24,000 Died!

Kari BrowningBlog, Prophetic Words

I just read an article advising on how to clean our homes during the pandemic. I also just read an article on a Jewish site about cleaning our homes for the upcoming festival of Passover. (It is believed that the custom of “spring cleaning” comes from the Jewish tradition of deep cleaning prior to Passover. All leaven must be removed from the house.)

The days between Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost) are known as the days of Counting the Omer. These 49 days are counted and on the 50th day is Shavuot, which was the Day of the Giving of the Law. (Same date as Pentecost in Acts 2).

The Counting of the Omer is a period of partial mourning, during which weddings, parties, and dinners with dancing are not conducted. Haircuts are also forbidden during this period. This is in memory of a plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiva, who was a leading Jewish scholar and sage during the latter part of the first century.

During the Omer period, the deaths of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva are mourned. They died in a plague because, as the Talmud informs us, “they did not conduct themselves with respect for each other.”

Rabbi Akiva’s most famous teaching was “Love your fellow as yourself.” Since his 24,000 disciples did not respect and love one another, they died!

The plague was stopped on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer (the 18th day of the month of Iyar) and it is a day of rejoicing. ❤️