FEBRUARY 24 READINGS…Leviticus 23:1-25:23
In today’s readings the Lord instructs Moses to establish the festivals for the nation of Israel…and special Sabbath days and years. Each of these festivals were to be held by the people at their appointed time each year. These festivals reminded the people of the provision of God for them…ultimately they each point us to Jesus Christ who is our provision, He fulfilled all these festivals for the people of God. Sadly for many Jewish people because they reject Jesus as the Messiah, they still are looking for the fulfillment in a coming “messiah”…sadly that one who is coming will not be Christ, but Antichrist. Jesus warned them of this in John 5:43…”I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.” The world as a whole looks for a “messiah”…a “savior”…sadly they have rejected and missed that the true Messiah and Savior has already come…His Name is Jesus. Each of the feasts of Israel were given to both remind the people, and to prophecy to the people of God’s provision and goodness.
The Lord also gave Israel instructions concerning the Sabbath year. As the people were required to keep the weekly Sabbath, a day of rest unto the Lord…they were also required to keep the Sabbath year. In the Sabbath year they were to let the land rest. The Lord promised to provide for them during this year, but they were not to do any work on the land during this year. At the end of seven Sabbath years…that is on every 50th year there would be the “Year of Jubilee”. This was to be a great time of celebration for the people. During this year debts were to be forgiven, and indentured servants were to be freed. Also the land was to be returned to its original owner. This demonstrated to the people that the land belonged to the Lord and He put each tribe and family on the land as He chose. During this year, again the people were to let the land rest. Once again both the Sabbaths and the Year of Jubilee would point to God’s ultimate provision in His Son…the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please share any insight you have from today’s readings. I love being reminded that the Lord Himself is our provision…everything we need in this life and in the life to come is found in Jesus!
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 25:24-26:46