|Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time System, Article 9
Spring Rehearsals (Feasts, Festivals)
| Now, during these seven years when many are again confirming their covenant with Yehuveh, we especially need the instruction provided during Yehuveh’s appointed times. Though we will be greatly blessed if we are brought under the influence of trained, Yehuveh-appointed teachers, many of us have no immediately access to such. Therefore, Yehuveh Himself is teaching us as we meet with Him at His appointed times, as we study His word for ourselves, and as we speak “often one to another” of “Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation, . . . Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth.” Malachi 3:16; Psalms 40:10.
Eventually, as Yehuveh’s kingdom is restored on earth and He has put His “law in their inward parts, and write[n] it in their hearts,” the Scriptures point to a time when Yehuveh’s people “shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yehuveh: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them.” But even when we reach that time, we will continue to guard all His appointed times. Throughout eternity we will continue to need ongoing instruction. Even then, when we have been well-taught, we will ever continue to gather and learn. “And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith Yehuveh.” “And Yehuveh shall be king over all the earth. . . . And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations . . . shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, Yehuveh of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” Jeremiah 31:33, 34; Isaiah 66:23; Zechariah 14:9, 16.
Yehuveh commended Abraham “because [he] obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” To follow his example, we need to personally know Yehuveh’s voice, that we may recognize and obey when He speaks to us individually. We must deepen our knowledge and understanding of His commandments, His statutes, His judgments and His laws, so we can personally walk in them, and so we can command our families after us. And we need refreshing assurance of His continual tender care for us so we will trust Him. Yehuveh’s appointments provide us the time to learn from Him, and in this manner the whole community of believers are established in our covenant with Yehuveh. Genesis 26:5.
What are We to Re-hear Every Spring?
Leviticus 23:5-21 outlines the appointments for instruction set in the spring of each year. What are the lessons we are to rehearse, re-hear, in these spring appointments that will enable us to walk a clear steady path into the coming months? The following comments are, of course, just the beginning of an extensive and much deeper examination of every aspect of these retellings of Yehuveh’s goodness and workings. The spring lessons are focused on deliverance (salvation), personal interaction with Yehuveh, and re-examination of His instruction for ourselves. As with events in the natural world in the springtime, these festivals involve planting new seed thoughts, the early development and early maturing of these new insights, and personal reassessment of Yehuveh’s counsels and guidance for our lives.
Grand Opening for the Year: The Passover
To begin the instruction for each year, Yehuveh established an annual deliverance to take place in a single night: “In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is Yehuveh’s Passover.” Every detail involved with this evening is significant to our understanding of both Yehuveh and His means of delivering (saving) us. If we rightly understand this first Rehearsal, it will fiundation our comprehension of and appreciation for all the following appointments. Leviticus 23:5. [Read all these Scriptures for the expanded details of Yehuveh’s Passover: Exodus 12:2-14,18; 13:3-10; 23:15; Numbers 9:2-7; 28:16; Deuteronomy 16:1-8; Joshua 5:10; 2 Chronicles 35:18, 19.]
Passover, from Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry pecach [H6453], means “a pretermission [to ignore or deliberately overlook something, to purposefully omit something, to intentionally leave something out or undone], an exemption.” Only one condition is ever given for this intentional removal of our wrong steps: “Because thou hast made Yehuveh . . . thy habitation; . . . because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him.” Psalms 91:9-10, 14, 8.
Originally Written: 4 October 2005
Latest Update: 28 November 2009
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