What is Shavuot?

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on June 17th, 2014

What Is Shavuot?


The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) marks the end of the Spring Feasts. It is the climax of the Israelites’ story of redemption, which started with Passover. God saved and delivered His people by the blood of the Passover Lamb and then brought them to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.

It was at this time that YHVH (the God of Israel) betrothed His people. Wedding vows were given there in the presence of YHVH (when the people spoke as one, saying “all that YHVH has spoken, we will do” – Exodus 19:8) and the marriage contract, or ketubah, was written down in the form of the Torah. When God’s people walk according to Torah, we as the bride are choosing to follow our wedding vows. We are saying “I do” to our Bridegroom all over again!

Furthermore, as with all the Spring Feasts, Yeshua prophetically fulfilled this Feast by giving the Holy Spirit to His disciples on this very day (Acts 2). Shavuot, therefore, celebrates true, biblical worship. It was on this day that God gave both the Truth of His Word (Torah) and His Spirit, thus enabling His people to worship in both Spirit and Truth: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).


Don’t Miss our upcoming Shabbat Service June 7th,2014 at 5PM when you actually witness the Vows of the bride being lived out when we do our congregational Betrothal Service for my daughter Sarah and on  this Shavuot!

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez



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