The New Moons
As Paul instructed us all, we should not let men judge us for keeping Godís Sabbaths, Holy Days or New Moons (Col.2:16- 17). God commanded His people to observe the New Moons as a Statute (Deut.16:1, Ps.81:3- 4). David observed the new moons with fellowship and special worship (1 Sam.20:5, 18, Ps.81:3- 4).
New moons will continue to be observed in the world tomorrow as a special time of worship (Isa.66:23). The new moons were observed as the beginning of each month, and as a special time to worship God, to fellowship with others in the faith, and to reflect on our walk with God. It was used as a monthly ďcheckĒ of oneís spiritual progress in their walk with God. The new moons were NOT Sabbath days nor was it commanded to assemble on a new moon. Many did however assemble, often sharing a meal together, as they reflected on God and rejoiced together. This spirit of rejoicing and eating together on Godís Sabbaths, Feasts and new moons bothered the Gentile populace of Colosse because they believed in penance and asceticism as a sacrament and form of atonement. To them self- denial was the way to their god, ďtouch not, taste notÖetcĒ
Col 2:20 Ė Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations ó 21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," 22 which all concern things which perish with the using ó according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self- imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
This is why the apostle Paul told the church not to let any man judge them for celebrating and feasting when they kept the Holy Feast days of God. Paul did not want us to let anyone interfere with our obeying God in this way. This Gentile Church Paul established was FEASTING and eating and rejoicing before God as they kept his commanded holy days and new moons.
These Holy Days were originally kept by both the Jewish and Gentile members of the early Church of God! They are Godís time markers reminding us of where we are in Godís plan of salvation Ė as taught through the keeping of Godís Holy Feasts.
They too are a reflection of the Body Jesus for the benefit of all mankind.
Each of Godís Holy Days teaches the observer a vital part of HOW Godís plan will be carried out. The Sabbath and Holy Feasts are like a beacon and a topographical map showing us details of Godís plan to save all mankind. These Statutes of God are given to us as a light to our path and they make us wiser than our teachers or the ancients (Ps 119:98- 105)! Letís all thank God
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