Paul Declares That We Are Under a CURSE If We Do *NOT* Keep the Festivals

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“For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them” (Galatians 3:10). Paul is using a plain ****IT IS WRITTEN***, but from where?
Here it is:
“Cursed is every man that continues not in all the words of this law to do them: and all the people shall say, So be it” (Deuteronomy 27:26, Brenton’s English Septuagint).
“The words of this Law” are not the words of the Ten Commandments, but rather all of the words of the Law of Moses, especially Deuteronomy.
Here is a selection of some of the words:
“Three times in a year shall all your males appear before יהוה (JEHOVAH) your Elohim (God) in the place which He shall choose; in the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and in the Festival of Weeks, and in the Festival of Tabernacles: and they shall not appear before יהוה (JEHOVAH) empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of יהוה (JEHOVAH) your Elohim (God) which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 16:16-17).
Where is the chosen place of worship currently at? The heavenly sanctuary in the heavenly Jerusalem! We enter into His courts with thanksgiving in our hearts by faith. Everything is done by faith. The works of the Law will not save us, but the faith of Jesus saves us. If we are lacking the faith to observe the festivals, then we should be praying for an increase of faith rather than looking for every excuse that we should not be keeping them. We are cursed if we are not keeping them? Why? Because God is arbitrary? No. God is practical. If we are not keeping the festivals, we are not receiving His blessings and His presence that is in the keeping of them. But as the Law of Moses is restored to us via the Elijah Message (Malachi 4:4), we will receive all the blessings of the latter rain, and the work will be quickly finished. This is what God is longing for. He wants us to be blessed and not cursed.
Here Paul specifically mentions the festivals, verifying that they are a present reality, not past:
“Let no man therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or in respect of a festival, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbaths; Which ***ARE*** a shadow of things to come; but the body of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17).
In Paul’s day, Gnostics were judging people in their diet and in respect to how they observed God’s annual, monthly, and weekly appointed times. They were very restrictive, because the physical body was seen as evil, needing to be suppressed by man-made decrees. Paul says to let “the body of Christ” judge us in these matters: His crucified and risen body, which we are spiritually a part of as His spiritual body by the Spirit. The enmity of sin that is in our flesh was abolished on the Cross, so we do not need to try to restrict our physical bodies to keep God’s Law; this only fuels the enmity of selfishness that is against us, because the focus is on self. Our focus is to be on the crucified and risen body of Christ! And that is what is to judge us in these matters. Then we will see the Sabbath more fully–that is not just a Day. It is the rest we have in the body of Christ. The Sabbath day is only a shadow of things to come; therefore, we should not keep it ceremonially, but in its fullness, with the fullness of Christ in us! What is to come? Eternal rest from sin and suffering in the Eternal Kingdom! Eating new fruit from the Tree of Life every New Moon! Tabernacling with God! None of God’s appointed times are against us when we observe them in Christ; they are all for us, to direct our minds to things to come (in addition to enjoying the wonderful fellowship with the Father and the Son and with Christian friends)!
Oh friends, let us make no more excuses. Paul clearly presents all of God’s appointed times for worship as still being in effect; and we are under the curse if we are not observing them. Christ wants to free us from the curse, for He became the curse for us!
“Cursed is everyone that continues not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them … Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:10, 13).

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