Book of Leviticus #16
In Leviticus 23:4 God instructs the people to keep the feasts at their appointed time. Therefore, the people had to preserve their spiritual heritage and pass it on.
- Passover came in the Spring, the month of Nissan (March-April) at the time of the Barley harvest.
- It was immediately followed by the seven days Feast of Unleavened Bread and the beginning of the feast of First Fruits in the same week.
- Fifty days later (Pentecost), the Israelite commemorated the Feast of Weeks (Shabuoth), right at the time of the early summer wheat harvest.
- Three more festivals came together in the fall during the harvest of summer fruits and olives:
- New Year’s (Rosh Hashannah) on Tishri 1,
- Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement (Tishri 10), and
- The Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth) or In gathering beginning on Tishri 15.
Thus the entire liturgical cycle of Israel was one of remembrance, renewal, thanksgiving for the things to come, and thanksgiving for the things given.
If God took care to instruct the Jews on their liturgical year, how much does He care to see us today follow the Liturgical year with all its appointed feast days?
Is there true joy apart from the liturgical year?