Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Leviticus 22-23

Leviticus 22 clarifies the instructions concerning the servants and the sacrifices and establishes the authority that gives the instructions. First concerning the servants; the priests. They are being held to a higher standard due to their position. “He shall be clean” is the standard, nothing short of it. Just incase there was a question of “clean” this passage gets particular. Those who serve the Lord must practice what they preach otherwise we make a mockery of God. The best way to incite rebellion is to give orders that you are unwilling to follow yourself. Parents who expect their children not to do what they do are just training a rebel unless the Spirit of God gets involved somehow. 1 Peter tells us that we Christians in the New Testament are a royal priesthood, all of us. If we expect to win folks to Christ we must show that we indeed have Christ to offer. They must see Him in us!

Then the sacrifices also had to be the best. The wicked heart would be tempted to sell the best for top dollar and give the weakest to the Lord. Those who truly believe and love the Lord are going to give Him the best they can give. This is where true faith is shown. Is God real in your life or is He just an emotional crutch; something to use to further your agenda? Just what is it that God want today since we no longer have to give blood sacrifices? He tells us clearly in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” One might have to do a little study (maybe a lot of study) to figure out what commandments the Lord Jesus is referring to there, but it behooves us to find out and follow.

The last four verses of this chapter end with the words, “I am the LORD.” Make no mistake about it, God has the power to make the demands: HE IS THE LORD!!

Chapter 23 details the feasts that Israel was expected to keep. There are 5 recorded here.
1. The Sabaath – Every Friday at 6PM the Sabaath started and was to be kept faithfully. It was the day the Lord hallowed as the completion of His creative work, a day of rest and reflection. The Sabaath was also a sign between God and His people according to Ezekiel 20:12 . It was very special to the Lord.
2. The Passover – We have already considered this feast, so refer to the notes on Exodus 11-13. Everything depends on the blood of the lamb: there could be no other feasts if there were no Passover. People today who want to do away with the blood are undermining the very foundation of God’s plan of the ages! Note that the two other feasts are incorporated with the Passover but follow after. Unleavened Bread – This pictures God’s people putting sin out of their lives and feeding on the Lamb that gives strength for the journey. Nobody is saved by putting away leaven (sin), and nobody will want to put away sin until first he or she has been saved by the blood! This is the difference between religious reformation and spiritual regeneration, being born again by the Spirit of God. First Fruits – On the day after the “Passover Sabbath”, the priest would wave the first sheaf of grain before the altar as a token that the whole harvest belonged to the Lord. This is a picture of our Lord’s resurrection, since definitely calls Him “the first-fruits.”
3. Pentecost- This was the Harvest which occurs fifty days after Passover at the beginning of the summer. By New Testament times this feast had come to
be known by its Greek name, Pentecost, a word meaning fifty. And fifty days after Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to believers starting the church age.
4. Trumpets – As a nation, Israel was instructed by signals from the priests blowing trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets illustrates the regathering of Israel when God’s trumpets shall call them from the ends of the earth. It pictures prophetically that time written in 1Thes 4:16-17 when the trumpet will blow and all of God’s children will ascend to meet Him in the air; a time know as the rapture. Incorporated with this feast but after it was the Day of Atonement which we covered just a few days ago in Leviticus 16-17.
5. Tabernacles – For seven days, the Jews were to live in booths, reminding them of God’s provision and protection when they were in the wilderness. But there is also a future Feast of Tabernacles for Israel that will take place when the King has been received and the nation restored.
Thus, this feast speaks of the future millennial kingdom that God has promised the Jews.

These were significant feasts as they had a past event to commemorate and a future event to anticipate. It is with great anticipation that I wait for that trumpet to blow!!

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