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George W. Peters

TODAY’S READING: Leviticus 23

Mark Levitt and John Parsons posit that Leviticus 23 is the single chapter of the entire Tanakh (Old Testament) that sums up everything.[1] They believe that God’s eternal plan—from chaos to eternity—is ingenuously revealed through the nature and timing of these feasts of the Lord.

Passover (Pesach): God saves us from God for God. Those under the blood of the lamb are saved from the destroying wrath of God.

Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMotzi): Unleavened bread eaten on the go symbolizes a holy life, fueled by abiding communion with Jesus, the bread of life

First Fruits (Reshit Katzir): A celebration of resurrection, God bringing the spring harvest after winter’s death, a looking forward to the resurrection at the end of time

Pentecost (Shavu’ot): A celebration of the summer harvest, the feast required two loaves baked with leaven, a symbol of Gentile union with Jew in the family of God.

Levitt and Parsons point out that the first four feasts (all in the spring) reveal that Jesus was crucified on Passover, buried during Unleavened Bread, raised on First Fruits, and sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. All these feasts have been fulfilled in Jesus, but the feast of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles (below) are pending.

Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah): Trumpets declared liberty and victory. If Pentecost issued in the Church age, the feast of Trumpets surely is linked to the return of the King when the trumpet sounds. Historically, the high priest blew the trumpet, and the people would stop harvesting and come to worship. So shall it be for us. We will harvest among all peoples until the great High Priest blows the trumpet and calls us all home to worship around the throne.

Atonement (Yom Kippur): Contextually a day to afflict one’s soul, we of course cannot atone by works or wailing for anything we’ve done. We can only accept grace. A day is coming—the great and terrible day of the Lord—when judgment and affliction will fall.

Tabernacles (Sukkot): Historically a remembrance that God provided a home in the wilderness, this feast reminds us we are pilgrims and heaven is our ultimate home.

Repeatedly throughout Leviticus 23, God pointed out that these feasts were not for one particular tribe or one generation (v. 43). Harvest was to include the strangers among them (v. 22). Israel was brought out of the bondage of one nation to become a holy nation so that all nations might enjoy the feasts of the Lord (v. 43).

We perch now between the times. The Messiah of all peoples has come, died, resurrected, and given us His Spirit so we can harvest from all nations. We plunge into the harvest field, ears waiting for the trumpet, knees knocking because of what that means for the unrepentant, and hearts longing for our heavenly home and eternal feast. It is incumbent upon us that someone tells the unreached of Mayotte that they, too, are invited.

[1] “The Jewish Holidays: A Simplified Overview of the Feasts of the Lord.” https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Introduction/introduction.html (accessed February 16, 2019).

Prayer Focus: Mayotte (6 UPGs)

Today’s Unreached People Group: Comorian, Maore
Population: 168,000
Language: Comorian, Maore
Primary Religion: Islam
Evangelical: 0.12%
Estimated Workers Needed: 3

[Source: Joshua Project]

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