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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
23:26-43
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same ­month—­nine days after the Festival
of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a
day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the Lord. Do no work
during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings
of purification are made for you, making you right with the Lord your
God. All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God’s
people. And I will destroy anyone among you who does any work on that
day. You must not do any work at all! This is a permanent law for you, and
it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live. This
will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must
deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day
of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day.”
And the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the
people of Israel. Begin celebrating the Festival of Shelters on the fifteenth
day of the appointed ­month—­five days after the Day of Atonement. This
festival to the Lord will last for seven days. On the first day of the festival
you must proclaim an official day for holy assembly, when you do no ordinary work. For seven days you must present special gifts to the Lord.
The eighth day is another holy day on which you present your special gifts
to the Lord. This will be a solemn occasion, and no ordinary work may
be done that day.
(“These are the Lord’s appointed festivals. Celebrate them each year as
official days for holy assembly by presenting special gifts to the Lord—
­burnt offerings, grain offerings, sacrifices, and liquid ­offerings—­each on
its proper day. These festivals must be observed in addition to the Lord’s
regular Sabbath days, and the offerings are in addition to your personal
gifts, the offerings you give to fulfill your vows, and the voluntary offerings
you present to the Lord.)
“Remember that this s­ even-­day festival to the Lord—­the Festival of
­Shelters—­begins on the fifteenth day of the appointed month, after you
have harvested all the produce of the land. The first day and the eighth
day of the festival will be days of complete rest. On the first day gather
branches from magnificent t­ rees—­palm fronds, boughs from leafy trees,
and willows that grow by the streams. Then celebrate with joy before the
Lord your God for seven days. You must observe this festival to the Lord
for seven days every year. This is a permanent law for you, and it must
be observed in the appointed month from generation to generation. For
seven days you must live outside in little shelters. All n­ ative-­born Israelites
must live in shelters. This will remind each new generation of Israelites





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