Promises, Promises

  “He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4, NIV). When we hear the term “Bible promises,” we tend to think of blessings or things God gives us.  God certainly…

Suggestion Box

A post with this same title appeared awhile back on The Voice of One.  In it, I asked readers to suggest things they’d like me to post about.  At that time, one person asked me to post about the supremacy of Jesus in Revelation, and I did.  As a way to foster interaction, I’ve decided…

Harvest and Completion (Tabernacles Part 3)

Tabernacles, we mentioned, celebrated the maturing and harvesting of the whole crop.  Often, the idea of harvest is associated with evangelism, “reaping” souls for the kingdom of God.  But evangelism is probably more like scattering seed and conversion like seed sprouting.   No one harvests seeds or sprouts.  Only mature plants bearing grain or fruit are…

The Camp of Co-heirs (Tabernacles Part 2)

After leaving Egypt, God commanded that Israel’s tabernacles be arranged in a particular way (Num. 2).  The Lord’s Tabernacle was in the center of the camp.  Three tribes of Israel camped to the east of the Tent of Meeting (the most populous); three to the west (the least populous); three to the north and south…

Camp of the True Vine (Tabernacles Part 1)

From the 15th through the 22nd of the seventh month, the Israelites were to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths (Lev. 23:34).  Throughout this feast, the Israelites were to live in tent-like structures called tabernacles or booths.  This served as a reminder that the Lord had His people dwell in booths after He brought…

True Fasting (The Day of Atonement Part 4)

Drawing by Patrick Murphy http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ As mentioned, people were to practice self-denial or fast throughout the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:32).  This appointed fast is discussed in Isaiah 58.  Through Isaiah, God communicates the spirit of the fast on the Day of Atonement:  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the…

Beyond Eden (The Day of Atonement Part 3)

After the fall, man was sent out of Eden, away from God’s presence.  God posted cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life (Gen. 3:23).  Cherubim were also embroidered into the veil barring the way to the Most Holy Place in the tent of meeting (Ex. 26:31).  Christ (as…

Two Goats (The Day of Atonement Part 2)

Of the offerings made on the Day of Atonement, the most significant was the sin offering.  Leviticus 16:5 says the high priest was “to take from the Israelite community two male goats for a sin offering….”  Note that both goats constituted a single sin offering.  Lots were cast for the goats: “one lot for the…

The Day of Atonement (part 1)

The Day of Atonement occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month.  On this day, the Israelites were to practice “self-denial” (usually understood to mean fasting) while various sacrifices were made (Lev. 23:27).  Through these offerings, the Lord promised, “Atonement will be made for you on this day to cleanse you, and you will…

Trumpets

On the first day of the seventh month, the Israelites were to “have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts” (Lev. 23:24). The purpose of this commemoration isn’t entirely clear. Unlike the preceding feasts, Trumpets isn’t associated with the history of the exodus or with Israel’s agricultural seasons. Other than instructions about…