Week one of the Counting of the Omer - A reflective Study
Week 1 of the Counting of the Omer
We have already counted through the first week of the Omer so let’s reflect on where we are at right now and where Abba would like us to be.
We are going to focus on the 7's as we are counting 7 days for 7 weeks.
There are a number of things that display themselves in 7's in Scripture - and we are going to focus on a few of these over the course of our counting up to Shavuot to prepare our hearts for Adonai Elohim's glory.
1st day of Creation - Hashem creates Light
The first day of Creation Elohim created light.
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 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 wilful 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 HaMashiach – 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 that night chose the covering of Adonai Elohim and stepped away from the gods of Egypt.
- Have you stepped away from the gods of this world?
- Is Adonai Elohim your covering in Spirit and in Truth or are we harbouring a few hidden idols in our lives?
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. They worked hard and persevered in many of their deeds; they did not tolerate evil people or those who were false; they endured for Elohim’s name sake and 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. 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 Father’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 a great deal of pressure on us to perform. In this space it is very easy for us to lose sight of the reason we are part of the Body of Mashiach and what He has called us to for the purposes of His Kingdom. Father 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 – Him.
When we fall in love with our Creator it then becomes the easiest thing to walk in His light and to walk with wisdom and understanding. Let us not ignore Yeshua’s call to the congregation of Ephesus for us 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. That this light will shine with power and might though His Ruach as the world sinks deeper into darkness.
- 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?
May this week of Counting that has past give you a time to reflect and may the week to come prepare your hearts and minds for his glory!
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 to a deeper revelation of Your redemptive love for us and that we would number our days with wisdom and passion for our Yeshua, HaMashiach.