Tidings for Tuesday

These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. Leviticus 23:4

Several of the provinces have already accepted the proposition to have an official holiday proclaimed in February, and there is a push in most of the other provinces to do likewise. The idea is that there are no breaks between New Year’s and Easter, during a long, cold, and slow time of the year. Official holidays are important in many ways, and there are official reasons for them all. Some have elaborate celebrations, parades, fireworks, and other activities. But the growing trend for most people is to ignore the reason for the holiday and simply to use the time for personal activities. That would never have worked in the days of the holy feasts of Israel!

Each of the feasts of the Lord had a very special significance to the Israelite. Although these feasts often involved great rejoicing and plenty of family visiting, the primary attention in most of the feasts was on the religious significance of the event. Most were one-day events but two of them, the feasts of unleavened bread and tabernacles, were seven days. Some months had several feasts, and there were a couple of stretches where no months had any feasts. When the people gathered together for these convocations, the emphasis on the things of God was paramount, and all of the Old Testament society revolved around them. Some of these days involved special offerings, all of them involved special ceremonies, and the patterns giving to Moses were to be followed very carefully. Much time was to be spent in singing and in listening to the Word of God being read. To the Israelite who was devoted to His God, these were wonderful times of refreshment and blessing. To the backsliders, these were probably boring times that would seem wasteful and unnecessary. Translated into today’s Assembly environment, things haven’t changed much.

We don’t celebrate the feasts of the Lord today, not the way they are defined in Leviticus 23. But the Lord’s people do assemble in holy convocations. Primary among these are the Assembly’s weekly meetings, for which we have New Testament authority and patterns. These also include special Gospel meetings, ministry meetings, and conferences. And, although there is a good social aspect to these meetings, the primary emphasis is on the spiritual, just as it was for the Israelite of old. The enjoyment of these times depends on our closeness to the Lord and our appreciation of Him. As in the ancient economy, it is critical that we follow the pattern and direction of Scripture.

God’s holy convocations are important to Him, and should be important to His people. – Jim MacIntosh

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