Feast of the Passover – Unleavened Bread

Feast of Passover

This past several weeks I have been studying the book of Mark, today I am digging deeper into Mark 14:1 and 2

Mark 14:1, 2

After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

My two main words to focus on are: passover and unleavened.  How do these words apply to me today as a bible believing saved Christian by the blood of Jesus Christ?

What I love about the bible is the answers are always in scripture.  Scripture answers scripture, when we as a Christian start to rely more on man and less on God and his word, it is then we stumble and fall.

We need to head back to the beginning, in the days of Moses, to learn about the feast of the passover.  Exodus Chapter 12 tells us when the passover is and the details of a the passover.  After reading this we know four important pieces:

  1. lamb is spotless and unblemished
  2. the instructions are to be followed-the first month and the 10th day and kept until 14th day, killed in the evening, with the blood strike on the two sides posts and on the upper door of the house.
  3. the blood is a token
  4. eat the flesh in night roast with fire and unleavened bread

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Passover – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

P`ASSOVER, n. [pass and over.] A feast of the Jews, instituted to commemorate the providential escape of the Hebrews, in Egypt, when God smiting the first-born of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Israelites, which were marked with the blood of the paschal lamb.

1. The sacrifice offered at the feast of the passover.

 

Now let’s look at the word unleavened:

Unleavened – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

UNLEAVENED, a. unlev’ened. Not leavened; not raised by leaven, barm or yeast. Exo 12.

And let’s look what leaven means:

Leaven – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

LEAVEN, n. lev’n. [L. levo, Eng. to lift.]

1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Exo 12.

2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mat 16.

LEAVEN, v.t. lev’n.

1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Cor 5.

2. to taint; to imbue.

I really like using the Webster 1828 Dictionary – as I find it’s importance to the meaning of words as they pertain to the bible.  As a forward progressive society words lose meaning and change; and with change we need to be reminded of our history and what these changes once were.

By reading 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 we have a clear understanding of why unleavened bread is used at passover.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

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.

How does this relate to me today as a child of God? Are you surrounding yourself with godly men and women who are faithfully serving the Lord with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth? Or are you surrounding yourself with the old leaven bread full of malice and wickedness? As we read in Mark 14:1, 2 both the chief priests and the scribes knew they could not put Jesus to death on the passover or it would cause the people to roar.  So, do you think the chief priests and the scribes were unleavened or leavened?

 

Again, I love how scripture answers scripture by reading 1 Peter 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

To wrap this up in a full circle – Jesus became our passover – he was without blemish, no sin, without leaven and only unleavened. His blood become our token for our SINS, so that we are to have eternal life with God.  To observe the feast was a duty and privileged but until the crucifixion of Christ there was not a guarantee. It’s because of Christ, God’s grace and mercies we have a guarantee of going to eternity with our Lord.

HAVE you submitted to Christ today?

May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of our living God. May you find peace in knowing you can have eternal life.

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What is a Christian?

My Church Notes:  April 3, 2016

Are you a false Christian?  Are you 100% sure you will go to heaven, when you time is up here on earth?IMG_2388

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on his behalf.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.  And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

  • In order to be part of God’s family, you have to be born into his family

John 3:3

1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

  • A Christian’s life will reflect Jesus Christ
    • Do we bear the characteristics of Christ?

It is evident we should humble ourselves as Christ did on the cross.

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humble himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

  • What do we practice?
  • What do others see when first meeting us or have know us for a very long time?
  • What do others hear when we speak?
  • Do we pray?
  • A Christian will follow the cross no matter what.
    • where do we find the direction – God’s word – it’s the living word of God which will never fail us when man does.

What is a Christian?

  • One who has the Character of Christ
  • One who is Committed to Christ
  • One who is Commissioned to share Christ

 

May you continue to search the word of the living God and not lean unto your own understanding.

Luke Chapter 4 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method – Scripture which speaks to my hear, observation, application and kneel in prayer.

S: 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

O: Jesus is tempted at his weakest moment. He is hungry and tired. However, Jesus still preaches the word of God. As the word is his shield against the devil.

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

He tells Satan to get behind him.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you).

