“12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to tread My courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your APPOINTED FEASTS My soul hates: they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:12-17 (emphasis added).
The 4th Commandment was the only Commandment that was not a moral law but a ceremonious law and was never mentioned by our Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament. They were types and shadows of our coming Messiah. Why would a born again Christian follow the shadow of Jesus when they can have Jesus? While many in the modern church are performing and teaching the shadow, Jesus is standing at the door knocking.
The Israelites had taken the feasts, which were in fact genuine and God given, and turned them into a mere of form of religion. They began to look to the ceremony instead of what the ceremony represented…Jesus Christ and Him crucified. With their mouths they worshipped God but their hearts were far from Him. God called them an abomination to Him.
“This people draws near unto Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” John 4:23-24.
Make no mistake, the call of the Hebraics roots movement to perform the Jewish feasts are commandments of men, not God. We are under Grace, not law. One way for the Child of God to be cursed is to continue in the Law and not continue in all things which are written in the book of the Law. Which leads me to the question of where they will perform their sacrifices?
“9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Galatians 3:9-10.
The observance of the Jewish feasts by Believers in Jesus Christ are a mere form of religious activity and are in fact an insult to the Orthodox Jew. The very Jews of Israel, in which we as Christians claim to support, are insulted by Gentiles partaking in their holy ceremonies. Please keep in mind, the Orthodox Jew does not believe Jesus Christ to be their Messiah and these feasts and festivals remain to them a symbol of their coming Messiah. What is holy to them, we are debasing.
“23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24.
If we do not want the Truth, according to the rightly divided Word of God, not opinions of man and search the Scriptures and study to show ourselves approved, the Lord will see to it we receive a strong delusion. We can and should study the Jewish feasts ordained of God and what they represent. However, that does not mean we have to partake in the feasts which had become an abomination to God and an insult to Israel.
*Personal note – my husband and I know a lady who started out in this Hebraics movement and now claims she is a Hebrew and Jesus Christ is not the Messiah. Somebody said “I would NEVER do that”….which is probably true. However, that does not mean that babe in Christ sitting next to you won’t be swept away by this seducing doctrine full of ancient Jewish mysticm…and if they do – their blood is on your hands.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, He did not abolish the Law. Our Passover is a person, Jesus Christ – not a religious ceremony. Seek Him, He is standing at the door knocking.
-Donna Clark Warren