How are your expectations limiting God? It can be hard to believe God for a breakthrough when our faith is stuck in the routine of life. I need breakthrough faith!

One Word –

34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. 36 For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work. Leviticus 23:34-36

Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 21, 22, 23; Mark 14

Big Idea –

I always thought there were only seven annual feasts, but it turns out that God has more in store for us. Shemini Atzeret or “the Eighth Day Assembly” immediately follows the seventh and greatest day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

So I have been studying this for my book The Jesus We Never Knew, and I’m fascinated by what I’m discovering. First, let’s just say the LORD is breaking barriers to make all things new. Put simply, Tabernacles is the seventh and final feast; it is held in the seventh month for seven days. The number of the sacrifices offered each of the seven days individually and collectively (even down to the ephahs of flower) are all dividable by seven.

Now think back to creation. God established the week as seven days. On the seventh day God had finished all His work and set this day apart as a Sabbath rest. So the number seven has to do not only with a Sabbath rest, but it also symbolizes completion. It characterizes being finished or done and as such it is finite – it can be counted.

But then comes the Eighth Day. Eight breaks the boundaries and barriers of seven. Eight represents eternity – the symbol for eternity is an eight on its side. So eight pictures an abundance, more than can be counted – immeasurable. It’s like the Beatles’ song “Eight Days a Week;” this love could not be confined to only seven days – it was bigger, stronger.

Eight also represents a new beginning. The eighth day of a week is actually the first day of a new week; the week has in a sense been recreated or made new.

And so in short as I think about this today, I want to believe God for more -to see the LORD breakthrough the barriers I’v set up in my mind. I’m confident that the LORD can exceed my expectations, doing more than I can ask hope or imagine. How will God do this? According to the power of His Holy Spirit within us. (See – Eph. 3:20-21)

I’m ready for the Eighth Day!

Exemplify –

I need to let my faith grow with a greater anticipation of the good things – things beyond measure that the LORD has planned for me, my family and our church.

Yes to Yield –

LORD Jesus, thank You for the hidden secrets of Your word that you make known to us if we are just willing to stop and seek You. Holy Spirit continue to build my faith to believe for more!

If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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