So much of the Old Testament in the Bible is devoted to the traditions and celebrations of the Jewish faith. It is all a part of the rich heritage that Jesus was born into and the prophecies he fulfills. As Christians, we often skim over the Jewish feasts and traditions and focus on the New Testament.
My friend Amber Lee shares why we should all consider celebrating one or more of the traditional Jewish feasts and how the rhythm of pausing and celebrating the Lord’s provision can be a life-giving practice for you and your family.
For me it's a gift that the Lord continues to unfold. It's like a dad saying, ‘Hey, here's a way to live life better. Here's something that is better for your soul. If you would just pause the crazy rat race that you're running for just a minute, for just two hours, and talk with people that you love about what's going on.’
We talk about the various feasts and about the practice of keeping the Sabbath. But, more importantly, we acknowledge that participating in these traditions is not about being a better Christian or another thing to put on your to do list. It’s really about intentionally pausing life to celebrate God and inviting others into that celebration.
And in each of the feasts, there's this foreshadowing of bringing in the Gentile or bringing in the outsider. I think it's just beautiful and the Lord saying it was always my intent to include everyone.
What we chat about:
- How and why Amber started celebrating feasts
- The biblical background of Jewish feasts and how Jesus interacted with them
- It’s about pausing and celebrating how the Lord has provided
- The names and differences between the various feasts
- The way the feasts were meant to include outsiders and Gentiles
- Learnings about Jewish traditions and observing the Sabbath
- The Sabbath is really about pausing with intention and processing life with the Lord
- All about the feast of Pentecost and how the layers of prophecy fulfillment enrich the understanding of all that Jesus did
- How to start with Jewish feasts and tips for starting in small ways
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