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:
- Provide some of the greatest word pictures of the Messiah and His chosen people
- Teach man his relationship to God, creation and his fellow man
- Teach us how to walk in the environment of God continuously
- Provides seven specific lessons through the seven Feasts, which were repeated over and over again throughout the years (repetition is a key to learning!)
- If we are ignorant of the biblical Feasts, we will miss out on some of the greatest blessings in scripture