Sunday, April 4, 2010


“Maybe it's not saying much, but generally speaking, of the major domesticated land animals - I'm considering cattle, pigs, and chickens - most sheep are raised in the conditions closest to traditional.

As it happens, lamb is also a distant fourth in popularity. There is no reason for this, especially if you compare lamb to beef. OK, lamb is more expensive; that's in part because the animal is smaller and in part because it's generally raised more humanely.“

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Sheeponthesouthlawn (Small)
There were sheep that grazed on the White House lawn during Wilson's administration.

To cut grounds keeping costs during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) brought a flock of sheep to trim the White House grounds.
sheepwool (Small) Pictured next to the West Wing is a mound of wool from President Woodrow Wilson's sheep.

Lamb of God
“and when John saw Jesus coming to him to be baptized, he exclaimed, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29).

Controversy over days of worship
“As this early confusion advanced, further disagreement arose as to the days on which Jesus' crucifixion and subsequent resurrection occurred. The pagan festival honoring the goddess of spring (renamed Easter) began to supplant the Christian Passover. "In Rome Easter was celebrated on the Sunday following the full moon after the spring equinox, and was a memorial of the resurrection" (The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity, 1990, p. 36).
Note that carefully. The Christian Passover, instituted by Jesus to annually commemorate His death, was subtly changed to a celebration memorializing His resurrection. But there is no command in the Bible, by Jesus or His apostles, to solemnize His resurrection.

Instead, Jesus highlighted what was to be accomplished by His death in instituting new symbols for the New Covenant meaning of the Passover (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20). He was the Lamb of God who offered Himself as the true Passover sacrifice for the sins of the world (John 1:29), and His death fulfilled what had long been foreshadowed by the slaying of the Passover lambs.

The New Catholic Encyclopedia adds: "Originally both observances [Passover and Easter] were allowed, but gradually it was felt incongruous that Christians should celebrate Easter on a Jewish feast, and unity in celebrating the principal Christian feast was called for" (1967, "Easter and Its Cycle").

Thus the Passover ceremony, observed by Jesus Christ and commanded by Him for His followers (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 22:19; John 13:15), was supplanted by Easter, a day neither He nor the early New Testament Church approved.

Inconsistent and incorrect dating

As part of the mixing of this ancient pagan festival with the death and resurrection of Christ, whether to keep Easter, and if so on what date, was heatedly debated during the second century. A group in Asia Minor known as the Quartodecimans (after the Latin word for 14) rigorously defended the original biblical truths. They insisted on an observance of the Christian Passover on the correct biblical date, the 14th day of the month Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. This was a movable date, meaning it did not fall on the same weekly or Roman calendar day each year.

"In the mid-second century, however, some Gentile Christians began to celebrate [Easter] on the Sunday after 14 Nisan, with the preceding Friday observed as the day of Christ's crucifixion, regardless of the date on which it fell. The resulting controversy over the correct time for observing the Easter festival reached a head in A.D. 197, when Victor of Rome excommunicated those Christians who insisted on celebrating Easter [actually the Passover] on 14 Nisan. The dispute continued until the early fourth century, when the Quarto-decimans . . . were required by Emperor Constantine to conform to the empire-wide practice of observing Easter on the Sunday following 14 Nisan, rather than on the date itself.”   From:

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Gypsy said...

I preferred lamb to beef when I lived in Ireland, but the local butcher shops slaughtered their own, and quite often a neighbor would offer me some from an animal they were having slaughtered. Much better than not knowing where in the world it comes from. About all I can find here in the U.S. is New Zealand lamb, and I'm sure it is very good. I don't see why, though, there shouldn't be good organic lamb raised locally. Maybe there is and I don't know where to find it.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Gypsy, I found out that there is a place near to me that sells it, maybe there is another one near you?
Happy Trails, Penny, TX