Sunday, April 17 2011
The Bread Of His Flesh
The Levitical priesthood was established after the Exodus. At the time of the first Passover, which began the Exodus, the Passover lambs were killed by the head of every household on the afternoon of Nisan 14. They placed the lamb's blood around their doors, and then ate the roasted lamb that evening, after sunset, on Nisan 15 (Biblical days begin and end at sunset). The lambs weren't merely slaughtered; they were also eaten.
"12:1 And the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
That same night, the LORD executed judgment upon those who were not "covered" by the sacrifice, by obeying Him in doing it (see Works Means Obedience).
"12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD passover.
"He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My Body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me"
When the Messiah came (see The By-The-Book Messiah), He made a startling connection between manna and the flesh of the Passover lamb i.e. "the bread that I will give is my flesh."
"6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
The Son of God then explained the meanings of, and the connections between, manna and the Passover sacrifice (and the wine that would be used to symbolize His Blood).
"6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
It was a "hard saying" for many of those who had lived their entire lives observing the symbolism of the observances, without realizing that the observances were a living prophecy of their actual fulfillment, not a fulfillment just in themselves. For some of those who worshipped the practices of their religion rather than truly worshipping the LORD, it was too much, just as the Biblical Truth is sometimes "too much" for some people who claim to be Christian today (see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?; also Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?).
"6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
When the day began (i.e. at sunset, the beginning of Nisan 14) on which the Passover lamb was later to be killed (i.e. about 18 hours later, on the afternoon of Nisan 14 - the Christ was crucified at the same time that the Passover lambs were being sacrificed), the Messiah observed Passover in the manner that fulfilled it - and in the way that everyone in the world be observing it in the Kingdom of God after His return. The "flesh" of the Lamb of God that they ate was the bread i.e. "he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me."
"22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Fact Finder: While Jesus Christ is the "Lamb of God" and the High Priest who made (at Passover) and delivered (as portrayed by the Day of Atonement; for detailed studies and sermons for the Day of Atonement and all of the other true Christian Holy Days, see our Calendar of Christ's Holy Days) His Sacrifice, why then wasn't the Messiah a Levite?
This Day In History, April 17
1194: The second coronation of England's King Richard I, after his return from the Third Crusade (see The Crusades).
1421: The sea breached the dikes at Dort in the Netherlands. More than 100,000 people were killed.
1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Ferdinand and Isabella were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England) signed a contract giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.
1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. While Luther rejected the leadership of the papacy because of the pope's immoral and unethical behavior, Luther's "protest" did not include most of the Church of Rome's actual antichrist doctrines (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Luther, and most of the "Protestant churches" of today, remain Roman Catholic in doctrine.
1555: The city of Siena surrendered to Philip of Spain after a lengthy famine. He later sold Siena to Cosimo de Medici.
1610: Henry Hudson sailed from London, England; among his discoveries (to Europeans; the native people who were there already knew it) included what would later be known as Hudson Strait.
1793: The Battle of Warsaw.
1808: The Bayonne Decree by Napoleon ordered the seizure of U.S. ships (France had supported the rebellion of the New England colonies against Britain, while at the same time tolerating no independence efforts in any of the French colonies in Louisiana or elsewhere throughout the continent of North America).
1864: During the Schleswig Holstein-Prussian War, Prussian forces under Prince Frederick Charles attacked the fortress at Dueppel.
1895: The Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War. China and Japan recognized Korean independence and China gave up Formosa to Japan.
1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan stateswoman, was born. In July 1960, she became the world's first woman prime minister.
1941: The entire Yugoslav army and government surrendered to the Germans in Belgrade.
1961: The US "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba. The 3-day battle left 100 killed and more than 1,000 invaders captured.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-born Arab, was found guilty of the assassination of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.
1970: Apollo 13 returned to earth after an oxygen tank explosion caused the moon-landing mission to be aborted and the near-loss of the crew.
1975: Phnompenh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist insurgents, just as North Vietnamese and Vietcong were sweeping south toward Saigon. The communists under Pol Pot (actual name, Saloth Sar) would eventually murder over 2 million Cambodian people - 1/4 of the population.
1989: The Polish trade union Solidarity was legalized after a 7 year ban by the communist government.
1997: Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog died at age 78.