Pentecost:The Day Israel was Betrothed to God (Yah’v’h) - Part 1

bride-lambTwo notable historical events occurred on this day of Pentecost. One is chronicled in the history of Israel as the coming down of Yah’v’h on Mt. Sinai who gave His set of laws and judgments to Moses and His people Israel. This day also marked the occasion when the Holy Spirit came down on Christ’ disciples gathered in Jerusalem in 30 CE (Common Era).

Both events commemorate the day when the Rock of Israel (that ‘Rock’ was Christ—I Cor. 10:4), forged and sealed a covenant with His people: the former being with the church in the wilderness (Acts7:38), that is ancient Israel, and the latter with the New Testament ‘ecclesia’ (Acts 2:1-4) in the first century.

“Asartha” is another name with which the Hebrews call Pentecost. The Hebrew word ‘asartha’ is derived from the root word ”azar” or “asar” (pronounced ‘aw-zar’) which means to ‘bind’ (compass) about or belt up. As we study Scripture, we will discover that the covenants made on both cases mentioned earlier, were deemed by the Rock as a marriage covenant.

Jeremiah 31:32 “Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Considered a treasure to Himself among all the nations of the earth (Ps 135:4), Yah’v’h revealed  his mind on the wedding customs, services and ceremonies to the Hebrews (Jews) (Rom 3:1-2,9:4). A Study of this particular custom, therefore, will reveal tow distinct stages comprising the Hebrew marriage. Engagement period make up the first stage, while the second is the consummation of marriage that lasted for seven days (see Gen 29:26-27).

An engage couple is looked upon by God, and therefore by the Hebrews, as husband and wife (married). Engagement can only be broken and terminated by a certificate of divorce. However, engaged couples do not live together as yet, nor indulge in any forms of physical intimacies.

Isaiah 54:5 “For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.”

Deuteronomy 22:23-24 “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.”

Joseph and Mary (Jesus’ mother) were engaged to be married. Thus, when Joseph found out Mary was pregnant, he took steps to secretly divorce her, but was prevented from so doing when an angel of God appeared in his dream and talked him out of it.

Matthew 1: 19-20 “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”

Judging from what the Eternal inspired to be written in Scripture, we can comprehend that he looks for and desire an intimate personal relationship with His people; one likened to that of an engaged couple. What differs mainly is the intensity of feelings and emotions involved.

Unlike physical human beings, the Spirit God possess much more depth in feelings, height of emotions and much more profound expressions. Consider the Eternal’s command to his people whom he is molding in his likeness:  

Mark 12:30-31 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.] 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The Rock of Israel revealed how he love God (the Father); and on the other hand shows how a Spirit God like Him should be loved by his bride. This way, the bride is being sanctified and prepared to think, speak, act and love the way Yah’v’h does, so she will be ready for life ahead in the spiritual Kingdom.

Scriptures had a lot to say about the existence of a spiritual ‘dimensions’. A mountain exists in the heavenly kingdom of God and is called Mt. Zion. Out there is the sea of glass, thrones, mansions, armies on horses, dominions; not to discount spirit beings like humans, animals, and flying objects or machines. Solid physical structures offer no barriers to spirits, by may just see like air that can be passed through with ease.

That spirit realm is eternal , a real world in comparison to this visible, fleeting cosmos we are in. This ephemeral world is but a parallel image of the timeless spiritual universe. Side by side, we may compare spirit to an ancient tree while the physical is likened to flowers in the field that blossom for a while (a day or two), then wither and are gone (Ps. 103:15-16).

Unseen forces that drive a tornado, super typhoons and lightnings are so powerful, and devastating. Sound and air waves, heat and microwaves, electricity, communication and data transmission lines are all in common use and mankind know they exist, but somehow, he takes them all for granted.

The Eternal is preparing a people to live with him in that ‘other dimensions’, and what He is working out and building up here on this planet is a close personal and lasting relationship: one that is solidly founded on complete trust, total commitment, sincerity, and truth; being built up on love, respect, honor, living faith, joy and gladness, knowledge and understanding seasoned with grace and humility.

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