"Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope." Psalm 119:49
Text: Exodus 23 : 14-15
There were other practical ways in which the Lord helped Israel to keep their faith alive and vibrant. One of those ways was the keeping of religious feast-days!
THREE SPECIAL FEASTS
God gave Israel a very rich religious calendar. If Israel fully understood and kept these commandments as God designed it, the nation would enjoy their religion immensely! Three special feasts were highlighted that were to be regarded with special significance by Israel.
“Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year:
You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread
(you shall eat Unleavened Bread seven days, as I commanded you,
at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out
of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty).”
1. Special effort to be made to appear before the Lord
These three feasts required all males to appear before the Lord (Exodus 23:17).
2. The Passover and the Feast of the Unleavened Bread
The Passover and the Feast of the Unleavened Bread were closely associated.