Surviving plagues, Lamb’s blood keeping away death, seeing a sea parted and crossing on dry ground, bitter waters made sweet and being fed by miracle manna. Can it get any more memorable than this? The Hebrews had seen God do many things in a short amount of time, but now they are pressing towards their promise! God told Abraham that there was land for His descendants (Gen. 15:18-20); the promise was repeated to his son Issac (Gen. 26:1-6) and confirmed again to His grandson Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel and who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 28:10-15, 35:10-12).
The multitude in Egypt knew there was a promise, but they had been in bondage so long they had forgotten! How often do we forget the promises of God? How many times does God do amazing things for us, yet we still show a lack of faith? In the first month, at Passover, God delivered them; in the second month, He shook the dust off them and prepared them to receive a new way of life in the third month.
This is still God’s pattern for our lives to go from faith to faith and glory to glory in our walk with Him. In Exodus 19:10-11 LSB “Yahweh also said to Moses, “Go to the people and set them apart as holy today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments;11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day Yahweh will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”
As impressive as all the signs have been, nothing can compare to the smoke, lightning, thunder, and blast of the shofar that sounded when God descended upon the mountain to speak to Moses. Fast forward to Jesus telling His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Ghost empowers them. Acts chapter two says, “when the day of Pentecost has fully come they were all together in one accord and one place, and suddenly there was a sound like a mighty rushing wind and tongues like fire rested on their heads and they all began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Between Passover and Pentecost, there are fifty days known as the counting of the omer. It is a time of spiritual preparation. First, to receive the Word of God, and second, to receive the Spirit of God. Each year, we have an opportunity to receive fresh revelation and a fresh infilling of the Holy Ghost. have you ever wondered what the disciples were doing before the day of Pentecost has fully come? Jewish tradition dictates that they were studying Scripture and specifically looking at the book of Ruth. In the book of Ruth, a Gentile woman, Ruth, tells a Jewish woman, Naomi, your God will be my God, and your people will be my people.
Pentecost is a time of one new man, Jew, and Gentile coming together. Every ethnic group that received the Holy Ghost spoke in tongues. Peter said this was a sign of genuine faith on the part of the Pagan. Languages were divided at Babel, but the Spirit of God unifies them!
Take these next three days and press towards a fresh Pentecost in your life. Commit yourself afresh to the Word of God and ask for a renewed baptism of the Holy Ghost.