Week 5 of the Counting of the Omer - A Reflective Study
We have now been counting for five weeks! Each day holds a new part of our journey, counting each day holds deeper significance and intention, should we choose to stop and reflect. Counting the Omer is causes us to take stock, to see what we have and to look ahead to what we hope to be holding when we reach our destination.
Let’s continue our reflection, as we count 7 days for 7 weeks.
5th day of Creation – HaShem creates the birds and fish
When you think of birds and fish, imagine flocks and schools. Consider the currents of the air and water that carry the birds and fish to their destination. Birds and fish are seed carriers and through their migratory patterns seed will be scattered far and wide across the earth. Birds and fish are also covered in feathers and scales so this day of creation is about multiplication, the scattering of seed and about coverings – Hashem’s coverings over us.
One of the key things for us to remember in this time is that like the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, if we fail to move according to the appointed times or rest according to HaShem's seasons, we will be out of step with our Creator. When we are out of step with Hashem, we move outside of His covering and we stop walking in His timing which is an essential part to living in obedience to Him.
The disciples were all fishermen. They were part of moving the seed. A fish can move seed far greater distances and in much less time than a human could and so when we think of this time of the counting, it is good to consider the seed in our lives: how and what we have we sown and what we have done with the seed received? Have we nurtured the good seed and done away with the bad? Have we remained in Him and under His covering?
- What seed do you carry?
- What seed have you sown this last year?
- Have you sown seed that will produce good harvest?
- Are you in season with HaShem’s timing and His rest?
- What is the Ruach HaKodesh saying to you about HaShem’s times and seasons in your life?
Manifestation of the Spirit – Spirit of Power
The Hebrew word for power is gvurah. A gever in Scripture is a mighty man, often of valour or war and this image allows us to see that this power is about making something happen and taking action. It would be easy to see how even the smallest acts of faith are done through the manifestation of the Spirit of Power in our lives. No power equates to no action and at the heart of this is the reverential fear of Elohim. Isn't it this reverence that spurs us into a deeper place of worship and obedience?
“The Spirit of Power alludes to the strength to carry out a task or commandment of Adonai.” Alwine, H (2017). The Creation Gospel Workbook 1, pg.80
This power is not about our physical strength, it is about the Ruach HaKodesh empowering us to carry out the commands and purposes of Elohim. It is through the power of the Ruach that we are able to live and be seed carriers to the nations. This progression of our spiritual maturity is vital to us becoming seed bearers. When we are ready to move with power, knowledge and true reverence of our Father in Heaven we begin to grow in maturity and it is this maturity that is needed to go out into the nations in spirit and in in truth. John 4:23-24
- Are you allowing the Ruach Hakodesh space in your life to bring you to a place of maturity?
- Are you operating in the Power of the Spirit or in your own?
- Have you put any limitations on the work of the Ruach in your life? Why?
Moedim – Yom Teruah – Feast of Trumpets
When we hear the blast of a trumpet it awakens us. Yom Teruah is a time when Hashem commands His people to blow the trumpets. In Joel 2:1-17 we read about the blowing of the trumpets and the sounding of the alarm to be ready for the day of the Lord. Are we ready to hear this trumpet blast?
This trumpet will announce the return of Meshiach, riding out from the Heavens to fetch His Bride.
- Are you ready?
- Are you awake and paying attention to the seasons to ensure you are walking in HaShem's timing?
- Are you walking in repentance on a daily basis?
- Do you know the voice of your Shepherd?
- How can you hear His voice more clearly?
7 Churches – Sardis
The letter to the k’hal of Sardis speaks of the garments of this group of believers – like the feathers and scales that covered the birds and fish on Day 5. These believers have pressed in with faith and have overcome and their reward will be their names written in the book of life. Sardis, however, did not complete their deeds and many things were left undone. Yeshua’s call to this body is to wake up so that when the trumpet sounds they will not be sleeping, that they will not be without oil in our lamps on His return, as a thief in the night.
When we think of someone sleeping we don’t necessarily equate that to being busy but consider what happens to you when you are so busy doing what needs doing each day.
How often have you been too busy to notice the significant moments in your day, a soft, beautiful flower, growing silently along the path; a child’s laughter when they have accomplished something for the first time; the kind smile of a stranger as you pass them by on the street and the still small voice of the Ruach Hakodesh calling you into season with your Creator? Busyness will very quickly lull us into spiritual sleep and so we need to be awake and aware of the times and seasons we find ourselves in, pressing in for the things of HaShem’s kingdom and not our own and drawing from His strength and power to accomplish that which He has called us to do.
- Is your lamp filled with oil?
- Has your busyness lulled you into a spiritual sleep?
- How can you become more focused on the deeds that Hashem has called you to do on earth?
- Are there things you have begun for HaShem that you have not not completed?
- How can you take stock today and ensure that you are focused and in sync with Hashem’s times and seasons for your life?
Abba Father, I thank you for Your strength and wisdom. I ask you today to show me where I have not been in sync with your times and seasons. I ask you to guide me back into Your current that I may be a seed carrier, reflecting Your glory and in Your power.
I ask you to show me the places in my life that are not under Your covering, where I am allowing busyness to lull me into a spiritual slumber and that You would give me the strength through the power of your Spirit to make changes in my life today. Show me my lamp and the fruit in my life and I ask You, by your grace, to allow me to increase my oil reserves, the fruit in my life and to walk in Your pathways so that I will be ready and clothed in garments of righteousness when the trumpet sounds.
In the precious name of your son, Yeshua, Amein.
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