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How Should We Celebrate the Lord's Feasts?

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How Should we Celebrate the Lord’s Feasts

First Biblical Month - 14th day at evening

 

Remember that in the Bible, the day begins at evening. So the evening of the 14th is the evening before the 14th day. (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, etc.)

Passover/Lord’s Supper

 

Jesus replaced Passover with the Lord’s Supper, but the name Passover was still often used, and we’re never told that the date has changed, though we’re supposed to celebrate the Lord’s Supper more than once a year. We no longer have to keep the Passover the same way the Jews did (sacrificing, putting blood on the door, etc.) because...

 

1Co 5:7 ... For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

 

Luk 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

Luk 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Luk 22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

Luk 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

Luk 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

Luk 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

 

Note: Here Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper, but He still calls it Passover.

 

At Philippi (a Gentile city) Paul tarried to keep the Passover. Only Luke remained with him, the other members of the company passing on to Troas to await him there. The Philippians were the most loving and truehearted of the apostle's converts, and during the eight days of the feast he enjoyed peaceful and happy communion with them. {AA 390.4}

 

Note: The name Passover is still used, and it says "the eight days of the feast." Putting the Passover (Lord’s Supper) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread together would make eight days.

 

Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Lev 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.

 

As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages. {DA 652.2}

 

Note: The "national festival" passed away, not the "national festivals" (plural). Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper "in its place." It doesn’t say that He changed the time of observance from the 14th day, it says "in its place." How do we keep the Lord’s Supper?

 

References: John 13:1-17; Matthew 26:19-30; Desire of Ages ch. 71, 72

First Biblical Month - 15th-21st day

Feast of Unleavened Bread

 

Exo (Exodus) 13:6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.

Exo 13:7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.

Exo 13:8 And thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.

Exo 13:9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

Exo 13:10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.

 

Note: Notice what this feast is for. A sign on thine hand, a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth. That sounds very important! (Revelation 14:9-12 could this feast of the Lord help keep us from recieving the mark of the beast?)

 

Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

 

Note: Here it tells us not to appear empty, so bring offerings to God on the feasts.

 

Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Lev 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

Note: We’re told to have a holy convocation and refrain from servile work on the first and the seventh days of the feast. We no longer need to literally offer the offering made by fire because Jesus has come as the Perfect Sacrifice (Hebrews 10:8-10).

 

At Philippi Paul tarried to keep the Passover. Only Luke remained with him, the other members of the company passing on to Troas to await him there. The Philippians were the most loving and truehearted of the apostle's converts, and during the eight days of the feast he enjoyed peaceful and happy communion with them. {AA 390.4}

 

Note: This is obviously speaking of the Feast of Unleavened Bread also since it says eight days. Also the Bible account says "days of unleavened bread." Acts 20:6. Here Paul kept this feast with Gentile converts in Philippi. They had peaceful and happy communion during this time.

Third Biblical Month - 50 days after the 16th day of the first month

 

Fifty days from the offering of first fruits (16th day of first month), came the Pentecost, called also the feast of harvest and the feast of weeks. {PP 540.1}

Penecost/Feast of Weeks

 

Lev 23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: ... (We won’t cover the wave sheaf since it wasn’t a separate feast, it was a ceremony done during the feast of unleavened bread.)

Lev 23:21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

 

Note: Have a holy convocation.

 

Deu 16:10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

Deu 16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Deu 16:12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

 

Note: Bring a freewill offering, rejoice, show hospitality.

 

Fifty days from the offering of first fruits, came the Pentecost, called also the feast of harvest and the feast of weeks. As an expression of gratitude for the grain prepared as food, two loaves baked with leaven were presented before God. The Pentecost occupied but one day, which was devoted to religious service. {PP 540.1}

 

Note: Have a religious service.

 

Note: Remember, even though there are ceremonies (sacrifices, etc.) that we no longer have to do, there are spiritual lessons to be learned from them.

Seventh Biblical Month - 1st day

Trumpets

 

Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 

Note: Sabbath, holy convocation, do no servile work.

 

Neh 8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month (feast of Trumpets-Lev. 23:24).

Neh 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

Neh 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Neh 8:11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.

