The Feasts of the Lord (Part 1)

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By Ron Ross
The phrase ‘Feasts of the Lord’ has not been the subject of serious study by every church. As a result so many hungry believers have missed out on the wisdom harvest they offer.

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Deuteronomy 16:16 describes three biblical feasts, but Leviticus 23 breaks the three celebrations into seven specific events.

Think about that combination – three biblical feasts, with seven specific and separate celebrations. The Lord’s ingenious design is never by chance but He is accurate in every detail.

In the rainbow there are three major colours that combine to create seven primary colours. In the Feasts of the Lord we have a spectacular rainbow the leads to much more than gold. In Leviticus 23 the Hebrew word “mo’ed” is used and means appointment or an appointed time.

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 the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD’S Passover.

This verse reads like God wanted each person to make specific appointments with Him. To Him they were dates of significance.

When you read through Leviticus 23 note how He enforces His announcements with a show of personal authority –

He repeats “I am the Lord your God.” No mistake about His inference there.

Leviticus chapter 23 is detailed and specific.

1. The Feast of PASSOVER – Lev. 23: 4-5
2. UNLEAVENED BREAD – Lev. 23: 6-8
3. FIRST FRUITS – Lev. 23: 9-14
4. The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) – Lev. 23: 15-22
5. The Feast of Trumpets – Lev. 23: 23-25
6. The Day of Atonement – Lev. 23: 26-32
7. The Feast of Tabernacles – Lev. 23: 33-44

Each one is a significant signpost for us.

1) Passover foreshadowed the death of the Lord on the cross…”The Lamb of God” died in our place.

2) Unleavened bread in the Feast rituals spoke of His sinless nature.

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

4) Pentecost pointed to the birth of the Church.

5) The Feast of Trumpets speaks of judgment.

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

7) The Feast of Tabernacles points to our full access to fellowship with God.

Next we study the three primary feasts.

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About the author

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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