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SABBATH BIBLE STUDY
ReNEWed COVENANT Ministry
Compiled by JS LOWTHER
Why Should MY PEOPLE Keep the Feasts?
BECAUSE WE ARE THE CHURCH
Rom_ 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is the tone of Salvation for those who are Elect according to his calling.
Israel was dead in sin when Christ gave his blood of the new covenant of remission to them.
From the history of Israel we covered and will continue covering in this series, we can see the History relayed in Romans 1 about the Gentilized tribes of Israel of the North scattered among the nations a, this is how they started the decline before the me of Assyrian captivity, on this subject we will continue in discussing in this message), and in Romans 2 Paul spoke of the Judeans of the 2 Tribed house of Judah called in the English ‘Jews’, in speaking of those who boasted themselves with knowledge of the Law yet living by their own righteousness like the Gentiles of Chapter1 which Paul proves will eventually degrade into a Gentile state, therefore we find in Rom_2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Of which it is concluded that by the works of the Law no flesh is Justified truly for by the law come the knowledge of Sin. So that which may teach us our error and cleanse us from our secret fault becomes exceedingly sinful without Faith in the deliver Jesus Christ:
Thereby the Spirit of God offering a conclusive understanding which comes by faith alone to those who truly believe, having faith in the WORD of God, by its law as well as in His manifestation to Israel in the Man Jesus Christ the word made flesh: Rom_8:3-4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The New Covenant with it’s words that speak clearly of the law and of it’s impact on the heart and mind of the Covenant people of God and their call back to YHWH’s worship and service from Idols and ignorance as well as self righteousness found in the law’s observance with out Faith in this total Word as the Logic of Salvation:
1st by God’s Calling , in that No man can come to Christ, except the Father which hath sent him draw him: which shall result in the raise him up at the last day.
2nd by Faith for… without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He Is, and that He Is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.(Heb_11:6 )
3rd to show our calling to Faith which is Election according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification / holiness of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:
Thus the obedience we are called to is by the Word of God to the prior faith given by God’s Calling, which starts with Water Baptism for the remission and cleansing of Sin and the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1Pe_1:2 1Pe_3:21
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with Christ by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Here is the Logical path of Salvation, yet this is only the door, the conclusion is summarized that Christ:
Tit_2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. and thus this zeal is according to knowledge in opposition to Rom_10:2…zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
If you are called, establish your faith by obedience to God’s Word, and get Baptized for the remission of your sin to enter into the body of Christ which is his Church, his Ek-Klasia , that is his called out of the Nations into the ressurected body of Christ, which is the church.
So in concluding the last part of this subject of why we keep feasts as the New Testament or Covenant Church established in the sacrificial Blood of Christ for the remission of our sin, whereby YHWH says he will remember our sins no more, it is by His calling unto Faith and obedience to the Word of God that we are made members of the body of Christ called to be his, that is his Church.
It was shown how last in the points the word Church which is in Greek Ekklasia, meaning an ‘out calling or an in-calling’ depending on the perspective, Ekklasia has the operating verb Kale-s (καλεσετεG2564), yet this Verb is turned adjective in the word Kletas (κληταςG2822) as found in Lev_23:2 added to the Noun Hortai (εορταιG1859) Holiday or feastival, in Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say unto them, The feasts of the Lord which ye shall call (KELOS) holy assemblies(KLETAS), these are my feasts.
And thus it is of logical conclusion that the Church or Ek-klesia (εκ-κλησια(ν)G1577)which does not appear in the Greek Septuagint as a compound word Ek+Klasia untill Deuteronomy 23 which deals with who cannot enter into this Church or calling,
Deu 23:1 He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
Deu 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD…
An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter…
Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the church/Ekklasia of the LORD in their third generation.
This entrance requirement helps us understand tha nature of the Ekklasia YHWH gave to Israel as being one based in simplicity of ‘be fruitful and multiply ‘ as well as doing so ‘according to kind’, as this first mention of Ekklasia deals with those who are emasculated from procreation and those who have been procreated as a mamzer (a word even the Merriam –Webster’s dictionaries use to list as a synonym of Miscegenation), both emasculation and miscegenation are irreversible actions, they destroy the holy seed of God’s Covenant people and disqualified a man who was of such a situation from being member to the Ekklasia or a Citizen in the Kingdom of Priests and Holy Nation of Israel: which is the Called of YHWH.
By Deuteronomy 23 it is clearly seen that the church is a National establishment, or some may say a state establishment intrinsically linked to a Particular people and their National Worship. Thus when that Nations Heads and Fathers with their respective tribes and families worshiped YHWH they did so by the law and commandments which were commanded for that holy worship as enacted by such laws as :
• Remember the Sabbath day,
• Remember the New Moon,
• Keep or observe the Month of Abib,
• as well as the specific command from
• Exo_23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. and Deu_16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose.
