Mar22SunMarch 22, 2015
According to Deuteronomy 16:16 (AMP), “Three times a year shall all your males appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed…” While some may look at this as “Old Testament”, when we search the scriptures we find that the celebration of these Feasts continued into the “New Testament” and are celebrated today, these are God’s appointed festivals and they are prophetic by design.
They serve as a reminder, a memorial, and a revelation of what is to come. Remember what Paul said, “I would not have you to be ignorant.” The Feast of Unleavened Bread coincides with Passover. As a reminder, we reflect on that night of great deliverance of the Children of Israel from 400 years of Egyptian bondage (read Exodus 12). They struck the door posts and the lintel with the blood of the sacrificial lamb and ate the roasted lamb along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. For the next seven days they were to eat unleavened bread and to remove all leaven from their houses.
As a memorial, it is a feast to the Lord, in His honor, to be kept forever. As a revelation it foretold the coming of Jesus as our Passover Lamb and the unleavened bread as a life without sin. Leaven, in scripture, also has the connotation of sin – “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I Cor 5:7, 8). In the context of scripture, Paul was referring to sin in the Church that even those outside the Church would forbid – a man having sex with his step-mother (or mother). In the Old Testament that sin was known as “uncovering your father’s nakedness” (read Leviticus 18).
When Jesus rose from the dead He demonstrated a sinless life and the power over sin. A sinless life in that though He became or was made sin for us, He knew no sin (was not intimately acquainted with sin personally) and therefore death could not keep Him in the grave. As surely as Jesus became sin, we now have become the righteousness of God through Him. This is all the more reason that gentiles who have received Jesus ought (it is not mandatory) to join in with Israel in the celebration of God’s Appointed Feasts as we have become partakers of the inheritance of God through Jesus. We’ve been delivered from Egypt (the world) and bondage (slave of sin) and have entered into the Promised Land (the Kingdom).
And since there is neither male nor female in the Body of Christ, may we all come before the Father this Resurrection Season with a special offering (not empty-handed) of our best (He gave His best) in thanksgiving and praise for the Awesome gift of Salvation in Jesus. God performed signs and wonders that forced the hand of Pharaoh to let His people go. Believe God for supernatural miracles, deliverances, and breakthroughs to take place in your families, TFT, personally, and the Body of Christ. This is a season of deliverance from the powers of darkness, salvation for our lost loved ones, and blessing for the people of God. Don’t miss out. Sow your resurrection seed.