The Feast Days of Yahweh, His New Moons and Calendar, and His Sabbath Days–even the Ten Commnadment Law itself–are but a shadow of the spiritual light we are in Him and that He is in us. A shadow is not the real thing. We can learn from studying a shadow, but a shadow can never replace the thing that creates the shadow.
After we are crucified with Him, buried with Him, and risen with Christ–after receiving a new heart from the Master, the apostle Paul says this: “Let no man therefore judge you in respect of a feast day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come…” (Col. 2: 11-17). In fact, these feast days and Sabbaths and laws “serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,” even as God told Moses to “make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount” (Heb. 8: 5). All things that Moses laid down to the children of Israel are a “shadow of heavenly things” and not the heavenly things themselves.
And what are these “heavenly things” that the apostle is talking about in Hebrews 8: 5? We children of the living God are those heavenly things! When we finally get it that it is “no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me,” we then are the pattern for all the things that Moses instituted in the first five books.
The old testament was the sprinkling of animal blood upon the tabernacle, for “without the shedding of blood is no remission. But the “heavenly things” needed “better sacrifices than these” for purification (Heb. 9: 23). We, brethren, are those “heavenly things” that needed the blood of the Lamb to purify us!
We now as the spiritual body of Christ were before the sabbaths, before the moon, before food and drink, before the holy days, the feast days, before time, before this earth, before this world. We are now “risen with Christ” and we “seek those things which are from above” [Col. 3: 1]. We now yearn to see our true home, our heavenly dwelling.
For God has established in this new walk, this “newness of life,” a spiritual reality (Rom. 6: 4). It is built upon better promises wherein He says that He will put His Spirit in our minds and hearts and that He will not remember our sins anymore! This is the new covenant (Jer. 31: 31-34; Heb. 8: 12).
The apostle Paul says that we are a new creation and “are complete in Him… buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” [Col. 2: 10-20]. We are new spiritual righteous creatures now and are not to be judged in respect of what we eat or drink, what holy days, new moons, or sabbaths that are observed. Why? Because His Spirit now in us was before all the laws and observances were set down on this earth. This does not give us a license to carelessly break them. Rather His Spirit in us guides us to that right walk in Him.
In other words, we now do not observe religiously these mentioned things to somehow be accepted by the Father. To the contrary, we use these to teach us to come to the Savior in a true, meaningful way.
We do not do them to insure that we are okay with God. That would be working for salvation. Remember: they are shadows and not the reality of true worship. Rather they, like the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments, are part 0f the “schoolmaster” that Paul refers to, that “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” [Gal. 3: 22-25].
The laws of God are instructive to a seeker of God. They teach us and help bring us to the cross. They show us about His plan of redemption. His feasts show that very plan as a type and shadow of Christ Himself. The new moons and sabbaths teach us of His plan and timing for His coming kingdom. But they are but a shadow of the reality that now resides in our hearts. They are only an image of the reality. They are made for us to learn from–made for us by our Creator. But they are only a shadow of the Reality. That Reality is Christ’s Spirit in us.
Shadows Are Not Real
Shadows have never been the real deal. Shadows are actually made from a lack of light. Shadows are in the shape of things or people, but they are not the real thing; they are not a part of reality. Shadows merely imitate reality; they simulate what is real; they intimate that which is true; they suggest obscurely as to what or who made their image possible. But they are not the real thing.
They do not have the depth. They lack that third dimension. Shadows are flat and a bit distorted at times. They lie upon the earth in only two dimensions. Something three dimensional is held up off the earth, and light is actually blocked and a flat shadow results–a lack of light laying flat on the earth. Shadows are earthly phenomenon; they are distinctively of the earth.
Furthermore, shadows have no life in and of themselves. They are only beneficial in that they resemble at times the thing that blocks the light. Shadows are dark lifeless representations of other things. They cannot give life because they have not life to give. The law, along with the feast days, new moons and sabbaths are a shadow of the reality found in Christ.
We Can Learn from Shadows
But we can learn from shadows. What do they tell us? We can glean a rough idea of what something is, what is its shape, what is its function. But we cannot by embracing a shadow ever obtain the reality.
Shadows are merely lifeless, lightless representations and can never perfect anyone. They can lead you to the Perfecter, but worshipping and circling a shadow is not worshipping that Glorious Reality.
All shadows disappear when the true Light comes near. Christ is the Light with “neither shadow nor variableness of turning” [James 1: 7]. The true Light dispels the shadows. When He is truly come inside of us His temple, the Light will cause the shadows–the new moons, feast days, sabbaths, and all other earthly situations of worship to disappear.
These two passages of scripture should become clearer now: “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2: 27).
“The law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…” (I Tim 1: 9).
I welcome your comments. Kenneth Wayne Hancock