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From elder Mathew Schoonderwoerd

Seven Jewish Feasts, who cares?

Initially, I was not very interested in this Lent sermon series about the Old Testament Jewish feasts or festivals. It was basically meaningless to me. Who cares? Actually, it came down that I did not really know much about them.

Have I ever changed my thoughts on this! I had no idea what was the significance of all these festivals. Guess what? They were an opportunity to re-focus on God to meet with God. God, the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth, set up that meeting. People in those days were also sidetracked, totally just like us, with their daily activities, like harvesting.

These feasts gave them the opportunity to re-focus as to what was most important in life. For instance with the Feast of Trumpets God called his people for ten days for a time of reflection and repentance.  With the Feast of Unleavened Bread, they had to eat unleavened bread for seven days to remember …..that God took them out of Egypt.

God told Moses to tell the people of Israel that these appointed feasts were a holy convocation, meaning they are a holy call to meet with God, to refocus, and to remember. This included the Sabbath as well.

We, in our daily lives have been majorly distracted, and have focused on things that we thought were important. We are so “busy” that we hardly have time, or interest to focus on God and its significance to our lives and our salvation. We often give Him the daily left over time. I am often reminded of the words of Jesus: “what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. (Matthew 16:26)

This whole forced period of physical distancing, staying at home, is giving us a great opportunity to re-focus on God, and all what Jesus did for us.

It enables us to reorient ourselves to what matters most, without having any valid excuses.

This present time of reflection is not by means of a Jewish feast, but is caused by the spreading of a highly contagious virus: that can only be made visible by an electron microscopic. Let us make use of this “opportunity” to become really reconnected to God.