The ‘Splainer: ‘Gifts’ of Pentecost and Shavuot

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A member of the Samaritan sect holds a Torah scroll during their traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Shavuot, atop Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus early on June 16, 2013.  Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman 
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A member of the Samaritan sect holds a Torah scroll during their traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Shavuot, atop Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus early on June 16, 2013. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BLECH-COLUMN, originally transmitted on May 21, 2015.

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(RNS) This weekend marks the Christian holy day of Pentecost and the Jewish holy day Shavuot. Both involve "gifts," but not the kind that come with bows. Let us 'Splain ...

  • Your articles are important in that they often show the common Holy days of Judaism and Christianity. It is amazing to me how so many fail to see these important similarities. The root of Christianity is Judaism. Paul, in the Spirit, writes “if the first piece of dough (the patriarchs) is holy, the lump (the Jewish people) is also; and if the root (the patriarchs) is holy, the branches (the Jewish people) are too.” Romans 11:16 The Holy Spirit is NOT saying that all Jews are righteous. He is saying that God will be true to the promises made to the Fathers. The only provision for any of us, Jews or Gentiles, is Jesus/Yeshua who is the Promised Messiah. His atonement is what allows for our sins to be forgiven so that we can have peace with God the Father. Judaism and Christianity are forever linked. God Bless Shalom

  • Colt

    Very informative and meaningful article on the day of Pentecost and Shavuot.

  • Susan

    Mark, not exactly. Jesus is not the promised Messiah. The Messiah is supposed to have brought about an age of universal peace. That has certainly not happened. There are numerous places in Jewish prayers where we say, We have no savior, but you,” by you we mean God, not Jesus.

    There is also a tradition of studying Torah all night long. In many cities Jews will gather to study Torah in various ways.

  • Dawnski

    Not exactly Susan. This is America, founded on Christian beliefs. You have the freedom as a citizen here to practice what you believe. I believe Jesus is my Lord and Savior, the Messiah, son of God. While I believe Gods judgment is on a fallen American and the second coming draws near I will also celebrate his Judasim this weekend in anticipation. Memorial Day, not so much. Peace. Shalom.

  • Susan

    Yes of course you are free to believe in Jesus. I just to object to people who express their respect for Judaism when what they want to do is convert Jews.

  • Deb

    Hey NO DATES were given as to when Jesus would bring Peace to us. The times were to be fulfilled where ALL who will come to know and accept Jesus as the Christ (the Anointed One) and THEN He comes to save HIS OWN. YOU Susan are not God therefore you do not know the hour or day. From the Word of God and simply Truth and common sense.

  • Deb

    PS PENTECOST is a Christian name and Shavuot is the Jewish name for the exact SAME day ! Its not after Easter ! Which is a mix of pagan and the Holy Roman Church aka Catholic Church. Research and get your facts straight before disseminating untruth. It is 50 days after the day of Passover. Jesus was crucified the afternoon leading up to Passover which began at sundown that day. Then count 24 of our hours to the next sundown which begins the NEXT day. THEN count 50 days which leads to Pentecost / Shavuot.

  • Cranmer

    Amen @Susan! So glad you pointed that out for @Dawnski.

  • Susan

    No, I don’t think I’m God, but I can read. There is nothing in what you would call the “Old Testament” about a Second Coming. Besides if Jesus is waiting for everyone to accept him as their savior, Jesus will be waiting forever.

  • Jessica

    I notice in you said five weeks after Passover, from everything I have read it is seven weeks. which by your own word make sense, seeing how there are 7 days in a week and 5 multiplied by 7 only equals 35, not 50, while 7 multiplied by 7 equal 49, much closer to 50.

  • Susan, Yes it is true. When Messiah returns He will bring about an age of peace. The prophets certainly speak of this. They also certainly speak of Messiah suffering and dying for our sins. Why do you accept the one concept and reject the other? Isaiah, Psalms, Zechariah…etc.all make this teaching very clear. You are following the traditions of men instead of the teachings of God. You need to follow God and His Word. You will be waiting a very long time if you are looking for another Messiah.