All around the world there are Jewish people and some Christians keeping the autumn Holy Days. They kept the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur and now are poised to begin the Feast of Tabernacles/Feast of Booths followed by the final Holy Day of our year, the 8th Day. The Holy Day without a name, which follows the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles.
So what does this mean? Are these Holy Days appropriate to Christians today?
There are many opinions. Some say they were given to the Jews, not Christians, others say they were given to God’s people.
In my research for my recently published Kindle book, ‘Hold the Faith’, I went back to what Jesus and the first apostles did. They kept them.
What does God say?
Leviticus 23: 1,2 states And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. (NKJV)
The Holy Days are God’s
That’s what He says.
- The feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim
- These are My feasts
He said it twice in verse 2. Perhaps He was making a point. They are His days.
He first claims the weekly Sabbath as His – same chapter verse 3 ‘… it is the Sabbath of the Lord’.
Then starts the list of the Holy Days to be kept. Some are fulfilled, some yet to be fulfilled.
Passover – This prefigured the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the only pure sacrifice for sin.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread –related in the past to the deliverance from Egypt, for today, it helps us to focus on replacing sin with righteousness.
The Feast of Firstfruits – The first sheaf of the barley harvest in the past. Christ is the first of the firstfruits, the ‘wave offering’ of old, fulfilled.
The Feast of Weeks/Pentecost –God’s law given at Mt Sinai, today, the giving of the Holy Spirit.
All these festivals of God have been fulfilled. In Christ. Does that mean they are completed and no longer required?
What do you think?
There are four more commanded festivals; the one mentioned at the start, and about to start for many Christians around the world. I will list them next time.
Tread softly – you may be treading on someone’s dreams