Trimm Group Restores 'Lost' Festival - Chag Yeshua (The Feast of Deliverance)
Posted by Lev/Christopher on November 16, 2009 at 12:32am
in Festivals of Messianic Israel
A messianic Group claims
that it has 'rediscovered' a lost festival and that it will be
celebrating it for the first time in 2,000 years. I leave you to judge
There is an amazng and important festival on the Biblical calendar which
has been lost and has not been observed for centuries. The festival was
enacted in the 3rd Book of the Maccabees, but since this book was
removed from the canon (along with the rest of the apocrypha), this
festival was effectively removed with it. As the restoration of truth
continues, one of the things that we need to do is restore this lost,
biblical festival to our observance.
What is the background of this festival? After the Battle of Raphia in
217 B.C.E. Ptolemy IV sought to enter the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem,
but was miraculously repulsed (3Macc. 1:1-2:24). Upon returning from
Egypt he seeks to punish the Jews there for his humiliation. He lowers
their political status and seeks to impose paganism on them (3Macc.
2:25-33) and tortures and kills those that refuse to renounce Judaism
(3Macc. 3:1-5:51) An elder priest named Eleazar prays for the
deliverance of his people (3Macc. 6:1-25), YHWH intervenes bringing
about the repentance of the king and the deliverance of the Jews
(6:16-7:23) The Jews declared an annual festival called “The Feast of
Deliverance” (Chag Yeshua) as an annual celebration of the salvation of
the Jews in Egypt at this time. The festival enacted from the 8th to the
14th of the Egyptian month of Epeiph. The Egyptian calendar was a Solar
Calendar and these days correspond to 19 August 217 BCE on the Julian
Calendar and this was 12th Elul 3544 on the Hebrew calendar. This
festival should be observed on the 12th of Elul each year.
And there is another element in this festival for us as believers in
Messiah. The Hebrew word for “deliverance” is YESHUA so we have here
“The Feast of Yeshua”. The deliverance of the Jews from the hand of
Ptolemy IV points us forward to the deliverance of Israel by the Messiah
Yeshua. This feast gives us another important theme, Messiah and the
deliverance of Israel.
What do we do on Hag Yeshua? The text of 3 Maccabees tells us that the
day was celebrated with rejoicing and they “were crowned with all kinds
of fragrant flowers” beyond this we must simply reach to the festival
theme itself. Obviously the festival should involve recounting the story
of 3 Maccabees. Since the festival is in the summer (at least in the
northern hemisphere) this points obviously to summer festivities. Modern
activities could include barbeques and pool parties.
In 2010 Chag Yeshua (The Feast of Deliverance) will run seven days
beginning Aug. 22, 2010 .I want to encourage you to join WNAE and other
Nazarenes around the world this summer as we observe this festival again
for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.
Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim
If you look at the Orthodox Jewish calendar you will find all sorts of
"Torah-Plus" festivals cluttering up the year. At the risk of being
accused cynical, I have observed that in the absence of spiritual life
there is a tendency in the Messianic movement to keep on adding 'more
teachings' and 'more festivals' to keep up peoples' interest and
involvement. Just because a Jew (or anyone else for that matter) invents
a new festival to celebrate this or that event (usually a military
victory or some well-known Jewish rabbi) does not mean that Yahweh
sanctions it. This is how the traditions of Talmudic Judaism evolved
(which Yah'shua sternly censured).
Though Paul certifies our right to observe private things (like
anniversaries) we have not been authorised to add to what Yahweh
commanded to be observed religiously-speaking in Torah, even if 'extra'
festivals that were added by man (or woman) - the Pharisees adding
Hanukkah (a late Feast of Tabernacles) and Queen Esther adding Purim.
There are only 9 mandated observances in Torah - the weekly Sabbath, the
monthly New Moon and the 7 Annual Festivals.
Chag Yeshua sounds very Christian/Messianic because Deliverance is Yeshua in Hebrew, but it is not.
Reply by DR on November 16, 2009 at 12:39am
Reply by Lev/Christopher on November 16, 2009 at 12:45am
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