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Thursday, April 5 2012
Nisan 14: The Messiah's Manna
The Levitical priesthood was established after the Exodus (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood). At the time of the first Passover, which happened just before the Exodus, the Passover lambs were killed by the head of every household (see What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?) 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 - the sacrifice wasn't apart from them, it became a part within them (keep that point in mind, as we read further).
"12:1 And the LORD [see Appearances Of The LORD God] spake unto Moses [see Moses Of Midian] 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.
"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's passover.
"For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world"
When the Messiah came (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?), He consistently made the direct connection between the manna that was given by Him (see Appearances Of The LORD God) to the Israelites in the wilderness after the Exodus, 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 [keeping in mind that Jesus was a Jew too; see also Who Were The First 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 expended their entire lives living 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 Is Your Church A Cult?).
"6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum [see also Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And 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 Messiah 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 (see The True Gospel Of Christ). 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.
The Messiah then further commanded His servants (often known today as "ministers"), in keeping with the unleavened (not arrogant and "puffed up") nature of the occasion, that the Messiah Himself lived His entire life by, to conduct themselves as humble servants of Christ, not "lords" over Christ's people. When they began bragging about which of them would be the "leading" servant, the LORD rebuked them for such an attitude of Satanic arrogance (see The Way To Salvation: Step 1).
"22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
Fact Finder: How are Passover and the Day Of Atonement related?
This Day In History, April 5
347 BC: The Greek philosopher Plato died.
1242: The Russians repelled an invasion by the Teutonic Knights.
1340: Islamic naval forces fought the Spanish in a battle in the Straits of Gibraltar.
1355: In Rome, Charles IV was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1513: Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian, King Henry VIII of England, King Ferdinand of Aragon (Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, who employed Christopher Columbus as an explorer) and Pope Leo X signed the Treaty of Mechlin, an alliance to invade France.
1614: Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe.
1621: The English Mayflower sailed from Plymouth on its return trip to England.
1795: The Treaty of Basel between France and Prussia was signed during the French Revolutionary War.
1843: Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong as a British crown colony.
1896: The modern-day Olympic Games began, in Athens.
1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving U.S. atomic secrets to Russia.
1955: Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister. He was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
1974: The 110-story World Trade Center opened in New York.
1975: Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military and political leader, died. He fled to Taiwan after his Nationalist forces lost the Chinese civil war against the communists under Mao Zedong in 1949.
1989: The Polish government legalized the Solidarity union, and allowed democracy in government.
2008: Charlton Heston died at age 84. The actor portrayed Moses in the classic film The Ten Commandments.