Something has just struck me today.
I want to share it.
When I was reading the DSS, specifically the part concerning Firstfruits of Wheat, the last sentence states...
"This is a pilgrimage
Feast of Weeks, a feast of firstfruits established as a memorial forever."
It does not say this for the Feast of New Wine or New Oil.
I was wondering why would those who were present for the New Wine Feast be there at all since it was NOT a pilgrimage.
Then I reread Acts 2.
The scene was in the Temple and those who experienced it were the DSS writers!!!
Does anyone else here see the connections between those who wrote the scrolls and Acts 2?
1.When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Strong's mentions that "one accord" means "single purpose" and that "one place" actually means "again."
So, they were in the Temple again
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
"House" I believe was the Temple to offer their first fruits of New Wine.
3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
Did not Yahusha say to those after he left to tarry in Jerusalem for awhile
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Why else would we need to know this?
6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs--we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?"
13 Others mocking said, "They are full of new wine."
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Who is Shaul/Paul talking about? The Rabbis who gave us the Old Testament/Talmuds or the Writers of the DSS?
The New Testament was not even written yet, remember.
I don't believe the group that wrote the Scrolls were the Essenes per se. Now one knows who wrote the Scrolls.
The Qumran Essenes did not like to mingle with outsiders, but there were other groups who were part of the Essenes and who did believe in bringing those outside of the Covenant... in. These were the "Essenes" who broke from Qumran and went to Damascus and Galilee.
"The Essenes are best known today as the inhabitants from Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were located by Bedouins first in 1947. It is now known that they were closely affiliated with the Hasidim, a sectarian group that included the disciples of Hillel and Menahem the Essene who left for Damascus in 20 BCE."
http://biblesearchers.com/yahshua/beith ... tile.shtml
I am going to verify some of these claims from this webpage so don't hold my feet to the fire if they are bogus.
I do find them very intriguing and pertinent to the discussion.
Am I thinking the DSS are oracles that we should heed with discernment from the Ruach.