It is very easy to fall into idea’s that sound good but we must be very careful not to offend Yahwey.
There are, as you know, no scripture in the Bible that mentions the celebration of Lent. It actually did not even get its start through the Catholic Church, however anyone can search that out. Lent is a tradition of man and is not found in the Bible, just as Easter is a tradition of man and not found in the Bible.
However, we can reason through what the scriptures do share. When we think that a celebration is in remembrance of Yahushua, and think that it is okay because it ‘sounds good’, we might find ourselves caught in a snare as Adam and Eve did. We need to search out what the scriptures have to report and examine what the Bible says.
We should consider what Yahushua Himself says regarding traditions, as He addressed the scribes and Pharisees.
Mark 7:5-8 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Today we see Lent is supposed to be the build up to Easter. The truth is, the Easter that we have been told to see in the Bible is actually Passover. The Feast of Unleavened Bread follows, and there was no build up to it.
Many people think that Yahushua is condemning all of the Pharisaic traditions. In fact, He objects only to those practices of the Pharisees that place human traditions over the commands of Yahwey. (vs8)
Yahushua was not opposed to traditions as such, but to ‘your’ traditions as we see in the following scripture of verse nine.
Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. In addition, Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
The operative word is ‘your’ as shown by His example of verses Mark 7: 10-12
For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
I would like to address ‘Corban’ first so we can understand what is being said here. Corban, (Korban) literally, ‘sacrifice’, from the Hebrew word for ‘near’ is something (a gift) brought near to Yahwey, and it brings the one who is offering it, near to Yahwey. Mark is explaining it here as a gift to Him.
Yahushua’s objection is not to tradition, but to bad priorities. Vows and oaths are not to be used selfishly or to give pretext for avoiding doing what Yahwey expects; love and righteousness requirements. Honest faith in sincerity from the heart is what pleases the God of Israel.
Yahushua is giving elaborate formulas here in this teaching to help the Pharisees to see their error where they have been putting their man made traditions above all that Elohim has seen fit to be Holy.
Yahushua is showing where a ‘tradition’ is allowed to nullify the fifth commandment ‘honor your father and your mother’, by letting people devote to Temple worship money, which they should use to support their own parents. When Yahushua said, ‘But ye say’, He knew full well what the commandment of Elohim said, but He gave an example of what the Pharisee’s said. Yahushua knew that the Pharisees rejected the commandments just so that they could keep their own traditions that they held higher than the commandments of Elohim.
Lets look at Lukes passage of where Yahushua The Messiah took the Passover just before He was to be crucified.
Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Passover is the true remembrance of the Messiahs death and resurrection. Not Easter or Lent.
Just like the Passover in Egypt saved the lives of all those who brushed the blood of the slain lamb above their door post’s that were saved from certain death by the angel of death that passed over Egypt that night to be remembered so when we likewise place the blood of Yahushua over the door posts of our hearts, we too are saved from certain death.
Leviticus 23:4-8 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Every since I made this discovery, I am amazed how it seems to be hidden until one is ready for the truth of Yahwey’s wisdom. The first thing to take notice of is that God says through the mouth of Moses that ‘These are the feasts of the LORD’. The Jews did not instill the holy days, Yahwey did. He says they are the Feasts of the LORD. The next thing we see is that Passover is the LORD’s as well. ‘The LORD’s Passover’.
Here at the beginning of the conversation where Yahwey gives out the dates that He wants the people to remember to observe and to do, He says this:
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. ~ Leviticus 23:2
The LORD says ‘even these are my feasts’. Passover does not belong to the Jews. They just happen to be the ones that follow the Feast’s of the LORD. Nevertheless, the Israelites were supposed to teach the whole world about the covenant’s of God.
The introduction of Lent was initially to get the pagans to become aware of and take part in Christianity, but instead, Christians have been seduced by something that Yahwey did not institute calling it good when it isn’t anything but mans choice to elevate and substitute man’s own wisdom above what is Holy.
In the minds of many many people, Lent and Easter have now usurped the importance over Yahweh’s instituted Passover/ Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The New Covenant does however speaks favorably of its own traditions.
1st Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
2nd Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
In John 7:37, we have Yahushua honoring a tradition. However, all these traditions mentioned were traditions that Yahwey first instilled, not man. Traditions are fine as long as they do not oppose or move one away from His commands.
For example, we live in America and we celebrate Independence Day. Thanksgiving is similar but neither do these traditions of men take away from Yahwey’s commands. Queen Esther began a traditon among her people and called it Purim.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Each Holy day that our Father set aside was pointing to Yahushua and something He would do. Passover became the day that He gave Himself as the perfect Lamb of Elohim saving humankind from the law of sin and death thereby providing the gift of salvation to those who would call upon His name and follow in His footsteps fulfilling Torah.
Paul wrote that by rising from the dead, Yahushua became the first fruits of those who died showing us that Yahwey has provided something better for us and that all those who had previously died, (The Patriarchs of our faith) will not be perfected with out us.
