God has the children of Israel to make a beautiful Tabernacle and how carefully planned out of His desire to have a relationship them. What a wonderful privilege to be able to come into God’s presence now through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
1) God love the children of Israel so much, that he wanted to dwell with them.
2) God is very specific, as to what he wants us to do.
God is very specific and very detailed in everything He does and for what he wants us to do.. He doesn’t leave anything to chance…God is a SPECIFIC and DETAILED God.
I continued my study via Leviticus 23. The various feasts referenced in various scriptures are actually detailed here in this chapter. There were two things that stood out the most to me: 1) the commanded remembrance each feast represented, and 2) verse 22.
My takeaway from the first: Sometimes we become complacent within our thankfulness. We tend to get caught up in our own things–at least I know I do–and “that” is all that matters for that moment in time. That “moment,” however, may be a day, a week, a month, or years depending on what we are trying to accomplish for ourselves/our family. And, it’s not that we have done anything wrong, are ungrateful to the Lord, nor that we even take a break in our acts of faithfulness throughout the week…it’s simply our mental from day-to-day is swallowed up by the HOW-TOs of our TO-DOs (the mechanics we’ve determined will get us from Point A to Point B socially, economically, physically, educationally, etc., so we feel accomplished in life). But in this 23rd chapter, God is literally demanding His children stay in remembrance of what He’s done for them, and continuously display their thankfulness.
1. The appointed feasts of the Lord were to be holy convocations–assemblies of His people taking place at set times in the tabernacle (what we refer to as our worship services). The reference to them as “feasts” indicates God’s desire that His people be spiritually joyful when they come together for Him, not formal and dignified with solemn faces or out of fear that something bad will happen if they don’t.
2. The Feast of Passover commemorated the deliverance of God’s people from their enslavement in Egypt. When God’s people come together, He wants them to remember where He’s brought them from.
3. The Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorated the justification and sanctification of God’s people. When God’s people come together, He wants them to remember that they are not righteous by their own right but only by His grace.
4. The Feast of First Fruits commemorated God as being the supreme reason for all of their land’s crops. When God’s people come together, He wants them to remember they are not self-made just simply overseers of His provisions.
5. The Feast of Pentecost commemorated God’s abundant gifts of food before and during harvest season. When God’s people come together, He wants them to remember that His care and control reaches every aspect of their life both materially and spiritually.
6. The Feast of Trumpets commemorated God’s mercies. When God’s people come together, He wants them to remember how merciful He’s been to them up to that very moment in their life and how His mercies will continue to sustain them going forward as long as they continue to obey His Word.
7. The Day of Atonement commemorated God’s judgment. When God’s people come together, He wants them to acknowledge and make amends for the wrongs they have committed towards Him, as well as, forgive those who have committed wrongs against them–so that their personal relationship with Him may be restored.
8. The Feast of Tabernacles commemorated how God provided for His people in the wilderness. When God’s people come together, He wants them to remember how He was present, providing, and protecting during trials in their past, and commit to leaning on His power as their God.
Lastly, was verse 22. My takeaway from here: True successfulness is not just about me and mine. God’s people were a blessed people as a whole, but not all of them had the same measure of blessings individually. For those that had attained more, God’s requirement was that they not keep everything that remained [after their offering to Him] for themselves and their family, but that they leave a portion set aside to help the poor/less fortunate among them, as well as, those that were not from among them (strangers) in need of help. This is consistent with what we are taught in Ephesians 4:28–that the purpose of us working is to be able to “have” in order to help someone else.
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