|Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time System, Article 9
Spring Rehearsals (Feasts, Festivals)
|Feast of Seven Sabbaths
Following the festival rehearsals in the first month, seven Sabbaths are counted before Yehuveh’s next appointment with His people. Yehuveh’s instructions are: “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto Yehuveh. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto Yehuveh. . . . And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before Yehuveh. . . . And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Leviticus 23:15-21.
Historically, these seven Sabbaths were the time which passed between Israel’s exodus from Egypt and their receiving Yehuveh’s instruction at Mount Sinai. “In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day [the beginning of the third month] came they into the wilderness of Sinai. . . . And there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto Elohim, and Yehuveh called unto him out of the moutain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’s wings, and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. . . . And all the people answered together, and said, All that Yehuveh hath spoken we will do. . . . And Yehuveh said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee fore ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto Yehuveh.” By the middle of this month the people were prepared for Yehuveh to come down and speak His commandments from the thick cloud. Exodus 19:1-9.
The count of these seven Sabbaths is very much simpler than this following discussion will at first appear. Be patient and use the linked monthly calendars to follow this long sentence: Seven Sabbaths span
the remainder of the first month [following the Sabbath on the twenty-second day
of the month, which immediately followed the Feast of Unleavened Bread, there
are no more Sabbaths in the first month],
the New Moon (one Sabbath) and all three remaining Sabbaths (three Sabbaths)
of the second month,
the New Moon (one Sabbath) and the first two Sabbaths (two Sabbaths) of
the third month, the count of seven Sabbaths being complete on full-moon Sabbath
of the third month. The following day, the sixteenth day of the third month, is always
the day established at the Feast of Seven Sabbaths!
Fifty days after the week of feasting on the Scriptures we are to return to Yehuveh with an offering of “processed” insight. The “ripened grain” we gathered at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and presented to Yehuveh on the Day of First Fruits, has now been processed in our thinking (made into fine flour), has been compared with what other people have written or said about these Scriptures (combined with leavening) and made into personally drawn conclusions (baked). In summary, we have taken our early insights and examined them closely [fine flour], added our own and other people’s thoughts [leavening] and prepared them for ourselves and others to incorporate [baked]. Now with these developed understandings, we again “rejoice with trembling” as we present our own sharable insights to Yehuveh for approval or adjustment.
Originally Written: 4 October 2005
Latest Update: 28 November 2009
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