1st Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (From the faith chapter)
Yahushua was buried just in time for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. However, in the grave, His body didn’t decay or see corruption what so ever. The year that Yahushua became the Passover Lamb of God, the sinless unleavened bread from heaven was revealed as the anticipated perfect sacrifice for sin. This Feast represented the Son and in effect fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread because He became the Passover.
Fifty days later on the Feast of Weeks, the Holy Spirit came on what we now call Pentecost. This feast represented the Holy Spirit.
The third Feast that our Father commanded the males to attend was the Feast of Tabernacles representing the Father, when He will gather in the harvest. What is more important than the Feast’s of Yahwey is what He intended to reveal through them. The Passover is a memorial.
The Passover lamb had to be killed where He stipulated. During the time of the Last Supper, this would have been in the Temple Court. The laws of Passover then mandated slaughtering and eating a lamb to memorialize the lamb slain and consumed by each family the night before the Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:3-14)
This is a memorial feast to the LORD and was to be observed as such, throughout all generations to keep it a feast by an ordinance forever. It pointed to the time of the Last Supper where Yahushua would celebrate the Last Supper with His disciples, His death and Resurrection. This is why Yahushua said during the Last Supper to “Do this in remembrance of Me.” It is still a memorial as Yahwey originally commanded.
Here is a huge insight that shows that Yahushua is not yet finsihed, even with Passover.
When the hour was come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. And He said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16
This scripture passage gives us an insight that the final and fullest meaning of Passover is yet to be revealed to us. The word ‘it’ in that text is referring to Passover because Passover is what He said He will not eat again until ‘it’ be fulfilled in the Kingdom.
This may be why Paul says in Col 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Paul did not begin his writings until several years after the crucifixion yet he knew that there was more to come regarding the holy days that Yahwey commanded. ‘A shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.’
With that understood, an even greater importance and value than a shadow; is the body, which casts the shadow. The reality behind it is because the shadow is of The Messiah, the heavenly realities about to arrive.
It is my personal opinion that I suspect that because Yahushua gave meaning to and represented the Spring Feasts of the LORD that He will represent the Fall Feast’s of the LORD as well. In order, the Fall feasts are, The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and The Feast of Tabernacles ( a harvest time festival) and the Eighth Day sometimes referred to as the Last Great Day.
The Fall Feast shadow of good things to come is the sound of the trumpet prophesied by Joel that signifies the Day of the LORD.
Joel 2:1-11 ¶ Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
The next fall feast, a shadow of good things to come is the Day of Atonement. In my mind, I believe that this day signifies our High Priest coming out of the Heavenly Santuary and the return of our coming King of kings and Lord of lords. Just like the folks in the wilderness waited for the High Priest to come out of the eartly Tabernacle to let them know that their national sin was once again forgiven for the year, likewise we await for our High Priest, Lord Yahushua to come out of the heavenly santuary to make the final announcement that our sin is completely forgiven. It is at this time that we know we are fully forgiven because we are able to enter into His presence in real eternal time.
The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The old way was only a hint of what was and is and is to come.
The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, and annually but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.
No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. Because Yahushua is the real truth of what was, is and still is to come.
If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sin. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over, they actually heightened awareness and guilt. Which in effect, showed them and us our need for the real truth of what Yahushua gave as an offering. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood could never get rid of sin. That is what is meant by this prophecy quoted from Psalm 40:6 in Hebrews 10: 5-6 below.
Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
In a sense, I see this as Yahwey knowing all along that Yahushua would be the perfect Lamb and because He knew that, He would prepare a body in that of His Son, that this would be the pure fragrance on the altar that would finally and for all time, for lack of a better analogy, whet His appetite. Yahwey has known all along that what the people truly needed most and still need is forgiveness. It was through Yahushua’s blood shed on the cross that was so powerful that it permanently destroyed sins power.
Once forgiven, sin looses it’s grip on the conscience of man. Before Yahushua died giving His life for the exchange of power over sin, the guilt never left mankind. It always remained. But now, the condemnation is gone,
The third fall feast, a shadow of good things to come is the Feast of Tabernacles, often called the Engathering. I tend to think of this as the Final Harvest that Matthew mentions.
Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
For some reason, I associate the Feast of Tabernacles with the Wedding Feast when we all come together and tabernacle with Him forever and begin eternity. It is completely apparent to me that the “shadows” still have important functions to perform. Hallelujah!
As a side note: Zechariah describes the Feast of Tabernacles as a time when all nations, not just Israel, will keep the Feast of Tabernacles and live in booths. ~ 14:16-19
Maybe that is why Peter thought to build the three tabernacles or temporary shelters for, Yahushua, Moses and Elijah on what we often refer to as the mount of transfiguration. Either Peter may have thought that the time had come or perhaps he may have seen a prophetic vision into the future still ahead.
