PERSEVERANCE IN the face of opposition is one of the lessons from our reading today. The Samaritans, Ammonites, and Arabs in Nehemiah’s day tried to discourage the Jews through threats, political pressure, and even a conspiracy to assassinate Nehemiah.
With the work completed, Ezra led the people in a reading of the Law and a restoration of the Feast of Tabernacles, which, we were surprised to learn, hadn’t been observed since the Exodus! Continue reading
OUR 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.)
Click to enlarge – Image by James Courtright, www.jcourt.net
THE FEASTS of the Lord present an outline for God’s historical plan for our salvation. The seven feasts represent prophetic events, some fulfilled and some still ahead.
We also revisit the issue of God’s holiness as we encounter the first recorded case of blasphemy in Israel’s history. The outcome wasn’t happy for the young man who chose to curse the Name.