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Christ The Christian Perspective
The readings are Messianic, reminding the people what God will be doing for the covenant and the laws that govern their behavior at that time. They have a pattern that symbolizes the activities on the "Day of the Lord".

The New Month
We will explore the Christian perspective first, because it will give the background for understanding the readings for the new months.
The Cycles of the Church
New moon First quarter Full moon Last quarter Solar eclipse
Birth and Growth Crucifixion Testing and Death Renewal
Celebration Weeping Return
Manasseh Reproach Ephraim

Christ The Christian Perspective. These two ceremonies, Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashanah, celebrate the new moon. As a symbol of the woman or the church, the phases of the moon symbolize the phases of the church. The lesson on the seven churches shows how the fortunes of the church rises and falls as light and darkness fight for control. Here we see that the readings confirm the relationship between the phases of the moon and the fate of the woman and child.

Rosh Chodesh Readings
WeekdayNumbers 28:1-15-
ShabbatNumbers 28:9-15 Isaiah 66:1-24

Rosh Chodesh Readings
These readings are said at the beginning of each month. They are about the ingathering of Israel and the birth of children.

Rosh Hashanah Readings
Tishri 1Genesis 21: 1-34 Numbers 29: 1-61 Samuel 1:1-2:10
Tishri 2Genesis 22: 1-24 Jeremiah 31: 1-19

Rosh Hashanah Readings
The beginning of the seventh month is set apart as being more special than all other months. It is a prophecy about the final phase of the church when the judgment of Israel begins.

The Old Life
(Rosh Chodesh)
The New Birth
(Rosh Hashannah)
New moon First quarter Full moon Last quarter Solar eclipse First quarter Full moon Last quarter
Birthright Blessing

The Return Of Ephraim
The new year is like a new beginning or a new birth for a child who squandered his youth. On the cosmic time scale, when Rosh Hashannah occurs, the children can no longer be found wasting their youth. They must be born again and return to their Father, God.
I have surely heard Ephraim grieving, You have chastised me and I was chastised, like an untrained calf. Bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God. For after I turned back I repented. And after I was instructed, I smote my thigh. I was ashamed and also humiliated because I bore the reproach of my youth. (Jeremiah 31: 19)

Rachel's children in the west were the only ones who were denied their inheritance and blessings. This loss became a Messianic prophecy about Rachel weeping for her children that was fulfilled at His birth and death. These blessings were restored after great affliction.

Duplicate Readings
Some readings are repeated on Passover, Succos and Shavu'ot.

Nisan 15 And Tishri 15 Presenting The Offering (Leviticus 22: 26-23:44)
A special first born Child will be offered to God.

We can understand why the same text is read at both feasts. On a cosmic timeline, the death of the child occurred at the crucifixion in 31 AD. The death of the mother, Israel will occur at the Second Coming. After the death, both are resurrected and taken up to God. The time between Nisan and Tishri is the eight days between the death of Son and mother.

Shavu'ot, Nisan 21 And Tishri 22: Debt Cancelled (Deuteronomy 14: 22- 16: 17)
These texts are read during the three feasts. It teaches that our debts will be cancelled after we eat the offering with God.

Rest Readings On The Intermediate Sabbath
On the day God gives rest, He forgives the righteous and goes to war with the wicked.

Love Passover and Succos: Mercy and Forgiveness (Exodus 33: 12-34: 26)

The Comforter-Companion. God assures Moses that He will be his companion and He will give them rest. This is the same assurance that Christ gave the disciples when He promised that the Holy Spirit will be with them forever. He will give them rest from sin by writing the law in their hearts.

Love Passover: Resurrection of Israel (Ezekiel 37: 1-14 or 36: 37 - 37 :14). The subject of this reading is the resurrection of the dry bones by the Holy Spirit. Both their hopes and their bodies will be raised up.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold they say", "Our bones are dried up and our hope is perished. We are completely cut off." "Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it," declares the Lord. (Ezekiel 37: 11, 13-14)
Our hopes were raised after the crucifixion. Our bodies will be raised at the Second Coming.

Tank Succos: Battle of Armageddon (Ezekiel 38: 14 - 39:16)

Disarming Evil
We will be gathering and judging and destroying the concepts of hate, murder, lying, theft, rape and rebellion. The lives of the wicked are a testimony to the failure of these behaviors.

