Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It was fifty days after God had delivered the Israelites from slavery to Egypt, calling them out to be a nation of His own. When He gave them His Law, He drew them deeper still into relationship with Him. The people of Israel received His Word and committed to following Him. As we receive God’s Word, we receive Him.
Scripture tells us that the Word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) and is infused with His Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16a). Through it, we get to know our God. His Word sees into our souls, delivering hope, redemption and spiritual food to sustain and mature us. It teaches us how to walk in the newness of life He has given.
- Instructs us how to live lives pleasing to God (2 Timothy 3:16b, Hebrews 11:6)
- Conveys His love for us (Romans 5:8, Ephesians 3:17–19)
- Strengthens us by reminding us of His power within us (Philippians 4:13)
- Lifts our spirits when life is hard, reminding us that He has overcome the world (John 16:33)
- Assures us that He has good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Encourages us that He makes all things beautiful in time (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and turns all things good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28)
For Believers, Shavuot is also a celebration of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, poured out on early Believers on the Shavuot after Yeshua’s death and resurrection (Acts 2). Since that day, God gives His Holy Spirit to dwell within each person who accepts Jesus as the promised Messiah, placing their faith in His sacrificial death for our sins and His resurrection from the dead (Romans 10:9).
The Hebrew for the Holy Spirit is Ruach HaKodesh. The New Covenant uses the Greek word paraclete, which means “called to one’s side.” It indicates that the Holy Spirit is our helper and comforter, our advocate and intercessor.
The Holy Spirit comes alongside us and is active in our lives, working in a variety of ways.
The Holy Spirit:
- Is our teacher, guiding us into all truth (John 16:13)
- Is the guarantee of our inheritance, a pledge given on the promise that we are sealed eternally as belonging to God (Ephesians 1:13)
- Testifies that we are children of God such that we can call Him “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15–16)
- Reveals what God has given to us so that we can come to know the fullness of life in Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:12)
- Intercedes for us, helping us learn how to pray as we should and intervening on behalf of our weakness (Romans 8:26–27)
- Empowers us with the strength to do God’s will (Galatians 5:16)
- Bears beautiful fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22–24)
Through God’s Word and His Spirit, we have unending access to His presence, wisdom, and transforming power. Shavuot, for Believers, celebrates each of these magnificent gifts.
This Shavuot, set aside some time to reflect on and thank God for the priceless gifts He has given to you through the Scriptures and His Spirit dwelling inside you.