Three Annual Feasts

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Sabbath

As these various laws for the Israelites continue to be given we will continue with our outline:

V. Things concerning the Sabbaths

1.  Concerning the sabbatical year (vv. 10-11). The Sabbath year provided rest for the land and free food for the poor. This was made possible because God supplied a double amount during the sixth year. The sabbatical year reminded Israel that God owns the land and that it was theirs merely to use.

2. Concerning the Sabbath day provided rest for the animals as well as for humans.

VI. Things concerning annual Feasts - (vv. 14-19). God gives instructions to the Israelites concerning three annual feasts. Three times in the year all males were required to appear before the Lord.

1. The Feast of Unleavened Bread - This was held in March or April, about the time of the barley harvest.

2. The Feast of First Fruits - This was at wheat harvest, usually in May.

3. The Feast of Ingathering - This was held in October at the end of the agricultural year.

Application

Although I am no longer under the law there are certain principals of life that are still good for me today. I need to discuss with my family what some of these principles are.

Exodus 23:10-19 (English Standard Version)


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