Covenant7 Prophetic Years7 Prophetic MonthsSet the MarkCleansed
BattleDisarm WickedBury WickedIdentificationRemove Evil
Warriors Set Apart Rest Chol Ha'Moed Rest Hoshanah Rabbah Shemini Atzeret
Sin Begins 123456 7 Sin Ends Search Perfection
GodMillennium (Evidence Examined)Final JudgmentWicked AttackHell Fire
Jesus ChristFulfills Covenant (27-34 AD)Seven Last ChurchesMark of the BeastSecond Coming
Final Week (Nisan 10-16, 31 AD)Feast of WeeksSealed by the SpiritTongues of Fire
144,000TestingEvangelismSeven Last PlaguesSecond Coming

Readings For Pesach And The Feast Of Unleavened Bread
Pesach Readings
DayTorahGod ActsProphetsThe People Respond
1Nisan 14
Exodus 12: 21-51 Numbers 28: 16-25Passover and exodusJoshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27Elders select and circumcise firstborn
2Nisan 15RestLeviticus 22: 26-23:44-2 Kings 23: 1-9, 21-25Josiah cleanses the temple, then keeps Passover
?Intermediate SabbathRestExodus 33: 12-34:26 Numbers 28: 19-25-Ezekiel 37: 1-14 or 36:37-37:14Evangelism, resurrection
?First FruitsExodus 34: 1-26Count 7 weeks from the time reaping begins (Deuteronomy 16: 9)
3Chol Ha'Moed1Exodus 13: 1-16Numbers 28: 19-25First born, unleavened bread 2 Kings 23 :1-9, 21-25Let My people go! The first born donkey redeemed
42Exodus 22: 24-23:19 - Using bribes and false witnesses
53Exodus 34: 1-26 - First Fruits
64Exodus 9: 1-14 - Plagues
75Exodus 13: 17-15: 26 Numbers 28: 19-25-2 Samuel 22: 1-51Freedom, resurrection
8Nisan 21 (Weekday)RestDeuteronomy 15: 19-16:17 A feast to the Lord on the seventh dayIsaiah 10: 32-12:6Righteous judgment, peace, gathering of Israel
Nisan 21 (Sabbath)Deuteronomy 14: 22-16:17Jubilee, debts forgiven

Summary Of Passover Events
The readings prophesy a series of events which would continue for eight days. If we start with Nisan 10, the day the Passover lamb was selected, we find a remarkable timeline of events that coincided with what was actually occurring.

Beginning Chol Ha'Moed End
Nisan 10 Nisan 11 Nisan 12 Nisan 13 Nisan 14 Nisan 15 Nisan 16 Nisan 17 Nisan 21
Selection Temple Cleansed Redeem Bribes Killed Dead Raised Debts Forgiven Messiah's Feast
Donkey Lamb Temple Lamb Bribes Bribes Crucifixion Dead Raised Wavesheaf Mountain Mount Zion

Shavu'ot (Pentecost) Readings
After we have been delivered from death and slavery, we go to Mount Zion to meet God and receive instructions, ratify the covenant and obtain our blessings. This is what Shavu'ot teaches.
In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. (Exodus 19: 1)

Christ The Christian Perspective
During Shavu'ot in the year of the crucifixion, God came down upon the disciples in a pillar of fire and gave them gifts. He made them the foundation of a nation of priests. Like Moses, Jesus went back and forth three times, before the Holy Spirit came down in a mighty rushing wind. He was chosen as our intercessor until the fourth time at the Second Coming. During this interval, the Holy Spirit will write the Ten Commandments on our hearts. Then, He will take the final generation to come and meet God and they will not tremble in fear and refuse to go up in the rapture. When we hear the last trumpet, we will go up to meet God.

Sabbath: Celebrate Freedom
The crucifixion was a time when the tithe and the forgiveness of debt merged. Christ was the tithe Who was brought to God. He forgave our sins freed us from slavery to sin.

