Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship
Counting of the Omer
counting of the Omer starts after Pesach and ends at Shavout.
Omer is an ancient dry measure unit (approx. 43 oz.).
It was used in the time of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Counting of the Omer
(or Sefirat Ha'omer) (ספירת העומר)
an actual counting down of the 49 days between Pesach (Passover) and
Shavuot (Pentecost). The beginning of the countdown
starts the day after Pesach, on the first day of Unleaven Bread. From Pesach
to Shavout we count down to the giving of the Torah. Shavout is the
You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks , that is, the
first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the
turn of the year. [Exodus 34:22 NASU]
Then the L-RD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 "Speak to
the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land which I am
going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the
sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.
[Leviticus 23:9-10 NASU]
You shall also count for yourselves from the day after
the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave
offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. 16'You shall count fifty
days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new
grain offering to the L-RD. 17'You shall bring in from your dwelling
places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an
ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to
the L-RD. 18'Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old
male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are
to be a burnt offering to the L-RD, with their grain offering and their
drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the L-RD.
19'You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering and two male
lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. 20'The priest shall
then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with
two lambs before the L-RD; they are to be holy to the L-RD for the priest.
21'On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have
a holy convocation. You shall do no laborious work. It is to be a
perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.
[Leviticus 23:15-21 NASU]
Also on the day of the first fruits, when
you present a new grain offering to the L-RD in your Feast of Weeks , you
shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.
[Numbers 28:26 NASU]
You shall count seven weeks for
yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to
put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 "Then you shall celebrate
the Feast of Weeks to the L-RD your G-d with a tribute of a freewill
offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the L-RD your G-d
blesses you; 11 and you shall rejoice before the L-RD your G-d, you and
your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the
Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow
who are in your midst, in the place where the L-RD your G-d chooses to
establish His name. 12 " You shall remember that you were a slave in
Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.
[Deuteronomy 16:9-12 NASU]
Three times in a year all your males
shall appear before the L-RD your G-d in the place which He chooses, at
the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast
of Booths, and they shall not appear before the L-RD empty-handed. 17
"Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the
L-RD your G-d which He has given you.
[Deuteronomy 16:16-17 NASU]
Omer is the counting down of the
days leading to Shavuot (Pentecost).
Jewish Tradition: The Jewish traditions of today count the Omer with Mitzvot
(good deeds). An illustration
of how Jewish people teach their children to count Omer is found at the
web site The Homer
Calendar and Torah
people all over the world count down Omer by reciting the Omer prayer one
line each day.
the days of the temple, the "Omer", or a measure of the first
barley of the new harvest, would be sacrificed as a praise offering.
Today, Jewish households all over the world observe the counting of the
Omer by units of days and weeks and faithfully say prayers. For the
Jewish people, counting the Omer is numbering the days between receiving
their physical freedom on the Passover until the day they received the
Torah at Mount Sinai - their spiritual freedom - on Shavuot!
The counting ideally takes place at sundown (when a new day on the
Hebrew calendar begins), either at home or in synagogue during the ma'ariv
(evening) service. One does not need a minyan (prayer quorum of
ten) to count. "Maimonides
views Sefirat Ha'Omer...as the outcome of the extraordinary
anticipation that Jews felt for the moment of Revelation. The Israelites
counted every night much like a child who counts the days until his or her
people know the importance of counting down the Omer. Christians
should also know how important it is to us too. Fifty days praising
and thanking our L-rd for His Law, deliverance and supply. His law
and instruction revealed.
is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those
things which are written in it; for the time is near.
[Revelation 1:3 NKJV]
who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. [Rev
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Baruch Ha'bah B’Shem Adonai. [Psalms 118:26]
Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the L-rd. [Psalms
118:26 - Matthew
Let us hold fast the
confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And
let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but
exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
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for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His
wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.
[Malachi 4:2 in NASU & 3:20 in
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