Today she is back in the land, and once again faced with the challenges of taking and keeping it. Shavuot reminds us that God is faithful and His promises to Israel regarding the land will never fail.
Despite God’s unique relationship with Israel, His goal was to create a single Kingdom community consisting of both Jews and Gentiles. God required both Jews and Gentiles to enter into the Kingdom in the same way – by grace through faith in Yeshua.
Today many have lost the original context of the holiday. Shavuot is the celebration of the harvest of wheat. Wheat in the Bible is often used as a symbol of evangelism. Peter’s use of Joel’s prophecy makes the connection between the Holy Spirit and the salvation of Israel.
Yeshua knew the disciples would feel like orphans when He died and was buried. Rather than reiterate the promise of His resurrection, He promised them the Holy Spirit to comfort them.
Jewish tradition says God gave Israel the Law on Shavuot but there is no biblical proof for this most important event in Israel’s history. Religious Jews stay up all night reading the Torah so that they will be ready to welcome the Torah at sunrise the next day!
The New Covenant was initiated with the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua. But it became fully efficacious by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God described the New Covenant through several of the Hebrew prophets.