Tonight I am teaching Lesson #3 in our Institute class “The Feasts of the Lord.” I am approaching the study as a discovery for us of what Christ has done and how these are fulfilled in Him. The one thing that is very, very clear is that the Lord intends for us to be a people of celebration. Israel of old were a people of joy and celebration when they followed Him. He organized their years by the marking of His work among them and then instituted celebrations.
The first lesson was an overall introduction to the Feasts, and last week we discovered how the understanding of the Sabbath is basic to all understanding of the works of God. We discovered that Jesus is our Sabbath and all He is calls us to trust Him and rest. All our work is to be done out of rest and faith. We had a good time with it.
Tonight I am working with Passover. It is, of course, easy to connect the dots with this one, but it is the beginning of the Spring Festivals and lays the ground work for all of the blessings through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord. I look forward to it. The KeyNote (Mac’s Power Point) is ready and now I go to the notebooks and read and let the Lord show me His intended emphasis for tonight.
One big thing we are looking at in Scripture is the difference between what is commanded for them and what traditions have developed. The prophecies of Christ are found in the Scripture structure, not necessarily in the traditions. Although at times those too are incorporated in the New Testament celebrations. It will be interesting I think, and hopefully we will rejoice and celebrate through it all.