In studying the feasts, Sabbaths, appointed times, and holy convocations laid out in Leviticus 23, I decided to make a graph of the adjectives applied to each individual day to help me sort out the special terms applied to each individual day. Bear in mind that this graph is only on Leviticus 23, so these days may have other adjectives applied to them in other sections of Scripture.
Each year, it seems that more and more Christians in all denominations recognize the fact that bunnies and eggs have nothing to do with the resurrection of our Saviour, and start getting back to the true Biblical roots of Christianity. Scripture tells us that when Jesus, the Word made flesh, came to this earth, He came to be the Lamb of God (a direct reference to Passover) to take away the sin of the world. Yet, several hundred years into the early history of the church, in an effort to distance themselves from the Israelites who rejected the Messiah and to increase unity in Rome, church leaders unscripturally moved away from God’s holy days and mingled pagan celebrations in their place.
As Passover season is here, this is a good time to look back at some of the events of the year when Jesus became our Passover lamb. A story that may have played a part in leading up to his betrayal is covered in all four gospels, and when you put all of the stories together, you get a fuller picture than you get if you just read any single version of the story. The event is a meal at the home of Simon. All or parts of the story appear in the following locations: Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-11, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 10:38-42, John 12:1-11.
We’ve all read about the tongues of fire, and people suddenly being able to communicate in languages they had never known how to speak before, on the (so-called) first Pentecost. When the tongues of fire came down that first Feast of Weeks after the resurrection of the Messiah, it was actually the fulfillment of something that God’s people had been anticipating every year since they first received the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, which is also believed to have happened on the Feast of Weeks many centuries before.
If you’ve read my column before, you have seen many interesting insights about God’s holy day calendar. His holy days, from beginning to end, parallel the plan of redemption for fallen mankind, they parallel the book of Revelation, and they revealed the pattern of the first and future second coming of Messiah. Here is another fascinating pattern revealed in God’s holy days – it corresponds to the human gestation process. The discovery of this pattern is attributed to the late Dr. Zola Levitt.
Scripture tells us that the sun, moon, and stars were created to be signs (Genesis 1:14), and that the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and his righteousness (Psalm 97:6). God knows the number of the stars and calls them all by their names (Psalm 147:4).
Often this time of year, we hear people talk about “the true meaning of Christmas.” Presumably, they are making reference to the birth of our Saviour, and the joy we should feel as we celebrate the gift his birth brought us. But what is really the true meaning of Christmas?