The Jewish Feasts in the Lives of Believers
Date: November 21st, 2018
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the feasts and includes the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement. The Feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:23-25) commenced with a trumpet sound and served as a reminder of coming judgement on an unrepentant people (Joel 2:1). The most holy day was the Day of Atonement. Rituals included the high priest sacrificing a bull for a sin offering and sprinkling the blood of the bull on the Ark of the Covenant. A goat was sacrificed for the sins of the Israelites, and another used as a scapegoat sent into the wilderness; symbolic of the removal of the sins of the people (Lev. 23:26-32). Jesus’ sacrifice and shed blood on the cross once and for all cleansed and removed sins (Heb. 7:27), replacing the need for this annual ritual.
The Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:33-43) was a time of celebration marking the completion of the harvest. It was a period of presenting offerings and sacrifices to the Lord, and a reminder that God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, protecting and providing for them in the wilderness. For Christians, this feast is a reminder that God took us from the bondage of sin, that He daily provides for our needs, and is protecting us during our earthly sojourn.
The Feast of Trumpets has not yet been fulfilled, but one day the trumpet is going to sound, the dead in Christ will rise and we will meet the Lord in the air (1 Cor. 15:51-52 and 1 Thes. 4:16-17). The promise of a new heaven and a new earth will be fulfilled, and we will eternally be the tabernacle of God.
Are you living and waiting expectantly for our Lord’s return?