Leviticus 23:1-2 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 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.
In our first post we talked about grace, the importance of the law, and the purpose of the law. But in this session, we will look at the law of God asking the question should we obey these ancient laws, or not. But before we move forward, let me clarify the meaning of the word law according to scripture, and the reason I need to do this, is because there is a need for me to do so.
For many the law is like a commandment, and to the English mind when we hear the word commandment, we immediately become somewhat defensive. It almost seems to us as if we are being forced to do something we have no desire of fulfilling, but when we understand the biblical term of the word law, we will find freedom to obey. It is for this reason we need to clarify its definition.
John 3:17-18 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The word law, or commandments according to scripture is the word (Mistvaw), a Hebrew word when pronounced, meaning ordinance, precept, or instruction. In this light we can now understand it is not to force a person into something he does not desire, but rather that it’s God’s clear instruction for us to follow, and a choice on the individuals’ part .
In-other words, the law is like a trail God lays down in a thick forest that we are to follow, that we might keep to his will for us, and that we might find our way home to Christ. John 3:16-19.
Often times we might stray from the trail, or law of God caused by some distraction in the forest, but as we stray from this path, it is clear when we are lost as we are unable to find our way back. It is at this point in time we cry out for Gods’ help, and God leading us back to the trail we are able to walk un-interrupted because of the clear path laid out before us.
The law is God’s direction to his will, the path of life fulfill in Christ. Jesus saying he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill them, has demonstrated that as much as he is the savior of the world he will, yet through the law provide direction. Matthew 5:17-20.
John 3:17-19 has revealed this truth when it dhows that salvation is a choice on an individuals’ part, not a product of God forcing men to obey him. The instruction of God is for us to follow after and accept his son through whom we might obtain salvation. But if an individual refuse to accept or follow Christ he is then lost in the forest of life and sin.
The word of God is our instruction, and our ability once we become children of God. If we were to obey each word as they are written we will be able to perform the things we are called to in Christ. So the law is not to force us into accepting Christ, but God’s instruction, and plan for our lives.
Luke 4:14-21 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.
And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord”.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Jesus reading from the scripture declared he was the Messiah, the one promised to fulfill the scripture. He read from the prophet Esias the instructions of God and his mission, and immediately after reading declared them fulfilled. The signs of the scripture followed Christ wherever he went; he healed the sick, raise the dead, and preached the gospel of the Father as written.
He were have the light of the law, they are not provided for abuse, but so that we might all have an opportunity to accept Christ. Jesus came not to condemn, but to provided an opportunity for the world to be saved.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Now that we have dealt with the concerns we have over the law, let us now ask the question, should we honor the law concerning the feasts of God, or not? I believe we should, others may think differently, but if we look carefully at the law concerning the feasts, we will find the message of Jesus and the reason for him to say, ” he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill them.”
In all accounts Jesus was living by the law, and as God and savior he has the authority to give power to the law that it might bring condemnation, or release to those imprisoned by its power to destroy. Those who are in the world and without Christ falls in the hands of the law, but those who have embraced Christ, recognizing their need for a savior as a result of the law, shall fall into the hands of grace.
When it is made clear to us that the law is just and right, it becomes possible for us to see our need as sinners for a savior. We will come to recognize our need for Christ and run to him who is king, and judge, and Jesus who is the final word will through his power and grace declare us free from the law. So although the law is good, our salvation is not of the law, but of Christ who has the power to judge fulfilling the law.
According to Lev 23:1-2 we are to keep the feasts of the Lord according to its instruction. And the wonderful things the feasts has revealed is for all to hear. Un-noticeable to many the law of God is the revelation of Jesus Christ. The law is God’s revelation and plan for our future concerning the things he has done, and not only the things he has done, but also the things he is about to do.
There are approximately seven feasts we are to observe according to scripture, Passover, Unleavened bread, First fruits, New meat, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. A good look at these feasts will help us to understand the reason for Jesus’ declaration concerning the law. And to help us understand their mystery, the first of the feasts we will look at is the Passover, that we might discover its message and revelation of Jesus Christ.