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What is Pentecost?

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

Pentecost, a term rich in both historical and spiritual significance, holding meaning for believers across the Old and New Testaments. As Bible teachers and parents, when we understanding the history and depth of this word it can enrich our teaching and deepen our faith journey, especially as we explore its dual celebrations on the Biblical and Christian calendars.

When is Pentecost?

In the Old Testament, the word “Pentecost” finds its roots in the Hebrew word “Shavuot,” meaning “Weeks.” This festival, observed fifty days after Passover, traditionally commemorates the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Hence, Pentecost also known as Shavuot symbolizes the covenant relationship between God and His people, emphasizing obedience to His commandments. Today, celebrations often involve reading the Ten Commandments aloud and reflecting on their continuing relevance.

Pentecost in the New Testament

Transitioning to the New Testament, Pentecost takes on new significance in the Christian tradition. In Acts 2, we witness the second Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples, empowering them for ministry of sharing the Good News. This event, often seen as the beginning of the Church, marked by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

What is the Date this Year?

On the Jewish calendar, Shavuot falls fifty days after Passover, typically in late May or early June. Pentecost on the biblical calendar is Sivan 7 which translates this year to June 12, 2024.

In contrast, on the Christian calendar, Pentecost occurs fifty days after Easter Sunday, usually in late May or early June as well. This year it is celebrated on Sunday, May 19 2024.

Pentecost highlights the continuity of the Old and New Testaments, as well as showing God’s redemptive plan throughout history.

What we can learn from Pentecost?

Reflecting on the meaning and timing of Pentecost, it is the final biblical holiday in the spring. As we teach and parent, let’s invite our families and communities to explore the significance of Pentecost/Shavuot, celebrating both the giving of the Law and the outpouring of the Spirit. May our understanding of this holiday deepen our reverence for God’s faithfulness and inspire us to live obediently and Spirit-filled lives.

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