Shalom Dear Brothers and Sisters
According to 2 Timothy 3:1-16, "All Scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness". We quote the Scripture and know it well but as I was thinking about it I thought of another Scripture. Malachi 3:16 says "I am the Lord, I change not".
The reason I bring this up is because as we celebrate the feasts of the Lord there tends to be a backlash amongst Christians. For those of us who do celebrate these feasts we are accused of being legalistic or going back under the law. What is so sad is that by not celebrating them we miss out on wonderful times spent looking forward to how things will be in the future. Every year as we follow the cycle of the feasts of festivals of the Lord I find I learn something new about Him. I find myself going into deeper places where He can teach me new and wonderful things. I do not find these times burdensome but rather refreshing.
Leviticus 23 says these feasts and festivals are to be celebrated forever. God will not go against His own Word. If we truly believe that all Scripture is God breathed then why do we cut off half of the Old Testament saying it is not relevant for today. We miss out so much when we do this. In Isaiah chapter 1 God addresses the fact that He is weary of Our celebrations and traditions that is what he means when He says, "I am weary of Your feasts and festivals". This Scripture has been so misinterpreted. Colossians 2:17 states "for these are a shadow of things to come". Our job as Christians is to bring others to faith in Messiah but we are also to provoke the Jews to jealousy. When they see as celebrating the feasts of the Lord and that the Lord our God is with us will they not wonder? Will they not be jealous? Of course they will be. They are also useful in training us to behave more righteously. Not just relying on the righteousness of Yeshua. Although we will never attain complete righteousness but we are to live as holy as we possibly can.
So as it says in Colossians 2:16 "let no man judge you". Whether you decide to celebrate them are not is up to you. On the other hand I know for myself it is a great training ground from the Good Shepherd.
B'Shem Yeshua Hamashiach, Amen
In His Love, Theresa
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