The Three Pilgrim Feasts …
As the Christian community digs deeper into the roots of the faith, we begin to gain knowledge and understanding of our Lord. However, this excavation can also pose more questions. One question many ask today is, “How and why should we celebrate the three pilgrim feasts?”
As we explore God’s design and purpose for these celebrations, we need to be aware of the possible pitfalls that come with the observance of the feasts. On one side is the snare of legalism, and on the other is the lure of lawlessness.
Some Believers today consider these feasts only to be observed by Jews. However, many are witnessing, as I have, the transforming power of the revelation of the Father’s love that is revealed as we honor and celebrate the Feasts of the Lord.
At Curt Landry Ministries we have been blessed to witness firsthand, the transformations that accompany giving during these celebrated times of the year.
These three pilgrim feasts point to the Son of God and His bridge of connectedness to our Father.
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”—John 14:6
- Passover—The Feast of Unleavened Bread, or Passover, is a memorial to God’s deliverance of His people in the Old Testament, and a picture of ultimate redemption through Yeshua’s blood as the Passover Lamb in the New Testament.
- Pentecost—The Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, is a celebration of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It includes giving offerings to the Lord and a call to holiness. God’s Spirit descended upon Mount Sinai just as Jesus promised it would among Believers in Acts 2.
- Feast of Tabernacles—This is a feast to commemorate the years that the Israelites wandered in the desert. In John 7:37, Jesus said on the great day of the Feast, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” He provided the living water so that we no longer will thirst in the desert!
Alignment and Blessings…
All that Jesus did was in alignment with the Father. Jesus didn’t say that we need not live a life of obedience or observance, but provided us with the Holy Spirit so that we are able, only through Him, to live a life that honors God.
“…but I will do what the Father requires of Me, so that the world will know that I love the Father…”—John 14:31
Jesus set an example to His followers to be obedient. God’s intention with obedience is always to bring us into His presence. The enemy will attempt to counterfeit traditions and lie to us saying that they are a way to restrict and deprive, or that we must earn God’s love through obligatory acts. We know this is not from God, as this does not bring peace and freedom… but guilt and shame.
God’s heart behind the feasts are pictures—visual aids—of what He has done in the past, and the instruction and revelation for what is to come. These Holy Days were, and always have been, about relationship with God and man. As we partner with the Holy Spirit, honoring the Lord’s calendar during these feast times, the blessings promised in God’s Word will truly be ours.
The Seed and the Increase Come From Him…
As any farmer would tell you, there is a direct link between the time of planting and the yield of harvest. When you sow during these celebrated and set apart times, you will reap abundantly. Sowing into nutrient-rich, Godly soil, during these specific times appointed by God will hold a return of a hundred, sixty, or even thirty-fold.
“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”—Matthew 13:8
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”—2 Corinthians 9:10
Your seed comes from the heavenly Father who has deposited in you the Word of Life. The seed and the increase come from Him. You don’t OWN anything. You are merely a vessel—a steward. The feast offerings made during Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles are all about a deeper understanding of who God the Father is—the one you are in covenant with.
When you are in continued communion with the Lord, during these special times of the year, prayerfully ask the Lord to lay on your heart what to sow. There is no set amount, however, you can expect to reap over and above what you sow, so step out in faith and choose to give generously!
To reap a future harvest, a farmer knows that he must plant a seed. This is also true of our financial offerings. In ancient times, the providers of each household were expected to give a sacrificial offerings during these three Feasts of the Lord, as a testament of their faith in a God who desired to bless every aspect of their homes, families and businesses. This is why we sow a symbolic seed each year during these three significant pilgrim feasts. It’s not a requirement, but I can tell you from my own personal experience, that the blessings we have received are far greater than financial acumen alone. We reap in the fruits of the Spirit. We reap in Shalom—peace, protection and provision. We reap in health and wellness. We reap, above and beyond all else, in joy!
Prayer is powerful and we invite you to make an appointment with our Curt Landry Ministries prayer team if you are struggling in any areas of your life where you need a breakthrough.
Check back for more on our Kingdom Finance Series. We will be discussing alms—caring for those in need—and how this touches God’s heart in such a deep and personal way.