Holidays

Each tribe has a holiday (holy day) on the annual calendar. The following table explores.

Tribe Holiday Date
Judah Selection Day 1/10

1And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:lamb: or, kid (Exodus 12:1-3 KJV)

1The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2"This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. (Exodus 12:1-3 NIV)

1Yahvah said to MosesFS and Aaron in the land of Mizraim, 2This month will be to you the beginning of months. It will be the 1st month of the year to you. 3Say to all the assembly of the children of Israel, On the 10th day of this month they will take to themselves, every man, a lamb for his own house, and a lamb for his father's house. (Exodus 12:1-3 BRB)

Reuben Passover 1/14

5If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it. (Exodus 23:5 NIV)

5FSIf you should see the donkey of your enemy lying under its burden and you are unwilling to help him lift it up you should surely help him to lift it up. (Exodus 23:5 BRB)

5If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.and…: or, wilt thou cease to help him? or, and wouldest cease to leave thy business for him: thou shalt surely leave it to join with him (Exodus 23:5 KJV)

Gad Unleavened Bread 1/15

6"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty. (Exodus 23:6-7 NIV)

6Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. 7Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. (Exodus 23:6-7 KJV)

6FSYou will not pervert the justice due a poor man in his lawsuit. 7Keep far from a false matter and the innocent and righteous you will not kill, for I will not justify the wicked. (Exodus 23:6-7 BRB)

Asher Unleavened Bread 1/21

8"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. (Exodus 23:8 NIV)

8And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.the wise: Heb. the seeing (Exodus 23:8 KJV)

8FSYou will take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise in judgment and perverts the words of the righteous. (Exodus 23:8 BRB)

Naphtali First Fruits by observation

9"Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt. (Exodus 23:9 NIV)

9Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.heart: Heb. soul (Exodus 23:9 KJV)

9FSYou will not oppress strangers for you know the life of a stranger. You were strangers in the land of Mizraim. (Exodus 23:9 BRB)

Manasseh New Grain 50 days later

15"Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

"No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

16"Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

"Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. (Exodus 23:15-16 NIV)

15FEYou will preserve the feast of unleavened bread, and you will eat unleavened bread for 7 days as I commanded you at the time appointed of the month of Abib, for in the month of Abib you came out of the land of Mizraim, and you will not appear before me empty, 16and the feast of the harvest of the firstfruits of your grain which you sow in the field and the feast of the ingathering which is at the end of the year when you have gathered your crop from the field. (Exodus 23:15-16 BRB)

15Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) 16And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. (Exodus 23:15-16 KJV)

Simeon Trumpets 7/1

23My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. 24Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. (Exodus 23:23-24 NIV)

23For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. 24Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. (Exodus 23:23-24 KJV)

23FSfor my king will go before you and bring you against the Amorites and the Hethites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites and I will destroy them. 24You will not bow to their gods nor serve them nor do after their works, but you will utterly overthrow them and break down their statues. (Exodus 23:23-24 BRB)

Levi Atonement 7/10

26and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

27"I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. (Exodus 23:26-27 NIV)

26There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. 27I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.backs: Heb. neck (Exodus 23:26-27 KJV)

26FSThere nothing will cast their young nor be barren in your land and the number of your days I will fulfill.

27I will send my fear before you and will destroy all the peoples against whom you will go to war and I will make all your enemies flee from you. (Exodus 23:26-27 BRB)

Issachar Tabernacles 7/15

33FSThey will not live in your land lest they make you sin before me. You will not serve their gods lest they be a stumbling block to you. (Exodus 23:33-34 BRB)

33Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you." (Exodus 23:33-34 NIV)

33They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee. (Exodus 23:33-34 KJV)

Zebulun Tabernacles 7/22

36For seven days present offerings made to the LORD by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work. (Leviticus 23:36 NIV)

36FS7 days you will offer an offering made by fire to Yahvah. The 8th dayFS will be called holy to you. You will offer an offering made by fire to Yahvah and you will be assembled together and all servile work you will not do. (Leviticus 23:36 BRB)

36Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.solemn…: Heb. day of restraint (Leviticus 23:36 KJV)

Joseph & Benjamin Purim 12/14 & 12/15

20Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 21to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 22as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor. (Esther 9:20-22 NIV)

20And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, 21To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, 22As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. (Esther 9:20-22 KJV)

20FEMordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus both near and far 21to agree among themselves that they should keep the 14th day of the month Adar and the 15th day of the same yearly 22as the days on which the Jews rested from their enemies and the month which was turned for them from sorrow to joy and from mourning to a good day, that they should make them days of feasting and joy and of sending portions of food to each other and gifts to the poor. (Esther 9:20-22 BRB)

Dan Sabbath Every 7th day

3"`There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD. (Leviticus 23:3 NIV)

3Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3 KJV)

3FS6 days you will do work, but the 7th day is the sabbath of rest. It will be holy to Yahvah. All work you will not do. It is the sabbath to Yahvah in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3 BRB)

Notes on mapping

There are several decisions being made for this grid to come out as it is. First, there are only 12 holidays a year, so Dan ends up with the weekly Sabbath instead of an annual holiday. This works, however, as each tribe also gets a New Month/Month for the year, including Dan, though only on leap years that contain a 13th month, such as the 7th and 50th years. When you realize that every tribe has a month in the year and thus a New Month holiday, and every tribe, except Dan, has an annual holiday, the only holiday left is the weekly Sabbath, which MUST grid to Dan.

In order to get 12 holidays in a year several tribes share a holiday. Gad and Asher share Unleavened Bread. This makes plenty of sense though as there is both an "opening assembly" and "closing assembly" that book-end the week-long meeting. In the same way Issachar and Zebulun share Tabernacles later in the year.

Another thing that's going on to arrive at 12 holidays is to give Judah "Selection Day" on the tenth day of the first month. This is the day you "select" the lamb for Passover on the fourteenth, and it appears to be a legitimate day in and off itself and fits nicely with Judah (which we'll explore below).

The third and last decision causing there to be 12 holidays in the year is to give Purim two dates since it was originally practiced across two days. So Joseph takes the first date and Benjamin the second.

Observations

Gad is the table of bread in the tent, so his alignment with the opening of Unleavened Bread is a wonderful match. His brother, Asher, matches the closing assembly of this holiday.

Naphtali has "goodly words." Words are not something, they are a description or communication of something. Words are like First Fruits, a sample of the thing, but not the thing. They give you an essence. This is why Jesus says things like words reveal the heart.

Manasseh makes sense on New Grain since it counts 50 days from the First Fruits holiday. 50 is a common prophetic number for Manasseh and matches his 50 states.

Simeon lands on Trumpets, which matches his theme of giving/receiving counsel.

Levi makes lots of sense on the day of Atonements since only the high priest entered the holy of holies in the temple with blood once a year on the day of Atonement and the priests were always from the tribe of Levi.

Purim makes sense for Benjamin, since modern Israel is basically a Jewish state and Purim is a Jewish holiday instated after ancient Israel was scattered into the world.