Shabbat Bamidbar (Erev Shavuot) - You Will Receive Power
by Rabbi Yahnatan Lasko ~
Today is day 49 of the omer, the final day before Shavuot, zeman matan Toratenu—the season of the giving of our Torah. Messianic Jewish communities also commemorate the outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, among and upon Yeshua’s first disciples, on the Shavuot seven weeks after his resurrection. I open with an extended quote from one of my teachers, Rabbi Russ Resnik:
If we had been among the followers of Yeshua that year, we would have just come through a time of trauma and fear. A few days before Passover, we cheered for Yeshua as he entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. He was the king, humble and just, fulfilling the words of the prophet Zechariah. The crowds greeted him with waving palm branches, crying out “Hoshia na, Save us, O son of David.” And then, just a few days later, he was betrayed by one of us, arrested by the temple guard, condemned, and handed over to the Romans. We looked on from far off as they nailed him to a wooden torture stake and left him there to die...