We have been studying some of God’s “visual aids” of religious laws and rituals. But let’s not forget that God wanted them to eventually put away the physical symbols and enter into the depth of the spiritual reality they represented…just as He does for us today so that we may not inadvertently substitute ritual TO Him for relationship WITH Him.
The transition from physical to spiritual was made in the person and work of Jesus. The temporary or “imperfect” was to be put away once the permanent or “perfect” came. In studying the physical and imperfect, though, we can see how God used them to teach both the Jews (who were the “first”) and the Gentiles (who are the “last”) in knowing and understanding the New Covenant which brings us direct access to God! Studying the Jewish Feasts will continue the broadening of our understanding.
God established seven Feasts. These were not “food feasts” as we might think of the word use today, but rather, they were holy convocations of God’s people, the Jews, who were to meet in a special way in order to “meet with God”.
I personally thank God that I do not have to travel to Jerusalem for a Feast in order to meet with God, but can now meet with God through Christ right where I am.
Why we study the Feasts:
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