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Is it a great thing if we shall reap from you carnal things? 1Corinthians 9:11
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In connection to the series that I had offered “why do we keep the feasts?”, this next series is offered, to help further support and encourage the Israel of God in her return to YHWH’s ordained worship according to the Scriptures.
I’d like to add that last year around this time I had offered as series on
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Sacrament of the Faith of Jesus Christ
As well as, just a few months back, I had more so established a systematic reason for keeping the feast as Christians under the New Covenant in the series:
How Do We Keep the Feasts?
By Remembering His Words
2Pe_1:2-8 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesu(s) our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, for they make neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesu(s) Christ.
Still looking at the template from:
Lev_23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
I spoke in the last message of the joy and blessedness of the feast of unleavened bread, as found in eating the unleavened-bread or MaTzEh and remembering it’s meaning.
And in all of the particulars of the feast, and how it is that I could spend time refuting bad understandings of what biblical leaven is and is not, namely what you can buy and shouldn’t buy at the grocery store, or what to put in your bread for a week it all summarized pretty easy if just simply do as Paul simply says in 1Co_5:7-8 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: 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.
Not focusing upon the analogical, but looking to what the analogical is drawing from, the Corinthians would have never know what this meant symbolically if they didn’t know it in reality.
Simply, get rid of all your bread that was in the house before the feast, and do it for the LORD, forget the cost and the price if you can’t eat it before hand, get rid of the yeast packages and containers that are made of yeast culture from bread and for bread…plain and simple.
And every day or at every meal make a new lump of dough to be made into unleavened bread. Don’t let the dough ferment into sour dough, that is by simply letting the moist dough sit out in the open air, or even in the refrigerator (we had many pie crusts and unleavened dough’s go sour and ferment and become more leaven. Just simply Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened … keep the feast, not with old leaven… but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
If you make your own bread from a new lump of dough in celebration and meditation every day of the feast you will not break the law concerning keeping this feast.
When discussing the crucifixion we are discussing the pinnacle feast of unleavened bread in history, this is where our lord was killed on Passover day, buried in the garden tomb on the Sabbath day of the first day of unleavened bread, and rose again in resurrection on the day after the Sabbath which was also the day of the wave sheaf before the altar of YHWH in the temple. This timing of 3 days was no small time of Israelite festivity.
In Luke 24 this story is told to us with a certain aspect and detail not spoken of by the other recorders of the event of the resurrected Christ on that 16th day of the first month and the 2nd day of the feast of unleavened bread in fact, always the first day of the week according to a lunar based Calendar.
Luk_24:1tells of Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them. Came to the sepulcher
Luk 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away… from it.
Luk 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luk 24:4 …two men stood by them in shining garments:
Luk 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Luk 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Luk 24:8 And they remembered his words,
Luk 24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
Luk 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
Luk 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
Luk 24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
Luk 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
Luk 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
Luk 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
Luk 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
Luk 24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
Luk 24:18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
Now Cleophas is not a popular Character, he is only named 2 times, here in Luke and in Joh_19:25: standing by the cross of Jesus, Cleophas was the husband of Jesus’ his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas.
By our terminology today this man was Jesus uncle.
That is a close relationship to have to not recognize Jesus (just think on that).
Luk_24:19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
Luk 24:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
Luk 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
Luk 24:22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
Luk 24:23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
Luk 24:24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
Cleopas is speaking to Christ, though due to his visage he and the disciples do not know who they are speaking with as they walk.
Luk_24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.
They tell the story of the rolled away stone, that seemed as idle tales, and make the point that it was the 3rd day when these words were spoken, and what is the first thing the resurrected Christ does with his disciples, before all else?
Luk 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Luk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
He rebukes them for being foolish and slow of hear, I’m preaty sure the modern version of this saying is “you guys are retarded”, right? Mentally and emotionally challenged!
And what is it they are foolish and slow concerning? Faith!
Retarded to Believe ALL that the Law and Prophets have spoken.
And what next? Where does the unknown resurrected Christ go in the Scriptures to medicate the retarded Faith of uncle Cleopas and the other Challenged disciples?
To Moses and ALL of the Prophets.
That’s right STARTING with Moses….
And still at this point the eyes were not opened to the identity of Christ, the connection was not made to this man rebuking the disciples, calling them fools and slow of heart concerning their faith, this was all said undercover. And the Disciples listened to it, they didn’t get upset but they listened that maybe this man’s faith concerning Christ his suffering and resurrection from the Law and prophets’ had a point. And so the disciples ask the disguise Christ to stay at their house with them over night.
Luk_24:28-29: And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
And so the Lord was going to keep going if the disciples had not constrained him, the resurrected Jesus before making as if he would go on left these men with this Expounding from Moses Law and the Prophets concerning the glory of Christ and how it has witness to the suffering and glory of this Jesus and then he is going to keep walking.
Consider the disciples had a choice to make here, they could continue in their retarded faith or except the exposition from this guy whom they think they never met before, but who obviously had Faith in Christ and in His Glory. Do not miss “to enter into his glory”.
The custom of the day is as it should always be between brethren is to constrain the person to come to your home and feed them and give them a place to sleep, and there is no question that this man is a Christian, he even believes Christ Jesus will enter his Glory.
And so when were the disciples eyes open to this being Jesus Christ the son of God?