Which in passing I’d like to mention the Hebrew word for Re-member, Memorial and Male of all of these commands is the word / ZiKUR)זכורךH2138 or ZiKURoN… In other words, the Church of Israel as it is bound up in it’s Patriarchal structure, that is Male based authority of Headship is the Church of YHWH, and Remembrance of the Sabbath and of the New Moons and of the Feastivals is impingent upon the Fathers of this people and the young men to pattern their lives like Church Fathers, and to lead the women of the Church in Holy Worship with the Children to see and follow the order; therefore This Ek-Klasia was called to observe the feastivals as the times of National worship which was the gathering together or calling of the assembly of Israel to YHWH’s Worship as part of His Holy or Sanctified Service. The Church of Scripture which has it’s tap root deep into the Law of God is inseparable from the Male authoritive structure of Government and worship in the Israelite Nation, it is expressed in the statement of Paul by way of a reminded to the Over Seers of the Church Elders in 1Ti_3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church/Ekklasia of God?)
When YHWH’s Services, his called assemblies of Worship, especially the Holy Sabbaths and new moons that are part of the Tribal establishments of the civil body politic on Unleavened bread, Pentecost and Tabernacles the People will fail, the church- ekklasia must be subject to the WORD of God which must be in the redeemed Christian perspective synonymous with subject to Christ.
This subject of abandoning YHWH’s ordained worship is at the very root of the scattering of Israel as a people, while all must acknowledge that Israel was scattered by the providence of God’s will, it was the sin of willful abandoning this Holy National worship leading to Idolatry and both Image worship which came by annulling God’s Law in preference to convenient worship: and this will be Israel’s battle, even to this day.
Hos_4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
In this case of Hos_4:6 the priesthood spoken of here is in it’s context not directed to the sons of Aaron from the tribe of Levi who are in fact the lawful priests of the people of Israel according to the Law of God, but in this case it is in that Kingdom of Priests and Holy Nation which comes by obedience to God’s Law found in :
Exo_19:5 …if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Spoken again in the NT in Tit_2:14 and word for word in 1Pe_2:9-10.)
The importance of this statement in Hos_4:6 is that it is a ‘tongue in cheek statement’ so to speak, that as Israel has ordained priests of the lowest of the people as seen in Jdg_17:5-13, first by the Tribe of Dan who ordained Micah a Idolatrous Levite, and then the sin here compounded by Jeroboam the son of Nebat in 1Ki_12:28-31;
Where….he said in his heart, the kingdom return to the house of David:
Ki 12:28 Whereupon he made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. … for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
1Ki 12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
1Ki 12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah… in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
In 1Ki_13:33 this sin is pronounced directly as a violation of God’s Law in that ‘whosoever would, Jeroboam consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.
(It is amazing to think that YHWH promised Jeroboam a Covenant
like David’s if he would obey God’s Law like David. But his faith was not established in God’s law it was focused upon his own hearts Idol)
In Hosea’s context with the verse above Hos_4:9 says, ‘ like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.’
and then he lists that reward and it is strikingly how we find it today in European countries that have gone in the way of Samaria (Jeroboam’s Kingdom) that has chosen religious systems where men or women are consecrated and became as priests of the people and devise doctrines that cater to their ease of Worship, and in some cases bowing yet before the YHWH idols.
Hos_4:10-16 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall… For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
Israel is a whore and she is an adulterous wife.
Notice that YHWH is not punishing Israel by taking away food or health, but rather he is giving them their fill, he is glutting them with excess like European-Israel today! Knowing cattle a bit when a heifer has enough food or a large place to run they run from the farmer, if they have plenty of food, they burry their heads in the grass and the lamb forget the Shepard who feeds them…they have enough, they don’t need God’s law as sustenance they assume it is at the hand of their worship devised in their own hearts, the Sheppard represents Law, constraint, the yoke, and the creature wants freedom from the law…that is until night comes and there is no door of the sheep for their protection.
‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.’
By this statement in it’s historical context it is the Law of God is the Sheppard and the farmer, the Word of God in the Feastival laws broken by Samaria, continued to Image worship as well as spiritual and physical whordom.
We are a people being call back t the Law and Word of God through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Word yesterday (in the days of Jeroboam), today in the days of Paul) and forver (right now)
This Church we desire, this out calling from the Nations of the Israel of God, this Ek-Klasia is empty when it is not full of God’s Word, a people Zealous of Good works taught by God’s Word through his Holy law, and if it is not filled with God’s Word it will be filled with ‘idol words’, traditions of men devised from their own hearts including traditions of holydays.
