Blessed to be a Blessing

Shavuot is the Feast of First Fruits and Harvest which was established by God early on in the Old Testament.

Pentecost came as the fulfillment of Shavuot, and marked God’s harvest of souls when the gospel went to the nations and was preached all over the world.

Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the LORD your God blesses you.

Deuteronomy 16:10

Shavuot was all about going into the fields, reaping the yearly harvest and setting aside 10% of the very best, dedicating it to the Lord.

Every time someone would experience success and increase in his business (for example: his cattle would grow and expand) that person was to take 10% of it and dedicate it to the Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem as a free-will offering.

Now God has given us even more, He has blessed us exceedingly abundantly more, so that during Shavuot He calls us to count and rejoice in His blessings while bringing Him a special tribute, donation or offering.

God is presenting us with different lessons, teaching us how to go about our blessings: First we must take care of the poor and needy.

When collecting the harvest, whatever fell on the side of the field, the Lord instructed to leave it there for those in need.

When celebrating Shavuot, He urged us to give a special tribute to the Lord, because of the abundant blessings He gave us.

The best way to honor God for blessing us is to be a blessing to others.

You shall rejoice before the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 16:11

When we give to the Lord from the blessings that He gave us, it helps us remember that it all came from our good Father.

Ultimately Shavuot is a feast of generosity and joy in the Lord.