7 JEWISH FEASTS
January 16, 2011

 

   Matthew 5:18; Colossians2:17; Hebrews 10:1 These three scriptures tell us that the Old Testament was the shadow of things to come and Jesus tells us that every word would be fulfilled before the end.

 

   The Hebrew word for feasts (moadim) literally means “appointed times.” God has planned the timing and sequence of each of the seven Jewish feasts to reveal to all believers a special story regarding the work of redemption through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus has fulfilled four of the seven Jewish feasts.

 

PASSOVER

 

   Leviticus 23:4-6; Exodus 12:1-14 The Lord institutes the Passover feast for a memorial unto God for freeing the nation Israel from their captivity in Egypt. The most famous of Jewish feasts is the most familiar to the Jew and the rest of the world. The significance of course is to the show the Jews and the world a picture of the coming Messiah and his sacrificial death and the need for His shed blood for the remission of sins. Jesus was crucified on the exact day the the sacrificial lamb was killed for Passover.

   John 1:29 John the Baptist recognizes and points out the coming Messiah to all that would hear him and calls Jesus Christ the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world. 

   I Corinthians 5:7 Paul tells us in this verse of scripture that Christ was our Passover (fulfilled).

   I Peter 1:18-20 Peter tries to explain that it is the shed blood of Christ that redeems us and not anything that we can do and not anything from religious tradition.

   Hebrews 9:11-12,24 We are told that Jesus took His blood and offered it to the Father on the alter in heaven and God received it and accepted it as the needed sacrifice for our eternal redemption.

   I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 11:28 Here we can compare the exact words and the shadow of things to from the Old Testament regarding the salvation of Israel and the salvation by Christ in the new Testament.

 

UNLEAVENED BREAD

 

   Leviticus 23:6 This feast celebrates the Messiah's sinless life and points out the seriousness of sin.

   Exodus 12:19 The time of this feast was a time for reflection, repentance and confession. Leaven is symbolic of sin throughout all of the bible.

   Luke 12:1-2 Jesus taught the people about the leaven (sin) of the Pharisees and told them to beware.

   I Corinthians 5:1-8 Paul was rebuking this church for their carelessness regarding the known sin that was in their church. He told them that they did not have the right attitude about this brother and that if they did not take some disciplinary action toward him that the sin could spread within the church.

   Romans 7:21-25 Paul teaches us the lesson of handling the sin in our life that haunts us daily.

   Romans 6:3-7 Here we see the “picture” of sin being buried “unto death” with Christ.

 

FIRST FRUITS

 

   Leviticus 23:10-12 A feast of the Jews to offer unto God a sacrifice to celebrate spring harvest time. They were to bring of the first fruits and a lamb without spot to be offered to God.

   I Corinthians 15:20-24 The Lord Jesus is called “the first fruits”, this speaks of resurrection. The feast of first fruits is celebrated today by Christians as Easter. We should still call this day First Fruits as it was on this very feast day that Jesus rose from the dead. The term Easter is an old pagan holiday named after a Babylonian goddess named Ishtra who was a fertility idol.

   Matthew 9:37; 13:30 Since the time of “the first fruits” (Jesus Christ resurrection) those who believe in Him or will believe on Him in the future are referred to as “the harvest”.