Leviticus 21-24:23, Ezekiel 44:15-31
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Leviticus 21:1-4 And the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘None shall defile himself for the dead among his people, ‘except for his relatives who are nearest to him: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, and his brother; ‘also his virgin sister who is near to him, who has had no husband, for her he may defile himself. ‘Otherwise he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.
~To serve G-D you are expected to be holy as he is holy and without defect or blemish just as the things offered to G-D were to be perfect. So, you could teach the people the difference between what is holy and unholy, what is clean and unclean, what is true (Pure) and untrue (impure).
Leviticus 22:17-20 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘Whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, who offers his sacrifice for any of his vows or for any of his freewill offerings, which they offer to the LORD as a burnt offering—
‘You shall offer of your own free will a male without blemish from the cattle, from the sheep, or from the goats. ‘Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it shall not be acceptable on your behalf.
~In other words, whatever you give to G-D must be holy, clean and pure. Anything less will not be accepted. Even if it is given with genuine heart felt loving devotion and the best of intentions.
Proverbs 28:9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Leviticus 22:31-32a“Therefore you shall keep my commandments, and perform them: I am the LORD. “You shall not profane my holy name.
Leviticus 23:1-2 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are my feasts. (NLT: These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as official days for holy assembly).
Leviticus 23:3 ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation (official day for holy assembly). You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
~Why does “the Church” rest on Sunday the first day of the week?
Sunday was another workday in the Roman Empire. On March 7, 321, however, Roman Emperor Constantine I issued a civil decree making Sunday a day of rest from labor, stating:
All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the venerable day of the sun. Country people, however, may freely attend to the cultivation of the fields, because it frequently happens that no other days are better adapted for planting the grain in the furrows or the vines in trenches. So that the advantage given by heavenly providence may not for the occasion of a short time perish.
While established only in civil law rather than religious principle, the Church welcomed the development as a means by which Christians could the more easily attend Sunday worship and observe Christian rest. At Laodicea also, the Church encouraged Christians to make use of the day for Christian rest where possible, without ascribing to it any of the regulation of Mosaic Law, and indeed, anathematizing (curse, condemn) Hebrew observance on the Sabbath. The civil law and its effects made possible a pattern in Church life that has been imitated throughout the centuries in many places and cultures, wherever possible.
On the venerable day of the sun let the magistrate and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however, persons engaged in agricultural work may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain growing or for vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. —Schaff’s History of the Christian Church, vol. III, chap. 75.
Q. Has the [Catholic] church power to make any alterations in the commandments of God?
A. ...Instead of the seventh day, and other festivals appointed by the old law, the church has prescribed the Sundays and holy days to be set apart for God’s worship; and these we are now obliged to keep in consequence of God’s commandment, instead of the ancient Sabbath.
—The Catholic Christian Instructed in the Sacraments, Sacrifices, Ceremonies, and Observances of the Church By Way of Question and Answer, RT Rev. Dr. Challoner, p. 204.
Q. How prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore, they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church.
Q. How prove you that?
A. Because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin; and by not keeping the rest [of the feasts] by her commanded, they again deny, in fact, the same power.
–Rev. Henry Tuberville, D.D. (R.C.), (1833), page 58.
The Passover and Unleavened Bread
Leviticus 23:4-8 ‘These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. ‘On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover. ‘And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. ‘On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. ‘But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’ ”
~Yeshua (Jesus) kept this appointed feast. In fact it was about him and what he would do.
Luke 22:15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
1 Corinthians 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
The Feast of First fruits
Leviticus 23:9-11 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. ‘He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
The Letter of the Council of Nicea to Alexandria and Egypt
We have also gratifying information to communicate to you relative to unity of judgment on the subject of the most holy feast of Passover, for this point also has been happily settled through your prayers. The result is that all the brethren in the East who have previously kept this festival when the Jews did will conform from now on to the Romans and to us and to all who from the earliest time have observed our period of celebrating Easter. Rejoicing therefore in these conclusions and in the general unanimity and peace, as well as in the extirpation of all heresy, receive with the greatest honor and more abundant love our fellow-minister and your bishop, Alexander, who has greatly delighted us by his presence, and even at his advanced age has undergone extraordinary exertions in order that peace might be reestablished among you. Pray on behalf of us all that the things decided as just may be inviolably maintained through Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ, together with the Holy Spirit, to whom be glory forever.
~One is the true occasion and appointed time of G-D, the other is the replacement i.e. lie. Is G-d the author of lies or does he accept a replacement?
John 8:43-45“Why do you not understand my speech? Because you are not able to listen to my word. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
Mark 13:22 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Daniel 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.
The Feast of Weeks
Leviticus 23:15-16 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. ‘Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.
The Feast of Trumpets
Leviticus 23:23-24 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
The Day of Atonement
Leviticus 23:26-30 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. “And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God. “For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. “And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
~Though the warning is stern and the consequences severe, this has been ignored by “the church”.
The Feast of Tabernacles
Leviticus 23:33-36 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. ‘On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. ‘For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
~This feast is the time when Yeshua (Jesus) was born. There is not time or space to cover the trail laid out for us in the book of Luke. Nor is there time or space to include the trail that has brought us Christmas. Sufficed to say the former is the true occasion and the latter the false replacement.
Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before me,” says the LORD.
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