Keep the Feast!

And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness. Exo. 5:1

Feasting with God was essential to the children of Israel’s relationship to God. In the Old Testament, we see that they were required to participate in seven feasts. This message covered three important feasts: The Feast of Unleavened Bread (a continuation of the Passover), the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, and the Feast of Ingathering or the Feast of Tabernacles. These three feast are crucial for us to understand and enjoy in their entirety for the length of our Christian life.

Following the Passover, the children of Israel were required to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. During this time all leaven that was seen was to be purged our of their homes. In our Christian experience this means that we must deal with all manifested sin. There is sin that we may not be conscious of, there may be things in us that are wrong, offensive toward God, and until the Lord touches it, we don’t have to worry too much about it, especially not get introspective and go searching for sins and trespasses in our being and in our past. However, the very second that we are made conscious of it through the sweeping and enlightening Spirit we need to deal with it. If we tolerate sin, this will hinder our enjoyment. The fact that it was for a period of seven days signifies that this is a life-long matter, the entire period of our Christian life. Saints, there is only one way to eliminate sin, it is to daily eat Christ as the crucified, resurrected, and sinless life.

Eat! Eat more of Jesus!

The Feast of Weeks, also known as the Feast of Pentecost was the enjoyment of the first fruits of the harvest. This typifies the resurrected Christ as the first fruits for God’s satisfaction. After the Lord resurrected and appeared to Mary Magdalene, she attempted to touch Him. His response was for her not to touch Him because He was first ascending to the Father God. Later that evening when appeared to His disciples He allowed them to touch Him. This shows that between His appearance to Mary and His appearance to His disciples the Lord ascended to the Father. This secret ascension was the bringing of the first fruits to God for His enjoyment. Days later, when the 120 were gathered in the upper room in prayer, the first fruits were enjoyed by them as the pouring out of the Spirit. Today, we are praying for a new revival, this means that we should pray for another Pentecost. This is not a matter of miracles or otherworldly phenomena, but rather it is for a real and practical pouring out of the Spirit of power. For this, we must be those daily enjoying the Feast of Weeks.

Finally, the third feast was the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Tabernacles typifies, first the coming millennium as a dispensational, joyful blessing for God’s redeemed people, including the overcomers and the saved Israelites, to enjoy with God on the restored earth.

When we are in the New Jerusalem, we will have many eternal and joyful memories of how we experienced God and of how God lived with us; we lived in tents, and He lived in a tabernacle.

May we be those who “Keep the Feast!”

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