Biblical Times - Shavuot
During the first century period, the dating of Shavuot varied depending on whether the Sadduceean or Pharisaical tradition was followed. As followers of Rabbi Yeshua we need to investigate, and determine which practice is the most biblical. So let us turn to scripture to see if there are any indications of which pratice seams more prevalent in the Scriptures.
The first palce to start is in the examination of the most detailed description of Shavuot, which comes from Lev 23. The Lord Says:
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD”(Lev 23:10-17, KJV).
In this passage the Lord mentions when the children of Israel are brought into the land they are to ofter the firstfruit wave offering on the day after the Sabbath. The Lord then desires for them to count off seven Sabbaths and on the day after the fourty ninth Sabath they are to offer, another wave offering that contains leaven.
The feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) is the next holy feast after Passover and unleavened bread. Shavuot is an extremely important feast, in the life of the believer. Shavuot is when HaShem begins to show Israel what it means to be set apart. The next step in the Lords plan is to take this mixed multitude (Exodus 12:38), and form a single nation based on righteousness.