A solemn assembly: a holy convocation

Posted: September 21, 2010 in His Holy Habitation, The Holy Feast Days

It is important that we understand Solemn assemblies because they help us to understand Holy Convocations.  ALL “Holy Convocations” are solemn assemblies but not all Solemn assemblies are Holy Convocations. God is the one who sanctions Holy Convocations, and proclaims them through A man who is responsible for implementing them on earth. In contrast, a solemn assembly can be called by anyone and is not necessarily holy although, depending on the context, they could be. Leviticus 23:36; Numbers 29:35 and Deut. 16:8, all declare that these solemn assemblies were to the Lord. Furthermore, Moses was the one that proclaimed them solemn assemblies and he was instructed by the Lord to speak these things to the Children of Israel.

Here are the words of the Lord in Amos 5:21 concerning feast days in which he was displeased with because of the disobedience of his people. Note he referred to these feast days as solemn assemblies and not “Holy Convocations:

21I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

In Leviticus the 23rd Chapter the Lord instructed Moses to speak to the Children of Israel concerning his holy feast days.  Could the Lord have just spoken these words to the Children of Israel himself? Of course, he’s God, but God has a system or a divine order in which he works. There are mysteries, even regarding his holy feast days, and the Implementation of them are known by his Chief Shepherd on earth. (Deut 29:1,29; Numbers 27:15-17;Amos 3:7; )

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

Notice that in Amos 5:21 the Lord referred to the feast days as “YOUR” feast days. In Leviticus 23:2 he referred to the feast days as “MY” feast.

The characteristics of a solemn assembly is clearly defined in 2 Kings the 9:13 and 2Kings 10:19-23. We can see four main characteristics of a solemn assembly by carefully examining a number of scriptures. A solemn assembly consists of: (1) a person in authority who (2) calls in to order a meeting or gathering also known as a festival. (3)This festival must consist of a specific group or people who are required to (4) gather at a particular location at a specified time. I will include a numeric system 1-4 throughout this posting to clearly identify each of the 4 characteristics throughout scripture:

1. A person in authority

2. A call to order

3. A specified people or group

4. A specified location

When I played sports as a child, every year I would attend a solemn assembly. (1) The team President would state that there was going to be a banquet for all the players, coaches, and staff. (2) He would proclaim this by sending out a letter to all of the players and parents of our organization. (3) This banquet was not for every team in our league but it was specifically for the team in which I was a part of which had a team name. (4) On the invite, was the location of the banquet and the time it started.

We can see that very same trend in 2 Kings 9:13 and 2 Kings the 10:19-23.

13Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, (1) Jehu is king.

19Now therefore (3)call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.

20And (1)Jehu said, (2)Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.

Proclaim means to announce officially and publicly; declare.

21And Jehu sent through all Israel: (3) and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. (4)And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another.

23And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you (3) none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.

Jehu called this gathering a solemn assembly in 2 King 10:20. Within this chapter as well as 2 King 9:13 he gave the characteristics of a solemn assembly:

1. A person in authority (2 King 9:13)- Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, (1) Jehu is king.

2. A call to order (2 King 10:20)- 20And Jehu said, (2)Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it

3. A specified people or group (2 King 10:19)- 19Now therefore (3)call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting (2 king 10:23)- (3) none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.

4. A specified location – (2 King 10:23)- (4)And they came into the house of Baal

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