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Passover and Shavuot at Beit Immanuel: A Season of Redemption, Renewal, and Revival

At Beit Immanuel, we eagerly welcomed the spring holidays, celebrating both Passover, where we celebrate God’s deliverance and Yeshua’s redemption, and Shavuot, commemorating the harvest and giving of the first fruits offering, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. 

This year’s holidays were not the same as our country is at war and 120 hostages are still in captivity, making it difficult for Israelis to celebrate with the usual enthusiasm.

Passover is a divine ordinance, a special time for us to meet with God and remember His mighty redemption of our people from Pharaoh’s grasp with a powerful hand and outstretched arm (Deut. 5:15). For our congregation, it was a wonderful time to come together and celebrate all that God has done.

What made it special though was also hosting 50 unbelievers and among them dear Holocaust survivors, this allowed them to celebrate Passover with other people instead of staying home alone. 

As we gathered around the tables, the evening unfolded with traditional songs that filled the air, bringing joy and a sense of our shared heritage. We read through the Passover Haggadah – the telling of the story of the children of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, and their journey from slavery to freedom. Along with worship songs, we were able to share how Yeshua is our Passover Lamb through the various elements of the Seder, delivering us from the bondage of sin, guilt, and shame. 

We believe that this was more than just a celebration; it was an opportunity to plant seeds of faith. We pray that these seeds will be nurtured and grow, leading our guests to come to know Yeshua as their Savior.

Fifty days later, we celebrated Shavuot (The Feat of Weeks or Firstfruits), one of the three pilgrimage festivals where the men would bring the first fruits of the spring harvest as an offering to the Lord in Jerusalem. Also, it was during Shavuot that the Lord poured out His Spirit on the first believers (Acts 2). Our hope and prayer is that the Lord would once again pour out His Spirit on His people in this Land at this time. 

Pray with us for the outpouring of His Spirit and for the seeds planted during our Passover Seder would continue to grow in the hearts of those who heard about Yeshua.