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Saturday, April 7 2012

The Rising Of The Messiah's Unleavened People

The Days of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Days of Passover (see our Calendar of Christ's True Holy Days and the Fact Finder question below), were commanded by "the LORD God" for the original Passover, at the time of the Exodus.

Egypt

"12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 12:20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread." (Exodus 12:13-20 KJV)

Jesus Christ was "the LORD God" of the so-called "Old Testament" era (see Appearances Of The LORD God and What Does Word of God Mean To You?):

"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)

But also notice carefully that those that the Messiah delivered in the Exodus were required to apply the Passover to themselves by obeying the LORD. When they rebelled, the LORD put them to death, as an example to rebels for all time (see also A Journey Without A Destination and Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal).

The Holy Scriptures

"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play [see The Mount Sinai Riot and The Stones Of Mount Sinai]. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the LORD table, and of the table of devils. 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?" (1 Corinthians 10:5-22 KJV)

"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us"

Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread (also known as the Days of Passover) were commanded by Jesus Christ as a single observance because they represent the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God and the required acceptance of His Sacrifice by obeying Him.

Sermon

"5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat." (1 Corinthians 5:7-11 KJV)

The Messiah didn't die for "sinners"; He died for repentant sinners (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

There was, and is, nothing wrong with eating things containing yeast at other times, but for the purpose of the Days of Unleavened Bread it was used as a symbol of sin. It was also sometimes used as a metaphor for Satanic pride and hypocrisy - those who are "puffed up" in such a way will not be granted salvation.

But notice how those who "unleaven" themselves will be "raised" up - not in mere carnality and vanity, but be "quickened" to eternal life in due time (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). Notice also that the Messiah gave the teaching within His teaching about Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.

"6:48 I am that bread of life. 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever." (John 6:48-58 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is repentance necessary for salvation?
Listen to our Sermons Nisan 14: The Messiah's Preparation Day and Unleavened Bread: Answering The Call


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This Day In History, April 7

1118: Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Henry V at Capua (see Emperors and Popes).

1148: Alphonse I, count of Toulouse, died in Israel while on the Second Crusade.

1348: Prague University, the first in Central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.

1652: The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.

1739: English highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged for murder at York.

1823: French troops under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, starting the Franco-Spanish war.

1868: Thomas D'Arcy McGee was assassinated in Ottawa. McGee was an Irish nationalist who immigrated to Montreal in 1857 and later became one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation. He had just made a speech in Parliament when he was shot by a member of the Fenians, a radical group of Irish-Americans. Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder.

1943: The psychosis-producing drug LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basel, Switzerland, by Albert Hofman.

1963: The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president.

1967: A few weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War, a flight of Israeli fighter aircraft entered Syrian airspace and shot down 6 Syrian MiGs before circling freely over Damascus.

1971: U.S. President Nixon pledged a withdrawal of 100,000 more troops from the Vietnam quagmire by the next December.

1981: A new constitution in the Philippines gave Ferdinand Marcos dictatorial powers.

1990: U.S. national security advisor John Poindexter was found guilty in the Iran-Contra scandal.

2003: U.S. and British invasion forces captured Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. The government of Saddam Hussein collapsed 2 days later.

No "weapons of mass destruction" (the sole legal pretext, revised later after nothing was found, that was used by George W. Bush and Tony Blair for the invasion that devastated Iraq's civilian population and infrastructure) were ever found. Nor has there ever been found any connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were perpetrated by the al-Qaida terrorist organization. All of the suicide attackers entered the U.S. legally, directly from Saudi Arabia (the native country of Osama bin Laden) and Pakistan with tourist and student visas issued by U.S. Immigration (none of the terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada, a malicious myth that is still perpetuated by some who ignore the official U.S. immigration records).

Perhaps more ironic than the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where all of the 9-11 terrorists came from, are regarded as among the closest allies against terrorism in the Middle East, Iraq, that had nothing to do with 9-11, faced the greatest retaliation after the 9-11 attacks. While, just like numerous other tyrants around the world that are conveniently (i.e. those with oil) or fearfully (those with the military ability to defend themselves from invasion) ignored, Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator within his own country (although the invasion killed and maimed far more Iraqi civilians in a few years than Saddam Hussein ever did over decades), captured documents indicated that not only was Saddam Hussein not connected to the al-Qaida terrorist organization, he actually feared al-Qaida, and regarded it as a radical foreign threat to his own regime.



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