Sunday, April 21, 2019

Lessons of the Passover Bread. Christ’s Fervent Desire. You Also Ought to Wash One Another’s Feet. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

Lessons of the Passover Bread

“On the night before His death, Jesus Christ shared unleavened bread with His disciples, telling them to repeat this every year in remembrance. What did this bread symbolize? What lessons are Christians to learn from it?

A hand tearing about some flat bread.Marina Moshkovich/Hemera/Thinkstock

When you come to understand all that the bread represents, you will understand the deepest, loving intentions of God toward humankind.

For more than 50 years, I have annually observed the New Testament Passover as instructed by Jesus Christ. Each time I have marveled at the significance of what Christ taught His followers and how meaningful each of the elements and symbols are for my life today.

In a way, Jesus Christ’s entire ministry for mankind is condensed into what happened on that evening! Let’s take a closer look. The Gospel writer Luke shares this account of what happened that evening:

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

“When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’” (Luke 22:14-19).

The apostle Paul later explains what he had been personally taught by Jesus Christ:

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes’” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Key symbols of Christianity

The very heart and core of Christianity is wrapped up in the symbols of the bread and the wine that Jesus shared at the Passover the night before His death. Christ established a practice for Christians to follow and carefully examine today.

The Passover evening began with Jesus washing each of the disciple’s feet, as recorded in John13:1-17. This showed His humility and service to humanity and the need for Him to cleanse us while also setting an example for us to follow. He followed up with the symbols of the bread and wine. Drinking the Passover wine represented accepting Jesus’ shed blood as payment for our sins that we may be forgiven as part of the New Covenant He offered.

The prophet Isaiah eloquently described this meaning: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6).

When we take part in the Passover service today we reenact the solemnity, the intimacy of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with one another and with ourselves. We leave the past behind as we reach out towards immortality and the Kingdom of God.

As Christians, we are admonished to examine ourselves prior to the service: “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body” (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).” Continued at: https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-magazine/lessons-of-the-passover-bread

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Christ’s Fervent Desire

Luke 22:15

Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”

“Jesus Christ knew the terrible things He would suffer in the day ahead, but still He focused His mind on His disciples and using this last opportunity to teach them as much as He could. Much of His teaching on that Passover night is recorded for us in each of the Gospels, and especially in John 13 through 17. He set us an incredible example by focusing on God’s festival and God’s plan even when He had every excuse to focus on His trials and Himself. How can we do any less than to “do this in remembrance” of Him (verse 19), with fervent desire?”

Study more about Passover in “Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?” and “Why Jesus Had to Die.”

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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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Update.

As my last post was just three days ago, not much has gone on since then.  Zack, my neighbor who helps me, and I, went over to the horse pasture where travel trailer that I bought last week is stored, and pressure washed it. It looks a lot better. It needs some work and I wish it was outside my side door where all my tools are in the workshop, but I don’t have permission to bring it here just yet.  Mostly it needs new countertops in the kitchen and bathroom because it was built when they thought particle board was OK.  I make them out of 3/4 inch plywood which doesn’t rot like particle board, and then cover them with Formica.  I don’t need granite or anything heavy and hard like that, because I am used to using cutting boards.  The propane water heater is shot, so I will install an instant propane or eletric one as they are more economical and widely used in Europe where utilities are much more expensive than here in the USA.

Most of my time on Thursday and Friday was getting things ready for the Holy Day at church, and playing hostess to several visitors.  A former foster-mom of my foster-cat Oreo came to see me, she was just as upset about Oreo’s demise as I am.  We knew that there was something else wrong with that old kitty other than her thyroid and heart. Oreo enjoyed a lot of love here with me, and I miss her. 

For the church Passover Service, I made a Gefilte Fish and organic veggie loaf, and the left-overs went home with different people. I also made the Charoset for the Sedar Plate with apples, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and ground cloves, etc.  One thing that always goes down well is my Unleavened Almond Bread, I knew to make a lot as the folks want to take some home with them:  https://www.ucg.org/members/recipes/unleavened-recipes/jewish-almond-bread , but we agreed that there should only be about 1/4 cup of sugar, unless you are trying to make a dessert.  My Rutabaga Baked Fries got eaten up in a hurry. We also had the tradional lamb, hard boiled egg, parsley, etc.  We did it just like Jesus and the Disciples did all those years ago.

