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Monday, March 10, 2008

Leviticus 23:2

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts OF THE LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

For further study - Leviticus 23:1-14

Today for our devotion, we are reading the passage where the Lord gives the first three feasts to the Jewish people to observe on a yearly basis. Notice that these feasts are given to the Jewish people and not to Christians.

It is alright for Christians to study and even re-enact these feasts, but remember that these are “Jewish feast days” that God has given to His chosen people. God uses these feast days to teach His people about the coming Messiah.

Each of the feasts has at least a historic or prophetic significance. These first three spring feasts are related to Israel's past. The Passover is to remember the Exodus from Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land.

The second feast, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, is also associated with Passover. For seven days, the Children of Israel were to stop eating the “sourdough bread” to eat “unleavened bread” for the purpose of separating the bondage and the journey into the Promised Land.

The third feast, the Feast of First Fruits, was to be the celebration and thanksgiving of the very first of the “barley harvest”. These thoughts cover the historic aspect of the first three Jewish feast days. These feasts also have a prophetic significance.

The Passover was a prophecy of the Crucifixion or sacrifice of Jesus. Unleavened Bread was to honor the burial of Jesus Christ. Then on the first day after the Sabbath, after Unleavened Bread, or Sunday, would be the celebration of First Fruits, and that pictures the day of the “resurrection” of Jesus.

The historic record indicates that Jesus was indeed crucified on Passover, buried on Unleavened Bread, and did, in fact, resurrect from the dead on First Fruits, thus Jesus fulfilled the first three of the Jewish Feast, in the proper day sequences.

There are three Fall Feasts when Jesus will come back, enter into the Temple, and set up His Kingdom on these three Jewish feast days. In our next trip through the book of Leviticus, we will look more in depth into these future events, which are foretold in these feasts that God has given the Jewish people

PRAYER THOT: Thank you, Lord, for fulfilled Bible prophecy, which assures me of the truth in all of your Word.