Appointments with God

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God has placed special appointments on His calendar and He wants to meet with you. Will you honor your King by attending His Feasts?
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Appointments with God

by Lex Meyer

What if God wanted to make a special appointment with you? What if He told you a specific date, and asked you to mark your calendar so that you would not miss your very important meeting with Him? Would you do it? 

The Hebrew word "moed" means "an appointed time, place, or meeting", and this word is used a number of times in the Bible to refer to appointed times when Yahweh wants to meet with His people. One of the most prominent examples is found in Leviticus when Yahweh told Moses to have the people mark their calendar for the "Feasts of the Lord".

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The Feasts [moed] of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My Feasts [moed]. (Leviticus 23:1-2)

The entire chapter is devoted to describing these special meeting times that Yahweh wants to have with His people. The first on the list is the Sabbath, saying, 

"Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings." (Leviticus 23:3)

The phrase "holy convocation" means a set apart assembly of the people. It is a time when Yahweh wants to assemble His people together for a special meeting with Him. He does not want us to be distracted with work and chores and the worries of this life. He wants us to set that day apart as a special day when we can gather together and spend time with Him. Some people neglect this meeting, and treat it as something common and unimportant because it happens so often. However, to the contrary, this weekly appointment is actually the most important appointment on Yahweh's calendar. It is such an important meeting that it takes place every week. It is so important that it was listed as one of the 10 Commandments. The Sabbath is a sacred appointment with the King of the Universe, and we should not dare offend our King by missing our special appointment with Him. 

In Exodus, the Sabbath is described as the "sign" between Yahweh and His people. 

"Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you... It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed." (Exodus 31:13,17)

Notice that He makes a connection between the Sabbath and creation, just as He did on Mt Sinai when He gave Moses the 10 Commandments.

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11)

Keeping the Sabbath is a "sign" that we are the people of Yahweh, because it shows that we are serving the God of creation, the God who created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th. Keeping the Sabbath is the one commandment that uniquely identifies us with the God of creation. That is why it is a "sign" between us and God. Lots of religions tell you to love others, to be kind, to seek peace, to abstain from murder and sexual immorality, but there is only One God who says to keep the Sabbath.

Not only is the Sabbath the most important Feast of the Lord, but Yeshua explained that He is the Lord of the Sabbath. This means the Sabbath is Yeshua's appointed time. This should be no surprise, because Colossians explains that it was Yeshua who spoke everything into existence. 

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:15-17)

Everything was created by Yeshua, therefore, He is the one who established the Sabbath. It is His appointed time. Colossians goes on to explain that the Feasts and Sabbaths are shadows of the Messiah.

"So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a Feast or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is Christ." (Colossians 2:16-17)

Yeshua is the "substance" of the Feasts and Sabbaths. He is the purpose of the moedim. He is the reason for the appointed times. They are shadows of the Messiah, and they bring us closer to Him. 

The next appointed time listed after the Sabbath is the Passover. 

"These are the Feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover." (Leviticus 23:4-5)

Notice it is "the Lord's Passover". Again, these are the appointed times of the Lord. 

We know that the Bible refers to Yeshua as the Passover lamb of God, and that He died on Passover. This is why He took the Passover wine and Passover bread, and told His disciples to eat and drink in remembrance of Him. The passover wine represents His blood, and the unleavened bread represents His body. Passover is a covenantal meal, and it is very sacred. Only those who are in covenant with Yahweh are allowed to eat of His Passover. 

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it... All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.” (Exodus 12:43,47-49)

No uncircumcised person shall eat it, because circumcision is the sign of the covenant that Yahweh made with Abraham. To become part of the covenant of Abraham, we must first be circumcised. If we are not circumcised, then we are considered to be a foreigner, and cannot partake of the passover. However, once we are circumcised, we are considered to be a natural born heir of Abraham.

After Passover is the Feast of unleavened bread, in which we are commanded to keep the yeast out of our homes for seven days, and not to eat any bread with yeast during that time. Next on the list is the day of FirstFruits, in which a single sheaf is waved before God, thanking Him for the harvest that will follow. Yeshua was the FirstFruits of the resurrection, and when He returns, we will see a great harvest when the dead in Messiah are raised from their graves and given their immortal bodies. Fifty days after FirstFruits is the day of Pentecost (Shavuot in Hebrew), which celebrates the giving of the Torah and the out-poring of the Holy Spirit. These spring Feasts are all connected to Yeshua's first coming, and the fall Feasts are all connected to His return.

The appointed times in the fall are the Feast of Trumpets, the day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles, which are all detailed in Leviticus 23. Trumpets announce the return of our King, Atonement is the day of Judgment for the world, and Tabernacles is the harvest Feast which celebrates the ingathering of God's people and the wedding of the Lamb. These are wonderful times that our Lord has given us to meet with Him, and we should desire to keep His calendar. 

Unfortunately, many people have forgotten the calendar of our Creator, and have traded it for pagan celebrations that He did not command. In the 4th century, the pagan Emperor Constantine got rid of Passover and replaced it with Easter (named after Ishtar, a sex goddess who is celebrated with eggs and bunnies), and he commanded that the Empire be united in the "Venerable day of the sun", and commanded that people no longer keep the Sabbath. This is why most Christians keep Sunday. In the 5th century, they decided to use the birthday of the pagan sun-god on December 25th to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas (Christ's Mass) is a Catholic name that was applied to the date to make it seem less pagan. A number of dates and celebrations have been added over the centuries, such as St Patricks day, Valentines day, and Halloween (a pagan celebration of death).

So, the question we must ask is, can we celebrate any day we want?

The Bible gives us a very good example of what Yahweh thinks about those type of celebrations. In Exodus, the Bible describes a time when Israel tried to create their own Feast to worship Yahweh, but it was not pleasing to Him.

"So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a Feast to Yahweh.” (Exodus 32:3-5)

Notice, they were trying to worship the God who led them out of Egypt, and Aaron even says, this is a "Feast to Yahweh", but as we read a little further, Yahweh tells Moses that they are worshipping other gods, and He is not pleased with what they are doing.

If we truly want to honor our King, then we will meet with Him on His appointed days, and follow His instructions. However, if we continue to participate in pagan festivals that honor other gods, then we are choosing to dishonor our Creator. 

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
- Joshua 24:15

The King of the Universe has invited you to celebrate His appointed Feasts, will you attend?

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