If it was abolished at the cross, then why would Jesus tell them to keep it after the cross? Not only that, but God himself seems to give his stamp of approval on this 1st Pentecost after Jesus's death as the Holy Spirit was poured out on this day.
Why would that have happened if the Jews just merely couldn't let old habits go? And he sailed from Ephesus. Acts Paul not only kept Pentecost, this appears to still be quite important to him a quarter century after Christ's death. Acts Paul seems to have a sense of urgency in keeping the feast of Pentecost, which shows how important it was to him. Acts Paul observed "the fast" for the Day of Atonement.
Following The Examples of Jesus and Paul. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. We've also seen that Paul kept all the feasts. Paul even refers to the "traditions" that he passed on. So this isn't just talking about their behavior, as Christ gave a perfect behavioral example, but Paul could not as a sinner.
So the example has to do with traditions, or observances, which would include the feasts. We also see that Paul is speaking to the gentiles in Corinth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations , baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. This also shows that gentiles and Jews should have the same holidays and observances.
And what did Jesus teach to observe? Yes, the feasts of God. The holy feast days are shown to not just be for the Israelites, but everytime God calls them HIS holy days for all his people for all generations. They were never meant to be done away with. But Satan devised a plan to usurp God's holy days and cause God's people to observe days that when studied closely, have a dark past. We will see that God's people observing pagan holidays amounts to the same idolatry that the Israelites committed from the past.
God's judgment on Israel for this idolatry was and always has been quite severe. I will show that God's holy days are very relevant and meaningful for us today. Keeping God's holy days is the only way to keep his people out of idolatry and in line with his purposes.
God's holy days also have important prophetic significance for the future. We miss out on revealed knowledge of God's plan for his people when we disobey God by not observing his set times. Learning About The Feasts Of God Once we study and have a deeper understanding of God's holy days and their significance, it becomes clear that God would never want these days to fall into disuse.
For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.
You can not separate the Lord's Supper, or communion, from the Passover celebration as most Christian churches do. You can not have one without the other. The blood of the new covenant being Christ's blood is the antitype and fulfillment of the blood of the lamb on the door posts of the Israelites on Passover. Today it is still a memorial looking back to Jesus as the fulfillment of the new covenant.
But to remove communion from its association with Passover abolishes the fulfillment of Christ's shed blood.
It no longer had a type or shadow that it fulfills. John Jesus is teaching in Jerusalem as he observes the Festival of Tabernacles. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke A disciple is a follower or student of a leader. They do what the leader does as they learn from him. Whether you are a Jew or gentile we are to follow Jesus as a disciple, and this would include keeping the feasts just as he did for our example.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. It's not just the Jews that follow him, but all of his sheep. Whoever serves me must follow me ; and where I am, my servant also will be. This concept is made even clearer in the twelfth chapter of Deuteronomy.
The following verses make plain that this encompassed all of their religious observances, including the feasts verses For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you. But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there This is made clear in the books which cover the kingdom period.
Compare this scripture to II Chronicles That the temple at Jerusalem was the place which God had chosen is made plain throughout these histories of the kingdom period. It is evident in Jeroboam's decision to create two places of worship at Bethel and Dan to prevent the people from returning to Jerusalem to worship after the ten tribes abandoned David's dynasty and kingdom see I Kings It is also clear from these accounts that festival observance as outlined in the Torah was a rare occurrence during this period.
Does it make any difference which days we observe--or whether we keep them? Does the Bible establish whether we are to keep certain days holy to God?. Does the Bible establish whether we are to keep certain days holy to God? Ancient Rome's pagan holidays have been chained upon a heedless and.
This is demonstrated by the fact that Hezekiah and Josiah were reported to have held festival observances in accordance with God's instructions see II Chronicles 30 and This understanding is critical to a proper comprehension of the entire subject going forward. Now, as all good students of the Bible are aware, the Israelites and the Jews Judah were carried into captivity. What happened to festival observance when that happened?
The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary Without the temple in Jerusalem, festival observance as specified by God came to an end! To be sure, festival observance was later re-established - after some of the Jewish exiles were allowed to return to the Promised Land and rebuild the temple; but there is no escaping the fact that festival observance ended for a time. What about the fact that festival observance is prophesied for the future - in God's Kingdom?
This scripture is clearly referring to the time when the Lord of Hosts shall be headquartered in Jerusalem. Pocono, Wisconsin Dells or Jekyll Island! Didn't Jesus and his disciples continue to observe the festivals? Yes, Christ continued to observe the festivals. Remember, he had to fulfill all of the particulars of the Law in order to rescue us from the penalty of breaking its provisions.
Notice, however, that Christ always attended the festivals at Jerusalem! And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast " Luke Of course, we all know that Christ celebrated his final Passover with his disciples in Jerusalem Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 and John There is also scriptural evidence that his followers continued to observe these rituals after his death, burial and resurrection see the book of Acts.
Doesn't this demonstrate that Christians are still obligated to observe these days? Remember, the early church was Jewish.
The apostles had failed to follow Christ's instructions to "teach all nations" Matthew and had focused instead on Palestine. Hence, it is quite natural that Jewish Christians would have continued to observe these Jewish festivals. However, when the church finally began to expand into Gentile countries where there was no tradition of keeping the Mosaic Law including festival observance , festival observance was practiced by a smaller and smaller portion of the Church as the number of Gentile converts grew.
Finally, when the Romans captured Jerusalem and destroyed the reconstructed temple in the year 70 A. Yes, history informs us that new traditions eventually developed regarding these festivals, and that the Jews began observing them in their homes and synagogues around the world. Paul Kent. Stephen Arterburn. Charles Spurgeon: 5 books in a single file. Charles Spurgeon. The Battle of Life. Jesse Duplantis. Armor of God. Rose Publishing.
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