In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Leviticus 23-25… we are introduced to the “special” days. Each of these days/festivals in the Old testament would point forward to our salvation…
– Passover… Jesus Christ, the Lamb, Who Died for Us
– Unleavened Bread… Fellowship, Separation from Sin, and Taking in Christ as the Bread of Life
– Firstfruits… Resurrection of Christ
– Pentecost… Coming of the Holy Spirit
– Trumpets… The Gathering Together of God’s People
– Day of Atonement… The Future Cleansing of God’s People
– Tabernacles… The Future Joy of God’s People in God’s Kingdom
These special celebrations/feasts/festivals served the same purposes – in a limited way – that our salvation does completely:
1) We are invited to remember. As they did with the Passover & the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we look back to remember God’s faithfulness to us in our past.
2) We are invited to rejoice. As they found joy in the feast of Firstfruits, Pentecost, and Trumpets,we discover there is much about a relationship with God thru Christ to be happy about!
3) We are invited to repent. Their right relationship with God, attempted thru the Day of Atonement and feast of tabernacles, was incomplete. A right relationship was purchased for us by Jesus Christ on the cross, but is made full as we continue to confess sin and trust God for forgiveness.