Let’s Celebrate All Year Long!
I love a good party. One of my favorite things to do is host people in my home, usually for a big event I’ve dreamed up. I love having Christmas parties, Easter dinners, or even football Sunday get-togethers. (Yes, I’m American. Sunday is football day — after church, of course!) For a couple of years, I even made up reasons to have parties. I hosted “An Evening of Sophistication,” where I invited friends to dress in their finest duds and come over for fancy appetizers and sophisticated conversation by candlelight.
As I studied the Old Testament at seminary, I discovered something amazing — God loves a good party too! In fact, God gave His people seven holidays to celebrate each year, six of which are full of instructions to eat good food, spend time with family, and mainly, to rejoice in God’s goodness!
Since we are currently going through the book of Deuteronomy in Pastor Dan’s series, “Not By Bread Alone,” I thought this year would be a great time to celebrate and learn about the biblical holidays together. I have celebrated them before, and they are so fun and meaningful.
Each of the holidays God asked His people to celebrate can be found in Deuteronomy 16, Leviticus 23, and Numbers 28–29. There are three holidays in the fall (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Booths) and four in the spring (Passover, First Fruits, Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost). There are two other holidays (Hanukkah and Purim) that weren’t commanded by God, but are mentioned in the Bible and would have been celebrated by Jesus. We’ll take a look at those this year too!
Each holiday has specific instructions for what to do, certain foods to eat, and ways to remember God’s faithfulness. Most of these holidays are very joyful — God commanded His people to celebrate!
CrossRoads Kids already spend time learning about the biblical holidays when they stop to Remember and Celebrate through their Tru curriculum every few weeks. But why should they get to have all the fun?
So, during the week of each of the holidays this year, I will write a blog post and put up some pictures of whoever I can wrangle from the CrossRoads staff to celebrate with me. I’ll explain the holiday as God talks about it in the Bible, I’ll talk about how Jesus celebrated or fulfilled each holiday, and I’ll share some of the modern traditions associated with the Jewish celebrations of each holiday today.
Next week is the Feast of Trumpets (also known as Rosh HaShanah). It’s the Jewish new year, and one of the traditions is baking and eating challah bread! (Hopefully I won’t burn it.)
I’m excited for us to learn about these holidays together! Before I looked into them, I didn’t know much about these festivities, and my eyes were opened to how much God encouraged His people to celebrate, have fun, and remember His good deeds!
So, check back next week as we explore the Feast of Trumpets and get started on our year-long celebration of our God who invites us to know Him and rejoice in all that He has done!