by Jerry Vines

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God's Fall Festivals (9 of 10)
Jerry Vines
Leviticus 23:23-44

I want to give a little review for you tonight. Leviticus 23 is one of the great prophetic chapters in the Bible. This chapter gives us the seven feast days in the religious calendar of the Jewish people. Seven special religious holidays. These days are organized around the number seven and around the idea of the Sabbath.

The first four of these feast days we studied last Wednesday night. I call them God's spring festivals. They took place in the first month and in the third month.

Then there is a gap in verse 22 of this chapter. We'll talk about that. You move over to the seventh month on the Jewish religious calendar, and you have the last three of those feast days. They were celebrated in the fall.

So the first four holidays were spring festivals and they took place in March and April. The last three took place in the fall in September and October. I want to tie this together briefly for our high schoolers since they were gone last week.

I have shown you the Old Testament meaning of these first four feast days and I have tied the New Testament to it. I have used a word to try to explain what it means.

The first of those festivals was the Passover feast in verse 5. That points to the redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Jesus was crucified during the Passover feast.

The second of these festivals is in verse 6. It is known as the feast of unleaven bread.

I was studying in the Gospels this morning in my own personal Bible study. In the New Testament the Passover and the feast of the unleaven bread merge together. The Passover took place on the fourteenth day. The feast of unleaven bread took place on the fifteenth day. So they merge together by the time you get to the New Testament.

At the feast of the unleaven bread they would eat the bread that had no leaven in it. It was a picture that after you have been redeemed by Jesus, t ...

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