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Leviticus 23:26-32 Festival 6

The true purpose of the Day of Atonement.

This is the holiest day of all God’s feasts; the Day of Atonement. This is the ONE day of the year when the high priest can enter the presence of God behind the veil.

We saw the Day of Atonement activities spelled out for us previously in chapter 16. God’s directions here DO NOT contradict ANY of His previous instructions. But He doesn’t go into the same details as He previously did when prescribing this day’s activities.

The first part of the day was spent by the high priest making a sacrifice for his and his family’s sins. Then the sins of the people as a nation were addressed. Since the consecration of the Tabernacle, this was the only day each year that anyone went beyond the veil of the Holy of Holies. The blood of the sacrifices on this day were brought into the very presence of the Lord. ANY insincerity or deviation from God’s prescribed directions met with disaster for the one doing this task. Read more »

Leviticus 23:23-25 Festival 5

The shofar. Notice the eyes turned Heavenward? Our hearts need to follow! I wonder if Jesus ever blew the shofar.

The fifth feast we hear God calling His people to is the Feast of Trumpets. It marks the civil new year for the Jews.

I find it interesting that God’s timing has brought us to this feast at this time. I live in the United States and we are approaching our new year; 2020. I never studied the feasts of Israel before and knew little beyond Passover and Hanukkah. Walking through this book, especially this chapter, has brought me new insight and understanding. I am VERY grateful for that!

When reading God’s requirements for this feast I notice that they are few and far between. He doesn’t command a specific sacrifice. He doesn’t say what the people are to do on this day. He simply states the day, the focus of the day, one restriction, and one observance. Read more »

Leviticus 23:15-22 Festival 4

God provides for the poor in the harvest too.

This is the second of the festivals that God is instituting after the children of Israel reach the Promised Land. The second harvest feast.

In the New Testament this feast is referred to as Pentecost. This is the day that the Holy Spirit came down to dwell in the hearts of believers. But before that it was a celebration to commemorate the second of Israel’s harvests.

The Feast of First Fruits was at the end of the spring harvest and beginning of the summer planting season. The people gave of what they had harvested first to God and praised Him for the promise of what was to come in the second growing season. The Feast of First Fruits is also the day we celebrate Easter; where Jesus is the first fruits of God’s new Kingdom. Read more »

Leviticus 23:9-14 Festival 3

Give Him your first fruits, not your leftovers.

This is the first festival God says specifically that will wait until the people reach the Promised Land. This is a promise feast.

This celebration is for after the people arrive and begin planting crops. The wilderness is not a place for planting fields and vineyards. But God is taking the people to a place where it is appropriate and advantageous.

This festival speaks of a future to come. I see it as a promise from the Lord. At the time He gave this command He was sustaining the people by providing manna from Heaven. What they had lasted them only a day at a time and two days on the day before the Sabbath. He was promising them instead that their harvests would be plentiful. There would be enough that the people would be celebrating. There would also be scarce enough that the people would be leaning on Him and trust that honoring Him first with whatever they had would bring His blessing. Read more »

Leviticus 23:4-8 Festival 2

Passover observance today evolved to remind us of the original events.

We get to look at the second of the feasts God calls for His people to celebrate. This is the Passover. This one should be very fresh in their minds!

Passover is actually two feast rolled into one. The first night, the 14th of the first month of the religious calendar for Israel is Passover. The 15th of this same month begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Both these remembrances are in the very recent past for this group.

I don’t know for certain if the Israelites celebrated the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread while in the wilderness. God doesn’t stipulate here that this feast is to be remembered when they come into their new land, as He does with some of the later ones. So I’m guessing they probably did. Read more »