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The Pass Over

Query for the Month

of

December 2013

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In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


Query: 

Leviticus 23:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts [My special days].

3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the [weekly] Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. 

4 These are the [annual] feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. 

5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover.

6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread [from the 15th to the 21st of the month].

7 In the first day you shall have a holy convocation [like the weekly Sabbath]: you shall do no servile [ordinary] work therein. 8 But you shall offer an [extra] offering made by fire to the LORD [on each of those] seven days: in the seventh day is an[other] holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein [either].  

What is so special about the Passover?  And why was it followed by a seven day period of eating flat bread?

Response:  

There is one other point we should look at first:

No SINNER can enter the courtyard of the sanctuary!!

That goes against the church’s teaching too, doesn’t it? 

Is this another delusion?

Why can’t they?  And what did we look at last time? 

Were those persons not “sinners”?

The word “sinner” in the Bible describes one who has not accepted the LORD’s gift of a new heart, and is therefore a “lost” or “rejecting” person.  Such a one would not normally want to go anywhere near the sanctuary any more than a heathen of today would want to go into a church (unless he is a hypocrite).  Only a Christian who has sinned and is looking for love would want to do so.  So the one who comes into the sanctuary asking for forgiveness should be a Christian who has sinned, whether done in ignorance or as a deliberate act does not matter.

Here are a couple verses which show us the difference between the two types:

Psalm 1:1:

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

Proverbs 11:31:

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. [Revelation 22:12.]

Then Jesus explains it:

Luke 18:9-14:

“And He spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee [a strict churchman], and the other a publican [a tax gatherer for the Romans].  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess’. 

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner [for he didn’t even class himself as a Christian]’.

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [was already reborn] rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted”.

But before the “sinner” can legally come into the area identified by the white hangings of the courtyard he or she must be made capable of standing on that holy ground.  In other words, they must be born again, born a second time as a Christian (married to the Son of God).  Then He can say, “I, even I, am He that blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and will not remember your sins.  Put Me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare you, that you may be justified”.  Isaiah 43:25-26.

And that’s where we find the Lamb of God at work! 

There is only one verse in the Bible which clearly identifies WHICH lamb represents the Son of God in salvation, and it is NOT the one which was continually burning on the brass altar.  That lamb (or rather the two of them each day) represent His 24/7 continual dedication on our behalf AFTER THE MARRIAGE, for they are “burnt” offerings, not “sin” offerings and these are two very different offerings. 

We are told:

1 Corinthians 5:7:

Purge out therefore the old leaven [doctrinal misunderstandings], that you may be a new lump [a person being sanctified], as you are unleavened [born anew].  For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us . . . 

And how did that work?

Near the beginning of the religious year the lamb was selected at the family home three and a half days before it was to be eaten.  Then it was killed during the afternoon of the 13th of the month so it could be cooked and eaten during the dark part of the 14th (the full moon day).  But first its blood was splashed on the doorpost of the house to cover all the inhabitants, although only the firstborn of the family was in real danger.  Then EVERYONE in the house (male and female, young and old) ate some of the body of the lamb and He was now ritually INSIDE them.

The only stipulation in the ritual was that all the males who partook of it MUST BE CIRCUMCISED BEFOREHAND.  This was to ensure that ritually there would be space in the believer for the new life AFTER the old life had been removed.  This was normally done when the boy was eight days old, or in the case of anyone who joined the family of Israel, as soon as they voiced the decision.  So the procedure was REMOVAL followed by INFILLING.

Let’s now read the entire chapter which describes the Passover ritual so that we get ALL the words of the LORD on this experience.

Exodus 12:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

This month shall be to you the beginning of months [for you are starting a new life]: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Speak you to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house. And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next to his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. [It needed to be completely used up.]

Your lamb shall be without blemish, A MALE of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening [after 3pm on the 13th].

And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses [making the sign of a cross], wherein they shall eat it.

And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden [boiled] at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance [all the bits] thereof.

10 And [in normal circumstances] you shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remains of it until the morning [for any reason] you shall burn with fire [for it is only to be available once – there is no second probation].

11 And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet [ready to travel], and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's Passover [“hover over” as in protection]. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will [have to allow the enemy to] smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass [hover] over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day [the 14th of the 1st month] shall be to you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

15 [Then for the next] seven days shall you eat [the] unleavened bread [of sanctification]; even the first day you shall put away leaven [a major cleanout of sinful ideas and practises] out of your houses: for whosoever [continues to] eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel [in the judgment].

