Friday, September 10, 2010

Feats of Weeks (Pentecost) 2010

The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was a feast we celebrated back in MAY this year! I had this post sitting in my drafts folder for so long and thought, 'I'll post it before the Feast of Trumpets' but um that has come and gone this week! So BEFORE i post about Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) I thought I would at least post this about how we celebrated Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) this year.

The Feast of Weeks is another of Yahweh's (God's) appointed times (which you can read about it Lev 23).

The first celebration of this was to remember the Torah (Torah is the Hebrew word that encompasses the instructions) God gave to His people at Mt Sinai.
I wrote a song about the 10 commandments + our mate Heiko played it to kick off the evening!

Here we are worshipping together...


We made this little headbands for everyone to wear. On one side it had a picture of the tablets of stone which symbolised the law that was given at Mt Sinai on the First Feast of Weeks. The other side had a picture of tongues of fire which symbolised the spirit that was poured out at Pentecost (which was actually a Feast of Weeks celebration!) We believe the two go hand in hand!

Before the meal, everyone sat down and made coloured in pinwheels while Brett read aloud from the Scriptures. We chose pinwheels since they kind of move with the wind and in the account of the Holy Spirit coming upon the believers in Acts, it as said that it came like a rushing wind (Acts 2:2)...


Lori with her decorated pin wheel...

Stass with hers...

Our meal of lamb + vegies...


Enjoying a time of celebration + fellowship over a yummy meal...
Two loaves of bread with leaven (Lev 23:17) representing Jew + Gentile who are both 'with' leaven (symbol of sin in the Bible) or perhaps they represent both the houses of Israel? (more on that another time!)...


During dinner, Brett read aloud the account of God giving the 10 commandments to His people. Each person had one of the commandments (which we'd made into a paper tablet) and as they were read, that person jumped up and pegged their commandment onto a red ribbon that we'd rigged up between a couple of chairs. We had talked about how Yeshua (Jesus) said to 'love Adonai (the Lord) your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. All of the commandments hang off these'. So the ribbon represents us loving Yah (God) with everything we have and loving our neighbour as ourselves. All of the commandments are hanging off these...



Eventually we had all 10 commandments hanging up...


We moved them into the loungeroom and Heik rigged them up so they wouldn't fall. We looked at them over the following week...

I read aloud a kid-friendly version of the account of Ruth. This was symbolic because in Leviticus 23, the people are commanded by God to consider the poor and stranger when they are in the field...

" 'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.' "
(Lev 23:22)

I love this account because Ruth, although a Gentile, decided to follow the God of her mother-in-law Naomi. She was faithful to Him and He was to her too. He took care of her needs. Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer (lev 25:47-49) obeyed this law in Leviticus by allowing her to glean at this Feast time in his fields. He is a picture of who Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) is to us Gentiles too!

We played a Feast of Weeks Quiz in the loungeroom after dinner in teams! The kids loved that :)

My men :)



Heiko + Lori baked this 'safe' cake and made the commandment numerals from marshmallows!
It was a lovely sweet treat after dinner :)


Lori + Heiko :)




Well, there it is finally!
These are such incredible times for our family. We are learning more about the history of God's people. We are learning more about why He sent Jesus to earth. We are learning more about how Jesus fulfilled so many prophecies. We are learning about times to come. Our kids are loving these family traditions. Our times are family friendly + creative. We have spills and messes still but we also have great depth of communion with the God of the universe!
And we know the best is still yet to come!
If you are interested in learning more about God's appointed times, then please feel free to ask any questions here. I don't have all the answers of course but it is something that we are really enjoying learning about as a family and I'd be happy to chat more about it if you are interested :)

I'll be posting our Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) recap soon.


Love Lus x

3 comments:

Karen L said...

Loved the glimpse into this special celebration. Love how you are setting traditions within your family that are honoring to the Lord God. Thanks for sharing Lusi.

Andi said...

I sooooo love the cake! Great job and by the looks of things a wonderful celebration!

lusi said...

Hi Karen!
Thanks for your lovely comment mate. I think of you often! Sending my BIGGEST love to you!

Andi, how I wish we could celebrate feasts together! Some day!
Love Lusi x

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