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…

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…

Weeks/Pentecost (part 2)

Painting by Patrick Murphy http://www.inspiredsketch.blogspot.com In the last post, we looked at the fulfillment of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2.  Jesus was anointed with the fullness of God’s Spirit, and His anointing flowed down to the church. Sharing in Christ’s anointing means many things.  First Corinthians 2:12 says, “We have not received the spirit…

Weeks/Pentecost (part 1)

Painting from http://theschoolofthetransferofenergy.com/tag/moses-and-aaron/ In the third month, the Israelites observed the Feast of Weeks, presumably named because it was held seven weeks and one day after Firstfruits.  This span of time equals 50 days, so the feast also came to be known as Pentecost (=“fiftieth”) (Lev. 23:15, 16; Acts 2:1).  During this 50 days, more of…

Firstfruits

Picture by Patrick Murphy http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ On the 16th of the first month, the day after Unleavened Bread started, the Israelites were to bring a sheaf of new grain to the priest.  This was also “the day after the Sabbath,” or Sunday (Lev. 23:11).  This new grain was the first of the harvest to ripen, the…