Pentecost, or The Feast of Weeks, is calculated from the first feast, Passover. It comes 50 days after the Passover Sabbath, thus the name Pentecost, which means 50. This is a Greek name, but the Jewish people call it Shavuot, which is the Hebrew word for “weeks.” Shavuot is a harvest festival, thanking G-d for the wheat harvest. According to oral tradition, it is also the day that Moses received the Law on Mt. Sinai. On Shavuot the priests offered two loaves of bread made from newly harvested grain. Unlike other offerings, these loaves were baked with leaven. Leaven is frequently used in the Scriptures as a type of sin. This was the only time a leavened offering was acceptable to G-d.
We see in the two loaves a type of G-d’s people, both Jews and Gentiles, both containing sin, both made acceptable to G-d, both given eternal life and made one in Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). After Shavuot, a long time elapses before the next feast. We see in this our present age of waiting for the return of the Messiah, Yeshua.
– Betty Cochran