7355 feasts and festivals, nature of

7355 feasts and festivals, nature of

Israel’s feasts and festivals were to be times of religious and community celebration. Ordained by God, they were to be the outward expression of a right spirital attitude.

Feasts and festivals were appointed by God

Ex 5:1 See also Ex 10:9; Hos 9:5

Israel’s three annual festivals

The three pilgrim festivals Ex 23:14-19; 2Ch 8:12-13 The Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover: Ex 12:14; Nu 28:17 The Feast of Weeks/Harvest: Lev 23:15-21; Nu 28:26 The Feast of Tabernacles/Ingathering: Lev 23:39-41; Nu 29:12; Jdg 21:19; 1Ki 8:65 pp 2Ch 7:8

They were a joyful response to God’s blessings Zec 8:19 Contrasting with fasts. See also Na 1:15

They were celebrated with sacrifices and offerings Nu 29:39; Eze 46:11

Israel’s other festivals

New Moon festivals: Nu 10:10; 1Sa 20:18; 1Ch 23:31; Hos 2:11 Unlawful festivals: Ex 32:5; 1Ki 12:32-33

Festivals should be the outward expression of a right spiritual attitude

Isa 1:14; Isa 29:1; Hos 5:7; Mal 2:3; 1Co 5:8

OT festivals find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ

Col 2:16-17

See also

7435sacrifice, in OT

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