~ Jesus Christ and Leviticus 23 ~
Background ~ “Search the Scriptures—they testify of Me” — Jesus Christ (John 5:39).
“And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, Jesus explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). “Let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body [the true Church of Jesus Christ], nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God” (Colossians 2:16-19).
The Scripture ~ “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: “The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings” (Leviticus 23:1-3) …
The Messiah ~ Leviticus 23 begins with the Sabbath and then presents seven times of consecration to the Lord. These holy times were given for both practical and prophetic purpose. In the next seven posts we will consider how the seven Hebrew feasts of Leviticus 23 find additional meaning (two of the seven) or their fulfillment in Jesus—The Messiah (five of the seven).
Comment ~ In Scripture the number seven can be clearly shown as representing completion of divine fulfillment. For example creation occurred in seven days. In Leviticus 23 we find many sevens. The opening verses are regarding the Sabbath day which is the seventh day of the week. Following that reference we find instructions of seven feasts. The seventh day of the new moon is relevant with its next day being the Day of Atonement. The Feast of Tabernacles is the feast of the seventh month. There are seven days of unleavened bread. There are seven days of dwelling in the tabernacles in the Feast of Tabernacles.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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