Day One in Counting The Omer… A time of Introspection and Balance in our Relationship with G-D

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Counting The Omer

• • • • •

  • What is an Omer?
  • Why Count the Omer?
  • How do we Count the Omer?
  • What is the Spiritual Significance?
  • What will Counting the Omer do for me?

You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks.Then you will observe the Festival of Shavuot for the L-RD, your G- d-Deuteronomy 16:9-10

Counting the Omer is a time of introspection as we meditate on the attributes of G-d and also measure their display in our lives.  The discipline of counting each of the days of the Omer reminds us too that all of our days are numbered, and it is our responsibility to make each day count.

  • Count the Omer:   Recite the following on day one.
    The following shows the counting for day one.  Do the same for the following 49 days inserting the number of that day.

Each evening, beginning with the day after the Sabbath after Passover, while standing, one first recites the blessing for the mitzvah of counting, and then declares the number of days and weeks of the Omer count:

  1. Recite the blessing:

Traditional:

 Baruch atah adonay eloheynu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu
bemitzvotav vetzivanu al sefirat ha’omer

Blessed are you O Lord our God,
King of the Universe who has sanctified us by your commandments
and commanded us to count the Omer.

Messianic Blessing:
Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the Universe
Who cleansed us through Yeshua our Messiah and by His Commandments
and has commanded us to count the Omer.

Torah Teaches: “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavuot for the L-RD, your G-d-Deuteronomy 16:9-10

According to the Torah (Lev. 23:15), we are obligated to count the days from Passover to Shavuot. This period is known as the Counting of the Omer. An omer is a unit of measure. On the second day of Passover, in the days of the Temple, an omer of barley was cut down and brought to the Temple as an offering. This grain offering was referred to as the Omer.

The Hebrew Word …..o·mer…ˈōmər,ˈōmer/ noun: omer; plural noun: omers; noun: Omer
1. 
an ancient Hebrew dry measure, the tenth part of an ephah.
2. 
Judaism
a sheaf of corn or omer of grain presented as an offering on the second day of Passover.
the period of 49 days between the second day of Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost).

THE OMER IS A PICTURE OF:
Picture of Spiritual Growth:
Seed to: Matt. 13:19-38; John 12:20-33
Tender shoot: Isa 53:2
Plant Psa. 80:8
Full grown to: The pressing of the Oil, or harvest of the wheat, and barley
Shavuot: The harvest – RENEWD COVENANT JER. 31:33

The First Week of counting the Omer we focus on Chesed (Love in our relationship to G-d and Man).  In the Brit Chadashah we find Peter after he has denied Messiah Yeshua, he sees Yeshua on the shore and seizes his opportunity to have some alone time with him to get things right again.  Peter jumps into the water and swims to shore where Jesus is cooking a fish, a meal.  In Judaism we are all about community, food is an expression of that.  If you are invited in to eat, you are part of the community, a way of saying “we are family”.  If a meal is being prepared and you are not invited, as in Josephs brothers eating a meal on the edge of the pit, after they threw Joseph in it, you being told you are Not a part of the family.  So, we see this invitation of forgiveness and inclusion here with Peter and Yeshua.  Yeshua, being the Moshiach Ben Elohim (Jesus the Son of G-d), knew very well what the first week of introspection in counting the Omer was all about.  He had told His talmidim (disciples) to “wait” for the Comforter that He would send them.  To wait in Jerusalem for Shavuot, knowing while they were waiting, they were counting the Omer and would be reflecting on Chesed.  This is reflected in the questions He asked Peter…do you love me?

Read John chapter 21 as we reflect on our “love for G-d and our fellow man……in Counting the Omer this week.

More to come tomorrow!

B’rachot, B’Shem Yeshua, (blessings In The Name of Jesus)

Rabbi Cliff

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