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easter vs passover (general)

posted by bibleprobe1(R), 03.21.2008
(edited by bibleprobe1 on 03.22.2008)


I surely disagree with you on these points (Holidays, Shabbat & Kosher versus non-kosher). I cannot see how you can read Paul's plain statements that make us free --and try to interpret these as if he was keeping us in bondage to Laws that were meant for the Jews and only the Jews. Tell us why we aren't required to be circumcised Napthali. Or should Christians be circumcised and eat kosher? Should we have a Rabbi bless our food?

You wrote:
Paul was clearly teaching Gentiles to keep Passover: 1 Corinthians 5: 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

I don't read that this way at all. I read it as Paul telling us that we are free from "the old leaven" or the Old Testament Law that Jews are bound to. Why? Jesus made this possible because He satisfied all the requirements of the law in our place. Making us a "new lump". New Religion/People.

Paul did continue to practice as a Jew. That's his preference. I still like to have green beer and corned beef on St Patrick's Day. That's my cultural heritage/practise. That's my own preference.

How do you get "Paul taught eating Kosher, and keeping the true day of Shabbat" out of this?

NIV Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

Again, I read that the exact opposite than you do. "Do not let anyone judge you what you eat or drink". That clearly means if you want to eat Kosher that's your preference. If not, that's also your preference. The same goes for any religious holiday or even Sabbat observance. If you want to --fine. If not --that's fine too. That's what Paul is clearly saying here.

Paul is teaching us in both statements that "Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and our Passover". In Him we are free. He set us free...


The Word of God makes it quite clear that Sabbath observance was a special sign between God and Israel: "And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine'" (Exodus 19:35).

Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed (Exodus 31:1617). Note: It says; "the children of Israel).

In Deuteronomy 5, Moses restates the ten commandments to the next generation of Israelites. Here, after commanding Sabbath observance in verses 1214, Moses gives the reason the Sabbath was given to the nation Israel: "And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you (Israelites) to keep the Sabbath day" (Deuteronomy 5:15). (Note: Moses tells us, the Sabbath was given to the nation of Israel).

Notice the word therefore AND "you" (Israel). God's intent for giving the Sabbath to Israel was not that they would remember creation, but that they would remember their Egyptian slavery and the Lord's deliverance. Note the requirements for Sabbath-keeping: A person placed under that Sabbath law could not leave his home on the Sabbath (Exodus 16:29), he could not build a fire (Exodus 35:3), and he could not cause anyone else to work (Deuteronomy 5:14). A person breaking the Sabbath law was to be put to death (Exodus 31:15; Numbers 15:3235).

Jesus the Firstfruit sheaf offered, rose on a Sunday, and appeared before His disciples on the Sunday of His resurrection, He broke bread with disciples the same Sunday, He appeared to them the following Sunday. The Seal of The New Covenant, The Holy Spirit came on a Sunday.

That having been said, I was curious and drove by a local Catholic Church here in Massachusetts today. It was interesting to see that they have 2 Masses on Saturday, and 6 Masses on Sunday advertised and two each day Monday - Friday. That's as it should be. Paul said we should honor God "every day". Saturday and Sunday are just one of those "every days". A Christian is not compelled to attend Church on any day. If they do, that's fine. So long as they "honor God every day".


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