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The “Eighth Day” Feast: What It Means to God

new begOne doesn’t have to interpret the Scriptures his/her own way. The Scriptures themselves will reveal the meaning and mind of God to answers sought for. One doesn’t have to create a story around what he/she believe to make it stand. One just has to let the Bible interpret and explain itself.

The design of the woven tapestry of God’s works and laws details His mind on the concept of the Eighth Day Sabbath. Based on how God worked with mankind in the course of history, we can understand what the number eight means to Him.

  • After the Eternal was fed up with the lawlessness and corruption of the old world, He chose Noah, a just man and the eighth, a preacher of righteousness to start all over again.

2 Peter 2:5 (KJV)

 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Peter used the Greek word “ŏgdŏŏs” meaning the eighth (Strong’s #3590) and not “ŏktō- eight (Strong’s #3638).  So the best translation is still the King James Version.         “. . . the eighth (person), a preacher of righteousness . . .”

  • Of all people on the earth at that time, God saved only eight people for the new world.

Genesis 7:13 (NKJV)

13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—

  • Seven days were given to Noah and his family; with all the creatures to board the safety of the ark before the Eternal caused the rains to come on the eighth day to renew the whole world.

Genesis 7:4 (NKJV)

4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”

  • The Eternal destroyed the evil old world and initiated the change in the eighth month.

Genesis 7:11 (NKJV)

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Second month (Heshvan) in Noah’s time is the same eighth month in the Hebrew calendar beginning with Moses up to the present. God changed the beginning of months when He began to redeem Israel from slavery to Egypt.

Exodus 12:2 (NKJV)

2 “This month (Nisan) shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.

  • The eighth month also marked the time when the eight people in the ark went out as God directed to start life anew on a completely washed and better ground.

Genesis 8:14-16 (NIV)

14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.  15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.

Perfection and harmony always characterize God’s actions. Multi-faceted symbolisms are attached to every move He takes. His words convey valuable truths and profound meanings. That is why, the Eternal’s revelation that people may call as Old Testament is of great value and import because they reveal God’s mind and viewpoint on certain issues and matters that may puzzle humans.

We have seen how the Eternal worked with the number eight and what meanings and messages He conveys and expresses thru it. One shouldn’t wonder therefore, that God’s laws and ordinances do reveal even more of God’s mind about the number eight, that one may have not noticed before.

Some Old Testament Laws and Ordinances that God gave ancient Israel are correlated to the Eighth Day picture such as:

  • When a woman gives birth to a male child, she shall be considered unclean for seven days. After the seven days separation, the covenant of circumcision shall be administered to the male child on the eighth day.

Leviticus 12:2-3 (NIV)

2 "Say to the Israelites: 'A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. 3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised.

  • Whomever of the army of Israel that has killed a person or touched any slain, must stay outside the camp and purify themselves seven days; wash their clothes and other things that cannot withstand fire. Afterwards, they can go back inside camp beginning the eighth day.

Numbers 31:19-24 (NKJV)

19 And as for you, remain outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day. 20 Purify every garment, everything made of leather, everything woven of goats’ hair, and everything made of wood.”

 21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to the battle, “This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses:

24 And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may come into the camp.”

  • Those with skin diseases and body discharge after being healed of such are given seven days for cleansing purposes, after which on the eighth day, they shall present an offering to make atonement before the Lord God for that disease.

Leviticus 15:13-14 (NKJV)

13 ‘When he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in running water; then he shall be clean. 14 On the eighth day he shall take for himself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and give them to the priest.

Many other laws the Lord God gave Israel do, in one way of the other, paint a picture of the Eighth day, such as: the ordination of Aaron as high priest;

Leviticus 8:33-36 (NKJV)

33 And you shall not go outside the door of the tabernacle of meeting for seven days, until the days of your consecration are ended. For seven days he shall consecrate you. 34 As he has done this day, so the LORD has commanded to do, to make atonement for you. 35 Therefore you shall stay at the door of the tabernacle of meeting day and night for seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, so that you may not die; for so I have been commanded.” 36 So Aaron and his sons did all the things that the LORD had commanded by the hand of Moses.

Leviticus 9:1-4 (NKJV)

The Priestly Ministry Begins

 1 It came to pass on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 2 And he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. 3 And to the children of Israel you shall speak, saying, ‘Take a kid of the goats as a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering, 4 also a bull and a ram as peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD, and a grain offering mixed with oil; for today the LORD will appear to you.’”

Leviticus 9:22-23 (NKJV)

22 Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings. 23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.

Laws Of Quarantine For The Diseased Or Sick

Leviticus 13:1-6 (NIV)

Regulations About Infectious Skin Diseases

 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 "When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a bright spot on his skin that may become an infectious skin disease, he must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest. 3 The priest is to examine the sore on his skin, and if the hair in the sore has turned white and the sore appears to be more than skin deep, it is an infectious skin disease. When the priest examines him, he shall pronounce him ceremonially unclean. 4 If the spot on his skin is white but does not appear to be more than skin deep and the hair in it has not turned white, the priest is to put the infected person in isolation for seven days. 5 On the seventh day the priest is to examine him, and if he sees that the sore is unchanged and has not spread in the skin, he is to keep him in isolation another seven days. 6 On the seventh day the priest is to examine him again, and if the sore has faded and has not spread in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only a rash. The man must wash his clothes, and he will be clean.

Leviticus 14:1-11 (NIV)

Cleansing From Infectious Skin Diseases

 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "These are the regulations for the diseased person at the time of his ceremonial cleansing, when he is brought to the priest: 3 The priest is to go outside the camp and examine him. If the person has been healed of his infectious skin disease, 4 the priest shall order that two live clean birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop be brought for the one to be cleansed. 5 Then the priest shall order that one of the birds be killed over fresh water in a clay pot. 6 He is then to take the live bird and dip it, together with the cedar wood, the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, into the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water. 7 Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the infectious disease and pronounce him clean. Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields.

 8 "The person to be cleansed must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair and bathe with water; then he will be ceremonially clean. After this he may come into the camp, but he must stay outside his tent for seven days. 9 On the seventh day he must shave off all his hair; he must shave his head, his beard, his eyebrows and the rest of his hair. He must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water, and he will be clean.

 10 "On the eighth day he must bring two male lambs and one ewe lamb a year old, each without defect, along with three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, and one log of oil. 11 The priest who pronounces him clean shall present both the one to be cleansed and his offerings before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

Separation For A Woman In Her Menstrual Cycle, etc.

Leviticus 15:19-30 (NIV)

 19 " 'When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.

 20 " 'Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21 Whoever touches her bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. 22 Whoever touches anything she sits on must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. 23 Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, he will be unclean till evening.

 24 "If a man lies with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean.

 25 " 'When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Whoever touches them will be unclean; he must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening.

 28 “when she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the LORD for the uncleanness of her discharge.”

We feel that all the above examples are more than sufficient for one to understand God’s mind about the eighth day concept.

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