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Category: Appointed Times

The Resurrection and the Days of the Omer

Tags:  counting, Pentecost, resurrection, shavuot

D. Thomas Lancaster

Remembering the Resurrected Yeshua

To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

The book of Acts says that the risen Yeshua appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days before His ascension. The forty days of the living Messiah among His disciples all fell within a period of time on the biblical calendar called the "counting of the Omer."

In the Torah, God commands us to count the days between the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the festival of Shavuot (Hebrew, literally meaning "weeks" but also translated in Greek as "Pentecost").

Beginning on the second day of the seven days of Unleavened Bread, we are to begin counting forty-nine days. The counting of the days is called the "counting of the Omer."
You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord. (Leviticus 23:16)

Counting the days of the Omer creates a countdown to Shavuot (Pentecost), traditionally considered as the time of the giving of the Torah and the time of the giving of the Holy Spirit.

The forty-nine days hearken back to the days of the journey from the crossing of the sea to Mount Sinai. It is a journey that begins with the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the symbol of our salvation in Yeshua), and it is completed at Pentecost (the symbol of our completion through the Spirit).

The Master's resurrection makes the counting of the Omer a season of special significance and joy for His disciples. It is a time to remember the resurrected Yeshua.

Adapted from Messiah Magazine #95. © 2012 First Fruits of Zion. All rights reserved. We encourage you to share this material with your friends for further personal study. However, this material may not be republished, in print, electronically, or any other form without our prior permission.