“Do as I say, not as they do”~ God …Exodus 34:11-14
11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: (something akin to Totem Poles, which were idols)
14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Yehoveh makes it clear that there are two conditions for Israel to obey if God’s promises to Israel within that covenant would come about; first, as told in vss. 11-16, Israel must not mix themselves with the Canaanites and involve themselves in their idolatry.
Second, there are several God-ordained observances, appointed times, (as outlined in vss. 17-26) that they are ALWAYS to keep.
The schedule of Yehoveh’s appointed times, which includes the 7 Biblical Feasts, were agriculturally based festivals that were timed to occur in the various seasons and stages of planting, growing, and harvesting. This is evident in the parable of the sower in Matthew where Yeshua is attempting to connect with the people in a way that they would understand.
Likewise, Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 3:6 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
While did the nations outside of Israel did some similar things, we need to follow the Lord when He says that the WAY and the DAY and the REASON for celebrating those set apart days and festivals was NEVER to be done in the way that the pagans did they’re celebrating.