Old Testament festivals remind of us God’s continuing gift of salvation

by Leonard Lauriault

Much of what Israel did in the Old Testament was symbolic of life in the Christian era and eternity (Hebrews 8: 5; 9: 23; 10: 1). One example of that is the annual feasts of Passover, Pentecost (also known as the Feast of Weeks or Harvest), and Feast of Ingathering (a.k.a. Booths or Tabernacles), attendance to which by all men was required (Exodus 23: 14-17). (Biblical examples indicate that the men took their families along.)

We’re no longer under Old Testament law (the old covenant); however, Paul still participated in the festivals and other aspects of Judaism as a matter of culture (Acts 18: 18; 20: 10; 21: 20-26). Remembering these feasts can heighten our awareness of God’s great love for us, which was their original purpose of the feasts as well. At least, we can delve into their meaning for us today as long as we don’t make them a matter of salvation or allow them cause division (Colossians 2: 13-17; Romans 14: 13-18; Galatians 5: 1-4).