As Jesus came to fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles, an elaborate sacrifice schedule was simplified. For the cross was the pivot point from the old covenant to the new covenant.
An Elaborate Sacrifice Schedule
The Feast of Tabernacles was an eight-day celebration and in Numbers 29, God lays out an elaborate sacrifice schedule. There, in 28 verses, God lays out a specific sacrifice for each day of the Feast. By the end of the celebration 199 animals would have been sacrificed.
Now under the new covenant that Jesus brought, the sacrifice is simple. It is the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross. Hebrews 9: 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
Jesus Foreshadowed in the Sacrifice
God required blood for to cover the sins of His people. The Feast of Tabernacles was a joyful celebration of God with us and of the provision of God. But still there were sacrifices. Now that Jesus has come, He is God with us and provides forgiveness for us.
Ephesians 1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
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