2018 ST Message Eight


Crystallization-Study of Leviticus (2)

Message Eight

The Feasts (1) The Sabbath And The Feasts

Of The Passover And Unleavened Bread

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

These are the appointed feasts of Jehovah, even the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at their appointed time: In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is Jehovah’s Passover,—Lev.23:4-5

Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened; for our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed. So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.—1Cor.5:7-8

Word of Appetizer

What’s the meaning of the feasts in Leviticus 23?

The feasts in Leviticus 23 were for rest and enjoyment and typify Christ as our rest and enjoyment. God ordained the feasts that His people might rest with Him and be joyful with Him, that they might enjoy with Him and with one another all that He has provided for His redeemed people; the rest and enjoyment were not individual but corporate.

Spiritual Burden

The feasts appointed by Jehovah were holy convocations, special assemblies of God’s people called for a special and particular purpose.

The Passover, the first feast of all the annual feasts ordained by God for His people, typifies that Christ is the beginning of our enjoyment of Him that originates our Christian life.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread signifies Christ, who is without sin, for our enjoyment as a feast in a life apart from sin. Keeping the Feast of Unleavened

Bread (Deut. 16:1-8) typifies the purging away of all sinful things through the enjoyment of Christ as the sinless life supply.

The Revelation of the Truth

The feasts in Leviticus 23 were for rest and enjoyment and typify Christ as our rest and enjoyment.

The weekly feast, the Sabbath, signifies the rest that God’s redeemed people enjoy with God and with one another; every seven days there was a day for rest and enjoyment.

There were seven annual feasts.

The Feast of the Passover is in the first month of the year, that is, the beginning of a course.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread signifies Christ, who is without sin, for our enjoyment as a feast in a life apart from sin.

The Revelation of the Truth

This signifies Christ as our redemption to begin our enjoyment of God’s salvation with God. This signifies that the judging God has passed over us, the  sinners who are in our sins, so that we may enjoy Him as our feast. Today we have this feast, which is the redeeming God Himself, and we are enjoying Him for rest and for joy.

Christ is our unleavened bread, our sinless life supply of sincerity and truth, When we take Christ as our life—an unleavened life, a purifying life—this life purifies us.

The Experience of Life

The principle of the Sabbath is that we should cease our work because God has done everything for us and has become everything for our enjoyment. God first supplies us with enjoyment, and then we work together with Him.

we must deal with the sin of which we are conscious, with any sin that is manifested, that is seen.

At the Lord’s table we make a display to the entire universe that each day of the week we take Christ as our unleavened bread, as our life supply apart from sin, and that we come to the table with Him.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, As to the appointed feasts of Jehovah, which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, these are My appointed feasts. Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work; it is a Sabbath to Jehovah in all your dwelling places.—Lev.23:2-3

The Feasts

The Sabbath

I  The feasts in Leviticus 23 were for rest and enjoyment and typify Christ as our rest and enjoyment.

  1. The weekly feast, the Sabbath, signifies the rest that God’s redeemed people enjoy with God and with one another; every seven days there was a day for rest and enjoyment.
  • The principle of the Sabbath is that we should cease our work because God has done everything for us and has become everything for our enjoyment.
  • According to the book of Genesis, to God the Sabbath is the seventh day, but to man it is the first day.
  • The principle of the Sabbath applies not only in creation but also in redemption; the result of Christ’s work in redemption is Christ Himself as the Sabbath.

III.  There were seven annual feasts. Seven is the number of fullness, signifying that the seven annual feasts were in the fullness of God’s riches. Christ is the reality of the Sabbath and of all the annual feasts.

