A Shavuot (Pentecost) Outreach in Bnei Brak

Happy Shavuot
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Salvation For Israel Ministries

Celebrating Shavuot in Jerusalem at Sunrise.

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)

What kind of fear attacks you? Fear of the economy? Fear of sickness? Fear of death? Does fear paralyze you? By the Spirit of the Living God all your fear can be wiped out and you can harness the power to accomplish more than you could ever imagine! It is the work of the Spirit that transfers the teachings of the Bible directly into our heart. All we have to do is take the time to receive and act upon its directives. The story of Pentecost is the prime example of how the Holy Spirit can cause a believer to conquer any situation in life in order to change the world for God. Before we explore this further, let’s discover what happened at the very first Pentecost, at Mt. Sinai.

Stone Tablets at SinaiThis week marks the feast of Shavuot, otherwise known by its Greek name Pentecost (Pentecost means “fifty days”) In Leviticus 23 the Lord commands Israel to celebrate this feast fifty days after the time of Passover. Since Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai fifty days after they departed Egypt, the ancients teach that this feast marks the giving of the Law of Moses (the Torah).

This was a very eventful moment for Israel and as the Lord transmitted these holy commandments to the nation, “the people saw the voices and torches” (Exodus 20:18 literal). Jewish tradition teaches that when these Laws were given, the Lord split His voice into the seventy known languages of the world. This signified that Israel was to take the Laws of God and administer His ways to the nations of the earth.

However, it was also a time of great distress. As Moses was on the mountain receiving the commandments, the Israelites were committing a gave sin by worshiping a golden calf. When Moses came down he declared war on the idolatrous Israelites. Exodus 32:28 reads, “about three thousand men fell that day.”

Centuries later, Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth for forty days after His resurrection. During this time He instructed His followers to wait in Jerusalem for a few days after His ascent to the Father (Acts 1:4-5). These faithful believers were paralyzed with fear. They were isolated, persecuted, mocked, and outcast for their beliefs. Ten days later, on the very day of the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), the Holy Spirit desended. Much like the event at Mt. Sinai there was a roaring sound as tongues of fire fell on this band of believers. They came from every nation under heaven to celebrate Shavout and were speaking each others language with complete comprehension. Only this time, on this Shavuot, the Spirit of God was inscribing His Laws directly on their hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). Because of this fantastic event and Peter’s powerful sermon, the same number of Israelites that were destroyed at Mt. Sinai, were saved. Acts 2:41 reads, “about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

Dove and Fire imageThey had received life giving power from the Holy Spirit to set out from the land of Israel and go to the ends of the earth to make the God of Israel and His Messiah famous. In this day, the same Holy Spirit is empowering believers to return this great news of salvation to its native land.

Bnei Brak is the most orthodox city in Israel, we had experienced a lot of persecution during previous visits but, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we possessed the authority and courage to carry out the mission.

It’s a Jewish tradition to read Psalms 67 during Shavuot because it has seven verses that match the seven weeks leading up to this Holy Day. The Lord directed us to read this Psalm as we were encountering people on the streets. Verse 2 reads, “that your ways may be known on the earth, your salvation among all nations.” (NIV)

The Lord directed us to a certain Yeshiva teacher named Alfred. When we began reading the Psalm to Rabbi Alfred and inquiring of him as to the meaning, the rabbi became uncomfortable and said, “We get salvation because we are Jews, but this is not for the nations.” we explained that it appeared to us this verse is saying that the Lord desires all nations to have the knowledge of salvation. We also asked him how a Jewish person receives salvation. The rabbi replied, “By doing good works and keeping the Ten Commandments.” but we explained that it is impossible to keep the commandments to the standard God requires, which is perfection; and that is why he sent His Son to rescue us from the condemnation of breaking them.

“You sound like a Christian! Where does the Bible say God sent His Son?” the rabbi exclaimed. we turned to Psalms 2:7-8 which says, “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession.” (NIV)

Praise God! After this, the rabbi took our phone number and said he would like to meet again and bring another rabbi with him. Please pray for this future meeting. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of both of these rabbis so that they will see the true Messiah of Israel.  

Dear friends. We pray that everyone who receives this e-mail will be touched by the Spirit of God to overcome whatever obstacles that might be holding you back from fulfilling the purpose the Lord has created you.

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