Hebrew Names of G-d – El Elyon

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What does El Elyon Mean?

El Elyon is often translated as “the Most High God or Exalted One”. The word “Elyon” itself comes from a root word that means “to ascend”. It emphasizes that G-d is the highest in every realm of life; and expresses the truth the L-rd is the Resurrected One who overcame all the powers of hell and utterly vanquished death’s power. Therefore, Elyon is a name for the L-rd our G-d Yeshua (Jesus Christ).

El Elyon first appears in the book of Genesis regarding the timeless king and priest of Zion, Melchizedek King of Salem, who served bread and wine to our patriarch Abraham. (Genesis 14:17-20) This is a foreshowing of the sacraments later used to remember our redemption. (1 Corinthians 10:23-25) Melchizedek is a theophany or revelation of the Jesus Christ before He emptied himself and made his descent to this world. (Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 7:3)

Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High. He is our great King of Kings and High Priest of the New Covenant, which restores the kingship and priesthood back to G-d Himself. (Hebrews 7:12). The Holy Spirit is the power of the Most High. All who belong to Jesus Christ are sons and daughters of the Most High, the creator and sustainer of the universe. When we praise the Most High we are worshipping the One whose power, mercy and sovereignty cannot be matched.

The sages say that Moses wrote Psalm 91 as he dwelt in the secret place of the Most High G-d, in the “midst of the dark cloud” (Exodus 24:18), a place of sacred and holy concealment. One who abides in the secret of El Elyon dwells in an ascended place of rest. In other words, we are lifted above the madness of this fallen world. The Hebrew word means lodge or to sleep connecting it to death and resurrection. By dwelling in the death and resurrection of Jesus, G-d shields you with His presence.

G-d hides himself in the world (Isaiah 45:15), but dwells with the lowly and broken hearted (Isaiah 57:15). Therefore, we must humbly seek Him to enter into His Holy place. He is high above. He is our El Shaddi (sustainer, provider, refuge, and home). Let us cower beneath him for comfort and safety. (Psalm 91:4) When we abide in the truth that G-d’s presence provides all things at all times, we become set apart, a peculiar people. (1 Peter 2:9)

There is a door that leads to the realm of the Divine Presence of El Elyon. This door is john109.jpgJesus Christ and the door knob is prayer. At any given moment of the day, regardless of our circumstances, we can “boldly go before the Throne of Grace.” (Hebrews 4:16) The world does not understand this heavenly, perfect realm, as it has been deceived by the Adversary. Jesus tells us that we have been given the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they [the world] have not. (Matthew 13:11) We have been told that we should “enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you…” (Isaiah 26:20) Therefore, when we enter His presence through prayer – in the secret parts of our heart “our prayer closet” – we appeal to His Hidden Presence to be manifest in the midst of our circumstance.

We are secure as children of El Elyon because of Jesus. He bore our sins and willingly took our punishment upon the cross. He shed His blood for us. He conquered the principalities of darkness and ascended to Heaven. He is the way to the truth that sets us free. It is because of Him that we have access to El Elyon.

This is our promise in Scripture that no matter what problems you face, G-d is higher than it. No difficulty or problem is beyond His reach. We can take refuge in El Elyon daily by praying, repenting, obeying and believing. If we practice these habits we will always stay close to him and know the rest and peace that comes from living in the shadow of the G-d for whom NOTHING is impossible.

Suggested Scripture Readings:

  • Genesis 14 – Abraham Rescues Lot and is Blessed by Melchizedekbible.jpg
  • Daniel 3:8-30 – The Fiery Furnace
  • Daniel 4:28-37 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation and Restoration
  • Psalm 57 – Let Your Glory Be Over All the Earth
  • Isaiah 2:6-10 – The Day of the L-rd
  • Isaiah 55:8-9 – The Compassion of the L-rd
  • Psalm 7 – In You Do I Take Refuge
  • Psalm 91 – My Refuge and My Fortress
  • Psalm 92:1-3 – How Great are Your Works
  • Psalm 97 – The L-rd Reigns
  • Psalm 107 – Let the Redeemed of the L-rd Say So
  • Luke 6:20-23 – The Beatitudes
  • Luke 6:27-36 – Love Your Enemies
  • Acts 1:1-11 – The Promise of the Holy Spirit
  • Hebrews 1 – The Supremacy of G-d’s Son

Let’s Pray to El Elyon…

El Elyon, you are the Most High. You are the creator and sustainer of the universe who rules over all. You, through your mercy, chose Israel through whom You would bless the entire world.

