So What About the Feasts (Pt 1)

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I am often asked why I show so much interest in the Jewish Feasts. First of all the phrase ‘Jewish Feasts’ is inaccurate. In the Bible they are called ‘The Feasts of the Lord.”

Lev. 23:39 ‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day.

In Leviticus 23 God gives His instructions for the Feast and then emphasizes His own authority by announcing “I am the Lord your God!”

Judges 21:19 So they said, “Behold, there is a feast of the LORD from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south side of Lebonah.”

Hosea 9:5 “What will you do on the day of the appointed festival and on the day of the feast of the LORD?”

God ordered His Feasts as teaching moments for His people but they go much further than that. The Feasts of the Lord, all highlighted in the Bible, are key timelines on the highway of holy history and of things to come.

Some of the feasts reveal history and events that have already taken place but others point to the future and reveal what is yet to come.

The FEASTS OF THE LORD provide teaching moments that can be experienced through each generation so that common goals and themes are established.

These are not casual events. Biblically they were designated ‘appointed times’ and ‘required by God for an important reason.

Lev. 23:4,5 ‘These are the appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.

In their observance and celebration each Feast reveals His divine, faithful and trustworthy character, His supreme authority, His preferred plan for life on earth and His extreme desire to communicate intimately with His people.

Consider the three central feasts.

First is PASSOVER, which speaks clearly of the the Lord, the lamb of God ‘who takes away the sin of the world.’ His Hebrew name is Yeshua which means ‘He is salvation.’

PENTECOST recalls the outpouring of the Holy Spirit who was sent to anoint the Church for its vital role, to spread the Good News and to teach and disciple throughout the world.

Then comes the FEAST OF TABERNACLES which is designed to bring us into joyful fellowship with God the Father.

This process means, we have been saved by the Blood of the Passover Lamb. We have been filled and anointed by the Holy Spirit – which links us with PENTECOST. And in THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, we have found security in the Father, who seeks to give His children good things.

So we can relate to this sequence.

Passover foreshadowed the death of the Lord on the cross and highlights the Lamb of God who died in our place. Unleavened bread speaks of His sinless nature.

The Feast of First Fruits pointed to the resurrection of Jesus who rose as the first fruit of our salvation.

Pentecost pointed to the birth of the Church.

The Feast of Trumpets speaks of judgment.

The Day of Atonement focuses on redemption, that day when we will all be with the Lord in a new and exciting event.

The Feast of Tabernacles points to our full access to fellowship with the heavenly Father.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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