29 May 2017
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a God of celebration.
Exodus 6:3 “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My Name YHVH I was not known to them.” They had known Him as the God of miracles, but from now on they will know Him also as the faithful covenant keeping God.
He is a God of wonders. He is a God of love – covenant love!
He made it possible for all of us by grace, through faith and repenting hearts to know Him in a personal way. He is with us, every moment of our lives.
At Pentecost Yehovah God made Himself known to those who seek Him and whom He calls.
He becomes one with anyone who opens his/her heart to Him.
This is not a cheap relationship where you just serve Him to get what you want. No, the God of Israel is calling us for something much deeper and better.
He opens Himself, and is readily accessible to all who are willing to give their lives to Him and to enter into a blood covenant relationship with Him.
Think of Enoch; "Enoch walked with God". Every step of the way, right into heaven! A love relationship, where God called and Enoch answered and obeyed His voice. They had a covenant. This covenant makes it possible for us to be one with YHVH God - even though we are still on earth. Our spirits become one with Him.
YHVH God called Abraham and made a covenant with His friend (Gen 15).
During the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), the God of Israel – my God and your God – came down to visit His people.
First nationally in the Old Covenant, giving His Bride the marriage contract (ketubah) at Sinai, and then individually and personally in the Book of Acts in the New Covenant.
Yeshua betrothed Israel all over again by pouring out the Holy Spirit upon them. He came to reveal Himself to His people in power and glory.
Pentecost at its heart is an occasion for betrothal.
Hosea 2:19-20 I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and then you shall know the Lord.
Very early YHVH God showed Jacob a ladder. It was extending from heaven right down unto the earth. The God of Israel has never, ever hidden Himself from those who sincerely seek Him. Such people will always hear His voice. And as He speaks into your heart – you will act upon it.
God has been making Himself known to His covenant people for decades, and He still does. In our walk with God we will find that it is always filled with adventure, and always filled with love.
God communicates with us through His Spirit and His Word as we read the Bible.
He ministers to us – His covenant people – on a daily base; I want to say second by second base.
He is a personal God, and as much as you invite Him personal (covenant), He will share personal.
One of the names He is known by is – Emmanuel – God with us. It is in His Spirit of fellowship that He ordained special dates (Feasts) of the Hebrew calendar to celebrate with His covenant people.
First fruit celebration: Was a celebration marking the beginning of the early harvest, the first harvest of the year. The first fruit of the early harvest was harvested and presented before the Lord as a thanksgiving ‘wave offering’. (Lev 23;10,11) And we give our first fruits to thank Him.
Pentecost in the new covenant fulfillment is a life-giving flow. It is where Holy Spirit entered into our hearts and lives in us.
The prophet Joel spoke about this outpouring upon the nations (Joel 2:28).
It is a betrothal to Jesus Christ, and what a privilege – to become one in His Agape love.
The prospective Bride and Bridegroom commit themselves to each other. Yes Lord – I am willing to obey you and I commit myself to you.
They break bread together. The Bridegroom presents the cup to His future Bride. She makes a choice - and then she drinks the cup. She enters into a new Covenant with Him.
They exchange vows, and He looks at her, face to face. “I promise to come for you. Please be ready. Use this time to prepare yourself for Me. Because there will be a wedding Feast – the Marriage of the Lamb. You will not be alone. I will send you My Holy Spirit. He will comfort you, strengthen you. Through Him I will communicate My love to you. I will love you through the good and the bad. I will never leave you nor forsake you. You will be able to endure all that come your way – all through My Spirit.”
Let this Pentecostal experience be a betrothal – a new higher relationship along with a new commitment.
May this Pentecost be a transforming experience. Go through the doors into a new relationship.
Rom 12:1 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good, and acceptable, and the perfect will of God.”
Thank You Yeshua – Jesus Christ our Messiah!
How we love you.
Retah and family.