Yom Kippur Readings
Yom Kippur Readings
MorningRestLeviticus 16: 1-34 Numbers 29: 7-11Isaiah 57: 14-58:14
EveningLeviticus 18: 1-30 -Jonah 1: 1- 4: 11
Micah 7: 18-20

Sukkot Readings
Current Sukkot Readings
DayTorah Prophets Edersheim God Acts
1Tishri 15 RestLeviticus 22: 26-23: 44 Numbers 29: 12-16Zechariah 14: 1-21Psalm 105Temple dedicatedExodus plagues
2Tishri 16 - 1 Kings 8: 2-21 Psalm 29Creation by sound
-SabbathRestExodus 33: 12-34: 26Ezekiel 38: 18-39:16 Ezekiel 38: 14-39:16 Resurrection
3Chol Ha'Moed 1Numbers 29: 17-25-Psalm 50:16-23JudgedWicked judged
42Numbers 29: 20-28-Psalm 94:16-23Righteous stand
53Numbers 29: 23-31-Psalm 94: 8-23Pit dug
64Numbers 29: 26-34-Psalm 81: 6-16Rescued
7Tishri 21
Hoshanah Rabbah
Numbers 29: 26-34-Psalm 82: 5-8Millennium
8Tishri 22
Shemini Atzeret
RestDeuteronomy 14: 22-16:17 Numbers 29: 35-30:11 Kings 8: 54-9:1 Deuteronomy 33-34 FreedomPeople and temple blessed
9Tishri 23
Simchat Torah
Deuteronomy 33-34
Genesis 1: 1- 2:3
Joshua 1: 1-18 -Promised Land
New Creation
This list of traditional songs is from Dr. Alfred Edersheim. The readings are from Orthodox Jews.

Succos Songs
Dr. Alfred Edersheim gives a list of praise songs to sing during this season. If we compare the list of readings and songs from Edersheim to the current practice of Orthodox Jews, we get a picture of the millennium as a time of rest for the righteous and a time for the reward of the righteous and wicked.

Special Shabbaths.
During the year, certain Sabbaths are special and other readings are added. These customs give us some insight into what Jesus is doing and serve as highlights in the Messianic saga.
Jesus is The Temple The Temple is Destroyed and Rebuilt
Horse ShirahSheqalimZakhorParahHa-CodeshHa-Gadol Christ Hazon Temple Destroyed Nachamu Shuvah Temple Restored Alive
SongCensus CoinsTreacheryPurifyNew YearSelection Vision Consoled Repent
Redeem30 shekelsJudas' BribeTemple Cleansed Lord's Goat Israel Broken Holy Spirit Israel Rests
Sold as a Ransom Gethsemane Crucifixion Holy Spirit as Comforter
Christians will notice the remarkable sequence that also predicts the future events from the standpoint of God providing rest by paying all our debts.

The True Songs (Shirot)
Exodus of Israel The Journey in the Wilderness The Promised Land
12 34 5 Christ 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
NightRed Sea WellMoses Joshua Deborah David Temple Solomon New Song Judgment Creation
1 Enemy Pursues GardenLaw Battle on the Cross Buried Raised Groom The Lamb of God Conquers
2 Israel Purchased Holy Spirit Final Persecution Bride (Kingdom of Priests) Millennium The New
Exodus Redemption Armageddon End of Days

In the history of the world there are special songs that are not ordinary melodies, they are expressions of the harmony of creation and mark monumental transitions in history (Judaism 101).

Voice Ten Special Songs. Jewish tradition teaches that there are only ten true songs. Nine have been sung and the tenth will be sung in the end of days. There are minor variations in the composition of the list. Others mention the song of Jehoshaphat as one of the songs, but most mention the following list.
Tribe Tribe: . The blessings of the twelve tribes are related to the historical phases of Israel's experience. Therefore they also appear to be related to the experience of the songs.
Christ Israel The experience of Christ and Israel are related to the songs. He writes the notes, they live the melodies.

