Monday, December 8, 2014

+DEV+ Counting the Omer

Date: December 7, 2014 11:56 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

Scripture Focus: Deuteronomy 7:12-13; Psalm 67

From the beginning of the Feast of Firstfruits and the commandment to “…bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, and wave the sheaf before the LORD…” (Leviticus 23:10-11), Israel was told to "count seven full weeks" (Leviticus 23:15). On the 50th day after the beginning of the count, corresponding to the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the new wheat harvest would begin. 

During the counting of the Omer, Jewish tradition calls for a reading of Psalm 67, a psalm composed of exactly 49 Hebrew words which correspond to the 49 days of the Omer count. It has seven verses corresponding to the seven weeks of the Omer. 

The resurrection of Messiah Jesus makes the counting of the Omer a season of significance for His people. All of His post-resurrection appearances fell within the days of the Omer count. During those days, He appeared "to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers..." (1 Corinthians 15:5-6). We have a Savior we truly can count on!

Insight: Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

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