An appointment can be a place, a time or an event. When we use the Hebrew word מוֹעֲדִים mo’edim (Strong’s lexicon No. H4150), it’s an appointment or an assignment. The “Tabernacle of Meeting” could also be called the “Tabernacle of Appointments.” These appointed times are מוֹעֲדֵי יְהוָה mo’adey YHWH, God’s appointed times (Lev. 23:1) — not Moshe’s, Israel’s or the Jews’. The tabernacle is God’s appointed place, His dwelling place. All of these “feasts” are appointed times. When we “proclaim” His holy days, God can work in us to sanctify us.
A number of theologians have wondered publicly if the festivals of the LORD are relevant for today or are just historical or intellectual curiosities. Many dismiss Sukkot as either a harvest festival only applicable in the Land of Israel or only relevant with a standing temple. Let’s explore what the Bible says about the past, present and future layers of meaning in these annual appointments and how they teach us about the Messiah and ourselves.
We will look at the different layers of the festivals. The holy festivals do not stand alone. The past, present and future are all apart of the messages of all the feasts.
We will focus on the annual feasts but the Shabbat sets the stage for the feasts. The theme of seven shows up a lot in all the appointed times.
The appointed times of God are multidimensional presentations and memorials of what God is doing. He has the appointed times, prophets and the Messiah to teach us what He is doing. They are waymarkers for where we were, are and will be. They are waymarkers in the history of God’s people and how He is going to recreate the world.
In a sense, they are like a wedding anniversary, on which the couple remembers all the experiences layered on top of one another since the cutting of that first wedding cake.
Genesis 1 tells us that God did not create the earth and the heavens above for His own comfort, He created it for ours. The primary purpose of creation was for the use of mankind — His Image upon the Earth. God said it was good and He took pleasure in His creation, particularly its culmination in creating mankind with His own hands. God will fulfill His pleasure and it will be complete. Continue reading Genesis 1:3-31: ‘And God said…’