Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why study the feasts? Reasons 1 & 2 of 12

This is a normal question to ask as we can be totally bewildered and confused by all the do's and don'ts of the Law. Are there any relevance to modern day living? So why do we need to study the feast?

As Hosea lamented: I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien. (Hosea 8:12)

The intricate detail of all things Mosaic would be meaningless unless they are all seen in the light of the Cross in relation to Christ and the Church. Apart from the Feasts, why then do we need to study the Tabernacle of Moses, the Tabernacle of David, the Temple of Solomon, the Priesthood and the Offerings?

Let me give you Twelve major reasons over the next few posts why all these should be studied. They are taken from "The Feasts of Israel" by Kevin J. Conner and I will elaborate on each of the points.

1. Because they are part of Scriptures given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God said it, so it must be important.

There's an old adage that goes:
God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!

Not entirely accurate. Whether I believe it or not does not make it any truer. It should read:
God said it, and that settles it! That's why we need to study it so that we have the whole context of the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work

2. Because they are a 'shadow of things to come'. They all point to Christ.
Shadow in the sense of a lesser. If only the people in the OT could have a glimpse of what we are enjoying today as God's redeemed people!

Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

Hebrews 10:1-2 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.

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