The Counting of the Omer: Day 12 “Preparing to Set Be Apart”
“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).
Day 12 Psalm 119:89-96
The Counting of the Omer covers a fifty-day period of time from the Feast of First Fruits until Shavuot (Pentecost). Beginning with the day of First Fruits, each subsequent day is counted for seven complete weeks, plus one day – fifty days. During the Counting of the Omer, we “count up” to the Feast of Shavuot (the 50th Day) with each day of counting, adding to the growing expectation of what Pentecost will bring. During the Counting of the Omer, each day 8 verses from Psalm 119 is read and meditated upon, causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God.
“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to count the omer: Tonight will be the 12th night of the Omer, which is One week, and 5 nights.”
ל (Lamed) (The twelfth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet)
89 Your word continues forever, Adonai, firmly fixed in heaven;
90 your faithfulness through all generations; you established the earth, and it stands.
91 Yes, it stands today, in keeping with your rulings; for all things are your servants.
92 If your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my distress.
93 I will never forget your precepts, for with them you have made me alive.
94 I am yours; save me because I seek your precepts.
95 The wicked hope to destroy me, but I focus on your instruction.
96 I see the limits of all perfection, but your mitzvah (commandments) has no bounds.
Omer Mediation Day 12
Today we study the Torah Parsha (Portion) around the world. Sh’mini | שמיני | “Eighth”
Torah: Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47
Prophets: 2 Samuel 6:1 – 7:17; Ezekiel 36:16-38
Brit Hadasha: Mark 9:1-13; Acts 5:1-11, 10:1-35; 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1; Galatians 2:11-16; 1 Peter 1:14-16
I pray that the Lord grant us all of the blessings of life, while we realize that the challenges of life lie in the everyday mundane behavior which we can, if we so desire, transform with purpose and holiness.
The eighth day is the day the priests were instructed to offer the various offerings after a seven day celebration. The celebration where the appointed feast days are concerned often extends to an eighth day. The eighth day is best explained by the concept similar to that of ‘The day after.” The description here sounds as though it is set apart from the week of festivities, while this is true, it is also a part of the festivities. The Torah reading will render various tasks conducted leading up to the eighth day, preparing offerings to present to the Lord by the priest. The instructions were given by God to Moses and executed by Aaron and the other priests. There was a casualty during the presentation from Nadav and Avihu (sons of Aaron) unfortunately these two priests offered what is identified as strange fire. The term strange fire is best explained as “doing what God has not instructed you to do.” This is clear and concisely what invoked the reaction of God to strike these two priests dead. The most important thing to remember throughout this reading is that our goal in all that we do is to keep God (Yahweh’s) name holy. It is also clear that moving, speaking and offering in a manner that has not been ordained by God is an offering of strange fire. When you are set apart for God’s use you are set apart for his use alone. Yeshua recognized his role here as he walked the earth. In John 8 :28 28 So Yeshua said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM [who I say I am], and that of myself I do nothing, but say only what the Father has taught me.” It is quite interesting that one of the most basic tenets of those who practice satanism is…‘Do as you will’
During the Counting of the Omer, we “count up” to the Feast of Shavuot (the 50th Day) with each day of counting, adding to our spiritual growth dissecting our inner man with Yahweh’s scalpel teaching us the Torah. We additionally count with a growing expectation of what Pentecost will bring. During the Counting of the Omer, each day 8 verses from Psalm 119 is read and meditated upon, causing us to review the condition of our hearts before God. We are called to be set apart, and the wonderful part about it all is that Yahweh will see to it that it happens according to Ezekiel 36:16-38.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.