Other feasts (Deut 16:9-16:17)

“You shall count seven weeks. Begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain. Then you shall keep the feast of weeks to Yahweh your God, contributing a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing that you have received from Yahweh your God. Rejoice before Yahweh your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your male and female slaves, the Levites resident in your towns, as well as the strangers, the orphans, and the widows who are among you, at the place that Yahweh your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt. Diligently observe these statutes.”

This harvest feast of weeks was also mentioned in Exodus, chapter 23, Leviticus, chapter 23, and Numbers, chapter 28. 7 weeks after the first harvest began would put this feast in June. It later became known as Pentecost, 50 days after the first harvest attempt. Once again your whole family had to go to the place that Yahweh will choose to celebrate this feast day.

“You shall keep the festival of booths seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your wine press. Rejoice during your festival, you and your sons and your daughters, your male and female slaves, as well as the Levites, the strangers, the orphans, and the widows resident in your towns. Seven days you shall keep the festival to Yahweh your God at the place that Yahweh will choose. For Yahweh your God will bless you in all your produce and in all your undertakings, and you shall surely celebrate.”

The feast of tents or booths can be found in Exodus, chapter 23, Numbers, chapter 29, and Leviticus, chapter 23. Once again, everyone is to be included in joyous festival that happens at the place that Yahweh will choose. This a fall festival harvest that lasts 7 days.

“Three times a year all your males shall appear before Yahweh your God at the place that he will choose. They are the festival of unleavened bread, at the festival of weeks, and at the festival of booths. They shall not appear before Yahweh empty-handed. All shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of Yahweh your God that he has given you.”

These then are the three great feast days, unleavened bread, weeks, and booths. All the men must go to Yahweh with full hands, each according to what he believes best. Thus the place that Yahweh chooses, which is Jerusalem, will be an extremely busy time at least 3 times a year.

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