The Spring Feasts

Even though we are coming up to the fall feasts of the Lord, we thought we should give a brief (very brief) overview of the spring feasts. When we see how incredibly accurate Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts during His first coming, it gives us more hope and assurance that He will faithfully fulfill the fall feasts in the same manner. We desire to celebrate and remember the feasts of the Lord since they unfold the plan of redemption for all mankind (whether Jew or Gentile).

Think of celebrating these feasts every year like you would your birthday. You certainly are not being reborn every birthday going back to 0-years-old; rather you are remembering what has already been fulfilled in your past years and looking forward to what is still to come. Even if you don’t celebrate, that doesn’t stop the clock and delay the fulfillment of things to come!

Leviticus 23 explains all 7 feasts of the Lord.

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Feast One – Sabbath

We’ve already covered the significance of the Sabbath and the command to keep it holy (Read more here).

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Feast Two – Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread

The First (Foreshadow) Passover and Unleavened Bread:

The Israelites best knew Passover as the night they took lambs blood and applied it to their doorposts as prescribed by God in order for death to Passover them and their household. Their freedom to leave Egypt and worship the one true God was granted that night, which is why they were instructed to eat their Passover meal in haste ready to go. Though they typically enjoyed leavened bread, this night they had no time to let the dough rise. For 7 days following Passover they were to leave out the leaven so that their bread would bake quicker by the heat of the sun as they travelled. Instructions for preparing the Passover meal were specific (See Exodus 12). One requirement was to take an unblemished lamb (do not break it’s bones), kill it at twilight, apply it’s blood to the doorposts, roast it in a fire with the unleavened bread and serve it with bitter herbs.

The Fulfillment:

In short, Jesus is the perfect unblemished Passover lamb (without sin). His blood was shed on two wooden posts (the cross) to atone for sin so that eternal death now passes over those whose hearts are covered by His blood. In His thirst He was offered a drink from bitter herbs. He died exactly at twilight and when the soldiers saw He was already dead, they did not break His bones like they did the other criminals in order to speed up their death. He was taken off the cross in haste because a high Sabbath (a.k.a. Passover) was coming with the setting of the sun and no work, even a burial was not permitted on such a holy day. He descended into hell to preach the good news, like unleavened bread in the fire of hell.

The Continuation Today:

We are to continue celebrating Passover with unleavened bread and wine as symbolic elements to remember Christ’s sacrificial fulfillment for us as we proclaim His death until His return.

…took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Jesus Himself even said He will share the Passover with us again when He returns!

And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:15-16

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Mark 14:24-25

Paul also urged the Corinthians to keep the Passover and feast of unleavened bread knowing the deeper meaning and richness in Christ’s fulfillment. He challenged them to get rid of the leaven (sin) in their lives, which is only possible for those in Christ.

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8

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Feast Three – Feast Firstfruits

The First (Foreshadow) Feast of Firstfruits

The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”

Exodus 13:1-2

After their deliverance from Egypt, the Israelites were to consecrate {make or declare (something) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose} every firstborn. This was to be a reminder that God is the one who saved all the firstborn sons from death and delivered the Israelites from their slavery.

The Fulfillment:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

1 Corinthians 15:20

God offered His one and only son as the perfect sacrificial lamb to die on the cross once and for all. Though He died, He conquered death and rose 3 days later as God’s firstborn son and now anyone who is in Christ is freed from the slavery of sin and is promised resurrection.

 The Continuation Today:

To this day, Christians celebrate and remember the risen Christ as our firstfruit by tithing a tenth of their income and giving of their spiritual talents. When we give and tithe, we declare the hope of our own resurrection.

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Feast Four – Feast of Weeks

The First (Foreshadow) Feast of Weeks:

Seven weeks after Passover, the Israelites found themselves in the Desert of Sinai and Moses went up to meet God on the mountain. Exactly 50 days from their deliverance from Egypt, Moses descended with the 10 commandments (God’s law) to provide, protect and set them apart as a holy people.

The Fulfillment:

In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles who began to speak in other tongues (languages). It was the beginning of the end of days. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to teach and remind us of everything Jesus had said.

The Continuation Today:

The Holy Spirit has put the law on our hearts and written them in our minds. No longer is the law written in stone, but on every heart.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

“This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

Hebrews 10:15-16

In sum, Jesus came and perfectly fulfilled the spring feasts at His first coming. The fall feasts are just a day away. Could this be the year they are fulfilled?

John & Jenn

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