NEWS: General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in Jerusalem on Sunday. One Israeli official briefed on the trip said it was likely to last until Tuesday and Dempsey may not make any public appearances. This comes as president Obama met last night and today with Saudi and Arab League representatives in Saudi Arabia to finalize agreements for the coming Mideast war and the deal being worked out to extend the peace talks, For more on the Obama visit see: http://godourlight.info/?p=4076
The IDF shoots two persons on the Golan border.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has informed the US that the Israeli government coalition would collapse if a prisoner release was made in the present situation. He has delayed the release scheduled for this evening until the negotiated deal as posted in the above link has been finalized. Abbas states that he will not continue discussions on any subject until prisoners are freed.
Personal: Here is a list of beers and wines that contain pork products and are unclean, and a list of those which are free of animal products that is they are listed as Vegan.
I am reposting the ULB recipe from the Practical Passover ULB Matters post.
The New Covenant Passover service is below the recipe. This service is faithful to the order of the last Passover of Jesus Christ. Please see Harmonizing the Gospels Concerning The Last Passover of Christ for a full explanation of the Passover order.
This Passover service will be slightly longer than what many are used to, if you are not used to staying up later, you might consider taking a nap before the service.
This service includes some mention of the Passover in Egypt as commanded in the scriptures, and also he Psalms sung by Christ and the disciples at the Passover.
These Psalms; the Egyptian Hallel [Psalms 113-118] were written by David for the Passover and were sung at the Passover since Solomon’s temple; and were sung by Jesus and his disciples at the Temple era Passover. They are included to be read for now, until such time as they are rendered suitable for singing in English.
Children who are old enough to be quietly listening and will not be a disruption or burden to their parents, should be welcomed to attend; although only baptized sincerely repentant people should take the Bread and Wine. Again it is commanded that children be present and take part in the lesson. Ex 12:26
Passover is a memorial of redemption from Egypt for ancient physical Israel; and as such is a fore type of a spiritual memorial of redemption from sin through following the Lamb of God, so that Christ’s atoning sacrifice may be applied to us. To almost completely ignore mention of the Egyptian Passover is wrong.
While we cannot sacrifice a physical lamb because the physical Passover MUST be sacrificed at the physical temple, and we therefore do not have a meal of lamb; yet we do have a meal of spiritual Lamb by internalizing the Lamb of God through the study and application of his word.
Ex 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.
Also Deu 4:9, and Deu 6:7. These things have been confused by the Rabbins; We are commanded to take Passover as a memorial of our Redemption from sin [Egypt]; and then as the 14th day ends we are to memorialize the beginning of our march out from Egypt [sin].
While the Passover is a formal Appointed Time and not a Holy Day; the Night to be Much Observed is a High Holy Day and occasion of rejoicing at the beginning of our journey out of sin.
On Sunday I will be posting on various remaining questions; after that will come posts expounding Psalms 113 to 118, and posts expounding the last words of Christ in John.
UNLEAVENED BREAD AS A SYMBOL OF CHRIST RECIPE:
Take about 1 cup of stone ground whole wheat [gluten free flour is acceptable for those with gluten allergies] flour [the most wholesome and purest flour, I personally use Organic flour for this purpose] and add about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil [symbolic of God's spirit] and salt [as a symbol of passionate zeal for godliness] to taste (try and find salt without anti caking agents or other impurities).
Then add cold pure water until you have a dough like a pie dough.
Roll it out like pie crust and bake at about 375 degrees for ten or fifteen minutes until done. Make in different size pieces as it suites you and experiment a few times to adjust the salt, oil etc to your liking.
If you have not done this before, do not leave it until the last minute. Try it out and practice before hand until you get a result you like.
You will find this a pleasant change from the commercial Matzoth and this kind of bread is a truly fitting representation of our Lord to be used with the Passover and through the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
To be faithful in little, is to be faithful in much. One cannot use an inappropriate symbol to represent something Holy! Give it some thought!
This is an OUTLINE of a proper biblical Passover service, based on the example of the last Passover of Christ. It contains more scripture and is far closer to the last Passover of Christ then the COG service used in the past.
The actual service will be in my normal black print; while instructions will be in blue text.
The service should begin with a call to order and an opening prayer, acknowledging the Passover; and asking for the presence of Christ; and his blessing of forgiveness for our repented sin, and asking for the gift of the Hoy Spirit and an increase of appreciation and understanding of the occasion.
As it not lawful to sacrifice a physical lamb anywhere but at the temple, this will not be a physical meal, but a service of memorial. No physical lamb will be killed or eaten and no meal will be eaten, therefore we do not need the two cups of wine opening the meal and at the recital of the plagues.
Instead we should open the service with prayer and an overview of the Passover in Egypt; without the meal and first two traditional cups of wine. Paul explains this in his Passover instructions and explanation of the meaning of the Passover symbols.
Paul decries the selfishness of people rushing to eat and commands them to eat at home and to take the bread and wine in memory of the death of Christ, the Lamb of God. Paul also admonishes us to carefully examine and correct ourselves, sincerely repenting before taking the Passover.
1 Cor 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
The New Covenant Passover Service
Once the brethren are seated, a speaker should begin with an overview of the basics as follows, and if they are available, the Moderator may ask several different persons to read different portions of the scriptures. This is a guideline and NOT a set in stone format.
The moderator should have studied this and may most certainly make comments of his own as he wants, as long as they are consistent with the lesson. He should also remember that this is rather lengthy.
