What is the significance of Counting the Omer?

The Deep Significance of Counting the Omer

The Omer marks the 50 days traveling the desert from Egypt to Sinai. It also marks the wave offering of the Temple on the second day of Passover. The wave offering was a measure of flour made from the first sheaves of barley grain that had been reaped.

The omer (Hebrew: עֹ֫מֶר ‘ōmer) is an ancient Israelite unit of dry measure used in the era of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is used in the Bible as an ancient unit of volume for grains and dry commodities, and the Torah mentions as being equal to one tenth of an ephah.

The omer offering (Hebrew korban omer, minchat omer) was a grain sacrifice wave offering, brought to the temple in Jerusalem. The first-fruits was a sheaf of barley which was offered in connection with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, directly following the Passover.

The wave offering (Hebrew: tenufah תנופה) or sheaf offering or omer offering was an offering made by the Jewish priests to God (Exodus 29:24, 26, 27; Leviticus 7:20-34; 8:27; 9:21; 10:14, 15, etc.). The sheaf or omer or wave-offering then became the property of the priests.

On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot, they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving Yahuah… According to The law, Shavuot is celebrated in Israel for one day and in the Diaspora for two days.

It is done in anticipation of our observance of Shavuot the day we received the Torah as a Nation and also in observance of the day the Ruach Ha Khodesh immerses the followers of Yahusha who returns us to the Torah

Symbolically the development of the fruit of the Ruach in our lives will be an offering we can wave before or give to Ab Yahuah

The Omer count lasts for 50 days as there are 50 days between the last day of Feast of Unleavened Bread and the observance of Shavuot

In Hebraic thought, the number 50 is represented by the letter Nun.

 

The spiritual meaning of the number is “Pure”

The Mystery of Nun

According to the Chaz’l (sages), Nun is said to represent both faithfulness and the reward for faithfulness. Moses is seen as the paradigmatic humble servant of the LORD.

The word “Nun” itself is spelled Nun-Vav-(Final Nun)

 

 

 

Rashi (well-known sage)said that this orthography suggests that the one who is humble before God will stand upright in the final day. In the olam hazeh (present life), this means that the tzaddik (righteous man) will simultaneously affirm: “I am nothing but dust,” and “the world itself was made for my sake.” Humble yourself in the sight of the LORD, and He shall lift you up (James 4:10).

Yeshua and the Letter Nun

In Aramaic (the language of the Talmud), the word Nun means “fish,” a symbol of activity and life. The first mention of the word is in Exodus 33:11, in reference to Joshua, the “son of Nun.”  Joshua, the one who succeeded Moses and was able to enter the Promised Land, was the “Son of Life” – a clear picture of Yeshua our Messiah.

Notice that the form of the Nun represents a bent Vav (suggesting a humbled man) crowned with glory (the three tagin on the head of the letter).  From the Messianic point of view, we see that Yeshua came as a man (Vav), was honored by His absolute humility while upon earth (as indicated by the crown of thorns), and is now exalted as the Righteous One who wears the Golden Crown of God upon His head forever and ever (Rev 14:14).

So the process of counting the Omer is for the purpose of teaching us to continuously bow in humility before Yahuah as Yahusha did and Moshe before him while Yahuah lifts us up to inherit His power and his promises. We give our lives away that his life will be lived through us.

 

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