Questions Concerning Feast Days and Sabbaths
The questions and answers below deal with God’s appointed times for assembling together. Obviously we can assemble any day and at any time to gain a great blessing, but our heavenly Father has appointed specific times (Festivals) in order for us to receive double portion blessings. He has revealed this to us in the sacrifices and offerings that were made on a daily basis (morning and evening), plus upon each of the appointed Festivals. For example: the amount of sacrifices and offerings God instructed to be done upon the weekly Sabbath (Numbers 28:9, 10) was added to the amount offered on a daily basis (Numbers 28:3-6). This is what it looks like:
• Daily – 2 Lambs , one in the morning, one in the evening (Total = 2 lambs). 1.4 kgs flour x 2 (Total = 2.8 kgs). 0.9 ltr oil x 2 (Total = 1.8 ltr).
• Weekly Sabbath – 2 Lambs plus 2 lambs in daily sacrifice (Total = 4 lambs). 2.8kgs flour plus 2.8kgs from daily sacrifice (Total = 5.6 kgs). 1.8 ltr oil plus 1.8 ltr from daily sacrifice (Total = 3.6 ltr).
Throughout Numbers 28 and 29 you will see that the amount of offerings increase as they move from daily (morning and evening) to Sabbath (weekly) to new moon (monthly) and then to the other Feasts (yearly). Since Jesus is being represented here by all the sacrifices and offerings (1 Peter 1:18, 19; John 6:32, 33; Hebrews 10) then we can see that we receive increased blessings of the Spirit of Christ upon these sacred times. It is only with Christ, “the Lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5) in us that the Sabbath can be kept; because the Sabbath brings and has in it the presence of Christ—“for all things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16) “and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.” (Exodus 31:17).
This is what the people of old missed as well as people now who claim that these appointed times have been abolished by Christ’s death and are no longer to be kept by Christians. May we all look deeper into these things, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is” (Hebrews 10:25) and “repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).