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New Things for a New Year

January 3, 2011 by  
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Since it is the secular New Years and many of you who are exploring Messianic Judaism will wonder why we do not celebrate certain holidays, we want to share with you from a Messianic Jewish perspective how the feasts and festivals relate to your spiritual walk.

Why is it important that you understand the Jewish Lunar Calendar? Because our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), himself followed the biblical Feasts and Festivals according to the Scriptures. Also, God’s nature is revealed in these appointed times.

First, we must understand the Jewish Lunar Calendar. The Jewish Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon:  B’Midbar (Numbers 29:6) “This is to be in addition to the burnt offering for Rosh-Hodesh (New Moon), Head of the Month, with its grain offering, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to the rule for them; this is a fragrant aroma, an offering made by fire to Adonai.”

Here is an excerpt from the Book titled God’s Appointed Times A Practical Guide for Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays by author Rabbi Barney Kasdan:

“The Feasts of the Lord, or the biblical holy days, teach us about the nature of God and his plan for mankind. A classic passage in regard to the holy days is found in the New Testament.

“So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with the eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat. These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah (Colossians 2:16-17)

While this passage is often taken to mean “avoid legalism,” there is another truth stated. It is true the “festivals” are not the ultimate goals of faith, yet they do hold tremendous lessons for God’s children. The festivals are not antiquated tangents to faith but, on the positive side, they are in fact legitimate shadows or models of God’s truth. This is something that should be explored in a positive way, not shunned as legalism.”

For more information about obtaining your copy of the book God’s Appointed Times, please contact Kehilat Ariel Messianic Syngogue. This book can also be found online through


One Response to “New Things for a New Year”
  1. Maria Chavez says:

    As a “christian” coming to Messianic Judaism, I began reading the book mentioned above, and what I noticed was that the festivals ARE in the bible but the names have been changed to the meaning. For example, Rosh-Hodesh is the festival of the new moon and in my KJV bible it just reads, “new moon”. Well since I had no jewish perspective and I come with my own secular perspective, to me “new moon” didn’t mean much, except that it was a new moon and that was it. Reading the book written by Rabbi Barney Kasdan along with my KJV and the Complete Jewish Bible, I was able to “see” and understand how important these festivals are along with the mistake of the translators, removing the actual name of the festivals for the meaning. This mistake robbed me from fully understanding the fullness of G-d and His blessings. Thank you Rabbi Barney for taking the time to explain with love and patience these appointed times of G-d. Can’t wait to finish the book. I strongly recommend this book, to fully understand what we as “christians” have been missing out on.

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