The Feasts Of The Lord
Men the world over observe holidays.
There is not a nation that does not have its unique days of celebration.
Holidays are often in memory of significant political events. Sometimes they commemorate the birth dates of national heroes. Frequently holidays are simply designed to observe religious beliefs and superstitions. Worldwide thousands of holidays are observed annually.
In marked contrast, God instituted only seven holidays for the Nation of Israel.
These seven holidays are discussed throughout the Bible in both Old and New Testaments.
However, only in one place, in the 23rd Chapter of Leviticus, are all seven holidays listed in chronological sequence.
These seven holidays are called "The Feasts of the Lord."
That expression indicates that these holidays are God's holidays.
They belong to Him in contrast to man's holidays.
The Hebrew word "feast" means "appointed time."
The timing and sequence of events concerning each feast were carefully orchestrated by God.
Each is part of a comprehensive whole.
Collectively they tell a story.
These feasts are also called "Holy Convocations." That is, they are intended to be times of meeting between God and man for holy purposes.
A number of important points need to be emphasized concerning these feasts:
a. These Seven Feasts of the Lord were given to the Hebrew nation. The Jewish people are God's covenant people.
b. The Seven Feasts relate to Israel's spring and fall agricultural seasons. When the feasts were instituted, Israel was largely and agricultural nation. That agricultural characteristic of feasts remains to this day.
c. The timing of the Feasts is based on the Jewish lunar calendar of approximately 354 days. What this actually means is: Periodically, seven times every 19 years the modern Jewish calendar literally has a 13th month to make up for its shorter year. If that we ...
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