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Leviticus 23 – Celebrate

That’s one of the things that i like about YHWH.  It’s not all just about rules and regulations.  It’s about utilizing all kinds of aspects of life.  It’s about creativity and connecting the past, to the present, to the future.  Worship is not just about sacrifices and burnt offerings.  It’s also about bringing something before God that you are to consume in his presence.  It’s about festivals and rest as well.

There are a number of festivals that are to be celebrated throughout the year; the Passover, Pentacost, the feast of weeks, the feast of booths, etc.  They all have meanings and important interpretations.  For instance, passover is a celebration of freedom from bondage and slavery under the Egyptians.  It is a celebration of new life and hope.  It is a celebration of freedom.  Meanwhile, the feast of booths is a week long celebration in which the first day is a day of rest and the only work that can be done is the building of small booths made of the branches, boughs, and fronds of trees.  It is a celebration as a reminder of the Israelite’s time in the wilderness where they had to rely on God for protection and provision.  It is a time of blessing.  The feast of booths begins and ends with a day of rest to the LORD.  I mean honestly, how many religions do you know that celebrate rest?

Are we taking seriously what YHWH has done for us?  Do we make it a point to remember and celebrate together the ways that He has brought health and healing to our lives?  Do we remind one another and celebrate together His work and purpose in and through us?  How can we do this more?

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Exodus 12-1 – Passover Call

It is almost time.  It is here.  The passover is truly the most important festival for the Jewish people.  It is about reprimand, redemption, & rescue.  It is about reprimand in that the angel of death would come and take payment for the sins of the people.  It is about rescue in that the Hebrew people would be rescued from the Egyptian in their slavery, as well as being rescued from the angel of death by the passover lamb’s blood painted on the door posts and lintel.  It is about redemption in that the Jewish people are ultimately redeemed from slavery and from sin.

The Passover lamb is a prophetic representation of the work Christ would do and his purpose in rescuing and redeeming all people.  His purpose is to draw all men unto Himself.

This first part of this chapter is all about getting the people prepared for what is about to happen.  With every other plague, God tells Moses to talk to Pharaoh and give him a command from God.  At this time, all of that begins to mean something more because God starts preparing the people to leave.  It’s nice to hear that YHWH is going to bring them out.  It is something else entirely when YHWH says, “It’s time!  Let’s get prepared to move out.”  Now  that plan is beginning to come to fruition.

What about us?  Are we living as if our sins have been removed as far away as the east is from the west?  Are we celebrating God’s passing over our lives in destruction?

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