This month of June offers us so much in spirituality. On the second weekend, we recognize both Shavuot and Pentecost. Moments in the Torah and the Bible, where God extends his holy spirit to the world.
According to many scholars, the Jewish holy day of Shavuot has a dual importance. It signifies the very important wheat harvest in Israel (Exodus 34:22), and it celebrates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel on Mount Sinai. It occurs 50 days after Passover. The Torah represents God’s Spirit externally blanketing Israel to allow His words to move internally.
The Christian holy day of Pentecost, is recognized fifty days after Easter Sunday. It honors the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, during the Jerusalem celebration of Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles, Acts 2:1–31. This time around, God choose to work from the interior of his people, to move His spirit to the external, to touch the lives of all people.
“…the LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
Though both celebrations are of equal importance, in the New Covenant, Pentecost is concerned with what is in our hearts. This is why God chose to place His Holy Spirit inside the committed disciples of Jesus Christ. He did this so that they could share the good news to all.
As women, we are up against so much. And, at times the chores, concerns, and circumstances of our days can strip us of the person God created us to be. This is why it is important to take time to simply talk with God. The empowerment we seek whether as boss, employee, business owner, daughter, wife, or friend is already written on our hearts. Let’s allow Jesus to guide us back to our Holy.
May June offer you precious and memorable moments with Our Father! And, may it be a joyous month for you.