“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)
The Counting of the Omer remembers the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt and the bondage pressed upon God’s people there. The time after the Exodus there was a waiting, and contemplating period. The feast of Passover is celebrated recognizing the feast of Unleavened Bread and the first fruits of harvest. An omer is a representation of the harvest of the season, we count as we honor the time period up until when the TORAH (teaching and instructions) were given to us through Moses (Moshe) from God to the Israelites and ultimately each of us as believers. This waiting period aligns with the time mentioned in the New Testament in Acts. This is celebrated every year and it is the ordained season of spiritual blessing. We count for 49 days; 7 days time 7 weeks and on the 50th day we are blessed with the rain and harvest of God as a continued blessing for our remembering His mighty works. It is important that we recognize Gods commandments and principles during this season which is why our meditation will remain on Psalm 119. This Psalm is aimed at the blessing, knowledge, understanding and wisdom the TORAH (Pentetuech, Law) which means God’s teaching and instruction in Hebrew language.
King James Version (KJV)
2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.