God’s desire is to bless us and give us peace in our land. When we walk in the ways of His Word, we can’t help but be blessed. If we understand that He loves us with an “everlasting love” (Jeremiah. 31:3), then we will see that even His judgments come in love to wake up as many people as possible before it is too late.
In Leviticus 25 the LORD tells them every 50 years they will have a Jubilee. The word “Jubilee” simply means a long blast of the horn, but the meaning of the year had a much deeper meaning. In the year of Jubilee slaves went free and whatever land you lost through poverty, you received back.
Isaiah prophesied the deeper meaning of the Jubilee in Isaiah 61:1-2:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn"
All these realities of the Jubilee are accomplished in Jesus Christ. That is why He read from these Scriptures (Luke 4:18-19) then He said in Luke4:21, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Jesus came to “proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD;” this is the year of Jubilee!
I thought Leviticus 22:32 was interesting because of how Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9… “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
Leviticus 22:32 says, “You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”
First He says not to “profane My name.” To profane His name means to make it common, or in other words not to treat it with the honor it deserves. He goes on to say, “I will be hallowed.” Hallowed means to sanctify, or set apart, or in other words it means to set His name apart in honor and glory. We need to set apart His name in honor on a daily basis with our thoughts, actions, and words. He finishes the verse with why we should hallow His name; it’s because he sanctifies or hallows us. The word “hallowed” and “sanctifies” in verse 32 is the same Hebrew word. He sets us apart; we are no longer common or unclean. He sets apart from commonness and uncleanness and has brought us to Himself to be our God, so we should never treat God and His commands as common.
To quote the writer of Hebrews; “time would fail me” if I was to write a full expose on the LORD’S Feasts. That’s just referring to what I know; there is much more revelation to be gained from these Feast. Since this is a blog and not a book, let me take this brief time to make just a few points on the chapter.
These feasts are types and foreshadows of Jesus Christ; what He has done and what He will accomplish on the earth. There are 7 feasts that happen in 3 sets. They also retell historical events. The first set of 3 feasts happen at the first fruits of the barley harvest. The 4th feast of Pentecost happens at the first fruits of the wheat harvest. The last set of 3 Feasts happens at the end of harvest time.
Here is a brief summary of only the historical significance of the Feasts
Set One (Spring Feasts)
- Brought out of Egypt after death angle had to pass over them
2. Unleavened Bread
- Left Egypt so quick that bread could not rise
3. First Fruits
- They brought the first of the Barley harvest to the LORD
Two (Summer Feast) 50 days from Passover
- God came down in Fire on Mount Sinai and gave them His commands
Set Three (Fall Feasts)
- “Memorial” of blowing the trumpets. New Year on their civil calendar.
6. Day of Atonement
- High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies only to make atonement for the people.
- They lived in tabernacles (tents, or called booths) for seven day remembering how they lived in tents when the LORD brought them from Egypt
I won’t take time right now to talk about the Feasts prophetic significance in Jesus Christ or how it relates to our life, but there is much to be learned from these appointments made by God.
God forbid His people from eating any blood (Lev. 17:10) “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (vrs. 11), and He gave it to make atonement. As with much of the Law, this had a dual purpose. First, it was so His people would give proper respect to the blood of every living creature. The people were atoned of their sin by animal sacrifice and the sin of the world was paid for by the blood Jesus shed. Second, it’s not healthy to eat blood. Today kosher meat is meticulously prepared by draining, cutting and then the meat is “salted” to draw out more blood from the meat and then it is rinsed.
It is important to remember our righteousness comes through faith in Christ and not by obeying the Law, but it would do us well to apply the wisdom that the Law contains. What if society obeyed Leviticus 19:32 “‘you shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD.” This one principle could greatly change this nation.
The LORD said in, Leviticus 19:2 "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” In Leviticus 20:26 He goes on to say why; “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” He loves us with a jealous love; why would we want to “belong” to anything else.
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If God created everything than we would expect He would know what would be best for people to eat and what would be good practices for them to remain healthy. As you read through the laws that kept someone “clean” it proves God’s authorship of the Bible when we match it up to today’s science. Only in very recent history did we begin to learn about germs; practicing God’s Law was the best way to be free from germs and infections. “Bleeding” people was still practiced up until the late 19 century; now doctors know that this is an ineffective way to treat sickness. If people would have read Leviticus 17:11 they would have known not to “bleed” people. It says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” People thought the world was flat up until recent history, but the prophet Isaiah already told us it was round. It says, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers…” All of God’s laws have purpose. Our righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ alone and not by what we eat or how we wash our external body, but it is still wise to obey God’s principles.
For a brief overview of the 5 different offerings, I recommend reading this article at the link: http://www.biblecentre.org/topics/rkc_5_offerings.htm
In Leviticus 9:3-6, the people are told to bring a sin offering, a burnt offering, a peace offering, and a grain offering because the LORD would appear to them. God was going to manifest Himself to all the people in the Tabernacle. God manifested Himself in the Tabernacle of the person of Jesus Christ and He wants to manifest Himself in the ‘Tabernacle’ and ‘Temple’ of His people today! After the sacrifices were made and their blood poured out, Leviticus 9:23-24 says, “Moses and Aaron… blessed the people. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.” God’s glory came because the sacrifices were made and Moses and Aaron released the blessing on the people!
Nadab and Abihu
People seem to get away with things when God’s glory is not present, but they are just storing up for themselves judgment if they go on without repentance. Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, did not honor the LORD and acted as if they could worship and serve God any way that seemed fit to them. They and the people saw that you should not despise God’s way of doing things.
The Old Testament is full of types and foreshadows of Jesus Christ; He is the Word made flesh. These sacrifices prophesy what Jesus would do for us on the cross.
Hebrews 10:19-22 says, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20) by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21) and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Jesus Christ is our High Priest and the sacrifice for our sin at the same time.
Hebrews 10:4 says, “…it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” Verses 5-7 go on and quote Psalm 40’s prophetic word, “Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU DID NOT DESIRE, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME. 6) IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN YOU HAD NO PLEASURE. 7) THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME— IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME— TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.' "
We no longer need to sacrifice bulls and goats “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan