- Counting of the Omer and the 49 Meshalim of Messiah
- Blessed are you that your eyes see and your ears hear
- Measuring our lives by the true Manna from Heaven
- Counting of the Omer and the 49 Meshalim of Messiah (Jewish Calendar)
Counting of the Omer and the 49 Meshalim of Messiah:
Counting of the Omer began – the evening of Saturday, March 31, 2018 and ended in the evening of Saturday, May 19.
A Sefirat HaOmer 2018 calendar is provided in the table below that includes the Jewish Calendar dates (Nisan 16, 5778 – Sivan 5, 5778) for Counting of the Omer and studying the *forty-nine meshalim (parables) of the Messiah. The corresponding secular dates for “Counting the Omer and the Forty-nine parables of Messiah” are found at the very bottom of the page (left hand corner – under “Study Tools”).
Counting of the Omer (Hebrew: ספירת העומר, Sefirat HaOmer, sometimes abbreviated as Sefira or the Omer) is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Pesach (חג הפסח-Passover) and Shavuot (חג השבועות-Feast of Weeks, Pentecost).
The 49 meshalim (משלים, משלי-parables; מָשָׁל-parable, allegory, proverb) of the Messiah that we will be reflecting upon this year during the 49 days of Counting the Omer are presented in their proper chronological order as we believe they were actually taught by the Messiah.
Blessed are you that your eyes see and your ears hear:
נגשו התלמידים ושאלו: מדוע אתה מדבר אליהם במשלים? השיב ואמר: מפני שלכם נתן לדעת את סודות מלכות השמים, אך להם לא נתן. כי מי שיש לו נתון ינתן לו ושפע יהיה לו, אך מי שאין לו, גם מה שיש לו ילקח ממנו. לכן במשלים אני מדבר אליהם, כי בראותם אינם רואים ובשמעם אינם שומעים אף אינם מבינים. ומתקימת בהם נבואת ישעיהו לאמר: שמעו שמוע ואל-תבינו וראו ראו ואל-תדעו. השמן לב-העם הזה ואזניו הכבד ועיניו השע, פן-יראה בעיניו ובאזניו ישמע ולבבו יבין, ושב ורפא לו. אשרי עיניכם הרואות ואזניכם השומעות. אמן. אומר אני לכם, נביאים וצדיקים רבים נכספו לראות את אשר אתם רואים ולא ראו, ולשמע את אשר אתם שומעים ולא שמעו.פ
The talmidim came and asked, “Why do you speak to them in meshalim?” He answered and said: “Because to you it is given to know the secrets of the kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given. For to one who has, it will surely be given, and he will have abundance; but for one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken from him. That is why I speak to them in meshalim. For in their seeing they will not see, and in their hearing they will not hear, nor do they even understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yeshayah (Isaiah):
“Listen well, but you will not understand. Look closely, but you will not know. Fatten the heart of this nation (Israel), and make its ears heavy and seal its eyes, so it will not see with its eyes or hear with its ears or understand with its heart or repent and be healed.”
“Blessed (אשרי-ashrei, happy) are you that your eyes see and your ears hear. For I say to you, many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see and did not see, and to hear what you hear and have not heard. “
Measuring our lives by the true Bread out of Heaven:
Question: How do we daily measure our lives by the life of the Messiah?
Answer: We accurately measure the content of our lives by conforming ourselves to the teaching of the Messiah.
What way could we better count the 49-days than to examine ourselves by the 49-meshalim (parables) of Messiah? What better way could we count the seven weeks that prepared our Jewish ancestors for receiving the gift of the Father, His Living Torah (the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit), than to meditate on the teachings of M’shicho (His Messiah). Regarding this matter keep in mind four points:
Point #1. The truth that precedes all other truths, the key (singular) mystery (סוד-sod) of the kingdom of G-d (מלכות האלהים) that precedes our receiving the keys (plural) that unlock all of the secrets (סודות-sodot) of the kingdom of heaven (מלכות השמים) is that M’shicho (His Messiah) is the true “Manna from Heaven!”
Point #2. The Omer is a derivative measurement of the volume of a one day portion of manna. Therefore, the Omer derives its (spiritual messianic) meaning and purpose from the Torah meaning of the Manna.
Point #4. Therefore, from a literal point of view, when we retrace our journey out of Egypt to Mount Sinai (Israel and the Commonwealth of Israel) we are daily measuring the contents of our own inner-life by the “measure of the manna.” Since Messiah is the Manna from Heaven it only makes sense that we would be reading and meditating on His teaching during this very special time of the year.
Counting of the Omer and the 49 Meshalim of the Messiah (Jewish Calendar):
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