THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – DON’T BE SLOVENLY (PART 2)

DON’T BE SLOVENLY – PART 2
“You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn’t have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. So don’t you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don’t expect Him, the Son of Man will show up.” Luke 12:39, 40.
The autumn feasts, which took place seven months after the spring feasts, concluded the annual harvest festivals. Where the spring feasts were fulfilled by Messiah in order during His first coming, His second coming will fulfil the three autumn feasts also in order.
1.Yom Teruah – the Feast of Trumpets
After a month of preparation during the month of Elul, when the trumpet was blown daily to remind the people that Yom Teruah was coming. Tishri 1, the first day of the new month following Elul was the day when the Feast of Trumpets was celebrated. Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets ushered in the 10 days of preparation or the Ten Days of Awe, for the holiest feast of the year, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). During Elul, the people prepared themselves for Yom Kippur  by repentance, prayer and almsgiving,
“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16 NIV.
2. Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement
“The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23.27-28) also known as Yom Kippur, was the most solemn holy day of all the Israelite feasts and festivals, occurring once a year on the tenth day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar… The solemnity of the day was underscored by God telling Moses to warn Aaron not to come into the Most Holy Place whenever he felt like it, only on this special day once a year, lest he die (v. 2). This was not a ceremony to be taken lightly, and the people were to understand that atonement for sin was to be done God’s way.
“Before entering the tabernacle, Aaron was to bathe and put on special garments (v. 4), then sacrifice a bull for a sin offering for himself and his family (v. 6, 11)…Then Aaron was to bring two goats, one to be sacrificed “because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been” (v. 16), and its blood was sprinkled on the ark of the covenant. The other goat was used as a scapegoat. Aaron placed his hands on its head, confessed over it the rebellion and wickedness of the Israelites, and sent the goat out with an appointed man who released it into the wilderness (v. 21). The goat carried on itself all the sins of the people, which were forgiven for another year (v. 30).    
“The sufficiency and completeness of the sacrifice of Christ is seen in the two goats. The blood of the first goat was sprinkled on the ark, ritually appeasing the wrath of God for another year. The second goat removed the sins of the people into the wilderness where they were forgotten and no longer clung to the people. Sin is both propitiated and expiated God’s way – only by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.” http://www.gotquestions.org/Day-Atonement-Yom-Kippur.html
3. The Feast of Tabernacles – Sukkoth
The final feast of the year, called Sukkoth, was celebrated from 15 Tishri. It was to remember the booths the Israelites lived in during their 40 year sojourn in the wilderness. After they entered the Promised Land, it came to be associated with the fall harvest and became known as the Festival of Ingathering.
During the 40 years in the desert, God lived among His people in the tabernacle, but His intention was to live in His people as His temple. Jesus “tabernacled” among them for thirty three years so that He can dwell in us forever, <em>“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you; whom you have received from God.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV.
It is His intention to live with His people forever when He has restored all things.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men and He will live with them. They will be His people and He will be their God.’” Revelation 21:4.
These 3 autumn feasts were an annual rehearsal for the coming of Messiah and the consummation o this age when Jesus would usher in His eternal kingdom and reign over His renewed earth together with His bride, the church. So, Jesus warned His followers to be alert and ready for that great event, by being faithful in all that He had called them to do.
Luella Campbell


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