Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Have You Ever Thought Of Celebrating the Biblical Feasts


Have you ever thought of celebrating the biblical feasts?  Like Yom Kippur, Purim or Hanukkah... to name a few.  What about the Sabbath?  The Jewish people celebrated the Sabbath on a Saturday, not a Sunday as we do today.

There are times when I read the Bible, or hear sermons or commentaries that just don't seem to fit together.  I know that any time you bring up Jewish laws or customs people pounce on you like you were the one at the bottom of the pile with the football in a football game.

I have read the Old Testament many times, as well as heard many sermons preached.  The OT refers to many Jewish customs and holidays.  Have you ever been curious about them?  For many years I have wondered what the Jewish people were really like... how they really celebrated.  I had a hunch that it wasn't the way I had been taught all these years.

I know that Jewish people all over the world still celebrate the feasts and observe Saturday as the Sabbath.  So, if it was good then... would it be good now?

Our family has friends from back home that have incorporated the Biblical Holidays and Feasts into their daily routine.  They have grown in the Lord and His Word as well as gleaning much as a family.

I have also read many wonderful posts like the ones from The Unplugged Family on Biblical Feasts and Holidays.  My spirit became even more stirred.   You see, these thoughts are nothing new for me.  In fact they have been stirring in my head for a few years now.

You see, I know there is more.  I know there is so much to my God and His Word than I have even begun to discover.  And you know what... I want to discover.  I want to discover with my family the fullness of all that God has for us.

I am no longer content with going to church to hear sermons on my lack of service, or my sinful spirit because I didn't bake cookies for a ladies meeting.  I want my children to learn about the richness of scripture, the miracles and the provision of an Almighty Creator.  I want them to know that there are more than 5 stories in the Bible: Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Jesus' Birth and Jesus dying on the cross.  Don't get me wrong, they need to know those stories... but there is more.  So - much - more.

Sometimes I know my thoughts are jumbled and lack any sense.  But, once in a while I feel like I can see things clearly.  This quote from Robin Sampson sums up my thoughts.

"These holidays are a picture - more than any other subject in the Bible - to teach us historical, spiritual, and prophetic lessons!  It is amazing that most Christians do not know about the "Holy Days" of the Bible, in spite of the fact that these days were celebrated by Jesus, by the apostles (long after His death and resurrection), and by the early New Testament Church - including the Gentile congregation."  

taken from 'A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays'

It always makes me chuckle when I hear pastors say that they want to get back to the way the church used to be... yet there is never any mention of the Biblical Feasts.

So, with all of that being said, we have been reading and studying about how these feasts and holidays actually play out in the calendar year as well as in our Spiritual lives.  We are still trying to wrap our arms around it all, learning a little bit more everyday.

There are three feasts coming up in the Fall: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  To be perfectly honest, I don't really understand them... but we are going to make a go of it.

So, what do you think?  Would you like to learn along with us?  Have you ever thought about celebrating the biblical feasts?

If you would like to come along with us I have included a few of the resources that we have been using.  The books are shown below.  I am also putting together a Pinterest board.   I am planning on putting together posts and further resources as we go along.  If you would like to receive these posts in your inbox just sign up in the box to the right.  I am looking forward to a great Fall.

Follow Sunshine by Channon's board Learning About the Feasts on Pinterest.


The illustration in the cover picture is taken from the book 'The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays' by Malka Drucker.  This post contains affiliate links.  I earn a small commission if you buy from this site, but it is no additional cost to you.  Thank you.

21 comments:

  1. We have celebrated many of the Biblical feasts, and we love them! They are so symbolic and deep, and God has always blessed us with joy as we celebrate in remembrance of what God has done.

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    1. That's wonderful Susan. It is all pretty new to us, but we are so excited about it.

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  2. We have done a couple of them with our homeschool curriculum (My Father's World). Fascinating glimpse into another culture.

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  3. I've wished so many times we had celebrated these with my daughters. It's neat to see my daughter incorporating them in her family. I believe learning about them helps even young children understand the whole Biblical story even if they don't grasp every detail. I love that you are planning the feasts with your family.

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    1. Hindsight is always 20/20 :) Thats's wonderful that your daughter is doing them with her family. Yes, I agree. I think the Bible is going to come alive to us in a new way. Thank you so much for stopping by, Pamela.

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  4. So cool! I've been curious about Jewish history and the many feasts in the Bible for years but still haven't taken the time to learn more about them. Using the books you mentioned here could definitely get me on the right track. Thank you!

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    1. That's great Jelli! We have been talking about it for a long time, and decided to make the plunge. I hope you find the resources helpful :)

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  5. We've just started this journey too! It's a huge blessing for us, and at the same time, we've been attacked by our adversary as well. But G-d is good to us, and continues to bless us, and we see growth in our understanding and love for Him in our lives.

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    1. That is so awesome Peggy! It is encouraging to hear others' stories and testimonies. I am sorry you have encountered opposition along the way. Yes, He is good! Please feel free to share your journey with us! I would love to hear about it :)

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  6. Lovely idea to learn more.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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  7. I am so glad I found your article on Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy! I was invited to see Shabbat at a friend's house over the weekend, and it did make me curious as to why we don't celebrate these Biblical feasts. Thanks for sharing! I'm following your board on Pinterest now :)

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    1. That's wonderful :) We are still learning and growing, but has been a wonderful journey. Thanks for following!

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  8. Our family has celebrated the Biblical Feasts for as long as I can remember and it has been a rich part of our worship and understanding. All the Holy Days are symbolic of our Lord in some beautiful way. I hope your journey takes you closer to Him, whom all things were created... Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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    1. That's wonderful JES. It is so encouraging to hear others' testimonies about the feasts. It's something that I don't hear much of in my everyday circles :)

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  9. What a wonderful idea for a Bible Study and seasonal celebration!
    Congratulations - you are one of our Featured Guests at this week's Inspire Me Monday Party #192 at Create With Joy! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Create With Joy! I truly appreciate it.

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  10. I love the idea of celebrating some of the Biblical feasts! Thank you for sharing these resources and linking up with Read Aloud Wednesdays!

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