– The Spirit is for the Harvest
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.
Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.
And on My menservants and on My maidservants will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
The Holy Spirit empowers us to reach both Jews and Gentiles.
PRAY FOR THE CHURCH TO USE ITS EMPOWERMENT TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL TO ISRAEL.