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Feasts and Festivals
Explore the eight different feasts and festivals that God instituted for Israel in Leviticus 23. These are significant moments and formative events for the people of God. They keep the story alive of what God did in the past. Their deep and rich symbolism provide a strong foundation that is essential for our Christian discipleship today. These ceremonies help us understand what it means to follow God and be a people of meaningful celebration.
Jeremy Falk Sabbath
Leviticus 23:1-3 July 14, 2019
Sabbath is a vital part of our discipleship. Even though we have been set free from Jewish ceremonial practices of Sabbath, to be followers of God, we must practice it in such a way that lets the world know we belong to Christ.
The Passover lamb was a central component to the festival that commemorates the Israelite’s deliverance from Egypt. Jesus is our final Passover lamb, delivering us from sin through His willingness to have His body broken and to shed His blood for us.
Ben Vazquez Unleavened Bread
Leviticus 23:6-8 & John 6:25-29 July 28, 2019
During this festival, the Israelites ate unleavened bread for seven days. The bread, with the yeast left out, reminds us that there are things that must intentionally be removed from our lives as we follow God. It also symbolically points us to Christ, the bread of life, who fully nourishes our soul and spirit.
Jeremy Falk Firstfruits
Leviticus 23:9-14 & I Corinthians 15:20 August 4, 2019
This festival kicked off the harvest season, teaching the people of God to be thankful and grateful for everything God provided for them. Our thankfulness to God is demonstrated through offering Him a portion of what we have, giving Him primary position in our lives, and lifting up praise and worship.
Andrew Schmutzer Feast of Weeks
Leviticus 23:15-22 & Acts 2 August 11, 2019
In addition to this festival being a time of thankfulness and celebration for God’s provision, it becomes the prequel for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.
Ramelia Williams Feast of Trumpets
Leviticus 23:23-25 August 18, 2019
The blast of the trumpets would awaken and remind the people of who God had called them to be. It drew the people close to God and deeper into His work and mission.
Una Lucey-Lee Feast of Booths
Leviticus 23:33-44 August 25, 2019
The Feast of Booths reminded the Israelites that God offered His provision, protection, and presence on their journey out of Egypt. Through the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit, we today can continue to trust God for these things as well.
Max Lee Day of Atonement
Leviticus 23:26-32 & Hebrews 9-10 September 1, 2019
Jesus is the GOAT (greatest of all-time). Through His death on Calvary, He became our final scapegoat and sacrifice; taking our sins upon Himself and sacrificing Himself to reconcile us back to God.