  1. Song Of Israel In Egypt (Isaiah 30: 29). Isaiah confirms that a song was sung on the night of the Exodus in Egypt when they kept the first Passover.
    Tribe Tribe: Zebulun. "Rejoice Zebulun in your going forth ..." (Deuteronomy 33: 18), reflects the mood on this night.
    Christ Christ. The lowly King Who went through the east gates of Jerusalem on a donkey ro save the world from sin.
    Israel Israel. The nation that escaped the land of slavery to sin.
  2. Song At The Sea (Shirat Ha Yam) (Exodus 15: 1-21). At the beginning of the exodus, after crossing the Red sea, this song is about our freedom.
    » Song of Miriam. This song was also sung on the same day.
    Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. The horse and his rider He has thrown into the sea. (Exodus 15: 21)
    Tribe Tribe: Gad (Raided). This is the nation that was pursued or raided and escaped when the waters parted.
    Christ Christ. The Child Who was raided and escaped when His grave opened.
    Israel Israel. The nation that was raided and escaped when two streams were opened up in the side of the Rock named Christ.
    » Torah Reading: Beshalach. This reading is scheduled for the righteous fruit who have been plucked from the tree in the new year for trees.
  3. The Song At The Well (The Coming of the Holy Spirit). (Numbers 21:17-20). After the incidence of the fiery serpent lifted up on a stick, they journeyed to this well.
    From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the Lord said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water." (Numbers 21: 16)
    Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, O well! Sing to it! The well which the leaders sank, which the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter and their staffs. (Numbers 21: 17-18)
    As a Messianic prophecy the perspective of this song is marvelous. It does not place blame for the digging of the well, but presents it as a necessary act for saving Israel.
    Jesus (Yeshua) was viewed as the evil man lifted up on a cross. He was the serpent on the stick that cured them of sin. As part of that healing, blood and water came from His side. It was the leaders and the king and the priests that dug this well!
    Tribe Tribe: Reuben. He represents the afflicted priest whose body leaked blood and water for the well of salvation.
    Christ Christ. Blood and water came from the side of Jesus Christ when a spear dug a hole in His body.
    » Steam of Blood, Water and Oil. However, a number of other prophecies suggest that the real well that was opened occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane when blood and water were poured out in the oil press. So the stream of blood and water at the crucifixion was only a symbol of what has been turned on.
    Israel Israel. This assembly after the well was dug predicts the coming of the Holy Spirit 50 days later at Shavu'ot.
    » Torah Reading: Chuqat. This reading is scheduled for a people who are filled with the Holy Spirit and are about to be severely tested.
  4. Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32: 1-43). At the end of the exodus, Moses sang this song about the inheritance of the Lord upon his completion of writing the Torah and before they crossed over into the Promised Land.
    Tribe Tribe: Issachar. We can tabernacle with God because we are covered under the tent that is the blood of Christ.
    Christ Christ. Christ kept the law and secured our way into the Promised Land.
    Israel Israel. He is responsible for writing the law in our hearts before we cross over into the Promised Land.
    » Torah Reading: Ha'azinu. This reading is scheduled for a sealed people who are about to tabernacle with God. King David's song is also read here and at Pesach. At Pesach it must commemmorate the Messiah's time to tabernacle as the first fruits. Here it says that our turn to tabernacle is like His if we have also died to sin with Him.
  5. Song of Joshua (Joshua 10:12-13). He stopped the sun and moon for a day until Israel defeated the Amorites.
    ... O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and O moon in the valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. ... (Joshua 10:12-13)
    Tribe Tribe: Dan. During the supernatural darkness on the cross, victory over sin was won because God turned off the light so that He could not see our sins! Joshua won because God kept the light shining. In both victories the sun and moon fought for us by altering the natural course and giving light when needed.
