Israel’s Other Sacred Times

Rev. Jayasheelan - July 27, 2017 - Old Testament Studies /

Besides the Annual Feasts, Israel’s time was marked by these other sacred events.

Israel’s Other Sacred Times

Summary
Sabbath: Every seventh day was a solemn rest from all work (Ex. 20:8-11; 31:12-17; Lev.23:3; Dent.5:12-15)
Sabbath year: Every seventh year was designated a “year of release” to allow the land to lie fallow (Ex.23:10.11; Lev 25:1-7).
Year of Jubilee: The 50th year, which followed seven Sabbath years, was to proclaim liberty to those who were servant because of debt and to return lands to their former owners (Lev.25:8-55; 27:17-24; Ezek. 46:17)
The New Moon: The first day of the Hebrew 29-or 30-day of rest, special sacrifice, and the blowing of trumpets (Num 28:11-15; Ps. 81:3)
Dedication (Lights of Hanukkah): An eight-day feast the ninth month (Chislev) commemorating the cleansing of the temple from defilement by Syria, and its rededication (John 10:22)
Purim (Lots): A feast on the 14th and 15th of the 12th month (Adar) The name comes from Babylonian Pur, meaning “Lot” (Esth.9:18-32)