“And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.” Exodus 5:1
A topic that has become such a controversy, especially in our church denominations. A topic that might be touched by our pastors but with a bitter taste in their mouths, with the conclusion we no longer keep them and find no relevance in our lives today. Church members when hearing just feast that they go silent, excuse themselves and walk away. What is it about the Biblical Feast that put a bitter taste in their mouths and why when someone keeps them to be seen as radicals or legalistic crazies!
What I hear about the Biblical Feast
When someone hears feast they think Jewish traditions and rituals and that it isn’t for the Christians. With much distaste about Jews on their tongues many will find ways to stay away from the Biblical Feast. That the Biblical Feast are legalistic and that Jesus Died on the Cross and that is why they no longer keep them and that no one should keep the feast.
What are the Feast and Holy Convocations that are spoken in Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the Children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the Feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” Leviticus 23:1,2
Feast means a large meal, typically in celebration of something. It’s a memorial, remembrance, and celebration. Holy Convocation a large formal assembly of people, the action of calling people together for a large formal assembly. On those days are when you do not work.
Which Feast listed in Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23. These are Major Feast!
- Sabbath- Leviticus 23:3
- Feast of Passover-Exodus 12, Leviticus 23:5
- Feast of Unleavened Bread- Exodus 12, Leviticus 23:6-8
- Feast of Pentecost-Leviticus 23:15-22
- Feast of Trumpets-Leviticus 23:23-25
- Day of Atonement-Leviticus 23:26
- Feast of Tabernacles-Leviticus 23:26-32
- Last Great Days- Leviticus 23:36
- Feast of Dedication(Hanukkah)- John 10:22-23
- Purim- Is remembrance for the Jews after the Haman’s Defeat and the people were saved. No biblical verses for backing.
Each one of these Feast I will talk about Separately and more in depth about what each means, when it takes place and how it is celebrated.
Whom was the Feast given to
It is said that feast were given to the Jews and does not apply to Christians. That is the one of biggest misconception about the feast that I hear a lot. The first feast that Moses was instructed to tell the Congregation of Israel was when they were slaves to Pharaoh. Exodus 12 was the first instructions on how to keep Passover and Unleavened Bread as the first born of those that didn’t follow God and do what was instructed were killed.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the Land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the Congregation of Israel , saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take them every man a lamb, according to the house a lamb for an house:” Exodus 12:1-3
Each time that God gave Moses instructions to tell His people, God will either say Children or Congregation of Israel. Jews were never mention or pointed out to be given the instructions until Numbers 2. Numbers Chapter 2 is the first time it mentions the separation of tribes and only 2 out of 12 tribes were Judaism.
Traditions and Rituals
“And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divided it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in my remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you.” Luke 22: 17-20
“He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the toweth wherewith he was girded.” John 13:4-6
In the united States there is 11 Federal Holidays that used to be a day off of work and 11 non federal big holidays that are more of an acknowledgement and might be celebrated. A couple of those holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July and memorial day. A lot of the Holidays have huge celebrations, traditions that were created and past down etc. When we think of those we don’t stick our nose up in the air and are disguised with them.
When given the Feast, there was instructions in how to celebrate the feast. These instructions were basic and simple, you can add to them in how you wan to celebrate, the only change that you will notice that happened was the sacrificing the lamb. Traditions and rituals can change through the years and be modified because we feel like it. The added traditions that people might see and possible mentioned later on was done by the Orthodox Jew in the old and new testament. Being considered a Jew, Hebrew or Israelite should not be something bad. Like each Modern holiday, each feast having a different meaning, days and ways to celebrate it. Jesus took part of Passover before he was taken away by the Roman Soldiers, added more instructions that had more meaning to the Passover.
The Feast are legalistic!
“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a Feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.” Exodus 12:14
It can be if you are keeping it for the wrong reason. If you are keeping it only because you think you will get saved that way which is only by works. Faith does takes works but your heart has to be in the right place. Those that keep it (like me), find meaning in keeping them, feel closer to Yeshua and enjoy the celebrations, remembrance and memorial of the Feast. We don’t feel obligated or forced to keep them but convicted after studying and praying to keep them. We can follow the bible all we want and do all the right things, it doesn’t mean we are automatically saved, our hearts and minds aren’t in the right place.
“Wherefore the law is Holy, and the commandment holy and just, and good” Romans 7:12
“But we know that the Law is good, if a man use it lawfully” 1 Timothy 1:8
In Romans, Paul is talking about how the Law is Holy, he is referring to the Laws that were created by God for his people. There are two different types of Laws that are talked about in Romans, that Jesus encountered while walking on this earth. The Laws his father created and people created, one was just and good and the other was controlling. It depends on which one you want to dwell on. As for me and my house we follow the one that God has given to his people.
He Died on the Cross
The major reason that everyone doesn’t want to keep the feast is that it was done away with at the Cross. If that was so, we wouldn’t have Paul attending and speaking about unleavened bread and that we are to keep the feast. Paul might not be everyone favorite example but the Holy Ghost is a great example, for the Holy Ghost which is the guide and comforter that Yeshua spoke about in John. The Holy Ghost filled each and everyone in the house, on Pentecost, that they all spoke different languages. If the feast were no longer, the sounds of Heaven wouldn’t happened and the Holy Ghost wouldn’t have been there.
What was done away with at the Cross when Yeshua died was the sacrifices because he was the sacrificial Lamb.
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7,8
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as a fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
I find that the bible is simple in what we are to do, but we have those influences that push us away from what God has given us in the Bible. The New testament doesn’t give us all the answers on how we are to live our lives but the Old testament is the Foundations of our lives and the rest of the Bible. It is up to ourselves to listen and obey to the Word of God, it isn’t up to someone else.
The feast in the bible have been replaced with modern holidays, church communions, agape feast and camp meetings. They were given the specific date when they were to be kept and there was specific simple instructions on how to keep them. Once you start changing something, it starts loosing its meaning. The bible has the days that we are to keep the Biblical Feast, but since we go by the Roman Calendar for our everyday lives it doesn’t match. We look at the Jewish Calendar to figure out the closets to the Biblical dates.
I believe that the Biblical Feast are relevant for our lives today to remember what God has done in the past, present and future for his people. It also shows that he is never changing, so is His Feast. If you have any questions leave a comment! I would love to hear what your thoughts are.
Young Country Mama