THE WORSHIP OF THE ISRAELITES IN THE WILDERNESS
(EX 20:22 – 26, 23:14 – 20)
A. Sacrifices and offerings
1. burnt offerings/holocaust
2. Atonement/ sin offering
3. Peace offering/ communion sacrifice/ fellowship offering
4. Gift offering
5. Meal offering/ drink offering
6. Incense offering
A festival is a celebration commemorating a past event.
There were a number of festivals in the Israelite community. These included:
1. The Passover/Feast of unleavened bread
The Passover commemorates the divine act of redemption of the Jews from their bondage in Egypt.
The Passover feast reminded the Israelites that they were free, redeemed people while the Lords Suppers is to remind Christians of their forgiveness of sins. The death of Jesus set Christians free from sins.
2. The feast of weeks/ Pentecost.
This feast originally marked the end of the wheat harvest.
Later it was conducted 50 days from the Sabbath following the Passover hence name Pentecost.
3. The Feast of Tabernacles.
This feast marked the end of agricultural year.
It took place in autumn when the fruits had been safely gathered/ harvested.
Altars marked an earthly meeting place between God and the people.
D. Prayer and Songs
People communicated to God through prayer and song. This was mostly used by priests and their leaders e.g. Moses and Joshua.
E. Holy day of worship
The Israelites set a day of worship. Every week they worked for six days and on the seventh day they rested and worshipped the Lord/ Sabbath rest.
F. The Tent of Meeting (EXODUS 26)
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