Lev 23:4 “These are the appointed feasts of Yahveh, the holy conventions, which you will proclaim at the time appointed for them.
Lev 23:5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is Yahveh’s Passover.
Lev 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahveh; for seven days you will eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7 On the first day you will have a holy convention; you will not do any ordinary work.
Lev 23:8 But you will present a fire offering to Yahveh for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convention; you will not do any ordinary work.”
Notice the prepositional phrases associated with the description of Israel’s feasts:
“feasts of Yahveh”
“Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahveh”
The celebrations were to be dedicated to, and centred around Yahveh, the God of the Bible. Their holidays had to be holy days because their entire culture revolved around God. Taking time off of ordinary work meant taking time for God. Their times of rest were not down time, they were up time.
LORD, help us to focus our down time to include up time for You.