Sukkot, the Place

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.

Leviticus 23:43 (KJV)

Booths – When you compare the three holy days; Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Sukkot (Feast of Booths), it’s difficult to understand why Sukkot is among them. In Deuteronomy 16:16 God commands all Israel men to appear before the Lord and bring an offering to the Temple on each of these holy days. These are the pilgrim feasts because all men were required to travel to Jerusalem. Let’s take a look at them. Continue reading “Sukkot, the Place”

Memorial of Trumpets

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, 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.

Leviticus 23:24 (KJV)

Memorial – What trumpets (or sounds) was Israel supposed to remember? I know we like to project our own interpretations onto the text, so we might say that the Lord is referring to the last trumpet when Yeshua returns, but none of that was known to the Israelites. So how did they understand this? Continue reading “Memorial of Trumpets”

Devout Men

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Acts 2:5 (KJV)

Men – This is a description of the day of Pentecost when the Spirit descended upon the followers of the Way. It wasn’t a fluke that so many people were gathered this day in Jerusalem. Who were these devout men, and why were they there? Continue reading “Devout Men”

Not with Old Leaven

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.

1 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)

Not with old leaven – Today is the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It’s a High Sabbath today, and I’d like to look back on this holy day in regards to leaven and yeast. Continue reading “Not with Old Leaven”

The Proof is in the Confusion

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Matthew 27:46 (KJV)

Eli – Do you want to know why your translation of the Bible is not completely reliable? Compare this verse with Mark 15:34. Continue reading “The Proof is in the Confusion”

A Mixture of Interpretations

Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

Exodus 8:21 (KJV)

Swarms of flies – We’ve read this story so many times as a child, and maybe even as an adult, that we could probably list the 10 plagues by memory. Continue reading “A Mixture of Interpretations”

To Humble Thee

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

Deuteronomy 8:2 (KJV)

Humble – In an age where everything is about me, how do we practice humbleness? It’s definitely not something that we can just pick up from the variety of examples around us [sarcasm]. It’s not something we learn in school. Nor is it anything that I might naturally be – not in this western culture anyways. So how do we understand what humbleness really is? Continue reading “To Humble Thee”

The Day of Sounding

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, 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.

Leviticus 23:24 (KJV)

Blowing of trumpets – Would it surprise you to know that the actual text says nothing about trumpets? There is only one holy day wherein God commands the blowing of trumpets, and this isn’t it. This day mentioned here in Leviticus 23 should be more properly translated as the day of sounding. Continue reading “The Day of Sounding”

Pentecost’s Other Names

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Acts 2:1 (KJV)

Pentecost – It’s the name we Christians are most familiar with. Pentecost literally means “the 50th day”, but do we understand what it’s referring to here? Yes, Pentecost is the day that God poured out the Holy Spirit on all flesh as the prophet Joel prophesied in Joel 2:28. It’s what Yeshua was referring to when he told his apostles to tarry in Jerusalem and wait for the power from on high in Luke 24:49. And even the prophet Ezekiel speaks of this new spirit and its role in our lives in Ezekiel 36:27. But why does the name mean “the 50th day”? Continue reading “Pentecost’s Other Names”

Month of Abib

Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Deuteronomy 16:1 (KJV)

Abib -It might surprise you that this word is not the name of the month. The word abib or aviv means a stage of barley growth. YHWH doesn’t give the months names, but identifies them by their season. In the month where the barley reaches the abib state of growth is when the year begins and when we observe Passover. It’s a requirement to understand agriculture if we’re to understand God’s holy days. Continue reading “Month of Abib”