Yesterday, I released chapter 17 and 18 to my reading list. I also announced that the possibility to sign up will close on June 30th.
If I want to be able to sell my book at some point in the future, I can’t continue to allow anyone to sign up to read it for free. I must limit it somehow – so June 30th it is.
I am also planning a special surprise for my subscribers once July has started and the list is closed.
This evening the holiday of Shavuot starts. The Torah speaks of it as the harvest feast, but tradition has connected it to the giving of the Torah on mount Sinai. The exodus from Egypt, on Passover, did free the people of Israel from slavery to freedom. But only on Shavuot, when they got the Torah, did they really realize who God is and what he now expects of them.
In the same way, Jesus death and resurrection as the Passover lamb of God, on Passover, freed us from slavery to sin to freedom in Christ. But only on Shavuot, when we got the Holy Spirit, did we really realize who God is and what he now expects of us.
Shavuot, or Pentecost, as it is called in Greek, is really the “birthday of the church”. This is when it all began.
Now, my book takes place over 30 years after those events. But it is of course very possible that some of my characters at some point will meet a person who was there and saw it all.
And a thought I’ve had: Since they were speaking many languages at that event – maybe, just maybe, the Jews from Arabia who spoke Arabic, heard the disciples say the words “Allahu Akbar” – “God is great.”