This is the first in a two part series on why Christians should celebrate the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits.
What is Passover?
Passover this year begins at sundown on Monday, April 14 According to Scripture, all of God’s people should be celebrating Passover. As explained in Leviticus 23, the Passover season consists of three distinct feasts: Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Matzot), and First Fruits. Here is what God said about them: Please click here to continue reading
A Jewish friend once told me that in some Jewish circles the way to celebrate Purim is to drink so much at the party that it becomes difficult to distinguish Esther from Haman. I have not been to such a Purim party, but I do understand (thanks to certain indiscretions in my misspent youth) what it means to forget what happened at a party. It seems to me that God wanted His people to observe the events of Purim, but probably not in that particular way.
What is this grace? Isn’t that one of those Bible words no one really understands anymore? Why do I need to worry about it anyway? It’s not going to make any difference on my tax return this year, or on my job next week, or on the exam I have to take tomorrow.
Maybe that is what you are thinking about grace and this whole God thing. Why does it matter to you? You have enough to eat, you have electronic devices to keep you busy, you have friends who make life fun, and you’re not sick (most of the time). Why should you worry about anything? Please click here to continue reading
One of the things we Christians have missed in our spiritual education is the meanings of the various sacrifices God prescribed in the Temple service. Each type of sacrifice teaches us about an attribute of God and about our relationship with Him. Unfortunately, in most Christian teaching, the sacrifices are lumped together and dismissed under the assumption that the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross did away with them all. And yet that is not entirely true. Yeshua was the Lamb of God, the one sacrifice that God Himself provided to take away the sin of the world according to the promise given through Abraham (Genesis 22:6-8) and announced by John the Baptist (John 1:29). All the other sacrifices were those brought by man as acts of worship and other transactions with the Most High God. According to what the Lord explained to the prophets, those sacrifices will be in operation during the Messianic age, and our King Yeshua Himself will be presiding over them (see Ezekiel 40-46, especially 45:18-46:18. See also Isaiah 19:19-22, 56:4-8, Jeremiah 33:14-18; Zechariah 14:16-21).