There are 3 reasons God has given the Biblical festivals. While these are Jewish feast days, they are also Biblical feasts believers can read about and study in the Word. Learning more about them and the rich meaning they hold can help Christians grow in their own faith and Messianic Jews to continue in their traditions. Yeshua never came to form a new religion. He was a Jewish Rabbi. He celebrated these festivals. God gave His people His festivals, which can also be seen as Messianic festivals (Messianic = of the Messiah) for three reasons:
Biblical Festivals – To Remember a Past Event
When God told the Israelites to keep the Biblical feast of Passover, it was to be a remembrance.
It was to recall how God led His people out of slavery and bondage and into freedom and the Promised Land.
Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, is to recall how the Israelites lived in temporary dwellings for 40 years as they wandered through the wilderness, sustained by God Himself.
So these Biblical festivals help Jew and Gentile alike see and recall God’s saving power and miraculous provision in the lives of His people.
Biblical Festivals – To See Adonai Working in the Lives of His People Today
The Biblical festivals help us reflect on how the Lord is working in our lives today!
We can often see Him working today much like He did in the lives of the children of Israel. You can see His provision, His mercy, His justice. We see Him free us from our bonds.
We now see the work of Messiah in our lives and how He saved us from sin and death and brought us into our Promised Land.
Adonai is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He did for His people then as pictured in the Biblical feasts, He will do for us today!! He is always with us! He is unchanging!
We can see the power of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, guiding us and leading us in the way we should go much like the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night guided the Israelites in the wilderness.
God is always at work in the lives of His children and the Biblical festivals demonstrate that.
Biblical Festivals – To Paint a Picture of Future Events
Finally, the Biblical festivals are a foreshadowing of future events.
The Feast of Tabernacles is believed to be a sort of foreshadowing of Yeshua’s birth and how He tabernacled among men. We see Him coming again to call us to Himself and to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, is the beginning of the Jewish new year and one of my favorite Biblical festivals! But it has much more meaning than just that!! The shofar, the trumpet, is sounded! The Bible tells us that when Yeshua returns the trumpet will sound and He will gather His elect.
“He will send out his angels with a great shofar; and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” CJB
You can read more about Rosh Hashanah and how it is a picture of Jesus’s return at my blog post the Feast of Trumpets!
You can also read more at this guest blog post Imani Ackerman wrote for us on the topic of the Biblical Feast of Trumpets and the tradition of Taschlich!
The Biblical festivals help the Jewish people, like myself, celebrate the past, present and future works of Adonai in the world!
As a Messianic Jew, each time we celebrate one of the Biblical festivals, it gives us the opportunity to see how God, from the beginning of time, had a plan. Every festival not only has its place in the time when God commanded it to be observed, but they have just as much significance today!
Each time Messianic Jews sit at the Passover table we can see how God not only rescued the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, but how He rescued us today from slavery to sin and death.
Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.