Holy Days

Are the Biblical Holy Days of Leviticus 23 for Christians?

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5: 7-8 NASB)

“Therefore let us keep the feast” falls completely on deaf ears (or eyes, if you prefer) when a person in the 21st century first reads it.  What in the world can this mean? Most Bible-believing Christians would likely just skim that verse without understanding the deeper meaning. Apparently Christians weren’t supposed to stop observing God’s Holy Days outlined in Leviticus 23.  In fact, Jesus actually commanded His disciples to continue keeping the Passover.  Paul also taught Gentile converts to keep at least the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread feasts, hence his teaching in 1st Corinthians above.  The symbols of the Levitical Holy Days are absolutely relevant to Christians.  Sometimes one can see Christian teachers teaching the relevancy of these days to Christian belief and prophecy, but they almost always end with “but we don’t have to do those now, Christ came to end that ritual stuff”.

There was a change to the observances since Jesus is our Mediator now.  He put an end to animal sacrifices for the remission of sins and there is no Temple, Tent of Meeting, or Ark to congregate around.  That said, the Sabbaths of Leviticus 23 can be kept in a New Testament context, and they should be. A Christian can refrain from work on these days and have a holy convocation or assembly. The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread look to be fulfilled to a large degree with respect to prophecy. We can keep those in remembrance of Him. The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot looks to have a future fulfillment, so we can study that and learn how things might unfold before the end of days.

‘If an alien sojourns among you and observes the Passover to the LORD, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its ordinance, so he shall do; you shall have one statute, both for the alien and for the native of the land.'” (Numbers 9:14 NASB)

God’s Holy Days, His appointed times, were meant for all to enjoy and learn. There aren’t two sets of rules, but one. When a person accept Jesus, Yeshua the Messiah, as his Savior and is baptized, that person becomes adopted into the family of God. After being adopted, a child naturally learns the customs, traditions, and rules of his adopted family.

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