In regards to this earlier statement made by jesusinmyheart.. Having studied hermeneutics (law of interpreting scripture) and such, and knowing the importance of this law is so great that Jews also had come up with such laws in their studies, I have this to say. What you fail to realize here is how God is not talking to just anyone. The context of AUDIENCE is those that sojourned in the land of Israel, in other words a Jew or a jewish convert. God told THEM to observe these commands and anyone who wanted to live in the Holy Land. However, there is a completely different audience now when Jesus arrives on the scene and a NEW COVENANT to be proclaimed by all of those that followed Jesus' teachings.Now, then you have the feasts which are God's appointed times, that He commands us to observe as a statue 'forever' or 'perpetually'.
In the Old Covenant the people performed a different ceremony than what we would do today to be apart of the New Covenant. Look at this:
Exo 24:7 And he took the book of the covenant (Moses), and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.
Exo 24:8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled [it] on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant (old), which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
Have you had blood sprinkled on you for this covenant to keep? If you have not had this physical blood sprinkled on you than I would assume you are not apart of this covenant. And even if you are a Jew this doesn't automatically make you apart of this old covenant with God either, since Paul says:
Rom 2:25 For circumcision is valuable if you observe the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
Rom 2:26 So if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the requirements of the law, his uncircumcision will be regarded as circumcision, won't it? (this cant be talking about ceremonial law obviously, or we would need be circumcised right? - the requirement here is the Law of Faith which was promised to Abraham long before Moses came along)
Rom 2:27 The man who is uncircumcised physically but who keeps the law will condemn you who break the law, even though you have the written law (not the Law of the Spirit) and circumcision.
Rom 2:28 For a person is not a Jew because of his appearance, nor is circumcision something external and physical.
Rom 2:29 No, a person is a Jew inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by a written law. That person's praise will come from God, not from people.
The New Covenant is along these lines:
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if [it be] yet in vain.
Gal 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (in other words you live if you perform well - old covenant)
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit (NEW COVENANT) through faith.
Gal 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though [it be]but a man's covenant, yet [if it be] confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Gal 3:17 And this I say, [that] the covenant (the one made before Moses covenant with God), that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise: but God gave [it] to Abraham by promise.
Gal 3:19 Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made ( JESUS CHRIST ); [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. (The seed of the woman has already come and stepped on the head of the serpent's seed) So what serveth the law now?? It says "til" meaning that Jesus "fulfilled the law" (or) "COMPLETED the law")
Gal 3:20 Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one.
Gal 3:21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
IF what you say is true here (that we need to keep these feasts and what not) then why is there such a discrepancy between what you teach and with the teachings of Paul who was SPECIFICALLY appointed to bring the good news to the GENTILES? If you dont agree then please examine:
Col 2:8 See to it that no one enslaves you through philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him the whole fullness of God lives in bodily form.
Col 2:10 And you have been brought to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.
Col 2:11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision performed without human hands by stripping off the corrupt nature in the circumcision performed by Christ.
Col 2:12 When you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13 Even when you were dead because of your offenses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with him when he forgave us all of our offenses,
Col 2:14 having erased the charges that were brought against us with their decrees that were hostile to us. He took those charges away when he nailed them to the cross.
Col 2:15 And when he had disarmed the rulers and the authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the cross.
Col 2:16 Therefore, let no one judge you in matters of food and drink or with respect to a festival, a new moon, or a Sabbath day. (This clearly implies we are not commanded to keep the feasts or whatever (in KJV it uses "holydays" for festival but is indicative of any feast or celebration.. we can partake in these if we want clearly.. but we are NOT commanded to.. in fact we're not supposed to let anyone judge us in these things so as to weaken our conscious)
Col 2:17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the reality belongs to Christ.
Col 2:18 Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels cheat you out of the prize by boasting about what he has seen. Such a person is puffed up without cause by his carnal mind.
Col 2:19 He does not hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, which is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that comes from God.
Col 2:20 If you have died with Christ to the basic principles of the world, why are you submitting to its decrees as though you still lived in the world?
Col 2:21 "Don't handle this! Don't taste or touch that!"
Col 2:22 All of these things will be destroyed through use because they are based on human commands and teachings.
Col 2:23 These things have the appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion, humility, and harsh treatment of the body, but they have no value against self-indulgence.
So, in my humble opinion you and Paul really dont agree. And since he was the Jew chosen to preach to the Gentiles about Christ.. I'm going to listen to him. See any blinding lights lately?