Pentecost Part 1
Leviticus 23 describes the Sabbath together with seven feasts in the Old Testament, namely the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of First fruits, the Feast of Weeks (also known as ‘Harvest’), the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Christians do not observe or celebrate these feasts anymore, but it is wise to understand their significance. These feasts were actual events in the Old Testament with a spiritual fulfillment in the New Testament. The book of Colossians confirms that “These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ” (Colossians 2:16).
For example, the Passover Feast commemorates Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt; and the spiritual fulfillment thereof is that we are made free from the slavery of sin. In Christ we are safe. When we have Jesus in our lives, we have eternal life, and death passes over us – the feast is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:19).
The Feast of Weeks is fulfilled with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.
Pentecost is where the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and the power of God is made manifest in your life. When we are born again, we receive the seal of the Holy Spirit (He resides in us), and this marks us as God’s; we are His. As we learn about the feasts and their significance, our faith is stirred; and this, with the Holy Spirit, gives us confidence in what we believe.