Week one of the Counting of the Omer - A reflective Study
Week 1 of the Counting of the Omer
As we reflect each day on our individual footsteps towards Shavuot may we also reflect on Messiah's footsteps towards us. Times and seasons are becoming more and more intense, the world is changing at an accelerated rate and what we once saw as evil is now being accepted as permissible and good! We are fast approaching the days of Noach and we don't have time to ignore the times and seasons of HaShem's word. It is time for us to prepare our lamps for His return and what better way for us to do this, than right now with the counting of the Omer! May you be blessed as you count!
We are going to focus on the 7's of this season as we are counting 7 days for 7 weeks.
There are a number of things that display themselves in 7's in Scripture - some of them being The 7 Days of Creation, the 7 Manifestations of the Spirit as found in Isaiah 11, the 7 Churches (Kahal) of Revelation, the 7 Lamps of the Lampstand, the 7 pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle and many more references to 7 in Scripture! We are going to focus on a few of these over the course of our counting up to Shavuot as a step towards the preparation our hearts for HaShem's glory.
1st day of Creation - HaShem creates Light
The first day of Creation, HaShem created light.
Genesis 1:3 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day.
Proverbs 6:23 The Torah is a light and the commandment is a lamp.”
Psalm 119:130 – 131 says “The unfolding of Your words give light; It gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth wide and panted for I longed for your commandments.”
- Are you walking the path of Torah that is lit with His heavenly light and are you choosing to walk in His covering?
- Are you being a light to your family, friends, community, your city and then the nations?
- Are there areas of your heart that you have kept in the shadows - areas of compromise or hidden sin, unforgiveness or pain?
- Is there willful disobedience to the ways of our King in your life?
It is time to lay this before the King of Kings and let His light illuminate your path that will lead to a life if righteousness and shalom. Let Yeshua come and bring light and freedom to you this day!
Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Manifestation of the Spirit – Wisdom
Psalm 90:2 Teach us to numbers our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Adonai Elohim connected wisdom to time for us on earth. He set a pattern for us to number our days and to depend fully on Him. When we surrender to Hashem and wisely number our days according to His Word and the Ruach HaKodesh, we will become more and more likened to His image and the likeness of our Yeshua HaMeshiach, a vessel of honour, fit to enter into the streets of the New Jerusalem.
May we earnestly pray for our hearts to become more reverent of our King. That we would begin to give Him the honour and glory that He deserves. May we not dilute His ways and His glory because of the influences of this world but may we seek to know the fullness of His majesty and power!
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holy ones is understanding.
Moedim – Passover
There was great darkness of Egypt, except in the houses of Israel. Death came to all of the firstborn on the night when the darkness was so thick but all who had painted the blood of the Passover lamb over the doorposts in obedience and wisdom were saved from this tragedy. Every Israelite, and even some Egyptians, chose that night to step under the covering of HaShem and stepped away from the gods of Egypt. They chose His covering through obediently washing the blood of the Passover lamb on the lintels of their doors and were saved from the angel of death!
- Is the blood of the Passover Lamb - Yeshua HaMeshiach painted on the lintel of the door of your heart?
- Have you surrendered yourself as a living tabernacles unto Him?
- Are there places in your spiritual home that do not reflect this redemption?
- Have you stepped away from the gods of this world?
- Is HaShem your covering in Spirit and in Truth or are you harbouring a few hidden idols in your life?
Jeremiah 6:16 Here is what Adonai says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.
7 Churches - Ephesus
Ephesus got a lot right at a community. They worked hard and persevered in many of their deeds; they did not tolerate evil people or those who were false; they endured for HaShem’s name sake. They did not grow weary and they hated the deed of the Nicolaitans.
What they got wrong though was that they had lost their first love. Abba Father calls on them to remember from where they have fallen, to repent and to do the deeds they did at first – if they did not heed HaShem’s words, He would remove their lampstand.
It is so easy in this world for us to lose our first love. It is so easy to get task focused and driven in the busy societies we live in, where expectations run high with the pressure of performance and status. It is very easy for us to lose sight of the reason we are part of the Body of Meshiach and what He has called us to for the purposes of His Kingdom. HaShem is calling us back to His heart, back to His mountain where His shekinah glory shines. He is calling us back to our First Love – HaShem Himself!
When we fall in love with our Creator it then becomes so natural to walk in His light and to walk with wisdom and understanding. Let us not ignore Yeshua’s call to the congregation of Ephesus to take heed so that our lampstands will not be removed but instead that our lights will burn even brighter because of our First Love. May we stand firm in His ways that this light within our hearts will shine with power and might though His Ruach. As the world sinks deeper into darkness may we shine brighter and brighter, with a light that cannot be hidden!
- Have you been caught up in the busyness of your life?
- Are you working hard at doing all the right things but have lost the true purpose of why you are doing them?
- Are you seeking man’s approval or Hashem’s?
- What do you need to do differently in order for your First Love to be restored?
Abba Father, we ask that You lead us back to Your heart this week. We pray that if there is any area in our hearts that is not illuminated by Your Word and Your glory that You will show us clearly what this is so that we may repent before You. Father, would you come and fill us with your strength to re-evaluate how we do things on this earth so that we may remember You, our First Love and King. May our lives reflect Your glory.
We ask that each day that we count the Omer that You will lead us into a deeper revelation of Your redemptive love for us and that we would number our days with wisdom and passion for our Yeshua, HaMeshiach.
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