"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, April 14, 2014

Have you ever played Cricket?

For most Americans, the answer would be no.   I have been reading about Cricket and to be honest the names of things in the game are similar to baseball just enough that I am confused by the play.   The games are two separate things entirely.  Both have innings, a ball, an infield, an outfield as well as several other things in common.  BUT they are truly different games.  To learn Cricket after being such an avid baseball player seems daunting to me.  In fact, as a young girl I actually played on a boys baseball team so I not only love the game, but I have actual real time experience in play.

I have never seen a game or match of Cricket played.

This random topic is what has been on my mind as I continue my studies in the Bible.  You see, most Americans claim to have a Christian background and therefore either celebrate Easter for its religious meaning or its secular fun, or for both.  I know that for many years I did as well.  The holy days of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits are not well known in America, nor do many celebrate them unless they are Jewish.  I must be clear that some that are not Jewish do celebrate these feasts but for the most part it is something that most Christians consider to be Jewish holidays.

I have never been to a Jewish Passover celebration.

Like Cricket and Baseball where there is enough similarities to conclude that they have a common foundation, the Jewish Feasts as well as Easter also ring so similar that after much study in the Bible I KNOW that they have a common foundation~the Bible.

Unlike baseball and cricket, which have nothing to do with our spiritual self, the holy days do.

An interesting thing about Easter is that it was not a holiday until at the earliest 130-150 A.D.  By 325 A.D. and the First Council of Nicaea, the holy days of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection were changed to Easter with an official uniform observance of the day made into one day.  At this point Easter was pretty much being celebrated on Sunday but this wasn't made official until later.   It must be noted that Constantine was quoted as stating this
 Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries
when he altered the day of worship as well as the changing of holy days to the known holidays that most of us celebrate in the West.  Constantine was not a follower of Christ during the First Council of Nicaea and if documentation is correct it took approximately 12 more years for him to do so.

Passover has a very specific date it is to be held.  In the first month on the 14th day...
In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD'S passover.  Leviticus 23:5
It is the LORD's passover.    Oh and it should be kept for ever as a memorial.
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.  Exodus 12: 14
For ever.  And it is not only for the Jews but for all those that are of the house of Israel...
Matthew 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Who is Israel?
All those that call upon the name of the Lord then are grafted in.  
Romans 11

God established holy days to be kept for ever.   When they are celebrated year after year they are prophetic as Colossians tells us.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.  Col.2: 16-17
During the time of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection there were Jews that are like the Westboro Baptist Church.  Most Christians DO NOT consider the Westboro Baptist Church Christian. This is the same as the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and King Herod.  Jesus Christ repeatedly warned of them, in Matthew 16:6,  Matthew 16:11,  Matthew 16:12,  Mark 8:15,  Luke 12:1. BEWARE, TAKE HEED, DOCTRINE OF PHARISEES, LEAVEN OF PHARISEES, LEAVEN OF SADDUCEES, LEAVEN OF HEROD.  

I put in all caps the warnings as many seemed to ignore how serious these were.  These groups created their own doctrine and were full of sin as leaven is equated to sin in the Bible.  They challenged Christ about the Sabbath as they had added so many things that one could not do on the sabbath that it was overwhelming. 

Passover was a rehearsal or a prophetic yearly day that would prepare the people of when the Unblemished Lamb would take our sins away.  Unleavenened Bread was a dress rehearsal for our sinless saviour that would be buried for three days and three nights.  Firstfruits was a dress rehearsal for our Firstfruits of the world to rise again and be the first fruit of the resurrection.  It is an eight day celebration that has a weekly sabbath as well as two high sabbaths that begin and end the Unleavened Bread Feast.  No leavened bread is to be eaten this week.  

Jesus Christ literally was on the cross and died at the exact moment that the Jewish Rabbis were killing the passover lambs.  Jesus Christ was put in the tomb the night of unleavened bread and three nights and three days later, just as He said he would do like Jonah...He then was resurrected on Firstfruits fulfilling the prophetic feast to the day that they were held.  

Jesus Christ celebrated passover.  The passover feast was celebrated by the disciples and is in the New Testament 26 times.  

We are constantly reminded of WWJD...what would Jesus do?  Well Jesus kept the feast and told us that they were to be celebrated as a shadow of his coming both the first time AND his second time.

The first four feasts in Leviticus 23 have been fulfilled.  Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits, by Christ death, burial, and resurrection and Pentecost 50 days later with the Holy Spirit...in the book of Acts.   The final three feasts are Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles and like the first three, they will be fulfilled by our Saviour on the day that God ordained that we should be celebrating the feasts for ever.  If you can think of verses that are prophetic about  a trump, every knee shall bow, and then consider where we shall tabernacle (or live), then consider a study about the final three feasts in Leviticus 23 and you can see that they are truly rehearsals for His Second coming. 

Paul tells us in1 Corinthians 5:6-8 that our glorying is not good AND we should keep the feast of 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.

We should keep the feast for ever and as those that know that the Messiah has come, we should keep it by removing any sin we are holding on to in our lives, and celebrate without malice, without wickedness, and with sincerity and Truth.  Who is Truth in the Bible?

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

God gave us an entire week off to celebrate His holy days*.  He gave an additional 3 days of rest for each and every one of us...and yet, in the western world, we take but one day, celebrated on a day that was ordained by man, to celebrate.

Unlike Cricket and Baseball, keeping the feasts matters as it is and was and will be a shadow of Christ, and I for one would like to continue to study to show myself approved before God. 

*for the Spring Holy days.  For the fall ones there are more :)!


Dizzy-Dick said...

I have read the Bible through many times and each time I learn something new.

Practical Parsimony said...

I grew up in a Christian church and have been very familiar with first fruit, Passover, and unleavened bread. It is taught in churches all over in the South. Maybe it is just your church or area of the country where these concepts are not taught.

It is amazing to me that so many people gave their worship over to a council to rule when they should worship.

Westboro? It is too bad we are tolerant in this country.

Humble wife said...

Dizzy~isn't that amazing! I love this, as we are always the student!

PP-So do the southern churches celebrate the passover unleavened bread, and firstfruits.? Being taught about or familiar with makes me consider that easter is not celebrated but the biblical feasts, cant wait to find out. BTW, I agree that it is amazing how people gave up their worship to a council rule.