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Thursday, March 14 2019
A Bible Journey, 145: Due Seasons
"Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season"
The English-language word "season" originated from an Old English word, sesoun, that meant to sow. It was thereafter applied to the "seasons" that naturally follow the sowing - growth (summer), harvest (autumn) and rest (winter). See the Fact Finder question below to understand how the seasons were declared by the LORD at the time of Creation.
"Season" (or "seasons" in plural) is used to translate numerous Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures.
Hebrew words translated as "season" or "seasons":
Greek words translated as "season" or "seasons":
The people of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) made offerings to Him long before the Israelites existed e.g. Abel (see What Proof Is There That Cain And Abel Were Twins? and Biblical Eras: Cain's World Before The Flood) and Noah and Abraham (see Biblical Eras: The Messiah's Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
By the time that the family of Jacob (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation) had grown into a multitude (see A Bible Journey, 118: The Reckoning Of Israel In The Sinai and A Bible Journey, 143: The Jordan Plains Census), they began making the same offerings to the LORD on a national level.
"28:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 28:2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season. 28:3 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. 28:4 The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; 28:5 And a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil. 28:6 It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD. 28:7 And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt thou cause the strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering. 28:8 And the other lamb shalt thou offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD." (Numbers 28:1-8 KJV)
The LORD was the Creator of His one and only true Sabbath Day (see Creation Day 7: The Week And The Christian Sabbath).
"28:9 And on the sabbath day two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof: 28:10 This is the burnt offering of every sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering." (Numbers 28-9-10 KJV)
According to the LORD's Command at Creation, the monthly calendar is based upon the moon. The word "month" states it within itself - it means a "moon-th" of days (see The New Moon Calendar and the Fact Finder question below).
"28:11 And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot; 28:12 And three tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one bullock; and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, for one ram; 28:13 And a several tenth deal of flour mingled with oil for a meat offering unto one lamb; for a burnt offering of a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD. 28:14 And their drink offerings shall be half an hin of wine unto a bullock, and the third part of an hin unto a ram, and a fourth part of an hin unto a lamb: this is the burnt offering of every month throughout the months of the year. 28:15 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering unto the LORD shall be offered, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering." (Numbers 28:11-15 KJV)
The Holy Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew without chapters or verse numbers. Beginning here, and continuing into what is now the next "chapter," the offerings are listed for the LORD's true Christian Holy Days (see the Fact Finder question below), beginning with Passover (see A Bible Journey, 62: Why Is It Called Passover?) and the Days of Passover / Days of Unleavened Bread (see The Journey Of The Days Of Passover).
"28:16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. 28:17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. 28:18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein: 28:19 But ye shall offer a sacrifice made by fire for a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, and seven lambs of the first year: they shall be unto you without blemish: 28:20 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil: three tenth deals shall ye offer for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram; 28:21 A several tenth deal shalt thou offer for every lamb, throughout the seven lambs: 28:22 And one goat for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you. 28:23 Ye shall offer these beside the burnt offering in the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering. 28:24 After this manner ye shall offer daily, throughout the seven days, the meat of the sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: it shall be offered beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering. 28:25 And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work." (Numbers 28:16-25 KJV)
The spring Holy Days are then completed with Pentecost (see The Pentecost Prophecy).
"28:26 Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat offering unto the LORD, after your weeks be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: 28:27 But ye shall offer the burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; two young bullocks, one ram, seven lambs of the first year; 28:28 And their meat offering of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto one bullock, two tenth deals unto one ram, 28:29 A several tenth deal unto one lamb, throughout the seven lambs; 28:30 And one kid of the goats, to make an atonement for you. 28:31 Ye shall offer them beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, (they shall be unto you without blemish) and their drink offerings." (Numbers 28:26-31 KJV)
Fact Finder: When did the "seasons" originate? How are the seasons to be naturally marked and measured?
This Day In History, March 14
44 BC: On the night before their assassination of Julius Caesar (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar), Casca, Cicero and Cassius declared that Mark Antony should not be killed (see The Cleopatra Connection).
1369: During the Castilian Civil War, Henry of Trastamare defeated Pedro I of Castile at the battle of Montiel.
1489: Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus and last of the Lusignan dynasty, sold her kingdom to Venice.
1558: Ferdinand I assumed the position of Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned by the pope (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1590: During the French Religious Wars, Henry IV, with a force of 13,000, defeated the 25,000-strong army of the Duc de Mayenne at the battle of Ivry.
1647: During the Thirty Years War, a Treaty of Neutrality was signed at Ulm between Sweden, France, Bavaria and Cologne.
1757: British admiral John Byng was executed by firing squad for his failed attempt to relieve the island of Minorca when threatened by the French fleet.
1883: Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto along with Frederich Engels, died. Marx and Engels were both wealthy liberals who sought political power for themselves through the support of the workers that they claimed to represent. It was a political experiment that by the late twentieth century had been proven as a dismal failure that actually enslaved the workers that it promised to "liberate" (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?)
1891: The submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the English Channel bed to prepare for the first telephone links to Europe.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the German cruiser Dresden was sunk by the Royal Navy in the Pacific.
1936: During the German election campaign, Adolf Hitler told a crowd of 300,000 that "Germany's only judge is God and itself" (see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1937: Pope Pius XI issued his encyclical Mit brennender Sorge ("with burning anxiety") against Nazi Germany; it charged that Germany had violated their 1933 concordat whereby Roman Catholicism was not to be hindered under the Nazis.
1938: After his anschluss of Austria, Adolf Hitler made his triumphal entry into Vienna, where he had spent his hobo years.
1945: The heaviest explosive of the Second World War, the 22,000-pound (9,980 kilogram) "Grand Slam," was dropped by the RAF's Dambuster Squadron on the Bielefeld railway viaduct in Germany.
1964: Jack Ruby (actual name Jacob Rubenstein; the son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents, he grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone) was found guilty of the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of John Kennedy. Ruby reportedly had expected to be regarded as a "hero" for shooting Oswald and not face murder charges.
1965: Israel agreed to West Germany's request to establish diplomatic relations.
1978: An Israeli force of 22,000 invaded south Lebanon, hitting the PLO terrorists based there (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1995: Norman Thagard became the first U.S. astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle. By 2012, with the termination of the Space Shuttle program and no other launch vehicles in existence or in immediate development, all U.S. astronauts now depend on riding along on Russian space launches.