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Gilbert House Fellowship #46: Deuteronomy 14-16

feast-of-tabernaclesOUR STUDY this morning is very timely. We cover ritual “cutting” (bloodletting) to mourn the dead, jubilee years (the shemitah), dietary laws, and the three major feasts decreed by Yahweh for Israel: Unleavened Bread, Weeks, and Tabernacles (Booths), or Sukkot.

The Feast of Tabernacles begins at sundown tonight.  Tonight also marks the fourth “blood moon” of this tetrad, which is a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses—coinciding with Jewish holidays—with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses. What does it all mean?

We look at Joel chapter 2, corresponding verses in Revelation 9, discuss the Day of the Lord, and speculate briefly on the Septuagint translation of Amos 7, which tells us the name of the king of an invading army of locusts: Gog.

By the way, during the discussion of dietary laws we had forgotten that Leviticus 11:21-22 specifically declares that locusts are clean. So John the Baptizer was OK with his diet of locusts and honey.

Here is the link to the video interview with Chuck Missler we mentioned during the program. (Link opens YouTube video.)

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Gilbert House Fellowship #32: Leviticus 15-18

AzazelGOD TAKES His sanctity, His holiness, very seriously. The statutes given to Moses by Yahweh governing sexual behavior and bodily discharges had some health benefits, but they were mainly intended to set standards of moral purity — especially for those who served in the tabernacle — that contrasted sharply with Canaanite morality (which was, in fact, an oxymoron).

We also discuss the first Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which required two goats. One was a sin offering, sacrificed to Yahweh; the other had the sins of the people transferred to it by the priest laying his hands on the goat’s head and confessing the sins of the people before it was led into the wilderness and turned loose. This goat was for Azazel.

We discuss the identity of Azazel and why was he considered the embodiment of sin in this ritual of atonement, the nature of the goat-demons (rendered “satyrs” in the KJV) the Israelites had begun to worship in the wilderness, and why God insisted that animals be sacrificed only at the Tent of Meeting.

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