Shavuot – What’s Your Connection?
Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, comes with many traditions. For example, tradition tells us:
- that on this holiday, God gave the Torah to Israel, amid thunder and lightning
- that God first offered the Torah to all the other nations of the world in their own language—but only Israel was willing to accept it
- that King David was born and died on this day
Some two thousand years ago, large crowds of Jewish people gathered in Jerusalem on Shavuot, as they did every year.
One year, things were different.
One year, a group of Jewish followers of Yeshua (Jesus) were in Jerusalem with their fellow Jews.
That year, a sound like a violent, rushing wind filled their house and flames appeared over them.
That year, these followers of Yeshua began speaking in public. That year, the Jewish crowds from different countries heard them speaking, each in their own language.
That year, there was a noise like the thunder at Sinai. And flames like Sinai’s lightning. And a message heard in many different languages.
That year, some may have thought — another Sinai!?
That year, Jesus’ follower Peter told the crowd that King David was dead and buried — but his descendant Jesus had risen from the dead.
That year, some may have thought — today is the birthday of David, and also the day that he died. Maybe we should hear more about David’s descendant, Jesus.
For some that year, there was a connection made. A thought triggered. A question raised.
Could God be speaking to our people again as he spoke when Moses ascended Sinai? Could one person’s speech be heard in a multitude of languages? Could there really be someone descended from King David who not only died, but rose from the dead?
Our question to you, especially if you are not a believer in Jesus:
This Shavuot, what would help you to connect your Jewishness with Jesus?
Let us know in the comment box below. Happy Shavuot!
Scholar in Residence, Missionary
Rich has been on staff since 1978. He has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He is now at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the senior researcher. He is author of the books Christ in the Sabbath and The Day Jesus Did Tikkun Olam: Jewish Values and the New Testament, and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.