At twilight today, Friday, April 14th, a new day and the Sabbath begins. This is one week / seven days of counting the Omer!
Why did days on the calendar of Jesus begin and end at sundown? The answer points to Genesis, “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” (Genesis 1:5). Even the day God rested—the last day of the week—extends from sunset to sunset (Leviticus 23:3).
The weekly Sabbath, called Shabbat in Hebrew, starts tonight. This is when God extends the hem of his garment like a blanket of peace over the earth. No one is left out, Shabbat is a place of belonging. May your Sabbath be filled with the shalom of Heaven.
Thank you, Lord, for this seventh day of counting the Omer. Thank you for one week of the countdown to Pentecost! Amen.