The Feast of Pentecost (4 of 7) by Ernest Easley
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Series: God's Special Holidays
Ernest L. Easley
Join me tonight in the Old Testament book of Leviticus chapter 23. Prior to entering the Promised Land ... God designated seven special holidays for the children of Israel to observe once they arrived in the land.
We read in Lev 23.1 that these seven feasts were ''His Days.'' We read in verse 1, ''... The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.'' Now if they were His feasts .. why would God instruct the children of Israel to observe them? So that they would look back thanking God for his provision and to look forward trusting God for his provision. Thanking Him and Trusting Him.
But not only were they ''His Days'' ... they were also ''Holy Days.'' We read in verse 4, ''These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations ..'' In other words .. these seven days were to be set apart unto God! That's what it means to be ''holy.'' It means to be ''set apart unto God and set apart from the world!''
So ... they were ''His Days'' ... ''Holy Days'' .. but they were also ''Holiday Days.'' We read in verse 7, ''.. you shall do no customary work on it'' and the word ''customary'' speaks of what you do for a living! In other words .. these seven feasts meant seven days off!
His Days.. Holy Days ... Holidays!
And don't forget that God not only declared these seven feasts ... He designed their order. But why? Why these seven feasts and why a certain order? Because these feast tell a story! They tell the story of Jesus and His church! And because they tell the story of Jesus and His church .. they involve and include us!
You say, ''Wait a minute! How could these seven feasts tell the story of Jesus? They were OT and what does the OT have to do with Jesus?'' Folks .. the OT .. like the NT ... has everything to do with Jesus! That's what makes the OT alive and exciting!
Let me show you what I mean. We read in Leviticus 23.5 that the first feast to be celebrated was the Passover Feast. Now that was the feast of salvation. The Passover Feast was to remember how God had delivered the children of Israel from slavery.
But remember .. these feasts tell us the story of Jesus. We read in 1 Corinthians 5.7, ''Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.'' It was no coincidence that Jesus was sacrificed during Passover.
The second holiday was the feast of the Unleavened Bread. We find that in Leviticus 23.6-8. Now if the Passover was a shadow of the death of Jesus .. the Unleavened Bread was a shadow of the burial of Jesus.
''Leaven'' in the Bible came to be identified with sin. So it is easy to see how the feast of Unleavened Bread pointed to Jesus for He was without sin. He was free from corruption. Jesus died on Passover and was buried on the feast of Unleavened Bread
1 Corinthians 5.7-8, ''Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleaven ...
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