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Leviticus 22:17-23:44

Twice in today’s reading God opens up His ordinances and the blessings that come along with following His commands, to those who are not his people, "Give Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites these instructions, which apply to those who are Israelites by birth as well as to the foreigners living among you.” (22:18) In the 22nd verse of chapter 23 foreigners are included with the poor as benefactors of the grain deliberately left in the field. God has always allowed for those who were not His people to benefit from the “crumbs” from those who were and are His people as we read Saturday in the Gospel reading (Mark 7:28) What a mighty God we serve!!

What I really like about today’s reading is that it shows how our God is a God who loves parties. He want’s His people to not only reverence and obey Him He wants them to have a good time in doing it. There are lots of “feasts” and sacred assemblies, food and more food. God wants us to celebrate Him and who we are in Him. So Christian, please don’t walk around with a long face, shout Hallelujah from time to time because we serve a God that enjoys our enjoyment of all the things He has done for us.

Grace and peace,

Ramona, I too was struck by how much God wants us to celebrate with him and sometimes I get too serious about studying and meditating and don't realize the pure joy of knowing Christ and God. Come to me as little children and enjoy being with me. I was thinking of the song "I am a friend of God."

Leviticus 22:17-23:44

The link Mike provided “The Lord’s Appointed Times” is a wonderful article written by Donald E. Curtis. It’s about Leviticus chapter 23, The Appointed Festivals. In the article Donald breakdown the festivals and explains the Holidays as both of Commemoration and Expectation. I appreciated how he pointed out how they’re interwoven through the past, the present and the future of our calendar and the Jewish calendar. The summer festivals are the past (Old Testament) and the winter festivals are future (New Testament) as in the events described in prophecy such as the book of Revelation. I must admit, when I read Leviticus 22:17-23:44 before I read this article, I didn’t get nearly as much out of it until Donald’s article which increased my understanding of the Festivals.

I’ve gone through the bible on my own and using reading plans but going through the bible here at One Year Bible Blog is outstanding thanks to Mike’s faithfulness, diligence and just plain hard work. Thanks again Mike for the insight and connections you provide each and every day that help us connect the dots.

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