Moedim (pronounced: mow-ed-eem) is a Hebrew word that is usually translated as “feasts” in our Bibles. However, the word actually means “appointments” or “appointed times”. Other words associated with these Moedim also indicate that they are “rehearsals”. The Appointed Times are listed in Leviticus 23.
These Moedim are the days throughout the year that our family now observes after ceasing our observance of Christmas, Easter and other days, which we believe are not of YHWH. There are an increasing number of people doing what we’ve done over the past decade. Our family will be observing our tenth Passover this year (2016), which is the first one of these Appointed Times that we began to observe.
It’s important to note that the Moedim are stated as being YHWH’s – and not Jewish Feasts, as many today consider them. Leviticus 23:2 says “… Concerning the feasts/Moedim of YHWH, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts/Moedim.”
The Moedim are observed in accordance with YHWH’s Scriptural calendar – not the Gregorian calendar that we are accustomed to. YHWH’s calendar is based upon both the solar and lunar cycles. Unfortunately, the true reckoning of this calendar has been partially lost over the past two millennia with the dispersion of Judah and the scattering of Israel. Because of this, there is some debate on a couple of aspects of the calendar, and people do observe the Moedim on different days. Another difficulty for those of us living in the Southern Hemisphere is that we observe the Moedim in the opposite seasons to those living in Israel, and the Northern Hemisphere in general. Nevertheless, even with these issues, I believe YHWH sees these Moedim as important annual reminders of the things that He wants us to remember. Our family is still new to all of this, and we will continue to learn about the deeper meaning behind the Moedim throughout the years ahead.
The Moedim have significance agriculturally, historically, prophetically and, of course, in teaching us spiritual lessons. Follow along with each of the posts as I go through each of the Moedim throughout the year (originally in 2016).
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