God's Appointed Times and Fulfillment:
This week’s Torah reading takes us to the feast times that God put in place. These feasts directed the times and seasons of the people of God created for the purpose of worship and thankfulness for all that God had done for them.
We see in the prophetic portion, the chosen people of God (Israel) went astray from how God created them. Only the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok were faithful. God was angered by the people’s abandonment of their relationship with Him for idols that had no substance or value. They forgot to to be THANKFUL for all that God had done for them. They walked away from their amazing deliverer, conqueror, and creator. Wow… Ouch… Can you imagine how you would feel if you gave all that you had in a loving relationship and then they just walked away?
Colossians 2:11-23 brings greater insight. Christ is the head and if we are doing things out of man made traditions or rules, they may seem wise but with a closer examination we find they are unable to overcome our fleshy desires. God wants our hearts to be yielded too Him. With Jesus as the head, we are able to obtain a radical mind shift in order to cultivate this eternal love relationship.
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Have I trusted the mighty power of God?
▪ Do I see the shadows of the reality yet to come through the feasts?
▪ Do I feel compelled to continue following the rules of the world?
▪ Do I realize I have been set free from the spiritual powers of this world?
Feasts of the Lord
"The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts." - Leviticus 23:1-2, ESV
“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places." - Leviticus 23:3, ESV
The Feast of Firstfruits
The Feast of Weeks
The Feast of Trumpets
The Day of Atonement
The Feast of Booths
"Thus Moses declared to the people of Israel the appointed feasts of the Lord." - Leviticus 23:44, ESV