Today you should read: Numbers 29
This is one of those passages where we can understand what God is commanding Israel to do, but we might not understand why. Each of these festivals serves a purpose.
The Feast of Trumpets happened on the first day of the seventh month (v. 1). The seventh month was holy because God had ordained it that way and it resembles creation. And in Numbers 10:10, it describes that the blowing of trumpets is a plea for God to remember Israel.
The Day of Atonement is a huge day. This is supposed to be a purification day for the nation of Israel. It’s about asking God to atone for their sins. You can read in detail about it in Leviticus 16.
The Feast of Booths was when the Israelites would live in booths (like tents) for a week to remind themselves of how they lived in the wilderness following the Exodus. The many sacrifices were to serve as a reminder of how God had provided for the Israelites.
Each of these festivals ultimately serves as a reminder for the people to rely on God. God is calling them to remember who He truly is. He is the one that created all things, can atone for sin, and deliver the captive.
What things do you do to remember God each day? Do you have any special “festivals” of your own? (Maybe a salvation day or baptism day?)
What might it look like if we celebrated the things God had done for us?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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