Lev 23:15 “You will count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering.
Lev 23:16 You will count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you will present a new tribute offering to Yahveh.
Lev 23:17 You will bring from wherever you stay two loaves of bread to be waved, made of two tenths of an ephah. They will be of fine flour, and they will be baked with leaven, as firstfruits to Yahveh.
Lev 23:18 And you will present with the bread seven perfect lambs a year old, and one bull from the herd and two rams. They will be an ascending offering to Yahveh, with their tribute offering and their drink offerings, a fire offering with a soothing aroma to Yahveh.
Lev 23:19 And you will offer one male goat for a mistake offering, and two male lambs a year old as a sacrifice for healthy relationships.
Lev 23:20 And the priest will wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering in Yahveh’s sight, with the two lambs. They will be holy to Yahveh for the priest.
Lev 23:21 And you will make a proclamation on the same day. You will hold a holy convention. You will not do any ordinary work. It is a permanent prescription wherever you stay throughout your generations.
Lev 23:22 “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you will not reap your field right up to its edge, nor will you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You will leave them for the poor and for the temporary resident: I am Yahveh your God.”
The festival of Pentecost was a national celebration. It focused on God’s relationship with the whole people of Israel. The New Testament event that we call Pentecost was also a national miracle, as the participants were all Jews. The book of Acts recounts the story of God’s move to rescue first Jews, then Samaritans, then Gentiles. While each person who experienced that deliverance had a personal faith in God, Pentecost reminds us that God wants to rescue nations, not just individuals. He wants to transform nations so that they reflect his holiness and justice. We see that in the rule about leaving the gleanings for the poor and the temporary resident.
LORD, deliver our nations. Transform them so that they reflect your love and holiness.