“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)

19/10/2014 – Evening Service: Festivals of the Lord

Bible Readings:

Leviticus 23:1-22, 1 Corinthians 15:20 – 28, Acts 2:1 -13.

Sermon Outline:

Leviticus 23:1–2 (NKJV)

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

I  The Weekly Sabbath

Leviticus 23:3 (NKJV)

3 ‘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.

II  Some general observations about the festivals

  1. Cessation from normal work.
  2. Celebration.
  3. Consecration.

III  The NT counterparts to these spring festivals.

1.  Passover – Good Friday

1 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

2.  The feast of the firstfruits – Easter

1 Corinthians 15:22–23 (NKJV)

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.

3.  Pentecost

Leviticus 23:15–16 (NKJV)

15 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.