These Appointed times or Feasts unified Israel as a people into a Church, very similarly like the Catholic Church unifies it’s people during it’s feasts, or the Muslims Unify under their feasts, every Culture unifies under a cultural feast and Israel is to be indwelt by YHWH GOD’s Biblical culture which is directed from the Holy spirt via God’s Law through and through. And Deuteronomy 23 first lists the host in which that Culture will dwell as the Ek-Klasia.
If one would consider the context of
Exo 23:12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.
Exo 23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
Exo 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exo 23:17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord YHWH.
If you notice when YHWH commands Israel to keep feasts, he lists them off not only in their commemorative names but in this chapter in their practice agricultural names:
Unleavened bread =Matzo is a play on words because this is also the name for grain in its early stages we call the milk stage, harvest of first fruits and Ingathering at the end of the ag. year. As long as civilized Adamic man is on the earth the times of Agricultural blessing are feasts to YHWH according to his heavenly calendar as directed by the sun moon and stars, and he warns do not even mention other god’s giving this sustenance to you!
In another chapter of Law in relation to the Sabbath and it’s telescoped feastivals (as all feastivals of YHWH are firmly seated upon the prior established Sabbath based in the light and signs of the sun and moon) consider
Deu_16:1-22 (which I will paraphrase:
Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
Deu 16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
Deu 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:
Deu 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.
Deu 16:18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
Deu 16:20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
Often times the objection is raised concerning the Church of Christ returning to the Feastivals of YHWH as directed in his Law, on account of this verse last listed in that many such laws say “in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.”, some then take the approach that since Israel no longer worships in Jerusalem or in Shilo the feastivals are disannulled and no holy worship according to the Feasts could be viable today or under Christ. Yet consider the law on the subject written into the Law it self:
Deu_12:20-25 When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised…If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; …pour it upon the earth as water…do not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
Even in the Law YHWH provided for the common people to celebrate the feastivals with common food within their own gates due to the fact that YHWH would enlarge their borders, it was only the holy portions which YHWH had forbade from being spent with in ones own gates.
Beyond that: Now that Christ the Law giver had destroyed the Temple and has personally removed the sacrifices and has removed Israel from the land in order to expand their borders throught the earth, Christ himself prophesied and expiated the sacrifices which were commanded to be had at the place YHWH put his name, In a conversation had with a Samarian woman, which is undoubtedly a literal symbolism fror the 10 tribes of Israel who had forsaken the altar and priest hood of Jerusalem concerning this very subject she says to Christ:
Joh_4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh_4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Judeans.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Thus we have a direct reference on this very subject which shows that this hour he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease according to Dan_9:24-27 and that our Lord finished the transgression, and to made an end of sins, and made reconciliation for iniquity, and brought in everlasting righteousness! This is the expiation of the blood demanded by YHWH God upon the Altar; are then the feasts, the appointed times with out Sacrifice? or could it ever be said that that blood which the Law demands and commands to be given to the Altar is unpaid when we as Christians worship according to the Law of God? No, but rather Christ, the Messiah identified by the Samaritan woman, the prince of Israel offered himself to fulfill the laws demand so that when that altar was removed a violation of the law could not be committed, but that the worshipers would worship according to the Law in Spirit and in truth, that is by the scriptures and in real life- this is the magnitude of the perfection of Christ in conjunction with his WORD and we as his obedient servants, as his people of the confirmed the covenant: the New Covenant made in his blood as our Sacrifice we put our Trust in for the blood of the Laws command.
With that established epistemology, which systematically shows by the law as well as by the expiation of Christ’s blood for all needed sacrifice of sin, trespass and reconciliation between God and Israel,
Eph_2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Then it is at this time we as people called by His name are at this time the place where YHWH has set his name, where two or more are gathered in his name, we worship and serve in spirit and in truth founded on Christ.
What is Lawful Godly worship told out of the law other than the Sabbaths New moons and feastivals of YHWH? There are none; remember even Christ died on Passover day and arose on the week of unleavened bread, the holy spirit was given at Pentecost (the harvest celebration of first fruits), in no way did the coming of Christ lessen the times of Church assembly, but rather the Christian Faith was founded upon it for Holy God ordained Worship and it is man who has replaced the services of Israel with manmade Idolatry not founded in the word of God, not first day of the week worship on a pagan calendar in replacement for the Sabbath by the lights of Heaven, not Christmas and Easter by a man made system of calendation for high mass, or of any other ‘feast’ of the saints held by the devises of men’s hearts and over seen by priests of the lowest of the people as well as those self appointed Levites as it is this day.