The Feasts of The Lord

“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and tell them: These are the appointed moadim of ADONAI, which you are to proclaim to be holy convocations—My moadim,” Lev. 23:2 (TLV).

In our lives, we all have appointments and meetings that we must attend: doctors’ appointments, business meetings, classes, ect. But what about appointments with God? In Leviticus 23, God commanded His people to observe His appointed times or moadim.

Some of these appointed times are: Shabbat (Sabbath), Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Yom HaBikkurim (First Fruits), Shavuot (Pentecost), Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets aka Rosh Hashanah), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

Each of these moadim have a special significance of which we’ll explore in future articles, but for now here is their significance in a nutshell:

Shabbat: day of rest; opportunity to draw close to God as we take a break from the work which can distract us.

Pesach: redemption; Yeshua gave himself as the sacrificial lamb, dying on the tree so that we may be saved.

Yom HaBikkurim: resurrection; Yeshua resurrected from the grave.

Shavuot: wedding (contract); God gave us the Ten Words and when the Ruach HaKodesh filled the talmidim.

Yom Teruah: return; the Bride-groom will return.

Yom Kippur: atonement; Yeshua will restore Israel.

Sukkot: dwelling with us; Yeshua was born and dwelt among us.

These times are appointments with God. Times when He wants to meet with us. They weren’t just one time events or just for the Jews in ancient times. They are olam chukkot or eternal commands for all God’s people.

Yeshua has fulfilled the first three feasts, the spring feasts, with his first coming. He will fulfill the last three feasts, the fall feasts, when He returns. These things separate us from the world and unite us together as the body of Messiah.

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