Old Testament Feast Days.

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Question: Why don't Christians observe Bible holidays such as Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Succoth and so on? If we are able to honour God on His Sabbath, surely we should keep these days as well.

The Sabbath commandment is a part of the Ten Commandments, and it existed before there ever was a Jew, as it was created in Eden. Genesis 2:1-3. The Sabbath is given to us as a memorial of the creation, and was sanctified by God Himself. It is therefore a requirement for all who belong to Christ, who is the Creator (John 1:1-3).

All the feasts of the Jews were given to them to instruct them in the plan of salvation. For example, the Passover, and the slaying of the lamb, represented the death of Jesus to be our Redeemer. All the other feasts represented various aspects of the plan of salvation, culminating in the Feast of Tabernacles, which represents the welcoming of the redeemed into the Kingdom of God. It also served, for the Jews, as a reminder of their wandering in the wilderness, where they dwelt in tents. These feasts are called by Paul the written code, with its regulations, that was against us; he (Jesus) took it away, nailing it to the cross' (Col. 2:14. NIV, 1984 edition). They are called 'the written code' because Moses wrote them himself, at the dictation of God, whereas the Ten Commandments were spoken by God Himself from Sinai, and also written with His own finger on tables of stone.

So the Ten Commandments are binding on all, Christians and Jews alike, but the ceremonial feast days were done away with at the Cross.

The Jews of today are actually descendents of all the tribes of Israel. But they are no longer God's people because they are descendents of Abraham according to the flesh, because, as a nation, they rejected the Messiah, Jesus Christ. However, any individual Jew can share in the salvation offered by God, just as Gentile sinners can also be forgiven. After all, the Apostles were Jews. All who accept Christ, according to the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:29, are spiritual children of Abraham. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. See also Romans 2:28-29: 'A person is not a Jew if who only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code,' which we pointed out above is now abolished at the cross.

So the follower of Jesus Christ is counted as a Jew (spiritually), whether he is a Jew according to the flesh, or whether he is a Gentile who has accepted Jesus as his Saviour.



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