What Amazes You?

“In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.” Lev. 23:24.

We began this week asking, “Do you want more of God?” My prayer is for us to have seen through Leviticus how God fills that desire in us. Today, we finish Leviticus with the final feasts of Israel. They are three in one known as the Festival of Tabernacles.

God chose Israel for His own, not as an exclusion of others, but for the avenue of blessing to others. “…and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”blogflag-186476__340

“I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the dimishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?” Rom. 11:11,12.

The nation of Israel is the recipient of certain of God’s promises, but even these are our blessing. We are remembered in the celebration of Israel’s feasts, recipients of the fulfillment of those days. There are three yet to come.

The summer is past. The time of harvest looms ahead. The trumpet sounds. The time of gathering arrives, but before there is a gathering a scattering occurs.

“a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation…And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.” Deut. 28:64.blog trumpets

This scattering has happened to Israel twice, once in the Assyrian/Babylonian captivity and beginning again in 70 A. D. after the temple of Herod was destroyed by the Romans. In A.D. 135 the Jews were forbidden to enter Jerusalem by Hadrian the Roman emperor.  But God is a covenant-keeping God.

“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to them do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.” Jer. 32: 38-42.

Until 1948, Israel remained a scattered flock, with no sheepfold of their own. They are now  one nation. I believe the trumpet has sounded for their gathering in preparation for their Day of Atonement.blogdesperate-2676556__340

“in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls…And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year… they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son…In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem… Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”(Lev. 16:29,34; Jer. 12:10,11; Rev. 1:7).

God is specific in His times as He lays out Israel’s future and ours.

“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, THERE SHALL COME OUT OF SION THE DELIVERER, AND SHALL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB: FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT UNTO THEM, WHEN I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” Rom. 11:26.

So begins the Feast of Booths.

“…The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD…and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days…That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God… And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers: and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannessesss… And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles…In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD…and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.” (Lev. 23: 34,40,43; Ezek. 36:28,29; Zech. 14:16,20,21).blog feast

The gathering of Israel, I believe, is among us. The Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths are yet to come, when the fullness of the blessing of Israel will be the fullness of the blessing of all nations.

 

“Rejoice ye with Jerusalem,

and be glad with her, all ye that love her:

rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations;

that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

For thus saith the LORD,

I will extend peace to her like a river,

and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:

then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides,

and be dandled upon her knees.

As one whom his mother comforteth,

so will I comfort you;

and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isa. 66:10-13.

What from Leviticus causes you amazement?  What blessing of Israel do you see as your own?

 

Are You Living in the Shadows

“These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.” Lev. 23:4.

Leviticus seems a most unlikely place to find God’s plan for the future, but hidden within this book, the light of the feasts casts a shadow on God’s redemptive plan for all nations for all eternity.

“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S Passover… Lev. 23:5;Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year…kill it in the evening…take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…when I see the blood I will passover you… Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”(from Ex. 12; I Cor. 7.)cross-sunset-sunrise-hill-70847.jpeg

For more on the Passover see my post, “Why A Lamb?”

“And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread…Lev. 23:6; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high… Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (Heb. 1:3; 1Cor. 5:8).

During the week of Unleavened Bread one more feast occurs completing the festival of Passover.

“And the Lord spake unto Moses…ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest…Lev. 23:10; a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD they God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: And thou shalt rejoice… Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles… But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”( Deut. 16:10,11; Acts 26:22,23;;1Cor. 15:20).blog tombb796a201f64ff34f04fe09f604ff0ae4--easter-crafts-crafts-for-kids

Christ’s sacrificial death on our behalf purges us from sin bringing substance to the shadow of these feasts. Their picture is completed in Christ’s resurrection, Him being the First Fruits of the dead and, the beginning of the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost.

“And ye shall count…Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD…Lev. 23:16; BEHOLD THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD, WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH…And when the day of Pentecost was fully come … they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls…For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles.” (Heb.8:8; From Acts 2; 1Cor. 12:13).

The Feast of Weeks shadowed the coming of the Holy Spirit and the mystery of the church made one in Jew and Gentile. Herein begins the last days spoken of by our Lord. This is where we are now. How long are the last days? They are as long as it takes for the fullness of time to be complete, for the final feasts to come out of their shadows into their substance. We will look at those tomorrow.

Today we still live in a time of planting, watering and increase, but it will not always be so. One day the Feast of Trumpets will begin with a mighty sound from heaven, maybe it’s already sounded, then comes the end.

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be make alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end…” 1Cor. 15:20-24.

Are you living the shadow of the feasts or in the substance that has been fulfilled in Christ?