all over the world were added to God’s Kingdom after He poured out the Holy
Spirit.  In these last days, God wants to remind us of the Torah and give us His ministry of
reconciliation to save the land from a curse (Malachi 4:4-6).  We are preparing for the end-time harvest
of souls, so that we may present them to Yeshua at the time of His imminent return.
Observance Suggestion:  During the 49 days that precede Shavuot, we should present ourselves to
God daily for reflection and repentance.  On Shavuot, a sacred assembly with other believers is
required.  A sin offering and burnt offerings for deliverance are also required, with their grain and drink
offerings (communion).  The sin offering is Yeshua (Jesus), as He atones for all sins.  We should apply
the Blood of Messiah, through prayer, to every sin area in our lives (known and unknown, to include
generational curses).  Additionally, God asks for 2 loaves of bread that are traditionally bound by a red
cord.  These represent a harvest of Jews and Gentiles into God’s Kingdom, one in Messiah so that He
can dwell in us by His Spirit (Ephesians 2:14-22).  Hence, our services on Shavuot should be
comprised of thanksgiving to God for all of His provisions, prayers lifted to God for deliverance and for
Jews and Gentiles to be one in Messiah.  God’s people should also be prepared for God to release an
anointing and revelation for reaching His harvest fields.  Additionally, this is one of the feasts at which
God requires a special offering called the “Shelamim” that demonstrates how much He has blessed us
throughout the year (Deut. 16:16).  Hence, this special offering should be prepared for prior to and
collected on Shavuot.  
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