March 17, 2018
When learning to celebrate The Feasts of the LORD, recognizing the beginning of the lunar month is a good place to start. From there you can count the days until Passover begins, for instance. In the next day or two, look at the western sky after sunset and try to spot the first sliver of the new moon. It will be a bit to the left of the sun and a little higher than you might expect. Once observers around the world have pinpointed the new moon, they recognize the first month, Aviv/Nissan, has begun. The Hebrew day begins at dusk, so the sighting at dusk begins the first day. On the 14th day of Aviv, it will be Passover and begin the week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread. First Fruits will be on a Sunday during this week.
The point? To remember our Messiah, the Lamb Whose blood redeemed the sins of the world, Whose unadulterated flesh became the Bread of Life for us, Who became our First Fruits offered to the Father upon His resurrection!
Remember our rescue from Egypt, sin, and death.
There are SO many more details that make this time special for YHWH and His people Israel (which includes us who have been grafted in), but it’s difficult to cram it all into one post at once!
Valerie Moody has a good reference guide available. (Sorry, link not working.) She covers the original commands in Scripture about all the Feasts, and how they were carried out in the Tabernacle and the Temple.
Then she goes through the extra traditions Rabbis added on, how Yashua Himself celebrated, how modern day observers celebrate, and how Christians/Messianics can honor our Savior during the Feasts today. It could be used as a Bible Study guide, a history course, a planning guide, or just interesting evening reading.
If you go out to spot the New Moon, let us know how it went. What date did you see it?
Look at this link to see if others have spotted it, yet.