16 And in the first day [of the seven] there shall be a holy convocation [a rest from work day], and in the seventh day there shall be a[nother] holy convocation to you [these could be any day of the week]; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

17 And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread [as a memorial]; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies [tribes] out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall you observe this day in your generations by an ordinance [ceremony] for ever.

18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even [at the Passover feast], you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at even. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever [continues to] eat that which is leavened [i.e. sinful], even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land [unless he or she repents and confesses it, asking for forgiveness]. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall you eat unleavened bread [cleaning up your actions].

[The instruction was then repeated for emphasis.]

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover [lamb]. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning [stay under the protection of the LORD]. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass [hover] over the door, and will not suffer [allow] THE DESTROYER to come in to your houses to smite you. [Who does the actual killing?  See note 1.]

24 And you shall observe this thing for an ordinance [ritual] to you and to your sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when you be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as He has promised, that you shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, “What mean you by this service?” 27 that you shall say, “It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover, who passed [hovered] over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he [the destroyer] smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses”.

And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote [had to allow the smiting of] all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle [for they were the servants of Satan through their gods]. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead [except in the houses of the Israelites].

31 And he [Pharaoh] called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both you and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said. 32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also”.

33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, “We be all dead men [if you stay]”.

34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed [asked] of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 and the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent [gave] to them such things as they required [as payment for their slavery].  And they spoiled [impoverished] the Egyptians.

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside [women and] children.

38 And a mixed multitude [of mixed marriage people] went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years [from the time of Abraham in Canaan].

41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out [free] from the land of Egypt. 42 It is a night to be much observed to the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

[But first there was a special preparation for the pass over]

43 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance [rules] of the passover: There shall no stranger [foreigner] eat thereof: 44 but every man's servant that is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof [for he is not a slave, but a part of your family].

45 A foreigner and a [daily] hired servant shall not eat thereof.

46 In one house shall it be eaten; you shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall you break a bone thereof. [See John 19:32-33.] 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

48 And when a stranger shall sojourn [decide to live] with you, and will [wants to keep] keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and to the stranger that sojourns among you.

50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

Conclusion:

So what does all this mean to us today? 

And is it important that we read all these details?  Remember, we have to live by EVERY word that comes out of the mouth of the LORD!

As a people we were raised up in 1844 to explain the cleansing of the sanctuary as expressed in Daniel 8:14, AND IF WE DON’T HAVE THE BASICS RIGHT HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT?  If our leaders demonstrate over and over again that they have not read for themselves any of this information from the LORD, then how much more misinformation are they giving us?  Only as YOU read it ALL will you know.  Only as you read under the guidance of the Spirit will you know how important each word is.

Can you be saved without knowing this?  Of course, for many have already, for that depends on the “wedding”, not our knowledge.  But will you be able to stand in the last days without knowing it?  I think not.  We will need to be living by EVERY word if we want Him to sustain us through the greatest persecution His people have ever faced.  We will need to KNOW His promises if we are to stand through the great disappointment which is to come. 

And through the great time of silence.

There are so many things I would like to share with you regarding these times, but they will have to wait until you have digested these ones and recognised the dangers of these simple delusions, that we can look at them.  In the meantime, read with the right attitude as much as you are able and God may be able to show you without my help.          

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Note 1:

God said that the last plague would affect only the Egyptians, for He intended to protect His own people.

Exodus 11:

1 And the LORD said to Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether . . .

4 And Moses said, Thus says the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 5 and ALL the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits upon his throne, even to the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that you may know how that the LORD does put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

It is God’s will that all humans should be saved.  He says, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make [accept] you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die [the second death], O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies [the second death], says the LORD GOD: wherefore turn yourselves [repent], and live you”.  Ezekiel 18:31-32.  But He does wish for our “old life”, our old “husband”, to be removed and be as “dead” to us.  Satan, on the other hand does not want that, and tries to kill us physically BEFORE that can happen.  So he is always seeking to kill humans unless they are of use to him.  We are told, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour [and that means anyone] . . .” 1 Peter 5:8.

 1 Peter 5:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[a]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.

The LORD knew that Satan would attempt to kill the Hebrews that night, so He promised to protect them.  But Satan’s anger got the better of him, and when he as the destroyer couldn’t get at the Hebrews he spent his fury on the others!  We might think that was silly because he was killing his own, but he has no compunction in doing that because they are expendable in his sight, and he knows that the death of any human hurts God very much. Rage is illogical, but in this case he had a motive!      


Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated,

but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.

 

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Hebrews  8:1-3

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;  a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the LORD pitched, and not man.  For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.  

If the real sanctuary is in heaven and the Son of God is the High Priest of it, what sacrifices does He offer?  There can be no killing of animals in heaven!!

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