    Christ Christ. He defeated Satan as a dying Man. He was the Son of God submitting in the weak form of a human.
    Israel Israel. In one prophetic day (year) the forces of evil will be defeated in the seven last plagues.
  6. Deborah's Song (Judges 5). Israel defeated the mighty army of Canaan which had 900 iron chariots.
    The stars fought from heaven, from their courses they fought against Sisera. (Judges 5: 20)
    This song is about victory of women (the Church) at a battle like Armageddon. It is a further humiliating defeat for Satan who defeated the woman in Eden. Now she defeats Him while she is pregnant and in labor. The Man first defeated Satan with His hands tied, His feet nailed, His hands nailed and the crowd cheering against Him.
    Tribe Tribe: Gad (Raider). The stars of heaven are the raiding party who will part the heavens and rescue Israel and defeat her enemies. It takes two songs to represent the destiny of Gad.
    Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels. (Genesis 49: 19)
    Since my analysis unexpectedly led to this conclusion, I am forced to also note that the daily Torah readings also group these two songs.
    Christ Christ. He defeated Satan while submitting like a woman. He submitted to death. It takes two songs to represent the accomplishments of the death on the cross. Deborah and Joshua represent the death of Adam and Eve for sin. But the death is a battle on the cross in which God fought for us and was blamed for our sin.
    Israel Israel. We will defeat the armies of the fractured iron kingdom called Babylon the Great.
    » Torah Reading: Beshalach. This reading is scheduled for the righteous fruit who are being offered to God in the new year for trees.
  7. King David's Song (2 Samuel 22 or Psalm 18). David was delivered from all his enemies including king Saul.
    Tribe Tribe: Asher. His blessing represents the death of Israel.
    Christ Christ. This is a cry of the Messiah to be delivered from death.
    Israel Israel. Israel will also be delivered from death because of the Messiah.
    » Torah Reading: Pesach. This reading is scheduled for a people who have died to sin.
  8. Temple Dedication (Psalm 30). Song at the dedication of the Holy Temple. The resurrection of the body which is the raising of the true temple of God is the monumental transition in history.
    Tribe Tribe: Naphtali. His blessing represents the resurrection.
    Christ Christ. He is the true temple that was raised three days after it was torn down.
    Israel Israel. Israel is the temple of God made with living stones. We will be raised and dedicated to God as a kingdom of priests.
  9. Song of Songs (Solomon). A love song that indicates the love and marriage of God to Israel.
    Tribe Tribe: Simeon and Levi. The hated and unloved bride is now attached to the groom.
    Christ Christ. Christ fulfilled the marriage contract and the covenant and is bethrothed to Israel.
    Israel Israel. Christ returns for His perfect bride who is dressed in the white robes of righteousness.
  10. The New Song (Shir Chadash). The tenth song has not been sung. It is about the coming Messiah and will be sung at the end of days. According to Jewish tradition, the tenth song will be about the ultimate redemption that is so global and absolute that will annihilate all suffering from the face of the earth (chabad.org).
    » The Song Of The Lamb. The New Testament introduces a new song that was sung after the Messiah was crucified. It may be the tenth song because the crucifixion of the Messiah began the end of days. From this moment on the greatest creative transiton in history was about to occur. God would recreate sinners with the blood of the Lamb Who was the only one worthy to redeem them with His blood.
    Victory Song (The Song of the Lamb). And they sang a new song saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and break its seals for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom of priests to our God and they will reign upon the earth." (Revelation 5: 9-10)
    The Song Of Moses And The Lamb. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty, Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; for all the nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed. (Revelation 15: 3-4)
    Tribe Tribe: Judah. He is the symbol of the king on the throne of David who will rule during the millennium.
    Christ Christ. He is the Lamb Who purchased the nations with His blood.
    Israel Israel. The final mystery is the recreation of the bride at the end of days with a song sung by the voice of God.

