Today is Shavuot. I just finished reading the Torah!. (I started on May 13th!) While I am not Jewish I certainly have a love for the Jewish people! And I enjoy learning about their traditions; in many ways it helps me to better understand my own faith. We celebrate this Jewish Festival in a different way as Christians. To us it is known as Pentecost and it commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit! Shavuot is the festival that commemorates the giving of the Law or Torah (which is central to the life of a practicing Jew).
The Holy Spirit and the Torah! As a believer in Jesus I see these two coming together beautifully! The promise from Jeremiah 31:31-34 comes immediately to mind:
“Look, the days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I had married them”—the Lord’s declaration. “Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put My teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.”
I encourage you to commemorate this day by doing something special, something you don’t normally do in your walk: Read part of or the entire Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), Read Acts (see what happened when the Holy Spirit wrote the Torah on the first disciples’ hearts!), Read the book of Ruth (it is associated with Shavuot), pray for the people of Israel (the Peace of Jerusalem, may they recognize and receive), learn more about Shavuot.
May His Torah be written on your heart, through the Holy Spirit, both today and and every day from now on! Amen