Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - September 13, 2017

Today's Reading:

John 16:5-33

2 Chronicles 24

Psalm 81

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading   

Psalm 81 is a Psalm specifically written for the Feast of Trumpets. Considering that this annual Sabbath is coming up this year on September 22, it is a good time to comment on the significance of Psalm 81.

Let's start off with how you can be certain that Psalm 81 is about the Feast of Trumpets.
Psalm 81:3-4 "Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob."
To prove that Psalm 81 is about the Feast of Trumpets, we need to cross reference each of the high-lighted words or phrases in the above verses, as follows:

CLUES:
1) Psalm 81 is referring to a NEW MOON day.
2) Upon this NEW MOON day, we are to blow the trumpet.
3) This NEW MOON day is also a solemn FEAST DAY.
4) The command to keep this NEW MOON day is a STATUTE in the LAW of Yahweh (so it is found in the Torah). 
Using these clues, we can quickly identify the day being mentioned in Psalm 81, for there is only one New Moon day, which is a Feast, given in the Torah, upon which we are specifically instructed to blow trumpets: The Feast of Trumpets.
Leviticus 23:23-25 - "And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month (the first day of the month is translated from the Hebrew words for NEW MOON), shall ye have a Sabbath (annual Sabbath), a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh." 
Because Psalm 81 is a Feast of Trumpets chapter, we make a practice of reading it during our convocation on the Feast of Trumpets. But there is more...

Many believe that the annual Sabbaths (Feasts of Yahweh) are a "Jewish" thing and should not be kept by "Gentile" (non-Jewish) Christians. Yet Psalm 81 shows that Joseph certainly didn't believe the Feasts were just a "Jewish" thing... He not only kept the Feast of Trumpets himself, he went throughout the land of Egypt instructing the Egyptians to
keep it also!
Psalm 81:3-5  "Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. This He ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt..."
Psalm 81 not only contains key concepts related to the significance of the Feast of Trumpets, it also gives simple proof that God wants everyone to keep His holy days. And what a blessing it is to do so!