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The Feast of Pentecost - (First fruits or Weeks)


Feast of Harvest with the first fruits of crops

Month - Sivan,

Day 6


The festival was a Sabbath with the gathering of all Israel at the tabernacle, to express thanks to God for the harvest.


The priests urged the people to remember the needy as in all their pilgrim festivals. This festival was fifty days after the offering of the barley sheaf was waved. The sheaf becomes the two loaves, representing the church


Deuteronomy 16:9-12


1:          Count off seven days from the day you begin to harvest the wheat.

2;         Celebrate the feast of weeks by giving a freewill offering in

Proportion to the blessing of the Lord your God has given you.

3:         Rejoice before the Lord in a place He will choose as a dwelling for His Name. You and you sons, your daughters, the Levites, you men and maidservants, the foreigners, fatherless and widows among you.

4:         Remember your slavery in Egypt.


Two loaves of leavened bread were offered along with sacrifices of ten

animals for burnt offerings, a goat was offered for a sin offering and two-year-old male lambs for a peace offering.


This feast celebrated The Coming of The Holy Spirit as in Acts 2.


The two leavened loaves represent the Church, which is still under the

influence of evil while alive in this body of sin, leaven represents sin, which

spreads throughout. The separate stalks of barley bundled together as the

disciples were, become loaves into one mass representing the church.


The examples of evil within the Church:


1:          The church of deception, lies and approbation.  Acts 5:1-11

2:         The appeasing church. Galatians 2:11-14

3:         The self-directing church. Acts 1:12-26 & Acts 21

4:         The divided church. 1Corinthians 1:10-17

5:         The adulterous church.            1Corinthians 5:1-11, 6:12-20

6:         The murderous and hatful church. 1John 3:15 

7:         The religious church.  Colossians 2:16-19

8:         The gossiping church.  James 3:9-12

9:         The Arrogant and boastful church.  James 4:13-17

10:        The slandering church.  James 4:11-12

11:        The proud church.  1 Peter 5:5b

12:        The sensational church.  1 Corinthians 13:1-3

13:        The deceived church.  Galatians 1:6-10


The Church’s Spiritual Opportunity


The enriched and exemplar church

Ephesians 4:1-2

“As a prisoner for the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”


The humble church     

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, by casting all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you, and He will lift you up in due time.”


The loving church

John 15:9-17

“Love one another as I have loved you”


The giving church

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will read sparingly, whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should give what He has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a gracious giver.”


The fruitful church

Galatians 5:22-23

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control”


The forgiving church

Colossians 3:13

“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”


The compassionate church

Colossians 3:12

“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”



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