Begin the Service
Begin with prayer and then discuss the Lamb of God slain for sinners planed from the beginning of creation, and the Egyptian Passover in brief.
1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Rev 13:8 . . . . the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Elohim our Mighty Ones’ had a tremendous purpose in the creation and no detail was left to chance. It was known and planned from before the creation; that man would have to experience BOTH sides; God’s side and Satan’s side, before man could make an informed decision; and for man to learn by hard experience the terrible evil of Satan’s way.
The two members of the God family decided from the very beginning that one of them had to die for the sins of humanity so that the enormous evil of sin and the tremendous love of God could be made known to all peoples for all time.
To drive that lesson home, Christ called Israel out of the Egypt of sin; out from bondage to the pharaoh god-king of Egypt, as a lesson on how Christ would deliver the Father’s called out; out of bondage to Satan the god-king of this evil society, and out of our bondage to sin.
As Israel was called out of Egypt, many have been called out of the bondage to sin of this world. And as many later sought to go back into bondage and were destroyed in the wilderness; we too must faithfully complete our journey to the Promised land.
Jesus Christ who gave himself for his creation was the true Lamb of God; and when we repent and turn away from sin, and continue in DOING the Word and Will of God; The atoning sacrificial blood of Christ will be placed on the doorposts of our hearts; as the blood of lambs was placed on the door posts of Israel in the land of Egypt; and they were not destroyed.
1 Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are [to be free from the leaven of sin] unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
At this point the Hallel of Psalm 113-114 should be read, as it was said by Christ with his disciples, just before the blessing of the unleavened bread and the wine.
Psalm 113 presents the sinner as a barren woman having no fruit; The Eternal is praised as the Deliverer of the repentant sinner [the woman, the bride] who shall bring forth much fruit as the spiritual bride of Christ.
Praise to God who delivers his faithful
113:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
113:2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.
113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
113:5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
113:6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
113:7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
113:8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
Consider this Psalm in its spiritual plane of those called out of spiritual Egypt.
We were lead out of our captivity to the god-king of spiritual Egypt, by the mighty deeds of our God; who was sacrificed as our Passover; and when the spiritual Passover is applied to us, the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit shall be poured out for us from out of the ROCK: which is Jesus Christ!
The Rock of Christ who will soon open up the sea of death for his called out faithful; in whose presence the earth shall tremble and shake!
114:1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
114:3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
114:4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
114:5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
114:6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?
114:7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
114:8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
1 Cor 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Then the prophecy of Isaiah 53 should be read with comments:
Christ is the mighty right arm of the Father, who grew up before God. He was and will always be about his Father’s business, totally loyal to his Father. Christ had no earthly grandeur in his physical life: His Glory was spiritual.
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Messiah was to be despised by the worldly minded, who care nothing for the spiritual teachings and commandments of God.
53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Neither the people of Judah, and none of the worldly; comprehended the light that came to them.
53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
The healing spoken of, is the healing of the spirit by HIS atoning sacrifice and the forgiveness of repented sins
53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All people have sinned and are desperately in need of repentance and the application of the atoning sacrifice of Messiah.
53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Messiah did not defend himself before his accusers.
53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was scourged in the prison and then crucified. he died oluntarily for his creation, that they might be healed of sin and given eternal life.
53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
He taught the truth of the Father and was buried in a rich man’s grave because he was truly spiritually rich.
53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Messiah was promised a resurrection to eternal life after he has atoned for the repented sins of humanity. Passover is about repentance and a commitment to “go and sin no more” so that the sacrificial atonement for sin, of the blood of the Lamb of Gob may be applied to us.
53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Messiah rose and is seeing the fruits of his labors and sacrifice, with many repenting and being justified by his sacrifice.
53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the [repentant] transgressors.
Mat 26:6 should be read since it includes an instruction by Jesus Christ to remember this act,
“6, Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8, But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 9, For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10, When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11, For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12, For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13, Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.”
The Unleavened Bread and Wine
Unleavened bread is blessed broken and shared. Only that portion that is blessed is sanctified; so bless only what is needed, the same with the Wine.
If you are alone; be sure to bless enough bread so it can be broken as an example of the broken body of Christ, but take only as much as can be eaten.
The blessing on the bread should include a request that God would help us understand and internalize the nature of Christ as the Bread of Life, who suffered so much for us.
Luk 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
The blessing on the wine should include a confession and acknowledgment of our sinful nature, a statement of repentance on behalf of the participants and a request that the blood of Christ would be applied to remove our sins. It should also include a committal to sin no more, and a request for God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us and empower us to overcome all sin, and to lead us into the fullness of truth, godliness and UNITY with Christ and the Father.
20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
After this the disciples began an argument over who would be greatest; and Christ gave the object lesson of service by washing their feet.
John 13: 1-30 should now be read:
Followed by enacting the example of our Lord and washing one another’s feet.
After The Foot Washing
Judas now leaving the group and the others being humbled; the way was opened for the final teachings of our Master in his physical life.
At this point we read the final words of Jesus as per John 13:31 through to the end of John 17.
The service is then concluded with the reading of the Passover Hallel, sung at Passover since Ezra or earlier:
Glorify God and NOT any man. Jesus Christ the ONLY High Priest and Mediator
Trust in God alone.
115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
115:10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
115:11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
115:12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.
115:14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
115:18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
Praise the LORD.
116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
116:6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.
116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
116:13 I will take the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
116:14 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
116:18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
116:19 In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.