The Gift of Celebrating the Biblical Feasts :: Amber Lee [Ep 217]

Sep 17, 2018

So much of the Old Testament in the Bible is devoted to the traditions and celebrations of the Jewish faith. It is all a part of the rich heritage that Jesus was born into and the prophecies he fulfills. As Christians, we often skim over the Jewish feasts and traditions and focus on the New Testament.


My friend Amber Lee shares why we should all consider celebrating one or more of the traditional Jewish feasts and how the rhythm of pausing and celebrating the Lord’s provision can be a life-giving practice for you and your family.

For me it’s a gift that the Lord continues to unfold. It’s like a dad saying, ‘Hey, here’s a way to live life better. Here’s something that is better for your soul. If you would just pause the crazy rat race that you’re running for just a minute, for just two hours, and talk with people that you love about what’s going on.’

We talk about the various feasts and about the practice of keeping the Sabbath. But, more importantly, we acknowledge that participating in these traditions is not about being a better Christian or another thing to put on your to do list. It’s really about intentionally pausing life to celebrate God and inviting others into that celebration.

And in each of the feasts, there’s this foreshadowing of bringing in the Gentile or bringing in the outsider. I think it’s just beautiful and the Lord saying it was always my intent to include everyone.

What we chat about:

  • How and why Amber started celebrating feasts
  • The biblical background of Jewish feasts and how Jesus interacted with them
  • It’s about pausing and celebrating how the Lord has provided
  • The names and differences between the various feasts
  • The way the feasts were meant to include outsiders and Gentiles
  • Learnings about Jewish traditions and observing the Sabbath
  • The Sabbath is really about pausing with intention and processing life with the Lord
  • All about the feast of Pentecost and how the layers of prophecy fulfillment enrich the understanding of all that Jesus did
  • How to start with Jewish feasts and tips for starting in small ways

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  1. Carrie

    This book is WONDERFUL!!! It has a ton of family friendly activity ideas for the Biblical feasts and even some unit study ideas for home school families OR for during the feasts. My favorite is Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths (3 names for the same thing). We have found SO MUCH depth in the Biblical holidays and it all started out with the idea that ‘we should understand them more before we determine our position on them’.

  2. Melyssa

    I tried to comment on this before and I think I must have forgotten to finish and send my comment, oops! Heather, I just want to thank you for doing an episode like this. My husband and I have been trying to establish the celebration of Biblical feasts in our home for about 5 years now. Our kids are little (oldest is 6) so it has evolved slowly over the years and we are trying to figure out how to make it all work. It was SO encouraging to listen to this episode, as I have already been thoroughly enjoying your podcast for almost a year and have been especially touched by so many of the things you share. This one just really helped me to feel validated and encouraged. We are very much in the minority among believers we know and we feel a bit like “pioneers” on the subject! But we have been convicted strongly that this is what God wants us to do and how He wants us to raise our children, so we are going for it! I love Sukkot, it’s my favorite of the feasts. We also celebrate Passover. We have invited people to join us and it’s been a neat time of sharing what we do while also teaching others. The Old Testament is such a key part of understanding the gospel! We miss so much when we skim over and don’t really try to understand the Law, the sacrificial system, the feasts, etc. It is not just history. It is very relevant and we are just so excited to learn more and more as we teach our children. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 has become the theme verse for our home. We have it hanging on a giant poster, written in Hebrew, right in our living room:

    “Hear, O Israel
    The LORD our God, the LORD is one
    You shall love the LORD your God
    With all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might and these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
    You shall teach them diligently to your children
    and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

    Thanks again! Would love future episodes on the topic as well! 😉

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