The Eighth Day Approacheth
On the Gregorian calendar the “eighth day” of Leviticus 23:34-36 begins at sundown, Sunday, October 23, 2016.
This passage in Leviticus describes the commanded Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot or Booths). It seems to present a quandary—celebrate it seven days and on the eighth day…. How can a seven day feast have eight days? Let me quote the verses for you with a couple of parenthetical additions of my own:
“Speak to the children of Israel (every engrafted believer in Messiah Yeshua), saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. (Then or After that,) On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it. Lev 23:34-36 NKJV
You’re already getting my drift by my insertions—you celebrate for seven days then on the eight day, after the feast is over, but before you start back to work—another Sabbath—before the new cycle begins with all its uncertainties.
It seems very appropriate to have a wind-up Sabbath. You’ve been celebrating for seven days to wrap-up a successful year—celebrating your freedom from slavery. I would say this Sabbath being the eighth day of the feast is celebrated as a day of new beginnings—a consecrated step into the unknown future—the coming year. What will it hold?
Those in Messiah Yeshua already have a big foot into facing that unknown—if they apprehend and walk in what they have already received! How better equipped could you be to step into the coming year than via the vehicle of a Sabbath dedicated to embracing the unknown—the eighth day! What an opportunity to lift to the Lord all those hazy, bogey men you may be seeing in the future (including the present political scene). Move into the challenge with your personal human spirit, not your doubting intellect. Move with confessed belief in the promise of Yehovah in Romans 8:28–And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
The eighth day approacheth—it need not be feared—it can be embraced!