El Elyon, I will not fear the things that come my way because I know that you shield your children from recompense through the shed blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. He conquered the principalities of darkness and ascended to Heaven. He is the way to the truth that sets us free. I thank you for Him because now we have access to you.

El Elyon, thank you for your Holy Word, the Scriptures. It is the means by which we come to know you as our Abba, our Father, and learned of your love for us.

El Elyon, shelter me in your shadow. Protect me from the evils of the world. Be my refuge and my fortress. You are the one in whom I trust securely. Draw me closer to you each day by deepening my faith.

El Elyon, I know that no matter what problems we face that there is no difficulty or problem that is beyond your reach. Thank you for hearing the pleas of your children.

El Elyon, I thank you that you are like the heavens and are higher than the earth for your ways are higher than mine. Allow my life to reflect your love for all people. Allow me to be your hands and feet here on earth.

El Elyon, grant me the wisdom and strength to train the children in Your Ways. Allow us to teach the next generation to be upright, steadfast in faith, and bold for You.

It is in your Son’s Name, Jesus Christ that I pray. Amen.

I hope this was a blessing to you,

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Sources: Hebrew4Christians, Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler, My Redeemer Lives

 

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Planning for the 2018-2019 Homeschool Year

Here we go again, embarking on a summer planning for the 2018-2019 homeschool year. After each school year, my husband and I sit down and over coffee discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what changes we need to make.

What worked last year… A year round homeschooling schedule fits well with our family. We were able to schedule multiple breaks for observance of Biblical Holidays, and three weeks for Summer break.  The bonus was that the kiddos loved the structure.

What didn’t work… We both felt that last school year we had lost our focus on why we started homeschooling. We started homeschooling because it was our desire for our children to be like the great warriors of our faith whose faith defined and separated them from others because they knew to whom they belonged and whose blood redeemed them. We want Christ as the cornerstone upon which we will build our plans for next year’s homeschool program.

Therefore, we want to focus our time on developing our children as warriors for Christ. We have chosen Zechariah 10:5 as our guiding verse for the 2018-2019 school year, “They will be like mighty warriors in the battle, trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet. Since the LORD is with them as they fight, they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen.” (TLV)  We also reaffirmed that our basic mission as a family is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by being His hands and feet on earth.

So, we have decided to make significant changes to our homeschool program for the next school year, which are as follows:

  1. Scripture memorization will be a number one priority. (Psalms 119:11)
  2. Biblical character studies will take center stage in our homeschool program. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
  3. Block Scheduling (Mayer Family Schedule) to help teach time management skills to our children.
  4. Each child will have responsibilities for which they are accountable for that will include daily morning, afternoon and evening chores. (Chore Chart)
  5. Health and wellness will be priority for my family and myself. I will seek to develop nutritious and healthy menu plans (Generic Family Menu Plan) and exercise schedules that help all members of our family. (Proverbs 31)
  6. Morning basket and afternoon tea basket materials that we will read together as a family will encourage us spiritually in our relationship with G-d.
  7. Evening family worship, in our house our daily Parashah readings, will be made a priority.
  8. My primary responsibility as a keeper of the home is to make my home a healing and calming space where my children can grow first and foremost spiritually and then academically. (Titus 2:5)
  9. All home management systems will be reviewed for efficiency.
  10. Melodious hymn music will continually play throughout our home. (Psalm 95:1)
  11. Friday Fun Days for the elementary aged children within our homeschool will focus upon our electives and offer independent directed learning opportunities for the children. Thereby, allowing for the focus of our Friday’s to return to Sabbath preparation. Sabbath preparation is vital for welcoming our rest in L-rd each week within our home.  We were designed by G-d for weekly rest in Him in order to rejuvenate us both spiritually and  physically.

My husband and I believe by making these changes back to our basic mission as a family make a significant change in the environment of our home.

Curriculum Choices for Our Rising 10th Grader:

  • Biblical Studies – Life of Christ by ACE
  • Literature – British Literature by Learning Language Arts Through Literature
  • English – Intermediate Composition by Jensen’s Format Writing and for daily grammar practice, Easy Grammar
  • Math – Algebra 1 by ACE
  • Science – Biology by Master Books
  • Social Studies – British History by Master Books
  • Art – Fundamentals of Drawing by EasyPeasy
  • Music – Church Choir and Individual Performances
  • Health – Health 2 (Sex Education from a Biblical Perspective) by Abeka
  • Electives – Etymology by ACE, Evangelism (Soulwinning) by ACE, and Biblical Hebrew by Kim McKay

Curriculum Choices for Our Rising 5th Grader:

  • English – Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple Book, Writing Strands, and Word Building by ACE
  • Math – Math Lessons for a Living Education by Master Books and Flash Kids Workbook
  • Science – ACE
  • Social Studies – ACE
  • Elective – Getting Started with Engineering by Camille McCue, PhD

Curriculum Choices for Our Rising 4th Grader:

  • English – Learning Language Arts Through Literature Yellow Book, Writing Strands, and Word Building by ACE
  • Math – Math Lessons for a Living Education by Master Books and Flash Kids Workbook
  • Science – ACE
  • Social Studies – ACE
  • Elective – Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock

Curriculum Choices for Our Rising 1st Grader:

  • English – All About Reading Level 1, Writing Strands, and Spelling with Flash Kids
  • Math – Math Lessons for a Living Education
  • Science – A Lego Adventure in the Real Word: Lego Science
  • Social Studies – Elementary Geography by Charlotte Mason

Corporate Subjects for Our Elementary Aged Students:

  • Biblical Studies – Foundations: Creation to Christ by Foundations Press and Biblical Character Studies by IBLP
  • Art – Modern Artists Study utilizing the Who Was Book Series
  • Music – Hymn Study within Biblical Character Studies by IBLP
  • Physical Education – Physical Activity Log and Baseball Legends through Who Was Books Series
  • Health – Prudence and the Millers by Green Pastures Press and My First Human Body Coloring Book by Dover Publishers

Morning Basket Materials:

The plan is to cycle through these books during the course of the homeschool year.

  • Polite Moments by Gary and Cathy Maldaner
  • Lessons in Practical Christianity for Children Volume 1 by Keepers of the Faith
  • Wisdom and the Millers:  Proverbs for Children by Mildred A. Martin
  • The Bible Promise Book:  One Thousand Promises from G-d’s word by Barbour Books
  • 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning From Spiritual Giants of Faith by Warren W. Wiersbe
  • The Great Bible Question and Answer Book:  From the Old and New Testaments by Claudia Vurnakes

Afternoon Basket Materials:

The plan is to cycle through these books during the course of the homeschool year.

  • Prudence and the Millers
  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children
  • Missionary Stories with the Millers
  • The Building of Our Nation by Eugene Barker
  • G-d’s Appointed Times: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays by Barney Kasdan
  • Live Like a Jesus Freak by DC Talk
  • The Physical Death and Resurrection: A Surgeons View by Dr. Joseph J. Norberto
  • YWAM Heroes for Young Readers Books 1-6

Friday Fun Days

After morning basket and Bible study, the elementary aged children can choose from these activities:

    • Nature Study
    • Flash Kids Workbooks for Math Practice and Review
    • Interest Lead Reading
    • Cap Stone Art Projects
    • Engineering Projects
    • Coding Projects
    • Educational Play Such as Puzzles, Games, Legos, or Playing Store to Practice Money

 

I hope that this post encourages you as you contemplate your role as the Keeper of the Home, contemplate homeschooling or seeking to change up your homeschool routine.

