Rest and Be Satisfied in Jesus Christ

New JerusalemLeviticus 23:1-2 says, “Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, speak to the children of Israel…these are My appointed feasts.” Verse 3 is about the sabbath rest. The chapter then goes on to describe seven feasts to be held during the year.

The sabbath rest sets the principle for the seven feasts: we should not do something by our own effort. Rather, we should receive, rest in, and be satisfied by and thankful for what God in Christ Jesus has accomplished and has given us.

The seasons appointed by Jehovah as holy convocations signify the gathering of God’s redeemed people to have a festival with God for His joy and enjoyment that the redeemed may participate in it with Him and with one another. A festival, therefore, was for nothing except rest and enjoyment. This rest and enjoyment were not individual but corporate.

There were seven annual seasons (feasts). Seven is the number of fullness. The seven annual feasts were in the fullness of God’s riches.*

All the offerings at these feasts portray Christ, what Christ has accomplished, and what we experience of Christ. He is the focal point of each of these feasts. Our singing focuses on Him. Our prayers, thanksgivings, and praises focus on Him. He is the content of what we speak to one another.

In the transition from Leviticus through the New Testament to New Jerusalem there are many changes. All the forms/symbols have been replaced by Jesus Christ. All the ritual behavior has been replaced by Him living Himself through us. Despite these changes, Leviticus 23 suggests that in New Jerusalem we will have a continual feast full of rest and satisfaction.

* Witness LeeLife-study of Leviticus, published and © by Living Stream Ministry. This excerpt is from message 52, the first of three messages about the feasts in Leviticus 23.

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Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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