[bible1year] Devotional comments on Leviticus 22-24

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 7 Feb 2016 12:36:01 -0000
        Chapters 23 and 24 cover the holy feasts and the 
priestly duties. The seven feasts of the Lord are full 
of rich spiritual food and bear careful study. We have 
already covered some of these feasts. The Weekly Sabbath 
is covered in chapter 23:1-3. This is not one of the 
seven annual feasts enumerated in verses 4-44, but is 
basic to the entire festal cycle and Israel's religion, 
and so introduces the description of these sacred 
seasons or "set times."

        The Passover is again considered in verses 4 and 
5. This feast memorialized redemption from Egypt, when 
the Lord passed over the blood-covered dwellings of 
Egypt. This was the first feast, basic to all the rest, 
as all spiritual blessings rest on sinful man's 
redemption by Christ (I Corinthians 5:7), who is "our 
passover sacrificed for us." Verses 6-8 cover the Feast 
of Unleavened Bread. This pictures the believer putting 
sin out of his life. Redemption is to be followed by a 
holy life and walk.

        The First-fruits Feast is covered in verses 9-
14. This is a picture of the Lord's resurrection, for I 
Corinthians 15:20 calls Him "the first-fruits." The 
Feast of Pentecost can be seen in verses 15-21. This 
feast occurred fifty days after the First-fruits Feast. 
Fifty days after Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit 
came to the believers in the Upper Room. The new meal 
offering was composed of two loaves of bread, which 
symbolized Jews and Gentiles baptized together into one 
body. The fact that the leaven was allowed illustrates 
that there is sin in the church on the earth today.

        It is after Pentecost that we have the long gap 
when there are no feasts. There are three feasts in the 
first month and three in the seventh, with Pentecost in 
between. This long gap is often referred to as speaking 
of the present age in which we live, the Age of the 
Church. Israel rejected her Lamb; she cannot receive the 
Spirit until she receives her Messiah, and she is 
scattered across the world. She has no Temple, no 
priesthood, no sacrifice, and no King!

        The Day of Atonement is covered in verses 26-32. 
This was also covered in chapters 16 and 17. When God 
has gathered the Jews together, He will reveal Christ to 
them and "They shall look upon him whom they have 
pierced." Israel's future Day of Atonement is described 
in Zechariah 12:10--13:1. Please take time to read these 
verses. It will be a day of mourning for sin, a day of 
cleansing by the blood of the Lamb. There are some who 
apply the Day of Atonement to the Judgment Seat of 
Christ, when the saints of God will give account for the 
deeds done in the body. Its primary application, 
however, is to the nation of Israel.

        The Feast of Tabernacles is covered in verses 
33-44. This feast speaks of the future millennial 
kingdom that God has promised the Jews. This feast 
followed the harvest (verse 39), which teaches us that 
God will have gathered all of His harvest before Christ 
establishes His earthly kingdom. It was to be a feast of 
rejoicing, not sorrow; and certainly all heaven and 
earth will rejoice when Christ reigns from Jerusalem.

        Our comments today briefly cover God's prophetic 
timetable. We do not know when the trumpet will sound, 
but it is very important that we be ready for its 
sounding and for the coming of the Lord. Matthew 24:44 
says, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour 
as ye think not the Son of man cometh."