Blessings,

K

El Shaddai – G-d Almighty

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This name of G-d is comprised of two words. The first is “El” which comes from the root word meaning “might, strength, and power”. In Scripture, the primary meaning of this root is “god” usually referring to a pagan or false god; however, when used to refer to the true, living G-d of Israel it is qualified by additional words to further define the different aspects of G-d’s character that distinguish Him. The pictogram for El appears as a strong controller or sovereign. The second word is “Shad” which means “breast” in Hebrew. Although some scholars believe it to mean “mountain” further defining G-d’s strength and power. According to some sages, Shaddai is a contraction of the phrase, “I said to the world, dai (enough)”. This is the famous word used in the Passover Seder Dayeniu which means “it would have been enough”. Most English translations of the Bible render El Shaddai as “G-d Almighty”.

G-d revealed himself to the patriarchs of our faith (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) as “El Shaddai.” This is the primary name by which the founders of Israel knew G-d. It is His covenant name with them when He chose to enter into an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants. This name occurs about 48 times in the Tanakah, which is an acronym for the first Hebrew letters of each of the Masoretic Text’s three traditional subdivisions: Torah (first five books of the Bible), Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings).

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In modern Judaism, “Shaddai” is also thought to be acronym for the phrase Shomer daltot Yisrael, which means “Guardian of the doors of Israel” and abbreviated as the letter Shin on most mezuzot. The mezuzah is placed on the right of a doorframe. When Jews, Messianic believers, or Torah Observant Christians enter their home they will kiss the mezuzah by touching it and then their lips and recite Joshua 24:15b, “But I and my house will serve the YHWH.” This reverent action acknowledges the Shema (Deut. 6:4-9) and the duty of loving and serving G-d with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. It reminds us that we are brought with a price – the blood of Yeshua (Jesus) our High Priest and that our homes and family are to be dedicated to serving El Shaddai.

When we pray to El Shaddai, we invoke the name of One for whom nothing is impossible. He is completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. He freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our creator and sustainer. He fulfills every promise He makes. He blessed Abraham with specific promises for his life, we share in those promises by virtue of being daughters (and sons) of Abraham through our gift of faith in Yeshua (Jesus).

When you are tempted to doubt G-d’s promises remember that NOTHING can prevent El Shaddai, our Almighty G-d, from carrying out His plans and pouring out His blessings onto those who belong to Him. Joseph endured much. He was kidnapped, almost murdered, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, and thrown into prison. We will encounter pain, confusion, struggles and difficulties because we live in a fallen world. However, we know that He is with us as our fortress and our strength in our time of need. We will grow spiritually through the trials we face and G-d will continue to bless us provided we trust in Him.

Suggested Scripture Readings:

  • The Promises to Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)
  • G-d’s Covenant with Abram (Genesis 15)
  • Covenant of Circumcision (Genesis 17)
  • My Soul Longs for the Courts of the L-rd (Psalm 84)
  • The Promise of a Son (Genesis 18:1-15)
  • Joseph’s Blessing (Genesis 49:22-26)
  • My Refuge and My Fortress (Psalm 91)
  • A Call to Return to the L-rd (Zechariah 1:1-6)

Other Scripture references include: Genesis 16, 22:17, 38:3, 35:11, 43:14, 48:3, 49:22-26; Exodus 6:2-3; Numbers 24:4, 24:6; Ruth 1:20; Job; Proverbs 18:10; Psalms 22:10, 68:15, and Ezekiel 1:24; 10:5; 23:21.

Let’s Pray to El Shaddai…

El Shaddai, my heart rejoices in awe of your mighty strength and power. You are the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. You spoke everything into existence. It is through your grace and mercy that You chose Abraham through whom You would bless the nations of the world.

El Shaddai, you redeemed your Chosen People from the bitter throngs of slavery in Egypt. Dayeniu! You provided for their daily needs. Dayeniu! In the fullness of time, in accordance with Your promise, You sent Your Son to be the Savior of all and fulfill Your promise to Abraham.

El Shaddai, draw me closer to you so that I, like the patriarchs and matriarchs, may follow you faithfully and always knowing that you are sufficient for my needs.

El Shaddai, you are my refuge and fortress. I want to abide in your shadow. Cover me and protect me. My heart and flesh sing for joy to you. My strength is in you. Blessed am I for I trust in you.

El Shaddai, You hear the cries of Your children who encounter pain, confusion, struggles and difficulties because we live in a fallen world. Deliver us from our sorrows and provide comfort to those who trust in You.

