So, you’re feeling a little down in the dumps after the last few chapters of Leviticus. I get it. That was some tough stuff. Lots of getting cut off from the people and burned alive and stoned to death and all that.
Well, are you ready for a little pick-me-up?
How about six pick-me-ups?
I know it sounds too good to be true, but Leviticus 23 is packed full of encouragement, nay, commands to party! Let’s have a look at them.
Party #1: Passover / Festival of Unleavened Bread
Happy new year! Sort of. Days 14-21 of the first month of the year are dedicated to remembering when the LORD brought everyone out of Egypt.
Can you tell me what doesn’t sound fun about two holy convocations, no work, and a week’s worth of unleavened bread?
You can’t. Because it’s pretty much the greatest idea for a party EVER!
Party #2: First Fruits
Alliteration aside, this party is great is because you know that you are about to be rolling in food. So go right ahead and stuff that little face of yours. Just make sure you do the offering first.
It’s harvest time, baby!
Party #3: Festival of Weeks
If you can manage to contain yourself for another 50 days after the First Fruits, you get to celebrate the Festival of weeks. Seven weeks have passed and the time has come to give another offering.
This one is a little more work to pull off but if slaughtering animals is your thing, you won’t be disappointed. Look at all the offerings you get to make!
Burnt Offering: 7 lambs, 1 bull, 2 rams
Sin Offering: 1 male goat
Well Being: 2 more lambs.
And this is the party you get to invite everyone to. As the harvest weeks have rolled on, you haven’t been cutting the edges of your field. That way, the poor and the aliens can join in.
The more, the merrier!
Party #4: Festival of Trumpets
This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
The first day of the 7th month is a day of rest and a day where people blow trumpets.
Why? I have no idea. But who cares?! Party!!!!
Party #5: Atonement
I wrote about this before. What I failed to mention is that you need to not eat or do any work that day.
Ok, so maybe this one isn’t the most fun party in the world. That’s fine because the next one is the best one yet!
Party #6: Festival of Booths
Five days after the atonement, which is ten days after the trumpets (wow, this is a busy month!), you celebrate the festival of booths.
This is easily my favorite. All you gotta do is be crazy-go-nuts before the LORD for a week while having a giant camp out with every single person you know.
If that doesn’t cheer you up, I don’t know what will.
Speaking of celebration, I am almost done with Leviticus and need some ideas about how to celebrate it. For Genesis, I visited altars. For Exodus, I built the Tabernacle. What should I do for Leviticus?