Today’s Reading: Leviticus 23, 24, 25
Highlights – Much of this concerns the yearly Jewish religious calendar. The main feasts were Passover (in the 1st month), Pentecost (50 days later) and The feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles (in the 7th month). In chapter 24 are details about the bread and oil for the Tabernacle and the case of a man who blasphemed God and cursed. Chapter 25 tells about the Sabbath year and the fascinating Year of Jubilee.
God required not only a Sabbath day each week but every seventh year a Sabbath year – a whole year of not working the land. This raised an interesting question, which the law anticipated (in 25:20): what would they eat in the 7th and 8th years? What was God’s answer? How might this be an example to us?