Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Overview of the Spring Holidays

Over the past few years I have been learning about our Hebrew heritage. It has been eye opening and has brought the wonders of our Creator into a whole new light for me. I want over these next few weeks as Passover draws near to share what I have learned and some of the things we will be doing as a family.

Three of the four spring holidays are celebrated within an eight-day period. The spring holidays of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Ffruits are a portrait of the death and resurrection of Jesus. He sacrificed Himself on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and was resurrected on First Fruits.

Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread are held in immediate sequence. The lamb was slain on the fourteenth and the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on the 15th day of the first month. And in the fourteenth day of the first month is Passover of the Lord. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten (Num 28:16-17) This passage might account for why Jesus began His Passover seder on the fourteenth. These are distinctly different holidays falling in different days: however, due to there closeness they are usually treated as one festival

These three spring festivals overlap or run into each other:

1) Passover (Pesach)
2) Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah)
3) Day of First Fruits and Omer
....and fifty days later....
4) Feast of Weeks

As you study the Spring Festivals, you will see the plan of God fulfilled in such dramatic detail that you cannot help but be stricken by the awesomeness of our eternal king. The Spring Festivals clearly prophesy the first coming of Messiah and the fall festivals are prophetic of His second coming.

More to follow.........

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Oh that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Duet 5:29