The Counting of the Omer Day 20: The Road to Transformation
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.
“‘From the day after the day of rest — that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving — you are to count seven full weeks, until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to Adonai. (Leviticus 23: 15-16 CJB)
“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 20th night of the Omer, which is Two weeks, and 6 nights.”
Day 20- Psalm 119:153-160
Resh) (the 20th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet)
153 Look at my distress, and rescue me, for I do not forget your Torah.
154 Plead my cause, and redeem me; in keeping with your promise, revive me.
155 Salvation is far away from the wicked, because they don’t seek your laws.
156 Great is your compassion, Adonai; in keeping with your rulings, revive me.
157 Although my persecutors and foes are many, I have not turned away from your instruction.
158 I look at traitors with disgust, because they don’t keep your word.
159 See how I love your precepts, Adonai; in keeping with your grace, revive me
160 The main thing about your word is that it’s true; and all your just rulings last forever.
Day 20 Meditation
The final verse of the eight today sums up the whole of the significance of counting of the omer. The counting of the omer served as the substance of a daily offering. The practice of a specific offering while waiting for the promise of God on Shavuot/Pentecost (Torah & Holy Spirit), is a reflection of the trust and love one has for God. When the characteristics of faithfulness and love are depended upon in a person an expectation of a higher standard is implied. Combining the act of sacrifice and meditation upon God’s greatness during the counting of the omer develops a force to be reckoned with in the heart, mind and soul of a believer.
The track record of who we wait upon regulates the assurance and anticipation that builds with each day. YHWH is the one upon whom we are waiting. The appreciation of YHWH our God’s grace and faithfulness despite our shortcomings is always the issue. Throughout the verses today we see David is consistent in understanding that God keeps us by the promises, rulings and grace in the Torah. Although, we have the Torah and Holy Spirit these are the tools of YHWH’s intended purpose of greatness appearing in us. When we look at our children and grand children we think, “My how fast they are growing year by year.” The annual counting of the omer , keeping the Sabbath and honoring God’s moedim (appointed times) are the practice toward the perfection (maturity) in each of us, ultimately creating a space where God can dwell richly.
The expectation of growth and blessing in keeping with His promise, rulings and grace is the continuity of His presence in our daily lives. The term ‘sin‘ in Hebrew means to miss the mark. There is an aim and purpose for our existence, but when we fall short or ‘miss the mark,’ we suffer in our daily lives. The faithfulness of YHWH is proven time and time again. Once we come to the conclusion that we are not keeping the Torah, but the Torah and YHWH is definitely keeping us we begin to hit the mark. The marks are set by YHWH our God and we honor Him in our lifestyle accordingly (Sabbath, Holy Feast Days and appointed times); then we are able to keep the main thing-the main thing-TRUTH.
This truth brings supernatural order to our inward man, despite the opposition and confusion going forth in this world. When we read the verses on Day 20 it appears to be the juxtaposed expression of ‘we live in the world but are not of the world.’ We witness the enticing frustration of the evil surrounding us as we strive to keep our eyes on God’s teachings and instructions. The exposure to negative actions, culture, expressions, words, and dispositions causes us to cry out for YHWH to revive us, translating into Him keeping us in the midst of it all. YHWH our God’s characteristics never change. His love and faithfulness is repeatedly expressed accordingly as He instructs us to honor His holiness in our lives. Once we concur to His will His love and faithfulness shines brighter and brighter at every turn. The light yoke of YHWH is the most peaceful and powerful challenge we will ever experience, but this is only true when we ‘keep the main thing, the main thing -TRUTH.” The Torah is the TRUTH.
Loving you enough to share the truth,