Leviticus 24:1-4 The Lamps

Keep your light burning before the Lord regularly.

God addresses the light for His Tabernacle. A light that was kept burning regularly; EVERY night.

When I started the reading for today I noticed that this is the last of Hanukkah. I commented on the timing of the festivals, especially Rosh Hashanah and our western calendar. Now God addresses the lampstand which is central to the celebration ending tonight. Because I’m not intimately familiar with the Jewish calendar I don’t know if they lit their last lamp last night at evening or did so this evening. Either way, I like the timing and the reminder that I’m not the only one thinking about this item of God’s house right now.

I was always under the impression that the lampstand in the Tabernacle burned 24/7. I know there is no way for the light to penetrate the side walls or roof of the tent. It is FOUR layers thick. But the door to the tent is made of linen which is embroidered. I don’t know if it was rolled up or pulled to one side during the day or not but light should be able to penetrate it. So the outer sanctuary had natural light during daylight hours. But it was pitch dark at night without the lamp. Read more »

Leviticus 23:33-44 Festival 7

A temporary home away from home.

The final feast the Lord commanded was the Feast of Booths. This feast lasted for seven days with a final closing feast on the eighth day.

Of all the feasts this one, to me, sounds the most complicated. There is only one other feast that lasts as long as this one and it is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. On that occasion the thing most affected is the diet in the home and the cleaning of the home of all things leavened. This feast requires a complete shift in the family’s daily life. It also required much more elaborate preparations.

During the Feast of Booths the people were to live in “booths” or temporary dwellings. This was to be done as a reminder of how the people lived the first 40 years after leaving Egypt. Read more »

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 »