Feasts of YHVH, Holy Days vs. HolidaysKatie . Torah Talk . Torah/Bible
Torah observant Believers, like all other believers out there in this world, are always seeking to walk in the Ways of Yehovah. We study the Bible, and seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, as we make the best decisions we can for our families. When it comes to special days to celebrate and observe, Torah observant Believers agree that there are clearly days set aside in Scripture that Yehovah God commanded us to observe. These days are easily outlined in the book of Leviticus chapter 23. They are mentioned all throughout scripture and even in the New Testament we see Yeshua and his disciples keeping these feast days.
These days are called:
Shabbat (the weekly Sabbath)
Passover (Feast of Unleavened Bread)
Feast of First Fruits
Yom Teruah (feast of Trumpets)
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) NOTE: This is not a feast day, but a somber day unto Yehovah.
Sukkot (Feast of Booths)
These seven set apart times are clear in scripture. There is no debate among Torah Observant Believers that we should acknowledge these days unto Yehovah.
But what about other days in the year? Can we celebrate other days, should we celebrate other days?
Here are some scriptures we have used to help our family decide what days to also observe as a holiday (national or otherwise).
“Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”
(In this passage we see Yehovah, through Moses, teaching the children of Israel when to sound the trumpets of celebration. The first time to celebrate He calls, “in the days of your gladness.” Then He mentions celebrating His set apart days and lastly celebrating the new moon (or first day of the month). What is a day of “gladness?” It is a day of celebration of victory or happiness in what Yehovah might have done, like a miracle on a given day.)
Romans 14:5-6 and Colossians 2:16 are two passages where Paul also makes it clear that any day is a good day to celebrate unto Yehovah God.
Because of the above verses, some, not all Torah observant Believers, enjoy celebrating national holidays and other days, such as:
New Moons (the first day of the month)
Purim (as mentioned in the book of Esther)
Hanukkah (a day of dedication of the altar and temple after a miraculous military victory in Jerusalem)
Fourth of July ( or other national independence days)
other National days of recognition
But are there days you shouldn’t keep or observe?
Here are the passages we use to answer that question.
Jeremiah 10, Jeremiah 17:9-10
“The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. “
These passages make it clear we are not to do things to worship Yehovah in the same ways as the world, pagans, or worshipers of false gods, idols.
There are many, many passages that speak of making sure we set ourselves apart from this world unto Yehovah God.
Taking all these scriptures into account most, not all, Torah observant Believers, choose to not participate in the following holidays.
New Years (according to the current calendar)
St Patrick’s Day
Halloween (All saint’s day)
Torah Observant Believers are seeking to obey Yehovah God in all we think, say, and do. Therefore, with fear and trembling we walk out our faith, as Yeshua our Messiah taught us to do.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
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