Are we thankful for Pentecost?

God chose to pour out his Spirit at Pentecost which was a harvest festival where the Jews celebrated the firstfruits and looked forward to God’s greater provision.

Honest about my faith

cyo chaplain thanksIt’s Pentecost Sunday tomorrow but did you know that the Jewish festival of Pentecost (originally called Weeks) was a harvest festival?

What do you think that the significance is of the giving of the Holy Spirit taking place during a harvest festival?

The Bible says, ‘Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest’ (Exodus 34.22)

The festival of Weeks (later known as Pentecost) was a time when the harvest was celebrated but it was also acknowledged that there was so much more to come.

On the day of Pentecost, 2000 years ago Jesus’ followers were in a house in Jerusalem. Just over a week earlier, Jesus had ascended back into heaven but before he went, he had told them to wait until the Holy Spirit gave them power.

As the disciples gathered on that day, they would have been thinking of harvest and in particular of the firstfruits.

On that…

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister in Colchster in the UK who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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