Does Leviticus 23:1-3 refer to weekly Sabbath?

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Speaker 1

Robert is asking, can you explain? Leviticus 23, one to three. Is this referring to the weekly Sabbath? Does it mean the feast is part of the Sabbath?

Speaker 2

All right, let’s pull up that verse.

Speaker 3

Starting at Leviticus 23, verse one. And by the way, hi, Ebr.

Speaker 2

Thanks for joining us.

Speaker 1

Okay, so Leviticus 23 says, and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, speak to the children of Israel and say to them, the feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be my holy convocations. These are my feasts. Six days shall work be done. But the 7th day is a Sabbath of solemn rest. A holy convocation. You shall do no work on it. It is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.

Speaker 3

And then if we go to the.

Speaker 2

Next verse, Leviticus 23 four says, these are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.

Speaker 3

And then it proceeds to list the different convocations, like passover, the feast of unleavened bread. And the other ones tend to tell me if I’m wrong here, I don’t believe this verse is saying that the weekly Sabbath is a feast. It’s combining the Sabbath with the feast days. They are all different types of Sabaths, but, yeah, the Sabbath wasn’t the feast. It’s combining them. God is sort of saying like, there’s.

Speaker 2

The feast and then there’s the Sabbath.

Speaker 4

Yeah, that’s what I’m understanding too, because I remember reading this in Leviticus and being like, a little bit confused in a way, because I’m like, wait, is this its own thing or is this something different? And, yeah, it’s a little bit tricky. And I think why it was written this way, like the beginning of this chapter, he’s saying, this is the 7th.

Speaker 5

Day, this is the Sabbath.

Speaker 4

And then he goes into the rest of it because he’s like, okay, first and foremost, there’s going to be a lot of feasts and Sabbaths and other things. There are other Sabbaths in the mosaic law, in the Old Testament, sanctuary services and holidays and things like that.

Speaker 5

There were other Sabbaths outside of the.

Speaker 6

7Th day Sabbath written as the fourth commandment by the finger of GoD set up at creation. That’s a different thing. So what I think God was establishing.

Speaker 4

Was just like, say is every week.

Speaker 5

You have a weekly Sabbath, that is the Sabbath.

Speaker 4

Because from what it sounded like also in the Book of Exodus was that the people had not been keeping the Sabbath. So that wasn’t really part of their lifestyle. God was reteaching them.

Speaker 5

How to keep the Sabbath.

Speaker 4

And so he said first and foremost.

Speaker 5

Sabbath, like every week is the Sabbath Day. Like the 7th day Sabbath that I.

Speaker 6

Set up at Creation and I wrote.

Speaker 4

It on stone for you guys to keep as part of my Ten Commandments.

Speaker 6

That’s first and foremost.

Speaker 4

And then in addition to that, now.

Speaker 6

There’S all these other Sabbaths and feasts.

Speaker 4

And holidays and holy days and new moons and all these things. And those are things that were written.

Speaker 6

As part of the ceremonies.

Speaker 4

That’s a ceremonial law is what they call it. And that’s what you would say was nailed to the cross because it was written on paper.

Speaker 6

However, which is different than obviously God’s Sabbath that he set forth, he wrote in stone. And so I am the Lord, I change not.

Speaker 3

He’s giving context. So I’m going to tell you about.

Speaker 2

My feasts, which are holy convocations.

Speaker 3

Let me tell you about first the.

Speaker 2

First Holy convocation I made, which is the Sabbath.

Speaker 3

And then by the way, convocation means.

Speaker 2

We’Re coming together, we’re gathering, we’re assembling.

Speaker 3

So that’s supposed to be a part.

Speaker 2

Of the Sabbath experience. And then God transitions and notice that feast isn’t mentioned in verse three at all. Then we go to Leviticus 23, verse four. Now this is when God says these are the feasts of the Lord.

Speaker 3

And then that’s when we list the Passover and things like that. It’s a very rational question. I suppose there could be some debate there. But for us, the textual reading here that we believe is most true is.

Speaker 2

That no, the Sabbath is different.

Speaker 6

Yeah, the 7th day Sabbath.

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