Luk_24:30-31 says, … as he sat at meat with them, and when he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
Then …their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
And what do they look back on? What do they think about? How their… heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Luk_24:32
They relished the Word of God, the Law of God, the prophets, starting at Moses, it made their slow hearts burn, by the consuming fire and brightness of Christ explaining the Law and Prophets.
This is the exact corresponding concept taught by Paul in 2Co_3:14
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remained the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. 2Co 3:14
2Co_3:15-16 …when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
When Christ spoke he was disguised, in this case Moses coming down from the mount with the Law was disguised.
When Christ spoke concerning Moses and the Prophets the disciple’s heart burned, but the veil the disguise was not removed until the unleavened bread of the feast was broken by Christ himself. The Law of Moses in the unleavened bread of communion and fellowship, the prophets acknowledged in Christ’s resurrection before their eyes, and the manifestation of all the prophets had spoken just broke unleavened bread with them on the 2nd day of that very feast Moses commanded in God’s stead to keep. The fire of these men’s quickened heart finally burned through the veil which hid the word of God, the word made flesh, the Resurrected Word soon to return to glory.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Co_3:17-18
The disciples in Luk_24:33-34 they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
And after telling them about what Christ taught them from the Scripture and how he broke bead with them Christ appears again. They are afraid and the disciple presume this is a spirit, Christ shows them his physical body, still hey don’t believe and what does he do while they yet believed not?
…he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
Luk_24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
Luk 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Again he eats with them, this time fish and honey.
During feasts and calibrations we eat and drink good things, we enjoy our blessings and these men were mostly fishermen and apparently someone was a apiary or had purchased some honey or perhaps found it in the woods wild, but this is calibration time this is why this portion of the disciple were apparently still in Jerusalem.
But it yet again took food to remove the veil, not as the last time, not as to who this stranger was that expounded the scriptures, but as to who this spirit was in a flesh and blood body, it was the spirit of the Lord indeed changing into the same image from glory to glory, and then again he: …opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luk 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luk 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luk 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
Luk 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
In our fellowship we try our very best to remember this communion of unleavend bread, fish and honey comb, is it part of the Law..no, it is not. It is not a sacrament of the law nor an impinging observance which the Law says we shall or must keep. But for us it is part of this glorious removal of the disciples vail.
When Your heart is turned to Christ, and you examine the law as a practice, not just as a reading or a comprehension of scholastics, but as a cultural observance as part of one’s life, the mediations of your heart is stirred in a way which the letter of the law in reading alone cannot do.
Some will ask, do you doubt the quality of my salvation or my life in Christ because I do not keep these Old Testament feasts?
No, I want this to be abundantly clear that nothing regarding his series on ‘How do we keep the feast?’ is questioning one’s salvation in Christ or calling ones justification by Christ alone into question. I am however unveiling quality meditation available to you to help your retarded faith. If you are not trying keeping the feasts of YHWH your faith will significantly be less perfect.
The expounding and reading of the scripture should causes the heart to burn!
We can know the words from God, as being from God, Christ can even speak those words to us, but the opening of our understanding and acknowledging of the glory of Christ is done in fellowship and festivity with him.
When Christ is the center of the feast, every sacrifice of the seven days focuses upon him, when the feast is Christian the Bread of life breaks bread with us as one bread, and by the spirit of the Lord our glory is found in the cross of Christ transferring glory to glory.
We see again the glass mirror, we looking to in the mirror to see an image though it is the same as christ was the same before his resurrection, it is changed to be more glorious, not an old testament, not an old covenant written as letters which we read but as a New Testament a New Covenant written in and on the heart: glory to glory, hid to revealed, old to new, heart of stone to heart of flesh, darkness to light, bondage to liberty, faint to mercy:
(1) Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
(2) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
(3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
(4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
(5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
(6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This approach to the road of Emmaus in comparison to 2 Corinthians 3-4 is in away a message in itself, while it is an introduction to the Christian feast of unleavened bread in considering what it is a covenanted person can or cannot see at a particular time in understanding.
The Revealing of Christ at this time to his ‘faith retarded’ disciple coupled with the revealing of the Face of Moses to those who turn to Christ in seeing that in fact Moses is not behind the vail alone, but the illuminated glory of the son of God is there with blinding force emanating from him.
So much so that Paul says:
2Co_4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
And yet when we preach the knowledge attainable with Christ’s Gospel in focus when we believe Moses and all the prophets it is often that that those who hear do not hear the Gospel they hear us preaching our selves.
And as the light which does the blinding makes the eye dark by reason of looking upon it, so often the Law is in need of being vailed so that only the vail can be seen and not that which we cannot look upon.
This looking at Moses as glorified by Christ is not seen by everyone who even says they see it, and they who can’t see it at all do not have the burning in their hearts, yet some do.
And again the mirror is need of use for the covenanted of the congregation convened to keep the feast and for those who only know Christ is there only means of justification, both are fully justified, circumcised or not, feast keeping or not, if the one proclaiming is renouncing the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending themselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2Co_4:2
Like the disciples who had lost hope in Christ for a few days due to over whelming circumstances seemingly fact that said Jesus was not the King of Glory he was not the Lord sent to redeem Israel, like those disciples had an opening of understanding so can any one who’s faith sometimes gets to be retarded, as mine has at times. We can take all of this and applied it to the complete heathen as blind, or we can apply it to ourselves over and over again.
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