El Shaddai, revive me and restore me to You. Allow me to recognize and trust in the fact that there is nothing that can prevent You from carrying out Your plans for me and my family. Pour out your blessing of serenity upon me.

In your most precious Son’s Name, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Sources: Hebrews4Christians, Praying the Names of G-d by Ann Spangler, Blue Letter Bible, Strong’s Concordance, Lessons in Yeshua’s Torah, Discovering the Jewish Jesus

YHWH – The Unutterable Name

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(Pronounced: YAH-way)

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YHWH is G-d’s personal name appearing almost 7,000 times in the Old Testament. This is the unutterable, personal name of the G-d of Israel that was only spoken once a year at the Temple in Jerusalem. It is composed of four Hebrew letters – Yod, Hey, Waw, and Hey – and is referred to as the “Tetragrammaton”, which simply means four letters.

What do the letters mean?

  • Yod – This is the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It means the hand (of G-d) to make, create, worship. If is like a small flame, the soul of a man soars to unit with G-d, though we can only understand a small part of who He is. It can represent holiness, humility, presence and power of G-d , or the People of G-d. Scripture tells us that not one yod of the Torah will pass away until Heaven and Earth pass away. This means that every letter of His Word will be fulfilled including the smallest of the letters or marks. (Matthew 5:17)
  • Hey/Hei – In ancient Hebrew, the hey looks like a man with his arms raised in worship. In modern Hebrew, hey is made up of three lines, which look like a table with a broken leg, representing though, speech and action. The broken line is the line that represents action because it is much easier to think good things than to do them. The gap made by the broken leg makes a way for repentance. We’re not stuck in our sin; there is a way out through the blood shed by Yeshua and obedience to the Father’s commandments. (Acts 2:38)
  • Vav/Waw – It looks like a tent peg, shoot or ladder. It means to add, secure, nail, unity or connection. It represents connecting something higher with something lower. Specifically, vav connects heave to earth and connects past, present, and future. (Psalms 22-24)

The actual pronunciation of His scared name is unknown. The Ancient Hebrew did not use any vowel markings and it has not been uttered since 70 AD when Temple was destroyed. Therefore, it is Jewish tradition not to pronounce His Name at all, but to substitute the word HaShem which means “the Name” or Adonai which means “L-rd”. This was done so that the third commandment which states “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7) would not be broken.

It is most often translated as Jehovah or Yahweh, and translated in the Bible in English as LORD. Notice that all the letters of LORD in your Bible are capitalized. So whenever you see LORD with all caps, you know that it is the Hebrew name Yahweh. It is also closely associated with the many redemptive acts of G-d.

YHWH is the name that G-d gave to Moses when He commissioned Him to be redeemer of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh’s Egypt. (Exodus 3.14) G-d told Moses “ehyeh-asher-ehyeh” which is rendered as “I am who I am”. In other words, it means “I AM”; the one who is the self-existent one. YHWH is the source of all being and everything derives its existence from Him. It speaks of the transcendence of G-d, who is beyond all predications or attributes of language. This special name is combined with “The God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all your generations.” (Exodus 3:15) This is how we know to whom we belong.

In the traditional view, YHWH is the name used when expressing His mercy and condescension. For example, YHWH “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7) It is the name that was inscribed by Pilate upon Jesus’ cross “Yeshua HaNazeri W’Melech HaYehudium” (YHWH) “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. (John 19:19-22)

The application of this Scared Name of G-d is that YHWH never changes. (Malachi 3:6) His promises never fail. When we are faithless; He is faithful. When praying to YHWH, we remember that His Name is the most majestic name on all of earth. (Psalm 8) He set forth creation with His spoken words. He chose Abraham to establish His people and to bless all the peoples of the Earth. He redeemed His chosen people from bondage and established them as a nation. He gave them His perfect law. He sent His Son to free all people through faith in Him from their sins and eternal damnation. He will return to execute judgment and tabernacle (dwell) with His saints forever. Oh, what a glorious day that will be. Rejoice and sing praises to Him. Acknowledge His Sovereignty over creation and you.

