Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Why Would A Christian Celebrate The Biblical Feasts

You may be asking yourself why would a Christian even bother with celebrating the Biblical Feasts.  I mean it is in the Old Testament!

First let me ask you a few questions.  Have you ever gone to an Indian Pow Wow?  What about a Civil War Reenactment?  Maybe you have been to a Renaissance Fair or attended a Festival celebrating the way of life during Little House On the Prairie?  People all over the globe celebrate the Reformers history with children dressing up like Martin Luther.  Have you ever been a part of something like this?  In a month or so children all over the United States will be donning their black construction paper hats with buckles and eating a Thanksgiving dinner.  Why do we do this?

The answer is simple.  We want to get a taste, or experience, of what it would have been like to live during that time period.  It makes the event or time in history more real to us, it becomes more meaningful.  Ask anyone if they feel these types of activities would be beneficial and you will get a resounding "Yes!"

Ok.  What about the Biblical Feasts?  Ummmmmm...... Que crickets chirping.  Well.... that was for the Jewish people in the Old Testament.  We don't have to follow those things anymore!

I understand where you are coming from.  I used to think the same way.  Years ago our church back home was going through a series on the Jewish culture.  We learned about how God wanted the Tabernacle laid out and the specifics of how the priests were to go about their responsibilities.  We learned about all of the pieces of furniture and their significance.  I found it fascinating.  But, it didn't make sense to me that they thought it important to study some of the Old Testament, but not all of it in regards to Jewish customs.   But, at the time it was just a blip on my radar.  I questioned it in my mind, but then went on my merry way.  Fast forward many years.

After much reading, talking, praying and contemplating our family has decided to celebrate the feasts.  We are 'newbies,' but have a true desire to get to know God and His Word better... on a deeper level.  Wanting to make sure we are following all of God's commands, and not just some of them.  By celebrating the feasts we are beginning to get a glimpse into so many things.

Here is a nicely put together list of reasons why celebrating the Biblical Feasts can be a huge blessing to you and your family.


The Hebrew term for feasts or festival is mo'ed: it means set time or appointed time.  Studying the holidays will help you:

1.   Better understand the Bible
2.   Rediscover the Jewish roots of Christianity
3.   More fully comprehend God's plan of redemption
4.   More deeply understand the revelation of Jesus
5.   Get greater insights into God's prophetic seasons
6.   Get clearer and more powerful teachings through visual aids
7.   Discover the Biblical Church calendar
8.   Learn hands-on object lessons to communicate God's love and care to your children
9.   Make wonderful memories that your children will cherish
10. Because it is a blessing to you and your family!

"The Biblical Holidays were instituted by God (all but Hanukkah and Purim, instituted by God's people) as an integral part of the divine worship system of the church (Old and New Testament).  They are not a matter of salvation before God.  They are, as He intended, a remembrance and memorial in honor of what God has done for His people."   - A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays

So, what do you think?  Does it stir something deep inside... or does it seem a bit overdone?   I would encourage all of us to really study and learn what God's word says.  I am amazed at how many things I thought I knew but were actually just a man made tradition.   Whether it was from a sermon I heard, a book I read or something that I misinterpreted myself... my beliefs were just wrong.

I hope this has been helpful to you. There are so many more things I can't wait to share with you.  But, like you, I have children to teach, laundry to do, food to cook, soccer practice to attend... you know the drill.

If you would like to know more check out my previous posts here and here.  I share about the Fall Feast Countdown as well as give you lots of great resources to get you started!  Follow along on Social Media for pictures as well as updates.  Hope to meet you there!

The illustration from the picture above was taken from "The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays."


  1. I haven't gone quite so far back, but I am trying to incorporate a liturgical calendar in our life here. I'm going very slow, but I really am enjoying it. It's a change of mindset too, as in thinking that tomorrow begins at sundown. So your day begins with rest, rather than ends. And as much as I'm deepening my relationship with the Lord, I've noticed my daughter is becoming a little legalistic, so I'm having to keep an eye on that. Liturgy helps us live rightly by making God a part of our daily, hourly lives. But it does NOT replace our need for God, or make us righteous on our own. So I'm praying and thinking about how to curb that attitude in her. Sorry to ramble, you have a lovely post and it just got me thinking!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Jennifer! I understand where you are coming from. It is all so new, and a bit overwhelming. I figure if I am feeling that way, my children are probably going through the same things... and it may even be a bit more overwhelming to them. But, God is faithful :) I know He is leading us down this path... very exciting. And yes, the whole evening morning thing is a bit tricky.