Lessons in the Religious Observances

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It is important that we remember the lessons for us in the regular observances the Israelites were given. Though we are no longer under the same law, the reminders are just as necessary.

  • The sabbath each week was a reminder of God’s work as the Creator (23:3; Exodus 20:8-11). We must also remember the lessons about God from the Creation (Romans 1:20).
  • The Passover was a reminder that God spared the Israelites from the plague of death (23:5; Exodus 12:24-27). Jesus is “our Passover” (1 Corinthians 5:7) who saves us from death (Romans 5:8-10).
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread was observed with the removal of all leaven from their houses (23:6-8; Exodus 12:15). In the New Testament, leaven is used to symbolize sin (1 Corinthians 5:6-8). This reminds us of the need for purity as we are to remove sin from our lives (1 John 3:3).
  • The Feast of First Fruits required the people to bring the first of their produce (23:9-14). This is a reminder of the need to put God first in all things (Matthew 6:33).
  • The Feast of Weeks also required the people to offer to God of the fruit of the ground (23:15-22). It is a reminder of God’s ongoing providence as He blesses us with what we need in this life (Acts 14:17).
  • The day of atonement provided a yearly reminder of sin and the need for forgiveness (23:26-32; cf. 16:1-34). Jesus made atonement for us on the cross, making forgiveness possible (Romans 5:10-11; Matthew 26:28).
  • The Feast of Booths required the people to live in tents to remind them of their time in the wilderness after leaving Egypt (23:33-44). In the same way, we need to remember that our time on earth is only temporary (Matthew 6:19-21; 2 Corinthians 5:1).

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