Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Child’s Story of the First Passover. Christ, Our Passover.

 

For “Scripture Sunday”:

A Story of the First Passover

This story gives a child’s view of what it might have been like for families on that first Passover leading to the freeing of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 3-13).

A Story of the First Passover

An artist’s concept of an Israelite putting the blood of a lamb on his doorposts before the first Passover (graphic © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers, visualbiblealive.com).

PDF to print for family reading

“The boy’s heart pounded as he helped his father secure the struggling lamb. He shivered a little as the sun’s rays dimmed and the coolness of the spring evening settled softly over Goshen. They had slaughtered animals before to provide meat for a special occasion. But this time was different.

This lamb would play a part in the last great plague the LORD was going to send on Egypt. Will Pharaoh finally give in? the boy wondered anxiously. Or will he refuse as he has done so many times before?”

More at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/bible-study/bible-stories/a-story-of-the-first-passover/

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More Bible Stories for children:

Bible Stories: The Purpose Behind the Stories

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Christ’s Body

Matthew 26:26

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

“The breaking of the unleavened bread at the New Testament Passover service is symbolic of Christ’s suffering in our place for our sins. It reminds us of our deserved punishment that fell on Jesus as His body was beaten and broken.

Eating the bread is also symbolic of our allowing Jesus Christ to live His life in us, and our need to live by every word of God (John 6:35; Galatians 2:20; Matthew 4:4). Just as physical food is essential to maintain physical life, living by the spiritual “bread” is essential for a healthy spiritual life.”

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Update:

A few things kinda got me down this week.  I am so tired of trying to keep up this house and fix the damaged guest house too.  I really wanted to be able to concentrate on getting this house sold.  The hedge looks like a weed patch, and the grass (weeds) is long and staggly.   Without the income from the guest house, my little pension only covers the the cost of the Property Taxes on both places, the Property Owners Assn fees, internet/phone/TV and the insurance on both places and the van.  So anything else I have to earn by selling stuff, and that is a lot of work. 

Especially as someone bought something that was brand new in blister pack, opened it and then found out it wasn’t what they thought it was, and wants a refund even though the ad was very specific and informative, so my funds are held up until it is resolved.  I don’t think it’s my fault that they didn’t research what they were buying.  Then there is a stolen dog that I am worrying about, hoping that he is not being used as a “bait dog” for dog-fighting.  I tried not to think about these things while I was cooking several dishes on Wednesday, and Thursday for the Passover meal on Friday evening.

Another helper has been working on the wiring, putting in switches and running wire to ceiling fans etc. but he didn’t show up today.  As we haven’t even started on the plumbing there still isn’t any water in the guest house yet, but I still have to pay the basic $40 a month for water.  Another expense.  Jay has been staying home with his mother taking care of her as she just got out of the hospital again. 

“Life is short, one should wake up everyday and ask themself if they’d rather be doing something else. And if so, do it.”    Well, I am getting to that point, I’d like to out from under the expense and responsibility of these two houses and be somewhere else.

The Sabbath service was so neat.  We had a young couple from another Saturday Sabbath church in Willis visit us because of the Passover.  Our pastor had married them 10 years ago, plus they are friends of our Song Leader, and I knew them from the other church, so they weren’t strangers. One thing that we were all so happy about is that we have been praying for his brother every week for a year as he has been dying several times from colon cancer, and yesterday we found out that he had one more surgery and is now fine and recovered.  Hallelujah!

The Bible readings were Psalm 67, Lev. 16:1-18:30,Eze. 22:1-19, and Heb. 9:1 22. The Teaching was about The Passover and the meaning of the leavening, ie. sin.  1 Cor.5:6 says that a little leavening will leaven the whole lump, and the elder explained how a little sin can lead to other larger ones.  Like when King David saw Bathsheba bathing, he should not have let it turn into all the sins that it did, including murder.  That is told at 2 Sam. 11th chapter.

For the potluck there were a lot of left-overs from the Passover meal the night before, so that we wouldn’t have to cook on the Sabbath. The lamb which had been relieved of all the bones the night before, was warmed up, and some of the liquid which had been separated from the meat was made into gravy for the left over baked potates.  They were cut up and made into Oven Roasted Potatoes with olive oil and seasonings.  There was some more Herbed Freekeh and other salads, Lentils with Veggies, and other veggies, gefilte fish loaf and chicken.  Several ladies had brought homemade unleavened bread, some flavoured with garlic or covered in cinnamon sugar.  Then there was plenty of matzos, jellys, fruits and honey.  We even had some lamb and liquid to freeze for another Sabbath.  After we had eaten and cleaned up the kitchen, we sat around talking for ages, and really enjoyed our time together.

I put the lamb bones in my pressure cooker and made the lamb bone broth today.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

“This Is My Blood …” Why Jesus Had to Die. Passover Supper.

 

“This Is My Blood … for the Remission of Sins”

Matthew 26:27-28

Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

“It was Jesus’ intent that each year as Christians drink this small glass of red wine that it would serve as a vivid reminder that His blood—His life—was poured out for us. This helps to impress on us the reality of the enormous price that was necessary to pay to forgive our sins—the death of the Son of God!

Christians remember the New Covenant that we made with God at baptism every year as we take the Passover. The New Covenant allows God to write His laws on our hearts, and it provides forgiveness of our sins and a promise of eternal life (Hebrews 8:8-12; 9:15).”

