Counting the Omer: Seven Weeks of Spiritual Examination & Purification
According to the Biblical calendar, the Elohim of Israel set aside two appointed times a year where His people are to examine and purify themselves- during the Biblical Spring Feasts and during the Biblical Fall Feasts. During Passover and Unleavened Bread, removing the leaven is symbolic of removing sin from our lives...but it doesn't stop there.
Leviticus 23:15-16 "From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to יהוה."
The Israelites were commanded to count seven Sabbaths (49 days-7 weeks) from the First Fruits wave offering to the celebration of Shavuot (the wheat harvest) on the 50th day. The seven week period is a remembrance of the Israelite's 49 day journey through the wilderness after leaving Egypt until they received the Commandments (marriage covenant) at Mt. Sinai on the 50th day. Have you ever wondered why the commandments weren't given to the Israelites right away? Perhaps a time of preparation was needed.
In the Brit haDasha (New Testament), we find the same pattern once again. After First Fruits, during the counting of the Omer, the resurrected Messiah appeared to His disciples and instructed them. He then ascended and took His place at the right hand of the Father. Before he ascended, He told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until the Ruach haKodesh comes upon them. The disciples went into the upper room and continued in one accord in prayer and supplication and waited. And the Ruach came on Shavuot (Pentecost- "the 50th day")- the same appointed time that the Commandments were given on Sinai.
For many Torah followers, the counting of the Omer has now become a time of personal spiritual reflection and purification in preparation for the end-time "wheat" harvest. And the preparation of the Bride for the Bridegroom.
May our Counting of the Omer be a time of searching within ourselves and a time of asking יהוה to purify and prepare us for the coming harvest.
I hope you are blessed by the new song "Search Me Yah" which is an introspective song focusing on repentance and teshuvah. Co-written with my sweet sister in the faith, Ginger MarieYah. Available as a free download at www.reverbnation.com/miyahmusic video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6PcIYmHX28
Coming Out of Egypt
"But as for you, YHWH took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of His inheritance, as you now are." Deuteronomy 4:20
Egypt (Mitzrayim) is mentioned over 600 times in the Scriptures and in 29 of the 66 Books. We are continually reminded by YHWH: " I AM the Elohim who brought you out of the land of Egypt." One of the most memorable stories in Scripture that is centered in Egypt is the Exodus. As Passover (Pesach) approaches and our thoughts turn to the upcoming Biblical Spring Feasts, we look for the deeper spiritual lessons in the story of the Exodus. We are commanded to teach our children the story of the Exodus and to observe the Feast of Passover from generation to generation- as a Memorial- as an ordinance forever.(Exodus 12:14) And there's a good reason for this. By reading it every year, with the help of the Ruach (Spirit), we begin to pick up on life lessons that can open up our spiritual eyes...leading to wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. As a child growing up, I never had the blessing of celebrating the Passover. My first experience came through Hollywood with the movie "The Ten Commandments". Even with all it's storyline flaws, I had the honor of being introduced to the Great I AM; the story of Moses and the burning bush; and the "Let My People Go!" deliverance of the Children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt. My heart was moved from that moment forth. Unfortunately, I wasn't introduced to the Biblical Passover until years later when I attended a "Messianic" seder. And, understanding the first Passover gives much more understanding to the "New Testament" Passover. Keeping the Passover was one of the first things I did on my "Coming out of Egypt" (False Religion- World System- Spiritual Darkness) journey and it is a common occurrence for many. Just as the children of Israel kept the Passover before exiting Egypt - the first step on their journey to the wilderness (a place of learning, purifying, and refinement) and the gateway to Zion. As the descendants of Abraham left Egypt, they were probably expecting something a little more comfortable than the hardships of a wilderness experience. Many of us, too, may have come into the faith with the hope that life would miraculously be "easier" now that we serve YHWH . After all, we hear this teaching preached throughout the Christian broadcast system. But if we look at the servants of Yah in Scripture, we see evidence that most lived a very trying life... just like those Israelites in the wilderness. After all, there is no oil if olives aren't squeezed; no wine if grapes aren't pressed; and no perfume if flowers aren't crushed. This is dying to self to become a new creation. Sometimes it may be our fleshly tendency to respond to the pain of this wilderness"dying to self" experience with similar words or thoughts of the early Israelites, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” (Numbers 21:5) However, as servants of the Most High Elohim, we have been brought out of "Egypt" and into the "wilderness" to eat of His bread (Word); to quench our thirst with His water; and to learn to trust in Him for our provisions. We must allow Him to lead us through the wilderness, as He did the Israelites by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. We must learn not to desire the "food" from our past Egyptian experience, but rather learn to embrace the valuable lessons of our experience of the wilderness... the place of the Covenant (Sinai), and the Gateway to Zion.
Song: Meet Me at Mt. Sinai (Come Out of Egypt) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzoqdbldcqA
Scheduling Time Behind the Veil In today's fast-paced world where most of us are off and running from the time our feet hit the floor, it is sometimes difficult to slow down long enough to spend quality time with our Creator on a daily basis. In the business arena, and in life, to accomplish our goals we schedule time for our most important priorities. If we were to leave things up to chance, it is doubtful much would be accomplished. The Scriptures say that if we seek first the Kingdom of Yah and His righteousness, then all these things will be added unto us (Mt. 6:33). Many of us pray a little here and there throughout the day when a need comes to mind; but do we really spend time in fellowship, alone with our Heavenly Father daily? Do we give Him our best? You may say you don't have time, but if you will schedule your day around your "Behind the Veil" time; the Father will be with you to make sure your other daily duties are achieved. Spending time "behind the veil" is a great way to start your day- so schedule it in your life and don't leave it up to chance. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
~ Get up a little earlier and give the first part of your day to Abba.
~Create a space in your home where you can go "behind the veil" in worship and prayer.
~Set up a music player and headphones with a playlist of music that helps you enter "behind the veil" in worship.
~Spend time building yourself up in "The Word" being reminded of His promises to you and His love for you.
~Make a daily prayer list with the needs of your family and friends. Petition the Father during your "behind the veil" time.
~ And remember, forgive others before entering "behind the veil". (Mt. 5:24, 6:15)
Shalom! May Abba greatly bless you!
Song: Behind the Veil by miYah
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