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Feasting on the Feasts (1 of 6)
Series: The Feast of Pentecost
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 2, 2000
Tonight we are picking up where we left off last Wednesday night feasting on the feast of Pentecost.
Now remember .. the seven feasts of Israel were God's feasts.
Leviticus 23.2, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, 'The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts." But God invited the children of Israel to join Him in celebrating these feasts for one reason: to cause them to look up! To cause them to realize how much God loved them!
Now these feasts were a shadow of things to come. And we have seen how each feast pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. For instance .. the first feast was Passover. The feast of salvation. For Passover was to celebrate how God had delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery.
But Passover was a shadow of a greater salvation. 1 Corinthians 5.7, "Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." For the Jew .. Passover was a reminder of their freedom from the bondage of slavery. But for us .. it is a reminder of our freedom from the bondage of sin.
It was no coincidence that Jesus died on Passover.
The second feast was Unleavened Bread. Leaven being a picture of sin ... the feast of Unleavened Bread was a shadow of the burial of Jesus who was without sin. It was no coincidence that Jesus was buried on the feast of Unleavened Bread.
Then the third feast was the feast of First Fruits. God told the children of Israel to celebrate it on the "day after the Sabbath .." (Lev.23.11) and that would be on Sunday! First fruits was a shadow of the resurrection of Jesus. Again .. it was no coincidence that Jesus arose from the grave on the Feast of First fruits.
1 Corinthians 15.20, "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."
Jesus died on Passove ...
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