And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. (Lev 23:1-2).
The LORD then instructed Moses, giving him the details of each feast. Here we will discuss several of them, beginning with Hebrew New Year.
Rosh Hashana (New Year/Beginning of the year) – Jesus brought in a New Covenant (John 13:34), a new beginning (Rev 21:5) and He is our “Rosh” Cohen1 (High Priest) (Hebrews 2:17, 3:1, etc.)
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Christ has provided our atonement (Rom 5:11).
Sukkot (Tabernacles/Dwellings) Christ came and tabernacled or dwelt among us (John 1:14)
Purim (Lots) Christ has delivered us from our enemy the Devil
Pesach (Passover) Commemorates Christ’s shed blood (Luke 22:20), His crucifixion (Luke 22:19), His death (John 19:30) and His resurrection (Mark 16:6), which rescues us from our sins
Unleavened Bread (Mazzot) Jesus lived His entire life without sin
Firstfruits (Bikkurim/Reshith) Christ is the firstborn among many brethren
Shavuot (Pentecost /Weeks/Harvest) The beginning out he Church of Jesus Christ—the harvest of believers
- This a gloss; I used ‘rosh’ here because it means chief, foremost, etc., and it fits with Rosh Hashana. The High Priest in Hebrew is actually הכהן הגדול, hacohan hagadol (ha-the; cohen-priest; gadol-high. The Greek is αρχιερευς, archiereus (har-khee-er-yuce). ↩