The Voice of the Lord

The harvest is rich, but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37).

Shavu'ot (the Feast of Weeks) has many wonderful lessons. For the Jewish community, it is the annual celebration of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. To remind us of this event, we eat dairy foods because the Word of God is the milk of our spiritual lives. The Torah is the foundation of the whole Scripture, leading us into abundant and eternal life in the presence of our heavenly Father. Historically, we also know that Shavu'ot was the time of the wheat harvest in the Land of Israel. As this early grain was brought in, our people rejoiced in God's provision and were confident that there would be a good fall harvest (Leviticus 23:15-21).

As is the case with each of God's appointed times, there are historical lessons as well as spiritual applications to be found in this festival. It was during this time of year that Yeshua walked with some of his disciples through fields in the Galil (Galilee). The early grain was turning white, beckoning for harvest. What a picture of our people Israel! Despite the fact that some opposed Yeshua and his claims, there were many in Israel who were ripe for spiritual harvest. They were ready to welcome the Messiah into their lives upon hearing the good news. In fact, a great Jewish harvest is recorded in the Book of Acts during Shavu'ot (2:41).

If the early grain ripened to harvest, how much more will God's promise of a latter-day harvest come to pass! Yeshua called for workers in his day. What are we doing to help in the great harvest in our own day?

...say, "Hineyni (Here I am), Lord! Show me how I might be part of the harvest in the Jewish fields."


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