We had to have the service during the day instead of the previous evening, as some of us are getting old and can’t drive in the dark, so it started at 11.00 am on Saturday. The Bible readings were Luke 22:14. The wine represents His blood, Luke 22: 19, The bread represents His body, John 13:1-17 about Jesus washing the feet, John 5:25-58, 1 Cor. 1:7-29, and 23:26, “Do This In Remembrance of Me” , Exo 6:6-8, the 4 cups of wine. The fifth cup, Elijah’s, cannot be drank yet.  We all enjoyed the day.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What Really Happened on Good Friday? Christ’s Body. Christ’s Blood.

For  “Scipture Sunday”,

What Really Happened on Good Friday?

“Every year millions commemorate Good Friday on the Friday before Easter. It’s believed that Jesus was crucified and entombed on that Friday afternoon. But does the Bible teach that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday?

Good Friday is the traditional holiday supposedly honoring the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. However, a concordance search will reveal that the term Good Friday is not found in the New Testament. In fact, its exact origin is uncertain. Some sources say it comes from “God’s Friday,” while others say it comes from the German Gute Freitag. It is referred to as “Holy Friday” in Romance languages and was called “Long Friday” by the Anglo-Saxons and is still referred to that way in modern Danish.

But do the four Gospel accounts designate Friday as the day Jesus died and was entombed? If not, then what did happen on that Friday?

When we understand that there were two Sabbaths observed in Jerusalem that week—an annual Sabbath and the weekly Sabbath—understanding Jesus’ statement about “three days and three nights” becomes easier.”  Continue Reading.

From: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/life/blog/what-really-happened-on-good-friday/?

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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.

Study more about Passover in our Fundamental Beliefs “12. The Passover.” See also “Passover: What Did Jesus Do for You?

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“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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Update.

After two visits to a chiropractor, at my own expense, at last I have some relief from my back pain.  My tailbone will always be a sore spot because it is bent. Still waiting for out of network permission from my medical insurance to pay for treatment.  A friend who does Myofascial Release helped quite a bit.  She originally learned how to do this on horses, but it works on other four legged and two legged beings also.  (It is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body.)

As I am supposed to have a contract on both my house and the mini-house, so when the opportunity came to buy an old Holiday Rambler Presidential travel trailer, I grabbed it.  Yes, it needs work, but at least I will have a home if the house deal goes through.

Getting the trailer moved was quite a process. It was under a rickety roof-over, which had been repaired with cross beams that were too low to allow the AC to pass under them, so they had to be removed. Then there had been a water leak under it and a great big wet area was hampering getting the leveling blocks out.  A water faucet on a post was not far in front of it, so that meant that the truck couldn’t be lined up very well. 

My girlfrend with a 3/4 ton diesel truck and I couldn’t do it alone, so I called “Mr. Impossible”, my son Kevin.  Fortunately, he has just moved back to TX from FL.  He can do impossible things, and he really did it then.  But because the grass was so slippery we had to pull his big van with my friends diesel chained in front of it, to get the trailer out. One tire was flat so we had to mount the spare. My compressor came in handy to air up the tires too. The trailer has an electric jack which didn’t work, so fortunately my floor jack and some cement blocks did the job.  I still didn’t have my subdivision’s permission to bring it in here, so we took it to my friend’s horse pasture.  But before we could even get it through the gate, Kevin had to cut a bunch of low hanging branches down with his chainsaw. But at least we got it out into a safe place with no real mishaps, and no people, animals or property were hurt in the process.

I made Baked Jimaca Fries and a Bison Impossible Pie for the church’s Sabbath potluck.  Then anything with leavening was taken out of the church’s kitchen for me to store in the empty mini-house fridge, as Passover starts on Friday evening.  A lot of us can’t drive at night, so we are going to have our Passover Service at 11.am on Saturday.

The Bible readings  were Exo. 9:1-35, Isa. 34:11-35:4, Heb. 12:14-17 and Matt. 13:51 to the end of chapter 14.

My little skinny foster cat, Oreo, is really on her last legs, and I have been packing up all her meds and food to give back to my SPCA boss.  Oreo makes her last ride to the vet this afternoon, so I going to go lie down with her for the last time before she goes over Rainbow Bridge.

As you can see I have been really busy, so this post is for last Sunday.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Passover or Easter? The 10 Commandments in the Old and New Testaments. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:
Passover or Easter?image
“Maybe you think of a Jewish ceremonial meal or the remarkable events of the first Passover recorded in the biblical book of Exodus. The story of millions of people painting blood on their doorposts to escape death and afterwards gathering their belongings and leaving Egypt—for the first time in their lives free from oppressive slavery.

But what meaning does the Passover have for a Christian?
Referring to Christians, the apostle Paul said that Jesus is “our Passover.” What critical meaning should this have for you?
“In a short time, Jews will be observing the Passover and most Christians will be celebrating Easter.

