Although Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, is not widely celebrated among the Jewish people, it nevertheless is one of the most important and interesting Feasts of the Lord. In fact, it is closely related to Melech David (King David) and the hope of Messiah.
In the account of Shavuot in Leviticus 23, there are two Scriptures, which at first appear to be unrelated, but in reality are inseparably tied together. Leviticus 23:17 says, “… bring two loaves made of … fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.” Secondly, Leviticus 23:22 says, “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien.”
So how are these connected and pointing forward in time? In the Book of Ruth, the Lord used these two Scriptures to bring together Ruth and Boaz. Ruth was a poor alien living in Israel, who attracted the attention and favor of a godly man named Boaz. In obedience to Leviticus 23:22, Boaz left the grain in his field for Ruth to glean. One thing led to another, they fell in love, and the rest is history.
But what about the other Scripture dealing with the two loaves? The two loaves represented two peoples, the Jew Boaz and the Gentile Ruth, becoming united in common faith. But you ask, “How is this related to King David and the hope of Messiah?” The Lord enabled Ruth to conceive and give birth to Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of Melech (King) David. Our Jewish sages teach us, that out of the loins of Melech David, the Lord will raise up another King, a Messiah for the Jewish people. For those of us who believe in Yeshua, we know and understand that the Messiah spoken of by the Prophets, is Yeshua, the “Son of the Living God“. We read in Matthew 16:13-17:
13 When Yeshua came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 They answered, “Some say John the Immerser, others say Elijah, and still others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15 He said, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Yeshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven!
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Blessings in Messiah Yeshua,
Rabbi Yossi Laster