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The whole camp was abuzz with preparations for the day G-d Would ascend on the mountain top. All the clothes were washed. Every tent was clean. Each little boy's face had been washed. Israel was ready to meet the G-d that had delivered them from Egypt and the slavery that had plagued them for generations.

They all remembered how fifty days earlier HaShem had delivered them from Egypt, redeeming them with the blood of the Passover Lamb. He escorted them across the parted Red Sea as they crossed on dry land. In the desert, as He led them to Mt. Sinai, He had provided every need—even giving them rest. Now, fifty days later, He would make them a nation.

As the morning dawned and the day had fully come, a heavy, thick cloud settled on the mountain. As lightning flashed and thunder pealed, Moses lead the Children of Israel to the foot of the holy mountain. Smoke poured from the top of the Mt. Sinai as G-d, Himself descended in a fire and Sinai shuddered as Yahveh, the Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth stood on its summit.

In one Accord, Israel stood, ready to hear G-d speak. Every man, woman and child shuttered with fear as the mountain quaked, pealed lightning and thunder, and poured out smoke. The sound of a shofar carried from the mountain, beginning loudly, but increasing in strenght and volume until it was deafening. G-d had come to meet with man.

Suddenly, silence. Not a person moved. Not a child cried. The animals hushed. The birds did not fly. The oceans were still. Yahveh spoke.

His voice thundered down the mountain and enveloped the people as He spoke. "I am Yahveh, Your G-d! I brought you out of the Land of Egypt from the house of slavery. Do not acknowledge anyone else's god in My presence."

One by one, He decreed laws, ten of them. Don't acknowledge any other gods. Worship only Yahveh. Don't have any graven image. Don't misuse Yahveh's Name. Keep Shabbos holy. Honor your mother and father. Don't murder. Don't steal. Don't give false testimony. Don't covet.

His plan was intimacy. Although He had called the mountain holy and commanded Israel not not even touch the mountain for two days, He said when they heard the shofar sound, they could ascend the mountain; they could approach the thick cloud where Hashem was. He wanted to make Israel a kingdom of priests, a holy antion. However, when He saw their fear, He told Moses to command the people not to approach, or they would die. Fear kept them from the presence of G-d!

Israel, though still a holy nation, though still commissioned to point the Nations to HaShem, missed G-d's best plan. While Moses, Aaron and Joshua responded in joy and were allowed to go up and meet with G-d, the nation was disallowed that privledge originally intended for them because they responded in fear rather than faith.

Twelve centuries later, on the very day the Torah was given, a small band of 120 talidim of Yeshua gathered. When the day had fully come to celebrate Shavuos. They decided to pray and thak G-d for the wonderful day, the wonderful gift of His Word, and for the Living Word—Yeshua HaMoshiach. All remembered fifty days ago when Messiah delivered them from sin, redeeming them from His own blood on Passover. In one accord, they bowed before HaShem and worshipped. Now, fifty days later, He would make them a Body.

On the mountain HaShem had chosen to bear His Name, a might wind began top blow. The whole house was filled with the rushing sound as fire appeared, divided, and stood above each of the talmidim. The Ruach HaKodesh fell on them and they spoke in tongues, languages they had not learned as the Ruach gave them utterance. So powerful was the presence of the Ruach HaKodesh on the lives of these men and women, witness thought they were drunk.

A man who fifty days earlier had denied three times that he even knew Yeshua now boldly preached to a multitude about Messiah and His awesome work. Three thousand people believed in Yeshua. The mountain quaked with the presence of G-d!

This humble band of believers was brought into the presence of G-d. The same presence that shook the mountain and terrified their ancestors, filled each of them and they bolded approached G-d. Why? They responded in faith. These Jews who had recieved Israel's Messiah fulled most literally G-d's desire to make the common person a priest—someone who would not just point to HaShem, not just tell about Him, but lead people to Him and personally make the intoduction. Filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, they dwelt in the very throne room of Melach HaOlam (the King of the Universe) with the commission and supernatural power to be witnesses for Him. The Words of Yeshua in Mark 16:17, 18 were literally fulfilled:

And these signs shall follow those who do trust: in My Name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues, not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.

Filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, these people turned Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, even the remotest parts of the earth upside down by healing the sick, preaching Yeshua, defying evil men, and spreading the Good News of G-d's Redemption to Jew and Gentile alike.

This is what Shavuos (Pentecost) is about. It is about being a light in the darkness. It is about being a beacon in the storm. It is about leading every man, woman and child who will be led to Messiah, Who declared His love for us by dying for us. Yahveh has come down to meet with—no, to live in man.

Baruch HaShem



Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"—John 8:12



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