Time for Review
Anyone who has read the Torah knows that many commandments and instructions are repeated many times. The simple reason is that our Creator knows us very well. He understands the way we think and the way we tend to forget, unless things are repeated and maybe even then.
In Leviticus 23 we see a review of the Feasts. Let’s look at each one briefly as a review.
Shabbat – Because of His work in our lives we should enjoy rest, both spiritual and physical. We are to cease from endless striving for our redemption. Yeshua has accomplished this for us and we rest in Him. We are also to give our bodies physical rest on the Shabbat.
Passover – We remember the slavery we were once living and celebrate our being set free to live a new life.
First Fruits – As Yeshua was the first to be raised from the dead, we will also be raised from this life and enter into His likeness.
Unleavened Bread – Leaven is a type of sin. We are to be conformed into His sinless image through obedience to His word.
Pentecost – We celebrate the instructions He has given to us and the Spirit He has placed in us to enable us to walk in those instructions. The work of Passover in not truly complete until we have been given a new way of life in Torah.
Feast of Trumpets – Life is a wonderful gift, but we look for a day of complete restoration. One day the shofar will sound, His family will be gathered into His presence and we will forever be with Him.
Day of Atonement – While in this life we should “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.” We are to live our lives unto Him, knowing that one day we will all give an account for the way we lived. On that day we will stand alone, not with friends and family. On that day it will not matter what anyone else thinks, it will only matter what He knows.
Tabernacles – The day of final and complete redemption! The day when all the work of this life will be over. Sin will have been dealt with for all eternity. We will be His people and He will be our Elohim! He will “Tabernacle” in the midst of His people and of His Kingdom there shall be no end.
You may have noticed the Feasts tend to switch back and forth from the here and now to the hereafter. I believe there is good reason for this. The Feasts are another reminder to be like Abraham. Although he was in this world he was never attached to this world. He was always looking for a city whose builder and maker was Elohim. The Feasts should cause us to live this life in fear and reverence of a Holy Creator and to always keep an eye toward the Eastern Sky and eternity.
With the world situation the way it is today, I am reminded of the Jewish people who lived through the Warsaw ghettos. When asked if they had kept Shabbat in the ghetto they said, “It is not that we kept Shabbat, but Shabbat kept us.” I wonder if one day we will be overheard saying that during the tribulation it was not that we kept the Feasts, but the Feasts kept us?