Shavuot – Feast of Weeks – is the feast of harvest, new covenant, and renewal of marriage to the Lord. Israel celebrates the giving of the Law through Moses, and we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ the Lord. At His glorious coronation on Mount Zion in heaven having been exalted to the right hand of God, Jesus received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and poured out the Holy Spirit on the church in the upper room.
From this place of exaltation at the Father’s right hand, sitting on His throne waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool, Jesus with the rod of His strength rules in the midst of His enemies. He is Lord. His people volunteer in the day of His power. Yes! It all began on Pentecost/Shavuot.
The book of Ruth read. Marriage to God renewed. Israel, having been delivered out of Egypt, now renews their covenant of marriage to God. God chose Israel. Now Israel chooses God. God has chosen us in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we renew our choosing of the Lord as our husband. But how do we?
Psalm 45:10, 11 are living words that Ruth embodied. Three simple charges; Listen, Forget, and Worship.
Listen, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house; so the King will greatly desire your beauty; because He is your Lord worship Him. Psalm 45:10, 11
Listen, consider and incline your ear; an attentive heart, soft, and ready to respond to the Lord’s voice. All marriage covenants renew with a listening heart.
Forget your own people also and your father’s house. Put out of mind past relationships, unfilled expectations, and anything that occupies our thoughts. Today is the day of salvation. Beautiful to the Lord, with an attentive heart and forgetful mind. We are an adoring wife. Of course, the Lord sees our beauty because He sees Himself in us, listening to Him, letting go of all other relationships. We are wholly His.
Worship the Lord. Giving Worth-ship is our place, before Him. With our hearts bowed and souls humbled, giving adoration to the King. The essence of Shavuot! Today we hear His voice. Today we forget the past. Today we worship the Lord.