Why don’t most Christians observe the Passover at the same time and in the same manner as instructed by Jesus? Have you ever thought about that?

Jesus observed the Passover with His disciples. Jesus is the Passover—the Lamb of God. Shouldn’t we be following His example?

Instead Christianity substitutes a non-biblical celebration involving colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. What a poor substitute for following the Savior’s example of foot-washing, eating bread as a symbol of Christ’s broken body and drinking wine as a symbol of His blood—on the same night when He did it. It was on that Passover night that He commanded His disciples to do this—what did He say?—“in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24).

How much more can we experience God’s power in releasing the shackles of sin and conquering the desires of sin, if we would obey the Passover Lamb by observing what He said to do at the time and in the manner He said to do it?”  http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-television-program/christ-our-passover
Video of the complete program:   https://youtu.be/5Ltd2gLa7HU
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The 10 Commandments in the Old and New Testaments
“Jesus identifies faithful members of His Church as those “who keep the commandments of God” (Revelation 12:17). Some of the final words of the Bible and this revelation of Jesus Christ likewise state: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).

The 10 Commandments given by God in the Old Testament continue to be God’s expectations of Christians today.
The following chart identifies references to the 10 Commandments in both the Old and New Testaments.
Old Testament
New Testament

First
Commandment
Exodus 20:3Deuteronomy 5:7
Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8; Revelation 14:7

Second
Commandment
Exodus 20:4-6Deuteronomy 5:8-10
Acts 15:20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-20; Ephesians 5:5

Third
Commandment
Exodus 20:7Deuteronomy 5:11
Matthew 5:33-37; 1 Timothy 6:1; James 2:7

Fourth
Commandment
Exodus 20:8-11Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Luke 4:16; 23:55-56; Acts 17:1-2; 18:4; Hebrews 4:9; 1 John 2:6

Fifth
Commandment
Exodus 20:12Deuteronomy 5:16
Matthew 15:4-9; 19:19; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 1:29-30; Ephesians 6:1-3

Sixth
Commandment
Exodus 20:13Deuteronomy 5:17
Matthew 5:21-22; 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 1:29-30; 13:9

Seventh
Commandment
Exodus 20:14Deuteronomy 5:18
Matthew 5:27-28; 19:18; Mark 10:11-12, 19; Luke 16:18; 18:20; Romans 7:2-3;13:9

Eighth
Commandment
Exodus 20:15Deuteronomy 5:19
Matthew 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Romans 13:9; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Peter 4:15; Revelation 9:21

Ninth
Commandment
Exodus 20:16Deuteronomy 5:20
Matthew 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 13:9; Ephesians 4:25

10th
Commandment
Exodus 20:17Deuteronomy 5:21
Luke 12:15; Romans 1:29; 7:7; 13:9; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3, 5

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Update
I didn’t think that this was ever going to get posted today, so many hindrances have happened.  The great computer guy at church brought me a different computer which was supposed to be all set up with all the things that I need in it.  But I had to phone Technical Support twice, and you know how that goes.  You are speaking to someone with a very foreign accent, (more than my British one) for ages.

Then a storm came and the downed trees knocked out the power for a couple of hours.  Then because the time and date on the computer went back to the Boer War, it wouldn’t let me sign in.  Finally I have it all fixed. 

The ugly orange Hide-A-bed was sold this week to a lady who wanted the shape of the bare bones but is going to recover it.  Then my friend who works in Estate Sales got me a pretty burgundy loveseat which looks really nice in my living room.

My new doctor had me give some blood to their “vampire’ and he put me on thyroid medicine, but said that it takes a while to work.  My little old scraggly foster-cat was weighed and had her thyroid re-checked but she still isn’t putting on any weight. She is so picky, because she doesn’t feel well I suppose, so I have trouble getting her to eat anything.  She drinks an awful lot of water, but she will only eat a few morsels of raw chicken liver and maybe a teaspoon of canned cat food.  She seems happy though.

All this with my back still hurting, so I have to go to a chiropractor this week. This hitch in my get-along is hampering me so I didn’t cook anything for the church potluck, I just put previously cooked and frozen bison and veggies in a crockpot. 

The Bible readings were Exo. 7:14-8:32, Joel 3:9-21, Rom. 9:17-18, and Matt. 13:1-50. The teaching was about the “I AM WHO I AM” as per Exo. 3:14.

Thank goodness the storms are over for the day.

PS: Well, things still didn't go right. I had to publish this through Blogger and not Open Live Writer, so it's not that same.