April 28th, 2016

dwelling, tent, house, tabernacle

Festive Questions...

"Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year... Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God." Exodus 23:14, 17

When God spoke to Israel at Mt. Sinai, He gave them the 10 commandments and other laws, including a command to celebrate three festivals. The people were specially commanded to celebrate these three festivals "before the Lord God" - at God's dwelling place - which was the tabernacle while Israel wandered in the wilderness and later the temple on Mt Zion in Jerusalem.

Later, in the book of Leviticus, God reiterates these festivals and the Sabbath day and also commands three additional festivals. These three centered around the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16).

On the walk into work I was wondering - were the first 3 festivals indicating events which would take place in the presence of Israel (Jesus' death and resurrection and pouring out of the Holy Spirit) and the latter three indicating events that would take place after Israel had been scattered around the world (the rapture, judgment, and dwelling of God with His people)? I need to look into it more later... (Need to see if the people were ever commanded to celebrate the last three festivals in Jerusalem or not. Also want to check to see if they were mentioned earlier in the Torah before Leviticus 23. If Nadab and Abihu the priests had not sinned in their service to God, would the final three festivals have ever been given? Was God showing that even as He dwelt with Israel in the cloud and fire that a better dwelling with Him was to come? Other than the Day of Atonement, were the priests given instruction as to what to do if they sinned? Does the DoA speak back to Creation, when God cast Adam and Eve out of the garden, but did so to keep them from being killed and provide a way for them to receive life instead of the curse? So many questions...)

It sure is curious that the Sabbath festival is one that points back to Creation (and the days before Abram was called?), that the feasts of Passover, Unleavened bread, and Weeks were celebrated during the first 2 months and the final three feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles were celebrated in the 7th month. Is there any connection to the seven weeks of years in Daniel? Lots of questions... work can be such an interruption, but off I go to SQL and SharePoint!