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Counting of the Omar to Shavuot

As the counting of the Omer begins till Shavuot (Pentecost), it is a time to Exam Ourselves....YAHUSHUA told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the RUACH HA KODESH. During this waiting time, they were not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs, they were counting the Omer, examining their lives in preparation to receiving the gift of the RUACH HA KODESH on Shavuot that YAHUSHUA promised them would come.

John 13:16-17

16 And I will ask the FATHER , and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that SHE may remain with you forever-
17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because the world does not see HER or know and recognize HER. But you know and recognize HER, for SHE lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

Acts 1:1-11

1 1 Dear Theophilos: In the first book, I wrote about everything YAHUSHUA set out to do and teach,
2 until the day when, after giving instructions through the RUACH HA KODESH to the emissaries whom HE had chosen, HE was taken up into heaven.
3 After HIS death HE showed himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that HE was alive. During a period of forty days they saw HIM, and HE spoke with them about the Kingdom of GOD.
4 At one of these gatherings, HE instructed them not to leave Yerushalayim but to wait for "what the FATER promised, which you heard about from me.
5 For Yochanan (John) used to immerse people in water; but in a few days, you will be immersed in the "RUACH HA KODESH ”
6 When they were together, they asked him, "LORD, are YOU at this time going to restore self- rule to Israel?"
7 HE answered, "You don't need to know the dates or the times; the FATHER has kept these under HIS own authority.
8 But you will receive power when the RUACH HA KODESH comes upon you; you will be MY witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’judah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!”
9 After saying this, YAHUSHUA was taken up before their eyes; and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 As they were staring into the sky after HIM, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them.
11 The men said, "You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This YAHUSHUA, who has been taken away from you into heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw him go into heaven.

After the Children of Israel left Egypt, 49 days passed before they received the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Tradition teaches that each of these days was necessary for the Children of Israel to refine themselves and be worthy of this gift. On each day they examined and corrected another of their inner traits and qualities. There were 49 in all.

These forty nine traits were comprised of seven basic attributes. Each of the seven contained all of the other seven, thus comprising forty nine.

Jewish sources tell us that the soul of man includes these seven Basic Attributes:
  • Love/Kindness (Chessed)
  • Vigor/Discipline (Gevurah)
  • Beauty/Harmony/Compassion (Tiferet)
  • Victory/Endurance/Determination (Netzach) * Humility/Devotion (Hod)
  • Foundation/Bonding/Connection (Yesod)
  • Majesty/Dignity (Malchut)

As we fulfill the mitzvah of counting the days and weeks from Passover to Shavuot, each of the seven weeks is devoted to a different attribute -- one week for Kindness, another week for Discipline, another for Compassion, etc. On each of the seven days of the week we refine another of the seven aspects of the week's attribute.

For example, on the week devoted to kindness we will devote one day to refining that aspect of kindness that requires discipline and another day to refining that aspect of kindness that requires compassion, and so forth. During the week we are refining beauty, we spend one day refining that aspect of beauty that requires dignity and another day on that aspect of beauty that requires humility, until we have refined all seven aspects of beauty.

Ultimately, all character traits derive from combinations of these seven basic ones. Each quality continually interacts with the others, and in so doing has the capacity to modify its expression and effect. To be whole, a character trait must incorporate all seven; a lack or overabundance of even one of the seven renders it corrupt and, in some cases, damaging. Discipline, for example, can easily become cruelty with but a slight exaggeration.

The Virtures spoken about above are also found in the Brit HaDasha, these same virtues were spoken about in 1 Peter and Galatians and 1 Corinthians 13

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, self control. Nothing in the Torah stands against such things.
24 Moreover, those who belong to the Messiah YAHUSHUA have put their old nature to death on the stake, along with its passions and desires. 25 Since it is through the Spirit that we have Life, let it also be through the Spirit that we order our lives day by day.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

11 Peter 1:1-11

1 From: Shim'on Kefa, a slave and emissary of YAHUSHUA the Messiah To: Those who, through the righteousness of our God and of our Deliverer YAHUSHUA the Messiah, have been given the same kind of trust as ours:
2 May grace and shalom be yours in full measure, as you come to a full knowledge of God and YAHUSHUA our Lord. 3 God's power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness.
4 By these he has given us valuable and superlatively great promises, so that through them you might come to share in God's nature and escape the corruption which evil desires have brought into the world. 5 For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,
6 knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, 7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
8 For if you have these qualities in abundance, they keep you from being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord YAHUSHUA the Messiah. 9 Indeed, whoever lacks them is blind, so shortsighted that he forgets that his past sins have been washed away.
10 Therefore, brothers, try even harder to make your being called and chosen a certainty. For if you keep doing this, you will never stumble. 11 Thus you will be generously supplied with everything you need to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Deliverer, YAHUSHUA the Messiah.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. The RUACH HA KODESH /The HOLY SPIRIT Will only reside in clean holy vessels. This is the time where we need to exam ourselves and prepare ourselves to be filled or refilled by the RUACH HA KODESH .

Jer 18:2 -6

2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

When the talmidim were waiting for the promise of the father and preparing themselves to receive the RUACH HA KODESH , they were also preparing themselves to receive the Torah in their hearts, just as the children of Israel received the Torah at Mt. Sinai. They were preparing to become Temples of the RUACH HA KODESH and receiving the power of Messiah in their lives to be witness to the World of Messiahs love.

YAHUVEH , you are the potter I am the clay. Mold me into a vessel of honor for your kingdom and for your glory in YAHUSHUA’S name I pray. Amein

Pentecost is the day when Moses was given the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. If you want a greater anointing, then meet YAHUSHUA in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost!

Read the Book of Acts to get the total picture behind the meaning of Pentecost.