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Feasting on the Feasts (3 of 6)
Series: The Day of Atonement
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 16, 2000
I don't know about you .. but our Feasting on the Feasts has given me a greater appreciation and appetite for the Word of God!
Now join me again tonight in the 23rd chapter of the book of Leviticus. Keep in mind that not only did God have a reason for inviting the children of Israel to participate in these feasts .. He had a reason for giving them in a certain order.
And we have seen that the order of these feast are important because they all point to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church! You ask, "How can the seven feast of Israel point to Jesus?" Well .. for starters .. the first feast was Passover. The feast of salvation.
Every year the Hebrew nation celebrates and commemorates the night that God set their ancestors free from the bondage of slavery. The ones that obeyed the Word of God and placed blood on their doorposts were the ones that the Death Angel passed over. The ones that didn't obey the Word of God perished! And the ones that were saved .. were saved through the blood.
Well .. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5.7, "Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." You see .. Jesus was the lamb of God .. our passover .. who was sacrificed for us. It was no coincidence that Jesus died on Passover.
The second feast was Unleavened Bread. Leaven being a picture of sin for Jesus who was without sin was buried on Unleavened Bread.
The third feast was Firstfruits. God told the children of Israel that this feast was to be celebrated the day after the Sabbath: Sunday! 1 Corinthians 15.20, "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." It was no coincidence that Jesus arose on Firstfruits.
The fourth feast was Pentecost. Pentecost took place 50 days after the feast of firstfruits. And we've seen that Pentecost pointed the coming of the Spirit of God. That event ...
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