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”

Good and Evil

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

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Good – Would it surprised you to know that the word good is not based on morality? When God saw everything that he had made, he wasn’t saying that everything was righteous or morally good. He wasn’t stating that it was pleasant to look upon and enticing to the eye. So what was His meaning? Continue reading “Good and Evil”

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”

Sin Offering

But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering.

Leviticus 5:11 (KJV)

Fine flour – And you thought blood was required for a sin offering, right? This is a great example of God’s grace and mercy found in action. A small portion of fine flour was perfectly acceptable. Continue reading “Sin Offering”

Stating the Obvious

Then Moses told Aaron: “This is what the Lord stated, saying: ‘I will be sanctified through those who are near Me and will be glorified before all the people.'” Aaron was silent.

Leviticus 10:3 (Onkelos)

Stated – This is such an interesting chapter! Let’s walk through it quickly. Two of Aaron’s sons bring a strange fire into the Holy of Holies and are consumed by fire and die. Moses tells Aaron to keep on with the inauguration services of the Tabernacle, and let the Uncle bury them. He reminds Aaron and his remaining two sons about some important rules when approaching YHVH, and then finds they burned the sin offering instead of eating of it like they’re supposed to. Moses gets upset at them and Aaron explains his reasoning which then Moses accepts. It’s all rather odd. Continue reading “Stating the Obvious”

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”

Afflict Your Souls

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Leviticus 23:27 (KJV)

Afflict your souls – There is only one day per year required by God to fast. And what’s interesting is it doesn’t even say “to fast”, but rather to “afflict your souls”. So where is the correlation made, and how did we end at the conclusion of fasting? Continue reading “Afflict Your Souls”

Forgiving All Sin

For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

Leviticus 16:30 (KJV)

Before – Is God forgiving of all sin? Can He forgive all sin? Sure we’re familiar with Mark 3:29 wherein Yeshua explains that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin, but what about other sin? Is there any sin in which God has no right to forgive? “No”, you might say. “God forgives all sin through the atonement of Yeshua.” But there’s a reason this question arises, and it starts here with this word “before”. Continue reading “Forgiving All Sin”

The Sovereign’s Statutes

You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes.

Leviticus 18:3 (NASB)

Statutes – God is sovereign. So what is a characteristic of a sovereign being? One accepted characteristic is someone who exercises supreme and permanent authority through the enactment of laws. He is a lawgiver. Continue reading “The Sovereign’s Statutes”

First Day of Seventh Month

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

First day – There is so much this commandment teaches, but our limited patience, and our planning nature, causes us to miss these teachings. We like to know in advance when this first day of the seventh month occurs so we can plan our calendar accordingly. So rather than relying on the sighted new moon, we turn to a almanac of sorts that gives us a close estimation of the date. But because a conjunctive moon can remain hidden for up to 3.5 days, it’s impossible to predict when the sighted new moon will appear, despite the calendars of man. I know this because I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Continue reading “First Day of Seventh Month”