Day of Atonement
We fast, afflicting our souls, reminding us how much we depend upon God both physically and
spiritually, enabling us to lighten our loads and other people's loads. Fasting puts us in a proper humble and contrite frame of mind, allowing God to respond to us, freeing us from our burdens and guiding us into His Kingdom and His family.
Days of Unleavened Bread
Exodus 13:3, 7-9...And Moses said unto the people,
"Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt,
out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand
the LORD brought you out from this place. There shall
no leavened bread be eaten. ... 7 Unleavened bread
shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened
bread be seen with you, neither shall there be leaven
seen with you in all your quarters. 8 And you shall
show your son in that day, saying, 'This is done
because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came
forth out of Egypt.' 9 And it shall be for a sign unto
you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your
eyes, that the LORD's law may be in your mouth.
For with a strong hand has the LORD brought you out of Egypt."
The keeping of the first day of Unleavened Bread,
along with the eating of unleavened bread for seven
days, is intended by God to serve as a reminder of
what He has done for us. I want you to think of that. That's what He said, right here.
I did not make that up. Unleavened bread is to serve as a reminder to us
of what He has done to bring us out.
Feast of Tabernacles
...We begin our examination where Israel was commanded to observe the feast of Tabernacles.
"And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days
in the year.
It shall be a statute for ever in your
ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month".
Ye shall dwell in booths seven days;
all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
That your generations may know that I made the
children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought
them out of the land of Egypt:
I am the LORD your God".
Feast of Trumpets
The Feast of Trumpets became the second most solemn
day of the Jewish religious calendar, being surpassed
in importance only by the Day of Atonment (Yom
Kippur). The solemnity of the feast is hardly evident
to a casual reader
of the pertinent Biblical texts where the feast is simply designated as "a remembrance
blast" (Lev 23:24) and "a day of blowing" (Num 29:1).
The first reference to the Feast of the Trumpets is
found in Leviticus 23:24:
"In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of
solemn rest [shabbaton], a memorial proclamation with
a blast of trumpets (ziccaron teruah), a holy
The Hebrew phrase ziccaron teruah, can
be literally translated as "a remembrance blast."
Jesus Kept the Passover
(1) Did Jesus' parents keep the Passover and go to
Jerusalem on an annual basis? Luke 2:40-42.
(2) As an adult, did Jesus continue to keep the
Passover? John 2:13, 23.
Comment: Since Jesus, before His human birth, had been
the LORD or Eternal referred to in the Old Covenant,
he obeyed the commands to keep the feasts that he had given to Israel.
Christ submitted to the laws of God
and to the will of His Father in heaven.
(3) Did Christ faithfully keep the Passover with His
disciples up until the time of His death?
Matthew 26:19-21; Mark 14:16; Luke 22:14-16.
Christ Introduces a New Ordinance to Passover
As Christ and the disciples were eating the Passover
lamb on the eve of His crucifixion,
He took this opportunity to show how His Church should observe Passover from that time forward.