sermon: Counting to Pentecost: A Simple Approach
Following What Is Written
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 13-Feb-21; 68 minutes
God Almighty regulates His Creation with covenants He makes with people, spelling out the conditions for reward and the penalties for non-compliance. Hence, God's people are a people of covenant. Unlike some of mankind's contracts, God's covenants lack any provision for emendations (Exodus 19:3-8, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Joshua 1:7, Proverbs 30:6, and Revelation 22: 18). God's people place themselves in danger of breaking God's Covenants by 1.) buying into satanic deception, 2.) misunderstanding Scripture, and 3.) elevating tradition over God's Word. All three contribute to the current dispute over how to properly count to Pentecost. Leviticus 23:1-8 shows that the weekly Sabbath (ha Shabbat) is the main Sabbath of God, having pre-eminence over all of the other Holy Days. Ha Shabbat therefore comes to constitute the most reliable point of reference in all religious events. Because of a so-called calendar "anomaly" which occurs approximately every 13 years, when the Passover occurs on ha Shabbat, people become confused because 'tradition' has taught them that the wave sheaf offering cannot fall outside of the Days of Unleavened Bread. However, God's Word attaches the wave sheave to the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), not the Feast of Unleavened Bread. According to the Scripture, the count to Pentecost must begin on the day after ha Shabbat in the Days of Unleavened Bread, even when (as in "anomalous" years) beginning the count on that day means that the wave sheaf offering takes place outside the days of Unleavened Bread.
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