1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, 'The set feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts. (Leviticus 23:1-2)
One portion of the Law, which is shown to be very important to God throughout the Bible, involves the various appointments for Israel and Yahweh. Let us first look at the Hebrew word, מועד, ("moad"):
"The Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) Hebrew Lexicon gives its primary translation as an "an appointed place, time or meeting." The word can be used, and was used by the KJV, to represent each of those meanings. It comes from a root verb meaning "to appoint, to meet, to set." Thus, the "moadim" of Yahweh are three-fold: they are an appointment involving, 1) a specific place, 2) a specific time, 3) a specific service or set of rituals."
These Appointments are varied. They include the major ones Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tents; they also include the weekly Sabbath, the Blowing of Trumpets, Waving of Firstfruits, and the Day of Covering (Atonement).
Yahweh's Appointments are varied because they each hold prophetic truth concerning the Christ; they tell us about what our Lord's will is for His creation; they reflect spiritual truth through natural actions. There is much to be learned by studying these ancient appointed times.