The first is the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast, just as I commanded you before. This festival will be an annual event at the appointed time in early spring, a for that is the anniversary of your exodus from Egypt. Everyone must bring me a sacrifice at that time.
You must also celebrate the Festival of Harvest, b when you bring me the first crops of your harvest. Finally, you are to celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest c at the end of the harvest season.
At these three times each year, every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign LORD.
"Sacrificial blood must never be offered together with bread that has yeast in it. And no sacrificial fat may be left unoffered until the next morning.
"As you harvest each of your crops, bring me a choice sample of the first day's harvest. It must be offered to the LORD your God."You must not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
"See, I am sending my angel before you to lead you safely to the land I have prepared for you.
Pay attention to him, and obey all of his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sins. He is my representative -- he bears my name.
But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you.
For my angel will go before you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites, so you may live there. And I will destroy them.
Do not worship the gods of these other nations or serve them in any way, and never follow their evil example. Instead, you must utterly conquer them and break down their shameful idols.
"You must serve only the LORD your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will keep you healthy.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)