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As Paul instructed us all, we should not let men judge us for keeping God’s Sabbaths, Holy Days or Rosh Chodesh (New Moons) (Col.2:16-17). God commanded His people to observe the New Moons as a Statute (Deut.16:1, Ps.81:3-4). David observed the new moons with fellowship and special worship (1 Sam.20:5, 18, Ps.81:3-4).

Rosh Chodesh will continue to be observed in the world tomorrow as a special time of worship (Isa.66:23). The new moons were observed as the beginning of each month, and as a special time to worship God, to fellowship with others in the faith, and to reflect on our walk with God. It was used as a monthly “check” of one’s spiritual progress in their walk with God. The new moons were NOT Sabbath days nor was it commanded to assemble on Rosh Chodesh. Many did however assemble, often sharing a meal together, as they reflected on God and rejoiced together. This spirit of rejoicing and eating together on God’s Sabbaths, Feasts and new moons bothered the Gentile populace of Colosse because they believed in penance and asceticism as a sacrament and form of atonement. To them self-denial was the way to their god, “touch not, taste not…etc”

Col 2:20 – Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations — 21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," 22 which all concern things which perish with the using — according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

This is why the apostle Paul told the church not to let any man judge them for celebrating and feasting when they kept the Holy Feast days of God. Paul did not want us to let anyone interfere with our obeying God in this way. This Gentile Church Paul established was FEASTING and eating and rejoicing before God as they kept his commanded Holy Days and Rosh Chodesh.

These designated times were originally kept by both the Jewish and Gentile members of the early Church of God! They are God’s time markers reminding us of where we are in God’s plan of salvation – as taught through the keeping of God’s Holy Feasts.
They too are a reflection of the Body of Yeshua(Jesus) for the benefit of all mankind.

Each of God’s Holy Days and designated times teach the observer a vital part of HOW God’s plan will be carried out. The Sabbath and Holy Feasts are like a beacon and a topographical map showing us details of God’s plan to save all mankind. These Statutes of God are given to us as a light to our path and they make us wiser than our teachers or the ancients (Ps 119:98-105)! Let’s all thank God for them.

The New Moons and Our Goals

Aaron Berg

Should we care about the new moon? Does it matter if we observe them? Should we care about when a Hebrew month starts? What impact does it have on me?

Well let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about New Moons...

For many, this is a refresher of what you already know. I know in our local area, the new moons or Rosh Chodesh, in Hebrew, have been covered quite a bit in messages over the last few years. For some of us, we have understanding but it’s kind of been put aside, something we know about, but not always a priority. So, whatever it may be for you, let’s take a look at some passages that talk about Rosh Chodesh…

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