A Holy season:  the season of feasts and sacrifices

6th September 2021

FEAST OF TRUMPETS 1Today is the first day of the feast of Trumpets in a season full of feast days including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the feast of Sukkot – or Tabernacles.  To celebrate, perhaps we could reflect, as we are called to do, on the first of the feasts…
 
Looking again at the Passover

Exodus 40 records a very exciting day in the history of Israel – and for us… It was the day on which the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was first set up!  This was the first time ever… God would tabernacle among His people
 
Exactly one year previously (less 14 days) they had been delivered “by a mighty hand”, from the harsh rule of Pharaoh – when they were slaves in Egypt.  They had escaped the death of the first born by following a strange instruction recorded in Exodus 12:22 - striking the lintels and doorpost of their houses with a bunch of hyssop that had been dipped in the blood of a lamb that was to be killed, roasted and eaten by those gathered inside. This was the 10th and final judgement on Pharaoh Exodus 13:15
 
In subsequent years this Feast of Passover was kept on the 14th day of the first month – Leviticus 23:5  the month of Nisan (Abib). Moses had received all the instructions for the feast – beginning on the 10th day when a man shall take a lamb without blemish… Exodus 12:3
 
It could not be appreciated by the Israelites that this application of the blood represented the shape of a cross that would be used approximately 1500 years later by the Roman authorities as a barbaric means of execution.   And the significance of that night would last for eternity…  the night in which God had said “when I see the blood I will Passover you”
 
The association of ‘our sin’ with these events was not recognised until the last supper of Jesus with his disciples in the Upper Room,  nearly 1500 years later when He said… beginning in Matthew 26:26 “This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins”.  The shape of the cross would be filled in…
 
FEAST OF TRUMPETS 2So, at the crucifixion of His son on Calvary, and up to today God says the same thing – “When I see the blood I will Passover you”.  Today - as believers - we spiritually accept that blood applied to our own lives and homes.  And God passing over us protects us from judgement.  The judgement of our sin.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life
 
As we have said the first Passover was the leaving of a life of slavery to begin a life of dedication to Yahweh as his light to the world.  So, when we believe; our Passover is one of dying to self and sin to enter a new life of being led by the Holy Spirit
 
At the first Passover the Law (of Moses) had not been given.  That was to be given at what became known as the feast of Pentecost another 50 days away and miles away in another country.  And we know from Paul that sin is not imputed where there is no law
 
Then after the Law was given, Moses had to be instructed exactly how he was to get the Tabernacle and all its furniture constructed and the priesthood sanctified and established, and the High priest’s robes and the proper ceremony set out. A great deal had to happen before the animal sacrifices were instituted
 
In fact, we read in Exodus 40:2 that the Tabernacle and its furniture was completed and assembled and erected on the first of Abib, exactly 1 year - less 14 days after the children of Israel left Egypt.  Everything was in order on the 1st Abib, the priests sanctified and anointed, the curtains hung, the laver filled with water and fire on the altars…
 
There were several other feasts that Moses had been given but this was the first.  The others would follow later in the year, for example the Mercy seat had not yet been sprinkled with blood – the ceremony of Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement could not have happened until Tishrei - the 7th month of the second year following the Exodus.  However, at the end of Exodus Chapter 40 we read of the final preparations especially v29: 
And he put the altar of burnt offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the meat offering; as the LORD commanded Moses
 
So, the sacrifices offered in Exodus 40  were around the “altar of Burnt Offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation” – not around the Ark in the Holy of Holies.  Nevertheless… ‘SO Moses finished the work’
 

34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle
 
They weren’t even able to enter the tent of the congregation which is outside the Holy place!  How amazing is that!  And He stayed with them to guide them in their journey.  God didn’t wait till all the feasts had been kept – He joined them from that Passover – as soon as the first feast had been celebrated
 
And He enters and Tabernacles with us as soon as we ask Him in and repent of living short of His glory
 
Peter Gray-Read
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