In December of 2011, the Lord drew me to study the seven feasts that Israel observed (see Leviticus 23). Throughout 2012, I studied the feasts off and on. My church also let me teach about each feast as it came up on the calendar. Gradually, I organized my notes into a new booklet, and I’m pleased to make it available on my page of Old Testament booklets.
As the title suggests, my studies have focused on how Christ fulfilled the feasts. This approach is certainly not new. Paul said that the feasts and other observances of the law were “a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ” (Col. 2:17). New Testament authors discuss four of the feasts and their fulfillment in Christ. These are Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Day of Atonement. There is no specific commentary on the other three feasts–Pentecost, Trumpets, and Tabernacles. That said, the scriptures do provide clues to help us see Jesus in these feasts.
Part of my research on the feasts included reading what others had to say. I have found other viewpoints instructive and continue to read them as I find them. Hebrew4Christians provides a wealth of helpful information about the feasts. Jason Henderson of Market Street Fellowship also offers intriguing thoughts in The Feasts of Israel.
One thing I’ve learned is that Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles are usually understood eschatologically. That is, most Christians believe the fulfillment of these feasts is connected to Christ’s second coming. While I respect the thinking that has led others to this belief, I have reached a different conclusion. This isn’t something I’m dogmatic about. As I said, the New Testament doesn’t offer commentary on every feast. That means doing our best to make sense of ambiguity and trusting God with our interpretations.
If you are at all interested in Israel’s feasts, I hope you’ll check out the booklet. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will change us into the image of Christ as He is unveiled to us in the Bible (2 Cor. 3:14-18).