The Sixteenth of Nisan  Day 2-Feast of Unleavened Bread

Today begins the 50-day-countdown to Shavu'ot, by counting the Omer. Some people do their Omer Counting in the evenings. I prefer to count on the morning of the day, rather than the night before as I get too confused. What ever works for you.

The word omer is sometimes translated as sheaf specifically, an amount of grain large enough to require bundling.

        In Judaism, the main significance of the omer is the traditional offering of an omer of barley on the second day of Passover (during the period of Temple sacrifice) as well as the tradition of the Counting of the Omer (sefirat ha'omer) - the 49 days between this sacrifice and the two loaves of wheat offered on the holiday of Shavuot. From: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia (Internet)

        "You shall count for yourselves -- from the day after the Shabbat (after Passover), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving -- seven shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count fifty days..." Leviticus 23:15-16

omer         "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 Shavu'ot for the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 16:9-10

        Passover leads right into the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a period of seven days in which no leaven is eaten. Counting the Omer follows Passover and leads into Shavu'ot.

        The traditional way to count the days is by saying a certain prayer every evening, at the dinner table, and to mention the number of the current day of the Omer.

        The prayer: "Blessed art thou, O Lord Our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by thy commandments and commanded us to be a light unto the nations and has given us Yeshua our Messiah, the light of the world."

        "Today is the _____day of the Omer." It is also a good time to remind yourself that each day is unique.

        Often people will read 8 verses a day from Psalm 119 as a way to 'mark' the counting. I have provided a daily verse chart in my book, "Following Yeshua...Celebrating the Feasts of Adonai" .




Story Continues in Two Days
~ Eighteenth of Nisan ~
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