Study more about sin and Christ’s shed blood for our forgiveness in our Fundamental Beliefs “6. Sin and God’s Law” and “7. The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.” See also our article “Seven Last Sayings of Jesus.”

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Why Jesus Had to Die

“Why did the only Being who has ever lived a perfect human life have to experience such a horrible death? An often-overlooked festival of God helps us understand the deep significance of Christ’s crucifixion for our lives.

Why Jesus Had to Die

[From the March/April 2014 issue of Discern.]

Thousands of Jesus Christ’s countrymen had crowded into Jerusalem for the Passover festival—one of the most important events of the year. Jesus had warned His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem to be killed; but not understanding or believing, they chided Him for saying something like that!

Yet it was all happening just as He—and the Old Testament prophets—had predicted. The only truly innocent Man in history, Jesus the Christ, was falsely arrested, unjustly tried and sentenced to a horrific scourging and death.

His blood, like that of the Passover lambs that symbolized His sacrifice, would be shed during this momentous festival.”

More at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/plan-of-salvation/passover/why-jesus-had-to-die/

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Last night was the Passover Supper at the church.  Some of us arrived early to help the Pastor’s wife get everything ready.  

There was lamb, baked potatoes, freekeh herbed salad, gefilte fish loaf, broccoli casserole, hard-boiled eggs, an apple/walnut/honey dish, parsley, unleavened bread, wine, grape juice and other traditional things.  The Elder repeated the story about the Exodus and how that applies to us and Jesus’ sacrifice today.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wash One Another’s Feet. The Bread of Life.

 

Thursday, 21st. April 2016,  Start of Passover.

Jesus and the New Testament Passover. For the kids to learn.

Jesus and the New Testament Passover coloring page Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet

“Every year baptized members of the Church of God meet together to observe the Passover in a particular way. Here is why and the Bible story behind it.

At first Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet.

PDF to print for family reading with coloring page

Jesus and His family had always kept the Passover, as well as all of God’s annual festivals. But the last Passover Jesus kept was quite different.

First, He shocked His disciples by performing an act of humble service. Then He introduced symbols to remind them of the meaning behind His coming sacrifice.

Three new things

Here are three new things that He did:  He washed their feet. Jesus and the disciples gathered together in a special room at the beginning of the 14th of Abib at twilight. Jesus knew that He would soon be killed, and He said to them, “I have really wanted to eat this Passover with you before I die. I won’t eat it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.””

Questions

Here are some questions to think about or talk about as a family:

  1. Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet?
  2. What do the unleavened bread and wine mean at the New Testament Passover service?

More at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/bible-study/bible-stories/jesus-and-the-new-testament-passover/

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Upcoming Holy Days

Passover
April 22, 2016 - Observed evening before
Feast of Unleavened Bread
April 23-29, 2016
You Also Ought to Wash One Another’s Feet

John 13:14

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

“Washing feet was a sign of kind hospitality, generally assigned to the lowest slave. It was dirty work considering the dusty roads of the Holy Land. Yet our Creator and Savior was willing to lower Himself yet again as a powerful lesson we are to copy.

Washing feet as part of the New Testament Passover reminds us to always look for ways to serve, whether menial or major. The Christian life is a life of service, with a foot-washing attitude.”

Study more about Passover in our article “Passover and Forgiveness” and our booklet From Holidays to Holy Days: God’s Plan for You.

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The Bread of Life

“Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread hold a powerful and meaningful metaphor for Jesus Christ's life in us.

The real reason for a Christian to keep the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread is to learn that we can’t really put out sin without the help of Jesus Christ, the true bread of life.

“I thought that sounded like an idea for a college hazing prank,” said the older gentleman. He had just heard me give a sermon explaining why and how to keep the biblical festival of the Days of Unleavened Bread. “Put out the leavened bread,” I had said. “Look in all the places of your home where crumbs and particles of bread and crackers may have fallen during the year. Make sure you get out every last crumb, and don’t forget to empty your vacuum cleaner.”

Looking back on that sermon I think I spent too much time telling people how to physically clean their home and not enough time on the deeper spiritual meaning behind the commanded ritual of putting out leaven—leaven being a symbol of spiritual sin. Now, years later, when I give sermons explaining to people how to keep this festival I teach them to remove leavened products, like bread, cakes and crackers and leavening agents like yeast and baking soda, from their homes. But I do not dwell at length on this.

I have learned it is far more important—in fact the real spiritual lesson behind putting out the physical leaven—is to focus on putting out spiritual sin from my life. The real reason for a Christian to keep this festival is to learn that we can’t really put out sin without the help of Jesus Christ, the true bread of life.

The Days of Unleavened Bread give us a seven-day period to focus on our need to work against sin with the help of Christ’s life within us.

God’s teaching is to eat unleavened bread during this festival. Why? The answer lies in understanding two passages of Scripture from the New Testament. In the first, the apostle Paul is writing to a Gentile church in Corinth which never had the knowledge of this festival prior to responding to hearing the gospel. In his first letter to the church Paul tells them to keep this festival with a deeper spiritual understanding.

They had a false pride because of sin, and he told them to remove the sinner from their fellowship so they could face spiritual reality. “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).”

More at: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/blogs/the-bread-of-life

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As far as I know, all the leavening is now out of the church’s dining hall and my house.
Tonight, we will meet at the church and have the foot washing just as Jesus (Yeshua) did all those years ago.

The Passover starts at dusk today.