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Seven Feasts

 

Leviticus 23:4 (New International Version)

'These are the LORD's appointed feasts, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times:

 

Today we are going to be starting a new series of messages concerning the seven Jewish Feasts. We will look at the original founding and meaning of the feasts as well as the prophetic. It is my proposition that the feasts are a shadow of G-D’s eternal plan of redemption and Jesus is both the shadow and the light.

 

Beginning here in this 23rd Chapter of Leviticus we are shown these “appointed feasts.” Now, if you want to get technical we actually find eight “sacred assemblies” in these passages. The first, however is the Sabbath, it is not technically one of yearly feasts, but I will give it some discussion. But first let’s go ahead and read this passage in the modern English and see exactly what these feasts are.

 

(Leviticus 23:4 & 5 The Message) "These are the appointed feasts of God, the sacred assemblies which you are to announce at the times set for them:

 "God's Passover, beginning at sundown on the fourteenth day of the first month.

So the first feast is “The Passover.”

 

(Leviticus 23:6 NLT)  On the next day, the fifteenth day of the month, you must begin celebrating the Festival of Unleavened Bread. This festival to the Lord continues for seven days, and during that time the bread you eat must be made without yeast.

 Feat number two is “The Feast of Unleavened Bread.”

 

(Leviticus 23: 10-11 The Message) God spoke to Moses: "Tell the People of Israel, When you arrive at the land that I am giving you and reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain that you harvest. He will wave the sheaf before God for acceptance on your behalf; on the morning after Sabbath, the priest will wave it.

 

The third Feast is “The Feast of First Fruits.”

 

(Leviticus 23:15&16 NIV) " 'From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.

 

This fourth Feast is “The Feast of Weeks” or “Pentecost.”

These first four feast all come in the spring or early summer. Now we move over to August or September for the start of the final three feasts.

 

 (Leviticus 23:23 & 24 NIV) The LORD said to Moses,  "Say to the Israelites: 'On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.

 

This is the “Feast of Trumpets.”

 

 (Leviticus 23:26 & 27 NIV) The LORD said to Moses, "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement.

 

Feast number six is “The Day of Atonement.”

 

(Leviticus 23:33 & 34 NIV) The LORD said to Moses,  "Say to the Israelites: 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD's Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.

 

Finally we have the seventh feast which is “The Feast of Tabernacles.”

 

Ok, so here they are again in order for you:

 

  1. Passover
  2. Unleavened Bread
  3. First Fruits
  4. Pentecost

     
  5. Trumpets
  6. Atonement
  7. Tabernacles

 

I want to insert a diagram in here. I hope you can see it in this E-Mail

 



 

Once again what I want to show us through these feasts is G-D’s plan of redemption. And everyone one of these feasts reveal the truth of who Jesus is. The greatest question you can answer is the one that Jesus asked Peter; who do you say that Jesus is? Now I know that I am writing to a lot of Christians so I should not have to convince you of the truth, but at the same time I do want to strengthen your faith in the truth by reiterating the grand design that is woven throughout all of creation.

 

So the first thing we will do in this series is to go through these seven feasts and show you the type or picture that each paints of Jesus. Beginning with Passover it is easy to see how Jesus is the “Lamb of G-D.” Passover was established in Egypt when the seventh plaque came upon the land. The first born of every family was going to die unless the blood of a lamb was upon the door posts of the home. Let’s go back and look at this scene in the book of Exodus.

 

 (EXODUS 12: 12-13 The Message)"I will go through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, whether human or animal, and bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am God. The blood will serve as a sign on the houses where you live. When I see the blood I will pass over you—no disaster will touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

 

Here is one thing that you might have missed in the past that I want you to notice. Which side of the door was the blood to be on? It is on the outside. It is G-D who has to see and recognize the blood on the door post. I honestly don’t think we have any idea of the significance of that blood. I know many of us relies that the blood  of that fist Passover was symbolic of the blood of Jesus but even then it is G-D that sees us through that blood, not us seeing Him.

 

It is the difference between you hearing about someone dieing and that person dieing being your own child. If you hear about a friend of yours child dieing you will feel bad for that person. But if that child that died was your child, that pain would be so much more significant. We have to stop thinking that it our feelings that decide our fate and start trusting in G-D above our feelings.

 

OK. I know I got a little sidetracked there but this is important. Jesus is our Passover. He is the Lamb of G-D.

 

(1 Corinthians 5:7 KJV) Purge out therefore the old leaven,  that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

 

That leads us directly into the Unleavened Bread. Leaven as we know represents sin. Jesus was without any sin. He lived a pure life. It was because of his sinlessness that our sins could be forgiven. The reason this feast is celebrated for seven days is to represent not just one day but a whole life time of sinlessness. Jesus is the bread of life.

 

I am going to stop right here for today. The important thing for us to take with us is the realization that G-D knew the end from the beginning. He has declared from the foundations of the earth His love for you. Yes, He knows that you are a sinner, but He made a way where there did not seem to be a way. Today someone might be wondering how things in their life will ever get worked out. G-D wants you to know that He is right there beside you and He will not fail you.

 

If you are in need of anything today, I mean anything, the Father desires that you be made whole. Put your trust in Him. I know you may have tried in the past. Someone told me this past week that they have been crying out to the L- -D for years now for healing and yet they are still in pain. After praying for them and meditating upon it awhile I realized how the doctors said that that same person should have actually died years ago. I have seen that person have both ups and downs in those years. And yes there are ups and there are downs in life. But, I know that I am happy to have faced all the down times in my life just to be able to experience the up times that I have spent with the people I love.

 

Every new day brings both new challenges and rewards. Don’t give up in the fight because the victory celebration is already prepared for you. Did you notice how G-d has to command us to celebrate? Sometimes we get so caught up being miserable we can forget that it is our attitude that determines our destiny. 

 

I hate to tell you this, in fact it is a lesson I am still learning, but the truth is, it is not about you. It is not about me. It is about Him.

 

I am inviting you to give up and win. I am inviting you to surrender and have the victory. Surrender your pain, surrender your struggles, surrender your family, your finances, your heart. Yield your heart over to the L- -D today and receive your miracle. I want to pray with you and for you right now. I want both of us to re- invite Jesus into our hearts. I want us to accept the truth of G-D’s ability to change our lives. I want to receive the newness of live and a fresh baptism of His Holy Spirit. Pray with me right now and believe.

 

Dear Jesus: Forgive me. I am sinner. I need you. Right now I put my trust in your blood and place it upon the door posts of my heart. Heavenly Father; wash me, cleanse me, change me use me. I know that you are able to change lives. I know that you have spoken to my heart and brought me this far. Now I surrender my life to you and desire that you enter in and use me for your glory. From this moment forward I am all yours. Baptize me, fill me to the overflowing with your Holy Spirit. Let that flam of your love ignite within me and light up this dark and cold world. Thank you L- - D for never leaving me, thank you L- - D for loving me. Thank you L- - D for using me. Let me now continue through this week and all the days of my life to know the truth of your love and the realization that I am indeed blessed and highly favored of You. Let your light shine in me and through me in Jesus’ Name I pray; Amen.

 

Thank you for being the light of the world. Write me, call me Text me, E-Mail me let me know how you are doing. G-D loves you and so do we.

    

Your friend; Pastor Bob