Psalm 118

wogwsmall1a.jpgI read Psalm 118 earlier this week and came across verse 27:

The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” (NASB)

When I read this, I was so excited because I know what this means now! Notice that the word festival and sacrifice are singular, not plural. This is important, because the Lord has more than one festival, or Feast if you will, and they all have different sacrifices.

Since this festival and sacrifice are singular, it is talking about one festival and one sacrifice. The Festival they are talking about is Sukkot-Season of our Joy, and during this festival they tie the sacrifice to the horns of the altar.

The first part of this about God showing us the light is not just a figure of speech-during Sukkot they would light all the menorahs in the courtyard. These menorahs were huge-they needed ladders to climb up to the menorahs and light them. There were four of these huge menorahs that would be lit, and the rejoicing would continue through the night, aided by the lights of the menorahs. Can you imagine how bright the light was? You could see it from miles around, since the menorahs were so high and wide. These would be the seven branch ones, not the nine branch ones most of us are familiar with from Hanukkah (technically called a Hanukkiah).

It is so neat when you can see the bits and pieces of His word come together!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joanne
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 14:17:17

    The many lighted menorahs remind me of these verses where Yeshua was describing us as a city set on a hill. Filled with light and joy.

    Matthew 5:14-15

    14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

    15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.



  2. Lizzie
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 22:25:09

    Very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing and participating.


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