The Counting of the Omer Day 24: The Road to Transformation
“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 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
The 119th Psalm is a collection of twenty two poems each made up of eight verses starting with the same Hebrew letter in which it represents. Hebrew tradition says King David used the Psalm to teach his children the Hebrew alphabet. This Psalm is one of the ways we know the order of the letters in Ancient Hebrew to this day. The clear theme of the Psalm is David’s love and respect for YHWH and His TORAH. ”As we read this prayer filled Psalm we look at every occurrence that speaks of the commands or the law as instructions from G-d, intended to correct our aim toward maintaining a functional lifestyle. According to Jeremiah 31:33 G-d will write His laws upon the heart of man.
Day 24- Psalm 119:9-16
(Bet)“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 24th night of the Omer, which is Three weeks, and 3 nights.
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvoth.
11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, Adonai! Teach me your laws.
13 I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken.
14 I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.
16 I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.
Meditation Day 24: The Torah Prompts Action
This scriptural meditation comes around again as usual YHWH causes me to see there is an action prompted for any of the blessings received by YHWH our God. The commitment must come from us. The first stance in this set of eight there is a question asked, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” The question and the answer. When we guard our purity according to the word what can that look like for us?
If we consider what it looked like for Yeshua from our far fleeting perspective, looking through the words given to the prophet Isaiah we can see the pain in the life of a believer. In Isaiah’s description of Yeshua’s opposition we find our reflection in Yeshua’s burden. By aligning Isaiah 53: 3 with Psalm 119: 9-16 it answers the questions of the 9th verse, “How we can keep a man’s ways pure.” The answer is given in the meditation today, “By guarding it according to your word,” we need more of a ‘how to’ many times.
Situations arise constantly, but here is what we do when we are going through. This is genuinely guarding your heart with the word. If you have never had a picture of what it looks like from the scriptures here it is. See the following picture of Yeshua’s walk on this earth, which will reflect that of any true believer. Take note of how the Torah instructs you to take action to guard your heart by placing the omer count mediation today side by side with Isaiah 53:3.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
|Isaiah’s prophetic announcement of Yeshua’s burden||How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.|
|Though despised||I seek you with all my heart, don’t let me stray from your commandments.|
|Though rejected||I treasure your word in my heart, so I won’t sin against you.|
|Though they esteem me not||I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spokent|
|Though a man of sorrows||I rejoice in the way of your instructions more than in any kind of wealth.|
|Though acquainted with grief||I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.|
|Though they hide their faces from me.||I will find my delight in your regulations; I will not forget your word.|