THE BIBLICAL FALL FEASTS – PART 8
FEAST OF TRUMPETS
OUR SACRIFICIAL LAMB
The feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Ha Shanah or the Head of the (New) Year, also required certain burnt offerings of sacrificial animals, each with its’ own meaning.
On Tishri 1 (First New Year Day, Trumpets) they were to offer one young bullock (bull), one ram, seven lambs and one kid (young goat).
Killing and burning the bull reminded them to put away false gods. They had made a golden calf (young bull) in the wilderness to worship as their god while Moses was being given the ten commandments on the mountain. Four hundred years as slaves to the Egyptians, they had been taught that the bull was the highest god of the Egyptians. They had forgotten the god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob so they reverted back to the “gods” they had known about in Egypt. Sacrificing a bull reminded them of a mistake they should never again make.
Sacrificing a ram (mature male goat) reminded them of Abraham’s willingness to make a burnt offering sacrifice on the mountain of God of his young son Isaac, the promised son of blessing from whom would come Messiah’s line. God miraculously provided a ram instead and Messiah’s line was preserved.
The final sacrifice was a young goat (kid) as a sin offering, a covering for their sins. However, after the ram and before the kid, seven lambs were to be sacrificed. Let us consider the lambs for a moment.
First of all, seven is a special number representing God and His purposes. It is a perfect number, a prime number. It carries special significance al through the bible beginning with seven days of creation, a seventh (sabbath) day of rest, the “seven spirits of God,” The Feast of Weeks (7 weeks of 7 days), Daniel’s 70 weeks (7x10) and many others.
The seven sacrificial lambs foreshadowed the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He became our sacrificial lamb to take away our sin, not just as an act of temporary covering as it did for Israel. Jesus was the PERFECT, SACRIFICIAL Lamb of God, so the number of seven (lambs) represented His perfection as THE sacrificial Lamb. It was completed in Him; no longer is any animal sacrifice needed.
We rejoice in The Lamb of God. During these Days of Awe, we daily rededicate our whole being to Him…daily, 365 days per year.
God revealed His redemptive plan in the Old Covenant (Testament) and fulfilled it in the New Covenant (Testament). All glory to Jehovah (Yahweh) and Jesus.
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