By Ron Ross
Consider the three primary feasts. We know them as PASSOVER-PENTECOST and TABERNACLES.
From the Christian point of view….
PASSOVER represents the Lamb of God – Jesus/Yeshua. The blood covering in the Passover speaks of the Blood shed for us all.
PENTECOST recalls the outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT.
TABERNACLES brings us into the joyful, fullness of the FATHER.
There is another word translated ‘feast.’ When the Feast of Unleavened Bread is mentioned it is the Hebrew word ‘chag’ which is from the Hebrew root – chagag, meaning to move in a circle, to proceed in sacred procession, to celebrate to dance.
The Jubilee Team (pictured) demonstrates this meaning, beautifully!
We all know Passover recalls the time when the Angel of Death came to take all who were without covering. It’s a tragedy that we established Easter rather than proclaim the ancient Passover fulfilled. Ex. 12:13 ‘The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
The sprinkled blood on the Israelites’ houses provided protection from death when God destroyed the Egyptian firstborn.
From the verb, pass over (pāsaḥ) comes the noun that designates the feast, the Passover (pesaḥ). As the blood of an animal was the means of deliverance and of escaping death, so Christ’s blood is the means of redemption for believers.
God declared Passover to be a permanent celebration for all eternity. (Exodus 12:13-14)
Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.” The sacrificed Lamb makes the born again-new life experience possible.
The Feast of UNLEAVENED BREAD is an integral part of the Passover season. The message is purification.
We are the house of God, which must be cleansed by the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We are washed by the blood of the Lamb.
Leaven (sin), is to be cleaned out of our house, which is our body. 1Cor. 6:19,20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
This Feast is celebrated as a memorial of the amazing deliverance of Israel out of bondage. It also reminds us how Jesus/Yeshua delivered us so wonderfully from sin. The Lord’s Supper (holy communion) is our freedom feast.
Just as the Lord gave feasts as a reminder to the Israelites of their redemption out of Egypt and bondage, so Holy Communion reminds us of the Lord’s sacrificial love for each one of us.
The day following the Sabbath during Passover is called the Feast of First Fruits.God commanded the people to bring a sheaf of the harvest. The first fruits were always the choicest, the first, the best of all that was to follow.
Here’s how the Lord fulfilled this detail.
1) He is the firstborn of Mary (Matthew 1: 23-25)
2) He is the first-begotten of the Father (Heb 1: 6)
3) He is the firstborn from the dead. (Col 1: 18)
4) He is the first-begotten of the dead (Rev 1: 5)
5) He is the first-born among many brethren. (Rom. 8:28)
6) He is the first-fruits of the resurrected ones. (1 Cor. 15:20-21)
Christ is clearly the representative ‘sheaf’. And His church has a special identity. James 1:18 “In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.”
The theme of this Feast is Resurrection and Salvation.
A significant biblical theme is the Book of Esther which features the wicked Haman whose sole agenda is to annihilate the Jews. This speaks to us of Satan, who comes to steal, kill, maim and destroy – and seeks to ‘wipe Israel off the map” and attack all those who have faith in God.