by Jean Marlow
Whether you are an Old Covenant Jew, or a New Covenant Jew, it is time to stop paying attention to the teaching of Sages, Popes, and Preachers. Begin by shelving all reading material except the Bible.
If you are an Orthodox Jew, or a Roman Catholic, it will be difficult for you to be objective because of the copious amount of extraneous writings by Popes and Sages....imprinted on your mind from an early age. Protestants have opinionated writers too, but they're not revered in the same way.
During Jesus' three years of ministry and teaching He showed us every aspect of living necessary to a good life; an eternal life. None of it is contrary to Jewish teaching, as it is given by God.
The Passover instruction, given by God to His chosen people, is a directive for ALL TIME. You can read Exodus 12:1-27, and find all of the details. You must understand everything about the Passover in order to understand the Sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus.
The Passover is a physical event that takes place in order to foreshadow the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus. I believe God wants us to celebrate the Passover yearly, in order for us to have a clear cut association between Old Testament and New Testament.
In the Old Testament God gives us the command to celebrate The Passover. In the New Testament He gives us the command to celebrate The Communion, and He does it at the time of The Passover Meal. I think the simultaneous nature of these events is important. The Lord wants us to understand that there is no break. The New Testament is fulfillment and clarification of the Old Testament. All of The Word is One...Just as God is One.
Like Jesus at His sacrifice, there are no broken bones. The Bones!....the outer part is calcified material The Law, written on stone. The inner portion the marrow is the place of blood formation which writes The Law in your heart. The Blood gives Life to the Law
Romans 2:15 "in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them..."
It is important to understand the language of the Bible. I call it 'Biblespeak'.
Blood is Life. Grapes, and pure grape wine are icons for 'Life'. From the book of Genesis, we are told that the blood of Able calls out from the earth after he was slain by Cain.
Gen. 4:10 "And the Lord said, "'What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.'"
Ex.12:23 "For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."
The blood from the sacrificial lamb protected the Hebrews on the first Passover. it is the shedding of the Blood of Jesus that gives us life.
Firstfruits: Icon for Jesus. Numbers 18:12 "All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee."
Here, we see clear reference to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
1st Corinthians 15:20 "But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who are asleep."
Unleavened Bread:...matzoh, is representative of the sinless Body of Jesus. It is made with flour and water. Any additive such as salt or yeast adulterates the purity of the grain. It is used in the Passover, as directed by God, The Father and in the Christian Communion, as directed by Jesus, Immanuel.
Exodus 12:15 "Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel."
In Biblespeak, to 'eat' something....to 'take it in'....is to learn from it. This Bible passage not only gives instruction for observing the Passover, but it instructs us to learn from God, alone, and not from man. His Word is the only food you should eat. Think about how this affects the teachings of popes, Jewish sages, and founders and teachers of all religions. It doesn't matter how innocent something appears to be, you can not corrupt the purity of God's Word with anything.
Revelation 22:18,19 18
"I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, (all of the Bible) if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book. 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book."
Incense: When the Bible speaks of incense it is very specific. An exact recipe must be used in its preparation, and the mixture can't be used for any other purpose. It is so important to God, that when Aaron's sons, Abihu and Nadab took it upon themselves to burn adulterated incense they were struck dead.
Lev.10:1-2 "Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. 2 "And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord."
Exod. 30:34-37 "Take unto thee spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices, and pure frankincense. Thou shalt make them an incense salted, pure, holy. Thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put some of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting; it shall be to you the holy of holies. The incense shall be to thee holy for Jehovah." God wants us to understand that prayer is 'sweet smelling incense to the Lord'.
When we pray, we are in the Holy of Holies.
Luke 23:44-46 44 "It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last."
When Jesus died, and the curtain enclosing the Holy of Holies was torn, it opened the way for us to enter into the Holiest Place.
Heb. 10:19-21 19"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,".
God went into a great deal of detail in the Old Testament to connect us to the New Testament. We learned that a person can't change anything about the recipe for incense, or the penalty is death. We learned that incense is prayer, and that it is used in the Holy of Holies, in front of the Ark of The Covenant, the Most Holy Place.
We learned that through the Sacrificial Flesh of Jesus, we can now enter the Holy of Holies, a place that only the temporary Kohen Ha Gadol, High Priest, could enter prior to this. We learn that it is only through Jesus that we may enter The Kingdom Of Heaven.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Also, it is important to understand the way that you approach the Lord when you pray. It is, after all, praise of God....not an opportunity for asking to win the Lotto or Bingo. He already knows our needs. Trust Him to supply them.
Egypt: It represents The World. The World is a mental, spiritual and emotional 'state of being', as opposed to The Earth, which is where our physical bodies reside.
John 15:19 "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you"
Numbers 16:5 "And he said to Korah and all his company, In the morning the Lord will show who are His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him; him whom He has chosen will He cause to come near to Him."
Death: It means cessation of physical life but, it also has another, deeper meaning. In Biblespeak it often means separation from God. When a person's heart is hardened, that person experiences spiritual death. That's what happened to Judas at the Last Supper, when he betrayed Jesus.
Acts1:16 “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus..."
Exodus 11:10 "Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land."
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