Key Verses (2)

These are the appointed feasts of Jehovah, even the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at their appointed time: In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is Jehovah’s Passover,—Lev.23:4-5

Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened; for our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed. So then let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.—1Cor.5:7-8

The Feast of the Passover

  • The Feast of the Passover is in the first month of the year, that is, the beginning of a course.
  • This signifies Christ as our redemption to begin our enjoyment of God’s salvation with God.
  • The Passover is in the denotation of a passing over. This signifies that the judging God has passed over us, the sinners who are in our sins, so that we may enjoy Him as our feast.
  • In the Passover, Christ is not only the Passover lamb but also the entire Passover.
  • The Feast of the Passover is a sign of God’s full redemption, and this full redemption is the bringing of God’s chosen people into the full enjoyment of Himself.
  • The Lord’s table, which also is a feast, replaces and continues the Feast of the Passover.

Key Verses (3)

And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Jehovah; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no work of labor. But you shall present an offering by fire to Jehovah seven days. On the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no work of labor.—Lev.23:6-8

Him who did not know sin He made sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.—2Cor.5:21

The Feast of Unleavened Bread

  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread signifies Christ, who is without sin, for our enjoyment as a feast in a life apart from sin.
  • Since the Feast of Unleavened Bread closely followed the Feast of the Passover, these two feasts should be considered together; the first feast—the Feast of the Passoverwas the beginning, and the second feast—the Feast of Unleavened Breadwas the continuation.
  • Keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Deut. 16:1-8) typifies the purging away of all sinful things through the enjoyment of Christ as the sinless life supply.
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasting for seven days signifies the entire course of our Christian life.
  • Having a holy convocation on the first and last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, with no work of labor, signifies that we enjoy Christ corporately without our human labor, from the first day until the last day of the course of our Christian life.
  • The presenting of an offering by fire to Jehovah for seven days (a full course of time) signifies that we offer Christ as food to God continually through the full course of our Christian life.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1  The feasts were for rest and enjoyment and typify Christ as our rest and enjoyment.(Lev.23:2; Matt. 11:28-30)

(Please explain that God ordained the feasts that His people might rest with Him and be joyful with Him.)

T2 The weekly feast, the Sabbath, signifies the rest that God’s redeemed people enjoy with God and with one another.(Lev.23:3)

(What is the principle of the Sabbath?)

D2

T1 To God the Sabbath was rest after work, but to man it was rest first and then work.(Gen.1:26-2:3)

(Please explain that the spiritual significance of that to God the Sabbath is the seventh day, but to man it is the first day.)

T2 The result of Christ’s work in redemption is Christ Himself as

the Sabbath.(Eph.1:6-7;Matt.11:28-30)

(Please explain that the principle of the Sabbath applies not only in creation but also in redemption.)

D3

T1 The seven annual feasts were in the fullness of God’s riches.(Lev.23:7-8;21;25;28;31-32)

(Please explain that Christ is the reality of the Sabbath and of all the annual feasts.)

T2 The Feast of the Passover signifies Christ (1 Cor. 5:7b) as our redemption to begin our enjoyment of God’s salvation with God.(Lev.23:5)

(Please explain that the spiritual significance of that the Passover is the first feast of all the annual feasts ordained by God for His people.)

D4

T1 Christ is our Passover.(1Cor.5:7)

(Please explain that Christ is not only the Lamb, but also the entire Passover.)

T2 The Lord’s table, which also is a feast, replaces and continues the Feast of

the Passover(Luke 22:7-20)

(Please explain the three stages of the Feast of the Passover is one feast.)

D5

T1 The Feast of Unleavened Bread signifies Christ, who is without sin, for our enjoyment as a feast in a life apart from sin.(Lev.23:6-8)

(Please explain that keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Deut. 16:1-8) typifies the purging away of all sinful things through the enjoyment of Christ as the sinless life supply.)

T2 To deal with manifested sin is to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread.(1Cor.7:5-8)

(Please explain that in Christ it is possible to live a sinless life.)

D6

T1 As the unleavened bread, Christ is for us to live a pure church life. (1Cor.7:5-8)

(Please explain that in the church there should be no leaven, which in the Bible signifies all the negative things.)

T2 The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasting for seven days signifies the entire

course of our Christian life.(Lev. 23:8;1Cor.5:8)

(Please explain that the course of our Christian life is a feast of unleavened bread, a feast without sin.)

 

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