Neh 8:12 And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

 

It was the time of the Feast of Trumpets.... {PK 661.1}

"And the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law." They listened, intent and reverent, to the words of the Most High. As the law was explained, they were convinced of their guilt, and they mourned because of their transgressions. But this day was a festival, a day of rejoicing, a holy convocation, a day which the Lord had commanded the people to keep with joy and gladness; and in view of this they were bidden to restrain their grief and to rejoice because of God's great mercy toward them. "This day is holy unto the Lord your God," Nehemiah said. "Mourn not, nor weep. . . . Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength." {PK 662.1}

The earlier part of the day was devoted to religious exercises, and the people spent the remainder of the time in gratefully recounting the blessings of God and in enjoying the bounties that He had provided. Portions were also sent to the poor, who had nothing to prepare. There was great rejoicing because the words of the law had been read and understood. {PK 662.2}

 

Note: The day is holy, a day of rejoicing, a holy convocation. They began the day with religious exercises, and then had a feast physically and spiritually by remembering God’s goodness.

Seventh Biblical Month - 10th day

Day of Atonement

 

Lev 23:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Lev 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

Lev 23:28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.

Lev 23:29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

Lev 23:30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

Lev 23:31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

Lev 23:32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

 

Note: holy convocation, afflict your soul (search your heart), don’t work, this day is a Sabbath. The ceremonies commanded in Leviticus 16 were done by the priest. Now, Jesus is our High Priest. He’s doing His part, we need to search our hearts, and repent of our sins.

 

Would that those who have had great light would, in this the day of atonement, humble their souls and confess and forsake their sins, declaring that from henceforth by the grace of God, they will hold fast to their integrity, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan, and taking the word of God as their rule of conduct, their standard of duty. {PC 255.2}

 

Note: This isn’t just a yearly feast, we’re living in the antitypical day of atonement. This humility and confessing of sins is to be our attitude always.

Seventh Biblical Month - 15th-22nd day

 

Feast of Tabernacles

 

Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

Note: The first and eighth days are holy convocations, solemn assemblies, days to rest from servile work.

 

Deu 16:13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

Deu 16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.

Deu 16:15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

 

Note: Rejoice!, show hospitality.

 

Deu 31:10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,

Deu 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.

 

Neh 8:14 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: ...

Neh 8:17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.

Neh 8:18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

 

Note: Read the book of the law, have great gladness

 

At these yearly assemblies the hearts of old and young would be encouraged in the service of God, while the association of the people from the different quarters of the land would strengthen the ties that bound them to God and to one another. Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a Feast of Tabernacles--a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to them. As the children of Israel celebrated the deliverance that God had wrought for their fathers, and His miraculous preservation of them during their journeyings from Egypt, so should we gratefully call to mind the various ways He has devised for bringing us out from the world, and from the darkness of error, into the precious light of His grace and truth. {PP 540.6}

 

 

Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

Exo 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

Exo 23:17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Deu 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

Deu 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

Note: How do we keep the feasts? We appear before the Lord, and we bring offerings ("none shall appear before Me empty."). The place God chose during Israels’ time was Jerusalem, but He said "your house is left unto you desolate." (Matthew 23:38) So Jerusalem and the temple are no longer where God has chosen. Where has God chosen now? Here’s some verses to look at and pray about... John 4:20-24; Hebrews 12:22-24; Matthew 18:20; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:19-22

Isa 30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.

Psa 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday

Note: Sing, have gladness of heart, be joyful, praise God!

At these yearly assemblies the hearts of old and young would be encouraged in the service of God, while the association of the people from the different quarters of the land would strengthen the ties that bound them to God and to one another. Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a Feast of Tabernacles--a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to them. As the children of Israel celebrated the deliverance that God had wrought for their fathers, and His miraculous preservation of them during their journeyings from Egypt, so should we gratefully call to mind the various ways He has devised for bringing us out from the world, and from the darkness of error, into the precious light of His grace and truth. {PP 540.6}

Note: Gather together with other believers, have a joyous commemoration of God’s blessings, gratefully call to mind how God saved you from spiritual "Egypt" and brought you to Himself. The feasts are a wonderful time! They are days to rest from our work, have a holy convocation (religious meeting), have fellowship with other Christians, praise the Lord, bring thank offerings, sing, remember God’s blessings, feast (temperately) on the bounties He’s provided, remember how the Lord saved us, show hospitality to the poor, the Levite (pastors, etc.), the widow, etc. What a blessing! We sure enjoy the feasts. We look forward to them all year as a time to draw closer to God and to other Christians. We hope you will also enjoy this blessing our loving heavenly Father has provided for us.

 

 
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