Lets look at another short passage where the Apostle Paul teaches about the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
1st Corinthians 5:7-8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
When we look at this, we are taught that Paul is talking about sin, which he is.
Leavening represents sin, no doubt about that. But what most professing Christians either just fail to recognize or maybe they are not yet ready to see is that Paul mentions this:
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
He is saying, let us keep the feast without sin and wickedness and observe with purity and truth. Let’s don’t just do it out of a sense of responsibility but lets do it because we want to worship Yahwey with a pure and sincere heart.
We have no doubt heard that it takes only a little leaven to ruin a whole batch? Paul said, A little leaven leavened the whole lump. ~ Galatians 5:9
There is no doubt in my mind what so ever that it sure does take just a little bit of sin to corrupt ones mind by thinking that to observe Lent is an ok thing to do because our Lord Yahushua fasted for forty days.
Once we let a little bit of sin (leavening) in our lives, that opens the door to the enemy to plant other seeds of sinful thought there too. Kind of reminds me of something a serpent in the garden might say “O well, you can observe Lent, it isn’t gonna kill ya, after all you might learn something from abstaining from what ever it is ‘you choose’. What the heck, Yahushua did it and He didn’t die. ”
Moreover, that may be the problem that Paul was addressing with the Corinthians. They were unleavened spiritually. I believe this is why Paul told them to be spiritually unleavened with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth and to keep the feast.
To the Romans Paul said that Yahwey’s forbearance had passed over the sins that were previously committed. And then He asks, shall we continue in sin, no heaven forbid. On the contrary, we establish the law. (Romans 3:25, 31) Paul was saying in a sense that we need to look at why Messiah died to save us from the law of sin and death so that we do not continue to sin.
If we remember, Paul still observed the feasts even after Yahushua was crucified and he had become enlightened by the Holy Spirit. We find him in Act’s chapter 18 telling the folks at Ephesus that even though they had asked him to stay with them a little longer, Paul bade them farewell, saying, “I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
“I must by all means keep this feast that comes in Jerusalem.” This was the Feast of Passover that Paul wanted to be sure to attend. After Paul had broke bread with the folks in Jerusalem at Passover, the writer of the book of Acts mentions in the 20th chapter verse 16, that Paul was determined to sail right on by Ephesus so that he would not loose time in Asia: for he hastened it would be possible for him to be in Jerusalem for Pentecost.
Keeping the Feast of the LORD, reminds us of all that Messiah, our Lord Yahushua did for us. Observing the Holy Days that our Father instituted brings us in to unity and remembrance just as Yahushua said, “Do this, in remembrance of Me’. or When you do this, remember what I have done.
Yahushua certainly did not say, do that in remembrance of Me. He said, “do this.”
What was He doing? He was celebrating Passover with His disciples eating unleavened bread that represented His body and drinking the wine that represented His blood during the Passover Holy day. This was to become a memorial of His death, burial and resurrection. They shared in a foot washing ceremony. Seems pretty humbling to me.
People that do not observe tend to follow false religions learning ways of paganism such as Lent, Easter and other holidays that have taken away from what we have been commanded to observe and remember, even by Yahushua who said, “Do this, in remembrance of Me”. He didn’t say, ‘do Lent, Easter or Christmas. He said, “If you love me keep My commandment’s.”
If we do not observe and remember that we have the opportunity for resurrection, we might fall in to other beliefs that pull the blinds over the truth of resurrection simular to the teachings of a rapture prior to the resurrection.
But then again, perhaps folks just want to do things their own way, like the Pharisees honoring Yahushua with their lips and not with their pure heart so that they can keep their own traditions and teaching for doctrines the commandments of men; just as He admonished.
Yahushua said, “Go and sin no more” In another place, “If you love Me keep My commandments.” In another place He said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” This was right after He said that He did not come to do away with the Law or the Prophets.
John the beloved said, And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ~ 1st John 2:3-4
Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. ~ Revelation 22:14
The angel of the Lord said to ‘do’ them. Not just to keep them.
I just want to encourage the reader to look at what the scriptures say and then ask Yahwey to reveal His word to us so that we are not deceived. He did not institute Lent, and Christians need to know the truth.
I do not necessarily care if I am called great in the kingdom of Yahwey for doing and teaching the commandments of my Father, but I certainly do not intend to break His commandments and teach others to do so and be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.
Are you a child of the God of Israel?
A shadow cannot highlight something good to come if it is removed from the minds of folks and replaced with something that Yahwey did not ordain.
- Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year (throughchrist.wordpress.com)
- The Passover Type and Its Anti-type (compasschurchamman.wordpress.com)
- The Time of His Birth (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- Chay Mayim ~ Living Waters by Eudora Nachand (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- The Law of Sin and Death by Eudora Nachand (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- Understanding the New Covenant Part Two ~ By Eudora Nachand (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- The Appointed Feasts of God (davidblum61.wordpress.com)