Voice Two More Songs. We know that the great historical events that eradicate sin, do not end with the deliverance of Israel from the earth. So if we follow God's numerical patterns, there must be twelve songs.

  1. Song At The End Of Days (Isaiah 26-27). This song covers the judgment from the Second to the Third Coming.
    Tribe Tribe: Benjamin. This is the ravenous wolf that devours the prey after the Second Coming and divides the spoil after the Third Coming.
  2. The Final Song. This song is sung after all traces of sin has been eradicated and God recreates a new earth. Then the morning stars and the sons of God will sing at this creation, like they sang for joy at the first creation.
    Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me if you have understanding. When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy. (Job 38: 4, 7)
    Tribe Tribe: Joseph. He is the king who will rule forever. His reign combines the scepter of Judah and Ephraim.
    Christ Christ. God is the High Priest, creator and husband of Israel.
    The Formerly Desolated Wife. ... For your husband is your maker, Whose name is the Lord of hosts, and your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth. (Isaiah 54: 4)
    Israel Israel. The kingdom of priests reigns on the earth forever with God living here permanently.

Hallel Prayer. This prayer is said at every great moment or misfortune. So is is said with every song.
The People Praise God. Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory because of your loving kindness, because of your truth. (Psalm 115: 1)
God Responds. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act. For how can my name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another. (Isaiah 48: 11)

Summary Of Fall Feasts Events
Judgment Preparation Feast of Tabernacles
- Beginning Chol Ha'Moed End
Tishri 1 Tishri 10 Tishri 11-14 Tishri 15 Tishri 16 17 18 19 20 Tishri 21 Tishri 22
Barren Yom Kippur Build Sukkah War Cleanse Inauguration Judged Freedom Debts Forgiven
New Moon Goat Tent War Temple Bull Dead Raised Wavesheaf Mountain
Chosen by God Human Body Crucifixion and Exodus Death Raised Sins Forgiven
Chosen by Us Prepares Place Plagues Gold Millennium Wicked New Heavens and Earth
Naked Passover Shavuot Tabernacles

The sequence is a timeline of the actions taken when Christ came to tabernacle with men until He returned to heaven after the crucifixion. It is also a timeline that begins with His selection for crucifixion by humans until we go to heaven to tabernacle with God.

Living in the Feasts
The "Day of the Lord" (Day of Atonement)
Beginning (First Generation) Chol Ha'Moed End (Second Generation)
Barren Child - Killed Passover Bull Lord's Goat Shavu'ot - Scapegoat Wave Sheaf Lifted Up
New Moon Waving Palm Branches Full Moon Crucifixion Lamb Broken Bread Bull Goat Eagle Temple Mountain Last Quarter Moon Goat Red Heifer Dead Raised LionLamb
Sin Sacrifices for Sin Remove Leaven Reconciled with God
Slaves Exodus from the Land of Sin Wilderness Base of the Mountain Go Up the Mountain
Naked Atonement (Covering Provided) Build Sukkah Temple Corrupt House of Israel Covered
Idols Idol Temple Cleansed Build Temple Portable Temple Temple Dedicated
Offering the Firstborn (Morning Sacrifice) The Continual Mother Killed (Evening Sacrifice)
All the sacrifices of all the feasts were made at one time. During this time we came to meet God at Shavu'ot, beginning with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost until the Second Coming. God first tabernacled with us when Jesus was born, then the Holy Spirit tabernacled in our hearts. So we have been tabernacled with God since the crucifixion.

Living Without Sin
Some parts of the feasts symbolize a time without sin.

Lessons Learned
We criticize Abraham, mourning over his mistake that has created two tragic rivalries in the present day. We even criticize the exodus generation, aghast at how they could possibly curse God three days after the miracle of the Red Sea and after the spectacular delivery from the ten plagues. We are at a loss to explain how they could worship a golden calf with the help of the high priest after less than forty days of meeting God and while God was still above them on the mountain. How could they? Surely I would never do that!
While you believe that you could never be guilty of such blatant disobedience, these stories are there to warn the generation who will complete the exodus. You will commit a more outrageous apostasy.
As the two branches of the church merge and we once again realize the importance of obeying the feasts the way the Jews have done, let us remember that they are a warning to us. God thinks that we are capable of a similar apostasy and worse. The priests read Exodus 23 at Passover and still offered bribes and perverted justice on the single most important Passover in history. What will we do at the base of the mountain when God tells us to prepare to meet Him?
Since you will be guilty of a worse apostasy, the question to ponder is not how could they have done what they did, but why? How can I avoid this tragic mistake?
As I pondered this question I thought that it must be related to the temptation caused by a basic need not being met as defined by Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
Surprisingly, that was not the case. God had given them all their needs but they always compared their gifts to Egypt.

Could it be that something as simple as the lack of an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude combined with a selfish preoccupation with their immediate needs became their downfall? We need to practice obedience, patience, long suffering, submission, gratitude, courage and self-denial.
Be concerned if your life is too good to be true.
If you are good at complaining, irresponsible, easily bored, crowd pleaser, passing blame and impatience you are in danger. All of this rebellion occurred in less than sixty days. We will have one year of plagues and an unknown period of hardship before the plagues begin. These answers are important for the generation which God threatens to vomit out of His mouth. If you think that you are immune, then you have already lost. God made provision for their basic needs in a spectacular way and it was not enough. We will face deprivation and abandonment that is so severe that no other generation has seen anything like it. When there are no answers, God must be enough. That is saving faith.
Alive » The Test of the Final Generation. Before the first exodus God only tested Moses, not the people. At the ten plagues He merely demonstrated that He was trustworthy before He tested the people. Only two entered the Promised Land.
In the final exodus, the generation that triumphs will be a people that will be tested in respect to faith.
God will not begin the final journey at the seven last plagues with people who want to stay in Egypt or Babylon.

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