When you pray to YHWH you remember that He is the same G-d who draws near to save you from the tyranny of sin just as He saved His people from tyrannical slavery in Egypt. L-rd is a title and obscures the personal nature of His Sacred Name.

YHWH is self existent and always present with His people. He is always near, intervening on behalf of His people. YHWH is closely associated with his saving acts in Exodus and it evokes images of His saving power in the lives of His people. It is also associated with the saving act accomplished by Yeshua, Jesus on the cross in His death, burial, and resurrection. The knowledge of His Sacred Name implies a covenant relationship with Him.

It’s the name that would have brought fear and terror to the Egyptians because of the plagues brought upon them. It is the name that the unbelieving Jews upon seeing it written on the cross would have brought forth anger because they, like Pharaoh, had hardened their hearts and simply refused to recognize the true, living G-d in their presence. It’s the name that the Children of Israel, who like us believers in Messiah, will forever be associated with deliverance, freedom, promise, hope and power.

We can’t evoke His Holy Name without remembering His great acts. The amazing events in Exodus are paralleled to Yeshua’s (Jesus’) acts in conquering sin, death, and restoring us to our Father, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. These great acts and amazing events define who YHWH is in amazing detail.

Suggested Scripture Readings:

• Psalm 103 replacing YHWH for L-RD.
• Psalm 34 replacing YHWH or L-RD. (Note that this Psalm in broken into sections that pertain to our new birth/salvation (vs. 1-6), being kept by YHWH (vs. 7-8), YHWH providing (vs. 9-10), YHWH’s instruction (vs. 11-14), YHWH’s second coming (vs. 15-22).)
• Other Scriptural References: Exodus 2:12-15, Exodus 20:2-3, Matthew 1:20-21, John 8:54-59, Proverbs 3:26, Proverbs 18:10, Exodus 34:4-7, Numbers 6:24-27, Psalm 32:10, and Psalm 37:44-40.

Let’s pray to YHWH…

YHWH, I praise you for you are the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. You are merciful and gracious; slow to anger; abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness; forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin.

YHWH bless us and keep us. Shine your face upon us and be gracious to us. Grant us the peace that only you can bring through your son, Yeshua, the Prince of Peace.

YHWH, we thank you for surrounding us with your unfailing love for we trust securely in you. YHWH we thank you for sending your Son, Yeshua, to cover us in His blood so that we can be reconciled to you.

YHWH, deliver us from our fears. Silence the adversary’s whispers in our ears. Encourage us and encamp around us. Let us take our refuge in you.

YHWH you hear the cries of the broken hearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. Deliver us, YHWH, from our afflictions and suffering.

YHWH, we extol you. We wait in anticipation for your return. We keep your ways and observe your moedim, appointed times. You are the one true living G-d, the G-d of our patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and we praise you.

In your most precious Son’s Name, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Counting the Omer

“From the day after the day of rest — that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving — you are to count seven full weeks, until the day after the seventh week; you are to count fifty days; and then you are to present a new grain offering to Adonai.”
Leviticus 23:15-16

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What is Counting the Omer?

According to the Torah’s instruction, we are to count 49 days (7 weeks) from the day following Passover until Shavuot (Pentecost). It is a period of semi-mourning called Serfirat HaOmer or “the counting of sheaves” and marks the time period between the Passover (physical redemption) and the giving of the Torah (spiritual redemption) at Mount Sinai. The connection between the resurrection and Shavuot (Pentecost), the counting is highly symbolic for believers in Messianic believers because all of Yeshua’s post-resurrection appearances and ascension occurred during this time

Why do we do it?

It is a type and shadow, for we know that the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) reveals that Shavuot is the climax of G-d’s plan of deliverance through Yeshua. As Messianic believers, Yeshua’s bloody sacrifice on the cross, as our Passover Lamb, removed our sins and makes us pure. Shavuot is the fulfillment of Yeshua’s promise of the giving of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) to those who trust in Him for salvation and restoration to the Father.

Therefore, Counting the Omer is a countdown that represents giving of the New Covenant to mankind which makes the Torah a matter of the heart, written by G-d’s Holy Spirit. It is a period of repentance and reflection that is focused upon being clothed with Spirit so that we may encounter the resurrected Glory of the L-rd. The waving of the sheaves represents the “one new man”, which is composed of both Jew and Gentile in Messiah before the altar of the L-rd as referenced in Ephesians 2:14.

