Let’s be clear about one thing: I keep the Sabbath and holy days “because” of what it says in Leviticus 23. In a nutshell, I’m not going to argue with trolls about what “because” means.
I will out and out say it that if you do not keep the Sabbath and holy days because of Leviticus 23, there’s an excellent chance you are missing one of the most vital reasons for keeping them in the first place.
Q: Who is giving the commands listed in Lev 23?
2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them…
Aha! A loophole! This is just some of that “Old Law” stuff, right?
…Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
OK, wait a minute! Whose feasts are these? The feasts of the Jews? The feasts of the Israelites? Can a physical people make anything “holy”?
The Bible goes into a lot of detail outlining what is important to God. It also goes into a lot of detail outlining what God hates and what God loves. God owns everything, yet He, because He is love, shares His creation with us, His creatures. Yet, as Creator, He decides what is to be kept, what is set aside, what is “holy”, or, in other words, what is “His”.
3Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3, King James Version)
Again, God decides that a bit of time is “holy” and belongs to Him (“of the LORD”). Just like tithing, God declares that a portion of resources under our control is to be dedicated to Him.
Do you think this repetition might indicate some sort of importance? And, if it is important to God, shouldn’t it be important to us?
In four verses, we get four statements of direct ownership of these days by none other than God Himself!
What is a Christian?
Sometimes, a Christian is defined as a “follower” of Christ. That’s a decent definition, but “follower” in our vernacular doesn’t do much justice to the concept. A follower in the ancient world literally followed the teacher around to learn from (“be discipled by”) the teacher, who would have been someone distinguished in their accomplishments and craft. In the religious world, the master and students would have ate together, travelled together, slept together and the disciples would learn by the master’s example.
What of the master’s example? How would they learn? By imitation!
Likewise, children learn by example. They see their parents and older siblings doing something a certain way, and they imitate those actions. Children usually want to grow up to be just like their parent. They develop similar mannerisms, methods of speech and attitudes.
Families do things together. In a healthy family, the children will want to be with their families and parents will want their children around them for special occasions.
God has outlined special occasions for His family.
We are supposed to give up ourselves completely to His service. That means, we should strive to do what God wants us to do. We should place priority upon what God says is important and emphasizes eight times (that I can count) as belonging to Him in one single chapter.
Leviticus 23 stresses the importance of keeping God’s holy days because they belong to Him. Leviticus 23 is part of God’s Word, and the opening verse states that the outline of the holy days is from God Himself.
I keep the Sabbath and holy days because of Leviticus 23. I value what our Heavenly Father has set aside for us to do as a family and told Moses to write down in His Word.