Hope in the Waiting: Lessons from Pentecost for Today’s Crisis

Waiting with anticipation - Counting the Omer - Pod for Israel ...

Just as God provided a time of waiting between the Feast of First Fruits and Pentecost, so we find ourselves in a parallel time of waiting during the current COVID-19 crisis. The Jewish feasts serve as a wonderful “road map” of God’s plan for His people. But those feasts are simply a shadow of the substance, which is Jesus’ fulfillment of those feasts.

Just weeks ago (April 7-12, 2020) Jews commemorated the first three of seven major feasts: Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Feast of First Fruit. Now they await Pentecost, which Jews recognize as the time God gave the law (Torah) to Moses. The waiting time is one of anticipation. This year, Pentecost falls on May 31, exactly 50 days from the Feast of First Fruits. (“Pente-” is 50, thus Pentecost.)

In a parallel timeline, we are in a waiting period of sorts as well. We’re waiting on things to get back to normal! Of course, our current season of time may run well past Pentecost. However, are there lessons to be learned during this waiting time? I think so!

Dr Erez Soref from One for Israel provides a Messianic Jewish perspective in this 10-minute interview. Enjoy!

Waiting with Anticipation

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