Sunday, April 1, 2018

What Passover Means to Christianity


What did Passover Predict?

   The first Feast of the Lord is Passover, which represented and accurately predicted the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Not only was the Passover feast accurate in symbolically depicting the manner of the death of our Lord, it also accurately foretold the day of his death (though not the year).
   Jesus died on the day of Passover—the very feast that predicted he would do so.

The following is a list of comparisons between the prophetic symbolism of the feast of Passover and the death of Jesus Christ:
1.      A lamb that was a beloved part of the family was sacrificed each Passover. John (the Baptizer) identified Jesus [the beloved Son of God] as God’s [ Passover] Lamb.
2.      Jesus was a male without blemish (he was perfect/sinless). According to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Exodus 12:5, the Passover lamb was to be a male without blemish.
3.      At what time were the Israelites instructed to kill their Passover lambs? What time was Jesus crucified? A comparison of the two verses below, shows that Jesus was crucified at the same time all of Israel were sacrificing their Passover lambs Exodus 12:6, John 19:14 (13-18).
4.      The entire assembly (all of Israel) were commanded to kill their lambs at the same time. At the trial of Jesus, they all shouted, in unison, “Crucify him!” Exodus 12:6, Matthew 27:22 (22-25).
5.      The lamb was commanded to be roasted whole—completely intact. Were any of Jesus’ bones broken Exodus 12:9, Psalm 34:20, John 19:33?
6.      Was any portion of the Passover lamb allowed to remain until the next morning? Was Jesus’ body allowed to remain on the cross till the next morning Exodus 12:10, Mark 15:42-43 (42-46)?
7.      In preparing the Passover lamb for roasting, two spits were used. One was thrust lengthwise through the body for support over the fire and the other across the shoulders for turning—symbolizing the cross upon which the Lamb of God was suspended.
8.      During the first Passover, the people were commanded to take the blood of the sacrificed lamb and apply it to the doorposts of their homes. When God saw the blood, death would pass over that house (that is why this feast is called Passover). When we apply the blood of Jesus Christ to the doors of our hearts, through faith in his death, burial and resurrection, God sees the blood, and death passes over us as well Exodus 12:7, 13, Colossians 1:14.
9.      John (who came baptizing), the same John that the entire nation of Israel—except the corrupt leadership of his day—accepted as a prophet, identified Jesus as God’s Passover lamb John 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:7.

   Because of the cleansing blood of Jesus, The Messiah, God’s Passover lamb, believers never have to endure separation from the presence of God—either in this age or in the age to come.
   If you have never applied the blood of Yeshua to the doorposts of your heart and would like to accept the risen Son of God, the only Christ, as your savior, call on God for salvation right now. Do not put it off another second. Ask God to forgive your sins and save you through faith in the shed blood of his resurrected son Romans 10:9-10, 13.
   To us a child is born, to us a son is given….
   The feast of Passover accurately predicted both the time, the day (though not the year), and the manner of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Likewise, each one of the other Feasts of the Lord represents a very real event that has either already taken place or will take place in the future.
   The feast of Passover predicted the literal death (by crucifixion) of Jesus Christ. Three more feasts have also seen their fulfillment.
   And three more predict events that are yet to come…. 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Blessing is not in Perfection


   David wrote about how to be blessed through obedience to the Law of the Lord, and then grievously violated that same Law. Yet he was still called, "...a man after God's own heart."
   How could that be?
   One lesson to take from the life of David, is that he was human like the rest of us. And at times, his flesh won out against his spirit in some of the worst ways imaginable. But whenever YAHWEH ELOHIYM [the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob] was able to get his full attention, David was quick to confess his sins [the wrongness of his actions] and turn [repent] from them.
   We read first-hand testimonies of this in his songs, many of which were inspired and preserved by God in the Holy Scriptures.
   Sometimes, David failed to recognize his sin without some nudging from from God's people. Sometimes, he needed to be confronted before he would repent, but when he was confronted, his heart would break from the knowledge of  his own wickedness. 
   When that happened, God always forgave him and welcomed him back into his arms. 
  Although David lived under the law and participated in Temple worship, he understood that religious ceremony did not impress God, unless it was coupled with genuine faith. He wrote that a broken and contrite heart was what counted with God--not sacrifice and ceremony. It was for this, that God called David a man after his own heart.
   David was an in-person example [for both bad and good] to his son, Solomon, who later wrote of his own experiences with sin. Solomon credited his father’s example in his own return to the Lord when he wrote, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” 
   Along with most everyone else, Solomon was aware of his father's sins, which often became public knowledge. He was also witness to his father’s willingness to turn from those sins when confronted with them, and that too, became public knowledge through David's own actions when he would publicly proclaim, “I was wrong!”
   Solomon witnessed the consequences of his father’s sins. He was also witness to the great blessings and deliverance of God when David would bring his thoughts, his heart, and his life back into line with God’s ways and God’s Word. 
   Following the influence of his father, to the bad, Solomon found his own life mired-down in the muck of sin. He then demonstrated the powerful influence of his father’s example of public confession and repentance, when he wrote “He who hides his sin shall not prosper….” 
   David's life was not an example of perfection. Many of the facts of his life were not recorded because they were meant to be emulated--but rather, to be avoided. But his life [with all the ups and downs] is an awesome  example of  what happens when a believer welcomes the correction of a loving God--even the humiliating circumstance of  public correction, if that is what it takes. 
   David embraced that correction and was grateful for it. We read about that, when he  wrote,"Blessed is the man whom you chasten O LORD and teach him out of your law That you may give him rest from the days of adversity..."