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Laying A Spiritual Foundation for Your Family
By Julie Ferwerda
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Continuing from part one, how do we begin laying the correct foundation that will help illuminate the Bible for our family and even make Books like Leviticus relevant and potentially exciting?

Learn the Feasts. This is not an education in picking which buffet to gorge on after church on Sunday. The Hebrew word for "feast" is the word "moed" and it means, "dress rehearsal" or "appointed times." There are 7 Feasts taught in the Bible, 3 of them major Feasts (Deut. 16:16), and they are all crucial for understanding God's unfolding plans for mankind. For now, we will just learn to identify the 3 major Feasts:

Passover (also called "Unleavened Bread"): This takes place in early spring and is not to be confused with Easter, which is named and somewhat patterned after idol worship of a pagan goddess in early Babylonian history. This God-established Feast was fulfilled with the death and resurrection of Jesus when He became our Passover Lamb around A.D. 33. It was observed by Israelites since the days of Moses in Egypt when they sacrificed lambs and painted the blood on their doorposts so that the death angel would pass over their homes. This observance likely continued all the way until A.D. 70 when the Temple building was destroyed. Of course, early believers understood that Jesus fulfilled this Feast, so they did not observe it in the Temple unless perhaps it was only to marvel at the reminder of the sacrifice of their Savior.

Feast of Weeks (also called Pentecost): This takes place exactly 50 days after the first crops ("first fruits") appeared. Originally this Feast began for Israel with the giving of the law (Torah) at Mt. Sinai. This is when the Lord came down onto the mountain with fire from heaven and wrote the law out on stone. This Feast was fulfilled 50 days after Jesus was resurrected as the "firstfruit from the dead" (1 Cor. 15:20) with the day of Pentecost. On this day, fire from heaven came down and wrote the law on hearts by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

Feast of Tabernacles (also called "Booths" and "Ingathering,") read more on Wikipedia: Considered the most important feast in Judaism, this Feast falls in late September to mid-October. It has sort of double meaning. First of all, it began as a celebration at the end of the harvest for the ingathering of all produce from the labors in the field. Secondly, it was also an observance that when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and He "tabernacled" (dwelled) among them in a tent or booth. It was repeated on another layer when Jesus came to earth to "tabernacle with people." However, this Feast has yet to be been fulfilled on several levels.

First of all, in a day in the near future, Jesus is coming back once again to tabernacle or dwell with His people, only this time it will be permanently when He begins by setting up his 1,000-year Millennial Kingdom. And through a plan of ingathering the rest of the harvest, it will be fulfilled on a second level. And finally, there is a fulfullment of this Feast day in the distant future after Judgment and harvesting are complete when Jesus has abolished all authority, rule, and power and put all things in subjection under His feet (1 Cor. 15:20-28). On that day, God the Father will tabernacle with His people to complete the last cycle of this all important Feast!

For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 2 Cor. 6:16 (NAS)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them... Rev. 21:3

Be sure to check out the resources at the end of this article. Next article we will look at another element of this important spiritual foundation!


El Shaddai Ministries (Mark Biltz) Feast DVD's (make sure to use the study guides as you watch): This video series is not suitable for younger children, but parents can certainly learn and initially explain in simple terms the important aspects. Ultimately, these videos will help give you and your family a foundation for understanding the bigger picture of your Bible and God's plan for the ages.

Prophecy in the News with Mark Biltz: This is an informative and eye-opening 2-part movie clip you can download where Mark explains some of the significant recent and coming events as they relate to a Messianic Jewish perspective on end times.

Restoration: Returning the Torah of God to the Disciples of Jesus, Thomas Lancaster. This book is an excellent resource for understanding the purpose of the Torah and the relevance in our lives today. Though we are saved by grace, we have been called to a sanctification process in our journey through the observance of the Torah by the Spirit. The fulfillment of the Torah in our lives today is the "law of love." Consider the following verses:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-19

"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'  "This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'  "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:36-40

About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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