Sacred Assemblies


Christ Shown to the People. Friedländer (1969)...

Christ Shown to the People. Friedländer (1969): p. 83. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.

  • The Sabbath — Is the last day of the week, also called the day of expectation. Why because it is a symbol of the promise of God Christians will enter once the mission of God is accomplish on earth. Rev 6:10″ and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.” Leviticus 23:3

  • The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread — Comes around spring time, it is called the spring feast. it was the symbol marking the way in which God would offer himself on behalf of the world, and the type of death he would enter. he would be an innocent man sentenced to death for the sins of the world. This feats is a seven day feast in thanksgiving unto the Lord, it is called the Lord’s feast because we were invited to take part in His sacrifice.

“The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6 On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.  7 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. 8 For seven days present a food offering to the Lord. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work” Leviticus 23:5-8  This feast was fulfilled on the day Christ died.

  • Offering the First fruits — Marks the resurrection of Christ called the wave offering. Christ being raised from the dead fulfills the law concerning the waving of the sheaf offering. Three days into the feast of unleavened bread the priest was to wave a sheaf offering before the Lord as a sign of thanks for the blessing he brought to pass in their lives. It was to symbolize God’s fulfilled word to have brought them in the land he promised.  Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead has brought us into the promise of God fulfilling the symbol of the waving of the sheaf offering.  This law was fulfilled on the day of Christ’s resurrection.

“The Lord said to Moses, 10“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect, 13 together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephaha of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin of wine. 14 You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. Leviticus 23:9-14.

  • The Festival of Weeks — Is the gathering of both the Jews and the gentiles forming one new man in Jesus. It symbolizes God’s final act to bring His people together. The enmity that was once between Jews and gentiles was removed and as a offer of thanks a symbol of two equal loaves were to be brought before God as an offering. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ he told His disciples to remain in Jerusalem and not to depart until they received the gift He promised. On the fiftieth day as prescribed God pours out His spirit on both Jew an gentile that believed.  The out pouring and sending of the holy spirit was the wine or life of the feast. This was fulfilled after Christ rose from the dead and gives the Holy Spirit.

“‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord. 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. 20 The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest. 21 On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.” Leviticus 23:15-21.

  • The Festival of Trumpets— is a festival symbolizing the calling away of God’s people from the world. This is yet a feast to be fulfilled what Christians called the rapture. On the first day of the tenth month God will perform a mighty work in the land, a work the whole world will see and experience. Suddenly a sound will be heard in heaven and those waiting on Christ will be transported by the Holy Spirit up into the kingdom of God. Not all people will be taken some of God’s people who had not turn to Christ before those days will be left behind. At the return of Christ called the second coming they will be raised up to meet Christ in the air.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 23:22.  /—-/  Matthew 24:31 “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

“The Lord said to Moses, 24“ Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of Sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. 25 Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.” Leviticus 23:23-24.

  • The Day of Atonement — Is the day Christ returns to the earth called the second coming to establish his kingdom on earth and to bring to an end the works of those who had rejected his voice and calling. Jesus will return with his angels who will go out into the world gathering those left from persecution, and after gathering he will give the command to up root his enemies. “Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.” Deuteronomy 32:43.

“The Lord said to Moses, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves,d and present a food offering to the Lord. 28 Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God. 29 Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people. 30 I will destroy from among their people anyone who does any work on that day. 31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32 It is a day of Sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your Sabbath.” Leviticus 23:26-32.

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    The Festival of Tabernacles — Is when Christ take his place on throne of his kingdom. He will depose of the wicked, those who had rejected his word and obey him setting up his kingdom in fulfillment of his promise to his people. It will be the day of Christ’s inauguration, the day God declare Christ glory and power over all the earth.

“The Lord said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. 36 For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:33-35.

“I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with a rod of iron ; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Psalm 2:7-9.

These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the Lord—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day. These offerings are in addition to those for the Lord’s Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the Lord.)

Conclusion Leviticus 23:39-43

39“‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days; the first day is a day of Sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of Sabbath rest. 40 On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters 43 so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’ ”

 

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