Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 22, 2012

New Moons

The first crescent of a new moon marks the beginning of each Hebrew month.

“Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts —you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”  Numbers 10:10

“On the first of every month, present to the Lord a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. With each bull there is to be a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; and with each lamb, a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil.  This is for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the Lord. With each bull there is to be a drink offering of half a hin of wine; with the ram, a third of a hin; and with each lamb, a quarter of a hin. This is the monthly burnt offering to be made at each new moon during the year.”  Numbers 28:11-14

Hebrews had a lunisolar calendar.  The lunar month is about 29.5 days, meaning the lunar year is 354 days.  The solar year is about 365 days, so that Passover is always in Springtime.  As the moon symbolizes the bride of Christ, it may symbolize fertility, even as women have monthly cycles.  The bride of Christ will have lots of children; in fact dozens of billions!

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