A: Satan uses our own desires against us in hopes of doing wrong. (

James 1:13,14 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

We may even tempt God and question him.

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

God may test us but never to appeal us to evil.

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.

We need to be strong in the word as Satan may leave us for a short while and work on someone else’s heart and lives but he returns again and again.

K: Lord, I seek your will and your word today to remind me of how Satan tempts us and tries to trick us into seeing something wrong as good. I pray I can be better equipped with scripture to help me fight off those who are evil and against me. Amen.

May you continue to search the word of our living God and not lean unto your own understanding.  

Luke Chapter 3 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K.  Scripture which speaks to my heart, observation, application and kneel in prayer

Chap 3

S: 23-38 For me I love the genealogy of Mary.

O: This is a means of a scientific fact that proves this is not a made up story.

A: Many times I will hear nonbelievers state something about how can you believe a book written years ago and how do you not know it’s just a bunch of made up stories. The Holy Bible is a historical preserved book. That in itself gives me the goosebumps because I own something so valuable that I can’t even put a price on it.

K: Lord, thank you for preserving your word for all who want to read and know you better. I continue to lift up the names of the ladies in our group and pray you would touch their hearts to read your word everyday. Even if it’s just a verse but something so they will start to get to know you better and feel the love and blessings you will provide. Our lives seem to be busy and distractions seem to get in the way, but I pray each one of the ladies would take time and set it aside just for you. Jesus died for each of us so we would not spend eternity away from you. For me, one way to show you how much I am thankful and grateful is reading your word each and everyday. With love and thanks I give you all praise, glory and honor Lord. Amen.

May you continue to search the word of our living Saviour and not lean unto your own understanding.

 

Luke Chapter 2 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. Method – Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observation, Application and Kneel in prayer

 

S: 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

O: Dr De Young shared this and I wanted to share it with you ladies: Dr. Luke records what the angel said to the shepherds, that they would find the newborn babe, “God-man”, Jesus Christ, “in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes”.

For the longest time I could not understand why that would be a “sign” to the shepherds. Then one day I ran across a comment about the connection to the sign in a place in the Shepherd’s Fields called the “Tower of the Flock”.

In the Hebrew, the phrase is, “Migdal Edar.” “Migdal” is Hebrew for “tower” and “Edar” is “flock” in the Hebrew language. The phrase is only used twice in the Bible – Genesis 35:21 and Micah 4:8.

In the Genesis passage, “Migdal Edar” is referring to the location where Jacob pitched his tent after he buried his wife Rachel who had died in childbirth. “Migdal Edar” is on the road between Bethlehem, where Rachel was buried, and the city of Jerusalem, which is only three miles away.

The other mention of “Migdal Edar” or “tower of the flock” in Micah 4:8 is a prophecy that the announcement of the Messiah would be at “Migdal Edar”. This location, “Migdal Edar”, has been known by the religious Jews for centuries, as the place where the announcement of the “Messiah” will take place.

I must tell you that “Migdal Edar” was a watchtower in the Shepherd’s Fields of Bethlehem. It was a two-story stone structure out in the fields. On the top story, a shepherd, a “priestly shepherd” would stand watching over the flock to make certain that the sheep were not being harmed.

Remember, the sheep raised in the Shepherd’s Fields of Bethlehem were destined for the “temple sacrifice” three miles away. Also, these sheep must be without blemish or spot, perfect in order to be sacrificed. Bethlehem’s “shepherd’s fields” was the “holding pen for the sacrificial lambs”.

The bottom floor of “Migdal Edar” was for the “birthing” of these lambs. From the beginning, these lambs must be perfect. The “priestly shepherd” would take the newborn lamb and wrap it in “swaddling clothes” to keep it from harming its limbs. After wrapping the baby lamb, the shepherd would lay it in a “manger” until the newborn had calmed down.

These priestly shepherds knew this procedure and, when told it would be ab sign, they re-called Micahn 4:8 and with haste, Luke 2:16, ran to see the newborn Jesus, the Son of God.

A: How many of us know how to be truly humble and fully obedient to the Lord?

K: Lord I want to continue my journey knowing you more and more each day. Keep me humble in your word and allow me to be a servant for your will.

May you continue to search the living word of God and not lean unto your own understanding.