Notice: I will not be online much and will only on and off from today and until the end of the feast of unleavened bread Starting from the evening of may 6th to the evening of may 12 with the sabbath immediately following the next day. So if any one is looking to contact me please use the phone# as we are preparing for worship, but even the phone and email will be limited, I just don’t want to think about online stuff and be distracted from the Passion.
So the Next Sabbath Bible Study will not be posted online immediately…if at all.
A Word on Passover,
Passover and the feast of unleavened bread is a very special time for our Christian family, while so many misunderstand our intentions and reasons, I can assure that the Keeping of the Lord’s Supper by the Scriptures (Exodus 12) with the added emphasis which our Lord Jesu(s) Christ revealed by the institution of the cup of red wine to represent His Blood of the New Covenant (Matthew 26:28) and the lesson taught by the Apostles (1 Corinthians 11) I and many others have found a great blessing in it’s celebration and keeping according to the rule of Faith.
Over the years we have been attacked for ‘Sacrificing’ lamb’s, time and again, we have been accused of various and sundry ignorant assumptions as well concerning unleavened bread, never to be discussed meaningfully but nearly always attackingly, but our cultural conviction had not wavered at all, but have only been strengthened by more and more study to show our position according to God’s Law Biblically and historically to reform our ways.
Nearly all objections start with, “So…you think we need to **** ******** to be saved?”
“Your lamb can never be ‘without blemish’…so you are sinning! (my favorite)
” To kill a lamb for Passover IS trampling on the blood of Christ!”
“Do you think the early Church kept unleavened bread???”
And the list could go on, it has always been interesting to me that folks who raise these arguments have a confused soteriology which is often dependent on some work of them selves in maintaining ‘salvation’, they have also never butchered an animal for regular eating, and really could care less if the early church roasted a lamb for Passover and kept unleavened bread for the feast- that is just part of the skit.
While there are people whose conscience are truly uneasy with keeping the feast as close as possible to Exodus 12 (and those people I truly respect), Sadly, most people who object are defending their desire to not even consider the matter because it is easy to do ‘nothing much’.
In the words of a good friend and brother, “Keeping Passover according to the Scriptures has had the blessing of teaching the kids the sacrifice of Christ as a lesson every year….”
So in ending this admonition, refutation and defense thereto the practice I hold, I leave you all with my favorite historical quote on the Passover, the 8th kinist Bishop of Ephesus Polycrates, ( in a letter which he addressed to Victor of Rome)
“We observe the exact day (of Passover); neither adding, nor taking away. For in Asia also great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again on the day of the Lord’s coming, when he shall come with glory from heaven, and shall seek out all the saints. Among these are Philip, one of the twelve apostles, who fell asleep in Hierapolis; and his two aged virgin daughters, and another daughter, who lived in the Holy Spirit and now rests at Ephesus; and, moreover, John, who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord, and, being a priest, wore the sacerdotal plate.
He fell asleep at Ephesus.
And Polycarp in Smyrna, who was a bishop and martyr; and Thraseas, bishop and martyr from Eumenia, who fell asleep in Smyrna.
Why need I mention the bishop and martyr Sagaris who fell asleep in Laodicea, or the blessed Papirius, or Melito, the Eunuch who lived altogether in the Holy Spirit, and who lies in Sardis, awaiting the Episcopate from heaven, when he shall rise from the dead?
All these observed the fourteenth day of the Passover according to the Gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith.
And I also, Polycrates, the least of you all, do according to the tradition of my Kindred, some of whom I have closely followed. For seven of my relatives were bishops; and I am the eighth. And my kindred always observed the day when the people put away the leaven.
I, therefore, brethren, who have lived sixty-five years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every Holy Scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ‘We ought to obey God rather than man.’ (Act 5:29)
Blessings to all you faithful, joyful and triumphant, in the Name of Jesus Christ by whom come the blessings of all the Father’s Good Grace through the magnifying work of the Holy Spirit, Amen, and Blessed feast!
JS Lowther (RNC Ministry)