I came across this verse…
“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.” – Exodus 12:14 [KJV]
…and I was perplexed by it. The verse refers to the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread. The word/phrase “for ever” in this verse is from the Hebrew word “olam” meaning “without end”. From reading this verse it caused me to think that I am to observe and partake of the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread each year as a memorial to what God did for Israel in Egypt; Which God passed over the houses which were marked by the Israelites and killed the first born from all other homes of the Egyptians. The feast is performed from April 15th (the day after Passover) until April 21st. For seven days there is to be only unleavened bread in the home and eaten, all leaven is taken out of the home prior to the 15th. The leaven during this feast represents sin, therefore there is no evidence of it in any home during the seven days.
Now, I have heard and been told that the feasts which are mentioned in the old testament are no longer observed as a result of the events in the new testament. However, it still confuses me about the phrase “for ever” that is stated in the verse. If this means what I believe it could mean, than we are to continue observing this feast for always, even into the time of the new earth.
Does anyone have something that could alleviate some of the confusion brought upon me by this verse and the sayings of man? Do we continue to observe the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread? Do we observe all feasts? Do we no longer observe any feasts? And why?