How we do it?

Every day during Serfirat HaOmer a special blessing is said naming exactly how many more days are left before the seven weeks are complete. Some also recite Psalm 67 because it is composed of 49 Hebrew words that correspond to the Omer count.

Every evening from the second night of Passover to the night before Shavuot, the following blessing is recited:

“Blessed are You L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us about the Counting of the Omer. Today is the ___ day of the Omer. O Compassionate One! May He return for us speedily in our time.”

Special Days During Serfirat HaOmer.

There are several special days during the Serfirat HaOmer to celebrate. All of Yeshua’s post resurrection appearances occurred during the Serfirat HaOmer. Our family celebrates these special days with meals, kiddish, crafts, special activities, and reading of Scriptures.

Day 1: Feast of Unleavened Bread. This is the day that Yeshua is buried. (Matthew 27:57-61)

Day 3: Feast of First Fruits. This is the day of Yeshua’s resurrection. Yeshua appeared to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9, John 20:16-18), some women (Matthew 28:5-10), and then to Simon Peter (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5).omer

Day 4: Yeshua appeared to the two on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:31) and later that evening to the 12 disciples. (Mark 16:4; Luke 24:33-39; John 20:19)

Day 7: G-d parts the Red Sea for Moses. (Exodus 14).

Day 9: Yeshua appeared to the 12 again (John 20:26).

Day 17: Dag Ba’Omer. This is a special day comes from Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue and has become our family tradition.  Dag Ba’Omer in Hebrew means “fish in the Omer”, and it is named this to mark Yeshua’s appearance to the disciples who had returned to their fishing jobs. Yeshua appeared to Thomas. (John 20:24-29) Sometime later he appeared a third time to the disciples as they went back to their fishing jobs. (John 21:1-14) Later He appeared to 500 and then to James, the half-brother of Yeshua. (1 Corinthians 15:6-7) Our family celebrates this day by eating fish and reading the account in Scriptures.

Day 33: Lag B’Omer. This special day comes from the Talmud and it is said that on this day, a plague was lifted which had killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akivah’s disciples. Lag B’Omer is a joy filled day of celebration that includes bonfires, parades, weddings, and first hair cuts for children. After this day, the semi-mourning period continues. While it is important to take time to remember and mourn sad things of life. We must recognize G-d’s goodness and provision in the midst of sorrowful times. For believers in Messiah, Lag B’Omer reminds us that we live in a fallen world that causes us grief. Our hope is in Yeshua and our focus on New Jerusalem. G-d will wipe every tear and there will be no pain or suffering. (Revelation 1:3-4) There will be a time when our grief will end and it will be marked by the “The Marriage of the Lamb”. (Revelation 19:7)

Day 43: Mem B’Omer. He ascended into heaven from Bethany and commanded His followers not to leave Jerusalem until the promise of the Father was fulfilled during Shavuot. (Luke 24:50; Acts 1:9-12)

Day 45: The Children of Israel camped and Moses ascended Mount Sinai. (Exodus 19)

Day 49: Erev Shavuot.

Day 50. Shavuot. The giving of the Rauch HaKodesh. (Acts 2)

Suggested Themes of Study for Serfirat HaOmer.

This is a time to reflect upon our lives in order to identify and purge those things that are blocking us from deepening our relationship with the Adonai. It is a time to purify ourselves before Him. A time to reaffirm our commitment to the promised offered through the Renewed Covenant. Some areas of study may include, but are not limited to:

• Names of G-d
• The Book of Acts
• Characteristics of G-d
• Gratitude
• Repentance
• Submission
• Fruits of Spirit
• Developing a Servant’s Heart
• Armor of G-d
• Seven Emotional Attributes, which include: Chesed – Loving-Kindness, Gevurah – Justice and Discipline, Tiferet – Harmony and Compassion, Netzach – Endurance, Hod – Humility, Yesod – Bonding, and Malchut – Sovereignty and Leadership

We hope that you will join our family as we Count the Omer.  Blessings from our family to yours.

-K