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Easter for Christians + Passover for Jews (general)

posted by bibleprobe1(R), 04.07.2008
(edited by bibleprobe1 on 04.08.2008)

The "Stranger" was referring to non-Jews who were living among the Jews in Israel. I do not think it refers at all to Christians.

It just seems to me, Jewish Christians seem to always be trying to draw Christians back into a bondage to the Old Testament Law, and to Jewish customs, including mandatory Sabbath, and animal sacrifice --which was given to and meant for the Jews. Christians have "purged out the old leaven", which was the Old Law (Old Testament) that non-believing (in Christ) Jews are still bound to.

"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." 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Paul may have objected to Gentile Christians' adopting of Sabbath and other Jewish holy day observance (See Galatians 4:9-10). Basically Paul is telling us that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament "Law" and set Christians free from its "bondage".

9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

The Letter to the Colossians instructed its readers that Sabbath observance was not required (See Colossians 2:16-17). If one wants to do it let them make that decision to return to that "bondage".

16 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: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

MANDATORY SHABBAT (SABBATH) OBSERVANCE WAS LAID ON THE JEWS ONLY....IT WAS PART OF THEIR "COVENANT"... Which we know the Jews did not live up to. They missed the time of their visitation. And Worse, they built pagan temples in high places, etc.

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).

 


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