God's Appointed Feasts (pt. 9)
For humanity to be reconciled with God, sin must be atoned for.
God, in his wisdom, provided a ritual in the Day of Atonement ceremony for this exact purpose - to restore the covenantal relationship with his people in service of His plan of redemption.
In addition to a ransom - the goat whose blood is sprinkled on the Mercy Seat - there is also a Scapegoat ceremony.
The scapegoat ceremony offers a concrete ritual to the nation that the past year's sins have been "taken away" on the head of the goat.
Jesus fulfills both the ransom offering and the scapegoat who "takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
Join us as we explore this holiday and the amazing significance of Jesus' atoning death (Romans 3:25).
God's Appointed Feasts (pt. 8)
In today's lesson, we explore how the Feast of Trumpets - the first day of the seventh month - became a New Year's celebration - Rosh Hashanah.
In the cultures surrounding ancient Israel, the purging of sins from the king, the city, and the people marked their New Year's celebrations.
In Babylon, their New Year's festival - called Akitu - even included a scapegoat ceremony to remove the sins from the king.
A New Year's ritual is one of rebirth and the renewal of time so humanity can enter the new period of time free of their sins.
Join us today as we explore this ancient ritual and see how closely it resembles our modern New Year's practice.
"Seasonal Renewal in Ancient Mesopotamia" in Britannica
Lupercalia Festival: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia
Februus - god of the underworld -
The Cross IS the Tree of Life
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In Revelation 22:2, John does something profound by choosing a particular Greek word.
Bibles in English all translate this Greek word as "tree," but something more profound is happening.
If we understand the words used for "tree" throughout the New Testament, we can see that John is pointing out something unique about this "Tree of Life" he sees in his vision.
Join us in this short lesson on how John - by simply changing one Greek word - shows us that the Tree of Life is the Cross!
12th Century Mosaic of the Cross as the Tree of Life in the San Clemente Basilica, Rome.
The Trumpet Blast of God
God's Appointed Feasts (pt. 7)
Continuing through this series on God's Appointed Feasts, we make a jump over to the Fall festivals.
Jesus has fulfilled the first four holidays - the Spring Feasts - and next up on his agenda is the trumpet blast that will announce the return of the king.
This trumpet blast is associated with the Feast of Trumpets, known as Rosh Hashanah (we'll cover this in more detail next week).
In today's lesson, we explore a few of the details of the holiday that help us understand the words of Jesus concerning his return and Paul as he writes about the "Last" trumpet blast or the "Trumpet Blast" of God.
What is a Gethsemane?
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The Bible never mentions the phrase "the garden of Gethsemane."
We tend to treat the word Gethsemane as if it is the name of a city or village that happens to have a garden. But this is not the case!
A Gethsemane is not a place - it is a thing!
So what is a Gethsemane? Join us for this short lesson to find out.
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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