Everyone all over the world attend various gatherings; from birthday parties, funerals, graduations, weddings and anniversaries. Even religious groups across the earth attend gatherings such as weekly church services, baptisms, communions, and yearly Christmas and Easter services etc. The list goes on and on.
But have you ever considered that God has outlined specific gatherings in His word? In the Old Testament these sacred gatherings were called moédim, which simply means “The Appointed Times”, “Festivals”, or, “Feasts” (Leviticus 23). In the New Testament these same gatherings are called “The Times of Refreshing” (Acts 3:19).
Over the course of history various questions have arisen concerning these gatherings. During the days of Jesus and His Apostles the question was “How” do we rightfully observe them? During the early centuries AD the question was “When” do we observe these? However, in these modern days the question is “If” we should observe them. And since we are questioning “if”, then we need to also question “how” and “when.” But none of the answers to these questions will matter if we do not know “who” we are worshipping or “why.”
“Let us consider how to motivate one another to love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the custom of some is, but encouraging one another even more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24,25 ).