Scripture: verse 16
So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat.
Observation: “So” implies that the previous passage laid the groundwork and gave the reasoning for this statement. The previous passage is about how Yeshua triumphed over earthly authorities and wiped away our bill of debt and freed us from sin.
Therefore, because you have been freed from sin and bondage to human tradition, don’t let humans pass judgement on you. (And, one would assume, don’t pass judgement on others.)
This doesn’t say that the traditions around these holidays are bad. They aren’t, and God calls some people to follow them at various times and for various reasons. But that’s between you and God and maybe your family.
How others worship is not my business. I do like to ask, because it’s really cool to learn about all the different things God has us do and how we’re all designed differently, but it isn’t my place to say someone is doing it wrong. It never has been.
Application: Don’t judge others for things that aren’t clearly sinful. We all do life a little differently. That’s cause for celebration, not criticism.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for being flexible, for meeting me where I am and with what I need instead of demanding that I conform to some model that I can’t fit. Help me to celebrate with other people and not be a stumbling block (Rom 14:13) to them. Amen.