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jay dockins’ may 2012 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

We have completed the Passover Season and are headed to the last of the Spring Festivals, Shavu’ot! It is known as Pentecost in the church world and also as the Feast of Weeks. It is the celebration of the time when the first-fruits of the grain harvest were gathered and taken to the Temple to be offered to the LORD. It is also the day on which the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.

The celebration of Shavu’ot begins on the fiftieth day from the beginning day of Passover. Each day is counted and the fiftieth day is Shavu’ot. Acts 2:1 says, “And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come…” (The word “Pentecost” means “fifty days.”) Shavu’ot is celebrated with several traditions.
1.  The Law was given at Pentecost. This event is celebrated in the synagogue.
2. The book of Ruth is read because it features the story of the grain harvest.
3. Some stay up all night on Shavu’ot Eve and read the Scriptures. Prayers are also offered very early in the morning.
4. There are many decorations made with flowers and dairy dishes are eaten (cheese blintzes and cheesecake!) in remembrance that God’s revelation through the Torah is like milk which sustains us.
5. Work is not permitted on Shavu’ot.

The Day of Pentecost

Of course the church (especially we Pentecostals), sees the significance of Shavu’ot as the time when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 who were gathered at the command of Jesus! Those upon whom the Spirit was poured out were “endued with power from on high” and given the power to gather a great harvest of souls in the last day! As the Jewish people see the first Pentecost as the day when the Torah was given, the church sees the Pentecost of Acts 2 as the day when the power to fulfill God’s Word and purpose were given. It is the day when the Holy Spirit came and took up His new dwelling place in man!

As I mentioned earlier, Passover season has come and gone (although, in a sense, some see Passover as continuing through Shavu’ot). Rock of Israel staff ministers officiated at many Seders and there are a few still left to do. We have thrilled at seeing participants in these services get a fresh glimpse of Jesus, not only as the Lamb of God but also as the Risen Savior! The same Spirit which ministered to and strengthened Jesus as He laid down His life as the Lamb of God is the same Spirit which raised Him from the dead on First Fruits! And it is that same Spirit which will quicken (give life to) our mortal bodies when we are resurrected! (Romans 8:11) This is truly an exciting time of year as we consider the ministry of the Holy Spirit, both in the life of Jesus and in our lives!

Me and my little buddy, Michael!

In the past few weeks, our ministry travels have taken us to Oklahoma and Arkansas. We have had several memorable experiences and met new friends. One very special friend that I made was a little four year old boy who I met in Monticello, Arkansas. Little Michael met me in the hallway of his church before Sunday School and asked me if he could show me where my class was. I took him by the hand and replied, “Would you, please.” He led me to the auditorium and told me that was where my class met. That evening, after the Seder, Michael crawled under the head table, tugged on the leg of my pants and said, “Thank you for being our teacher, today!” I told him, “You are welcome, Michael.” He had been my buddy all day and I had Kim take our picture together as we prepared to leave. Jesus spoke about loving and teaching the little children. Why? Because the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like them!

Me and Michael doing the “exploding fist bump” that I taught him earlier in the day!

Our ministry in the next few months will feature my attendance at several ministers’ conferences. These meetings in Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas will give me opportunity to present the ministry to ministers who have never heard of or desire more information about Rock of Israel. I look forward to these days and pray that the LORD will give us favor with those attending these events.

Jewish Vocabulary

Shavu’ot- the day which occurs 50 days after the beginning of Passover in which the Jewish people celebrate the giving of the Torah and the beginning of the grain harvest.

I am constantly interested in scheduling services! I would be glad to coordinate a date for a service with your calendar. If you or your church would be interested in scheduling a service, contact me at your convenience for information and dates!

1-800-207-7780       or             1-800-544-0829

jdockins@rockofisrael.org

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