Have you ever tried to pick up the storyline of a movie after it was half-way over? Not easy is it?
That’s what most of Christianity has been doing for about 2,000 years. In fact, we celebrate this approach. I had a pastor who founded three of the largest churches in my city actually tell me that he tries not to teach the Old Testament because it’s too confusing. He sticks with the New Testament story. When children are baptized or dedicated, we give them New Testaments to commemorate the event. When new Believers ask what they should read, we tell them to start with John and stick to the Gospels. We ignore the first two-thirds of the story.
This confusion and lack of understanding has hurt us as Christians. We miss that God laid out His plan for humanity very early on. The first Christians understood this plan. They were Jews who had been rehearsing it for 1,500 years. The plan is seen in the feasts.
You should take a few minutes to read through Leviticus 23. God’s plan for humanity is described in it. The cross (Passover). The burial (Unleavened Bread). The resurrection (First Fruits). The Spirit (The Feast of Weeks). The Second Coming (The Feast of Trumpets). The Judgment (The Day of Atonement). The New Heaven and New Earth (The Feast of Tabernacles).
God’s roadmap is there.
And understanding this roadmap makes reading the Scriptures – both the Old and the New Testament – much easier. You see God’s hand moving to accomplish His plan through these feasts. Jesus’ teachings take on greater significance. As do the rest of the New Testament writers.
Understanding the feasts has changed the way I read the Bible.