Category Archives: Looking at Leviticus

Blessings and curses

Israel were not expected to serve God for nothing. If (as a nation) they observed His laws, He promised to reward them (as a nation) with material blessings (Leviticus 26:1-13). He would supply their needs (by giving them rain at … Continue reading

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The year of the Lord’s favour

On the same principle as the weekly sabbath day, every seventh year was to be designated a sabbath year in Israel, during which the land itself would have a rest from cultivation (Leviticus 25:1-7). This was a severe test of … Continue reading

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Festival time: Daily devotion

A marriage can’t be sustained just by celebrating anniversaries. Similarly, our relationship with God must find expression in the humdrum routine of our daily lives as well as on special occasions. There were two mundane but essential duties that the … Continue reading

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Festival Time: Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles marked the very end of the harvest season, and was a seven-day extravaganza of sacrifices and other celebrations. It was the end of the agricultural year; all the crops were gathered in, and the people had … Continue reading

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Festival Time: The Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement was the most solemn day of the whole Jewish year. It was a day of mourning and fasting and other forms of self-denial, as the people reminded themselves of their inherent sinfulness, and of their perpetual … Continue reading

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Festival time: Trumpets

After Pentecost, there was quite a long gap before the final three festivals, all of which took place in quick succession during the seventh month of the Jewish year, at the end of the harvest season. That month opened with … Continue reading

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Festival time: Pentecost

The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was the complement and conclusion of the Passover festivals, and coincided with the beginning of the wheat harvest (Leviticus 23:15-21). It was an opportunity to give thanks to God for His provision of food for … Continue reading

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