God's Plan Foreshadowed by Three Jewish Festivals

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 01:50

Nothing God has done was haphazard or unplanned. Here is a Bible Study written by a disciple in Jerusalem that brings our responsibility before God to "go an bear fruit" to light. Christianity itself is a festival before God as well! 

Of 3 festivals; Pesah, Shavuot and Sukkot.

In preparation for studying the following segment please read Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16

In these two chapters 3 main festivals are mentioned, in which all the men had to come to the place the Lord had chosen, as a dwelling for his name, to sacrifice there and to bring the best of the crops that the Lord had blessed them with.

The first festival is the feast of Passover. This festival is to remember the time that the Lord passed over the Israelites in Egypt and took them out from slavery to freedom. It commemorates the amazing mightiness of God.
The second festival, according to the Hebrew calendar, is the festival of Shavuot. It is also referred to in English as Pentecost. This holiday happens 7 weeks after the Shabat of Passover. The command was to bring the first fruits, of the current year’s crops, which God had blessed you with. It is also called the festival of harvest.
The third festival is the feast of Sukkot. It is celebrated in the 7th month (which in our days is the first month). It is also called the festival of gathering, which means bringing the collection of the last products God had blessed the person with that year. In this holiday, all the citizens of Israel should live in the tabernacle for 7 days in memory of the time in the desert coming out of Egypt. It gave the people the perspective that demonstrates the blessings God has been giving since then until today.
The year is divided into months and three times during this period, every man should come to the place God had chosen, to see the face of the Lord.

The Old Testament law foreshadows the heavenly realm (Colossians 2:17, Hebrews 8:5, 10:1). What we see in the New Testament is the spiritual appearing out of the physical world, the reality that is in Christ, the secret is revealed to us.

Three times a year every man should come to the temple and see the face of the Lord. This is done through the priests and the sacrifices that a person offered.

Pessah (Passover), the holiday in which we tell our children about and remember how God took the Israelites from slavery to freedom. This holiday comes to live in our life today in a very special way, in which the Lord came once again to set us free, to bring us from slavery to sin, to freedom in him through the most special sacrifice of his Son. We are no longer under the law and we can be justified by faith. There is no need to work for our salvation but to believe and have the freedom of a personal relationship with the Lord.
Pessah is the first festival of the year and similarly symbolizes the first time we met the Lord in the sacrifice of Yeshua, his son for the forgiveness of our sins.
The second time comes in Shavuot (Pentacost). We all know what happened then, the church started to be alive and active through the receiving of the Holy Spirit. In the same way that God commanded the people to bring the first fruits of their crops, this is when the spiritual harvest started.
The third time comes with the festival of gathering. We are still waiting for him to come and take us home. We are in fact, the last fruits of the faith.  
It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, 
   gathering the grain in their arms— 
as when someone gleans heads of grain 
   in the Valley of Rephaim.” Isaiah 17:5
Three times a year every man will see the face of the Lord, and in Sukkot, the end of the gathering, our joy will be complete (Deuteronomy 16:15). Therefore, we must rejoice in the Lord always, from festival to festival, we serve the Lord and he is blessing what we do.
A person must not come empty handed, No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed: 17 Each of us must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD our God has blessed us”.

This is a very strong passage. It is talking of the times we meet the Lord and how we go about doing this. The Lord gave each of us a responsibility according to the gifts he gave us, one to teach, another to encourage, another to lead and so on.

Men were created to take care of God’s creation,  
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, 
   human beings that you care for them? 
You have made them a little lower than the angels 
   and crowned them with glory and honor. 
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; 
   you put everything under their feet”:  Psalm 8:4-6

Our duty now, is to build and serve the body of Christ, the new creation, according to what God had given us. We know that we have everything we need for our physical and spiritual life. So when we come to meet the Lord we cannot come empty handed. If we do that how can we thank him for his blessings? And we know he wants to bless us. We know the story in Matthew 25:14-30, about the servant who received few and did not understand or know his master at all. We can see that God wants to bless us and to complete our joy through the fulfillment of his promises and heavenly plan.

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