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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

9- The festivals between the Old and New Testaments

 

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Festivals also still remain, but now represent new meanings. Old Testament festivals symbolised the feasts of the New Testament.

The Old Testament Passover is still current, but now it represents Christ as our True Passover and the True Lamb.

(1 Cor 5:7) Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

Following the Passover we still celebrate the Festival of the Unleavened Bread, but as instructed by the Holy Spirit:

(1 Cor 5:8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Pentecost, an Old Testament feat (refer to Lev. 23), we now celebrate for 50 days after the day of resurrection.

And so with other feasts, which changed from being an Old Testament symbol, to those being fulfilled in the New Testament.

So it is evident that the Commandment is confirmed and not obliterated.


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