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Feasts and Convocations
Their Hebrew Translation in Leviticus 23


Feasts and Convocations 

Leviticus 23:2 gives special instructions regarding God's Festivals.  In this passage of scripture there are two notable words that deserve special note.  Let me quote these verses from three common translations and highlight these particular words. 

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts” (KJV). 

“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies” (NIV). 

“Give the Israelites instructions regarding the LORD’s appointed festivals, the days when all of you will be summoned to worship me” (NLT).  

God tells us that the “feasts” are His feasts.  He also informs us that they should be proclaimed, made known publicly, as “holy convocations.”  Let’s clear up any confusion about the meaning of these two key words – feasts and convocations .

            The word feast is translated from the Hebrew word mowed, which is defined in Strong’s Concordance as an “appointment, fixed time or season, festival, assembly, congregation, feast, season, set time appointed.”1  Notice that the first definition listed is appointment. 

            The word convocation is translated from the Hebrew word miqra, which means “something called out, a public meeting, a rehearsal, assembly, calling, convocation, reading.”2  Notice the definition “rehearsal”.  To rehearse is to practice in private for a public presentation.  It could be preparing a speech in private before talking it in front of many or practicing a musical instrument before a concert.  The big event that we as Christians are waiting for is the return of Jesus Christ. 

            Now let’s consider the definitions “appointment” and “rehearsal” for the words feast and convocation (assemblies (NIV) or days (NLT) above.  

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the appointments of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy rehearsals, even these are my feasts. 

            God set these feasts in place for ancient Israel around 1450 B.C. knowing very well what would happen in the future and when it would happen.  God set appointments on His calendar for future events to occur on His feast days, and the Israelites were to act them out as rehearsals, or in preparation for these events.  God’s appointments were met to the day. 

            What about Christians today?  Granted, many of the spring feasts have been mostly fulfilled, but that doesn’t mean we should stop observing them as memorials.  The fall feasts speak of life today and in the future.  Are they appointments and rehearsals as well?  Will specific things occur on the fall feast days as they have on the early feast days?  No doubt we will see as time unfolds but given how history has served to be our guide, I would not be surprised.  I want to be at the head of the line in rehearsing Jesus’ return! 

                                                The Master Plan of God is Revealed Through the Holy Days.


Thomas Thorne


1.  Abingdon’s Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, mowed, (#4150), Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary, Madison, NJ: Abingdon Press, 1983.

2.  Ibid., miqra, (#4744), Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary.


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