A recent commenter on my blog asked the question, “Should Christians celebrate Passover?” While this is certainly a controversial topic, it is absolutely one that needs to be visited on a regular basis, and the answer needs to be Scriptural, not based on man’s traditions and doctrines.
I will seek, in a short post, to demonstrate that Scripture clearly points Christians to celebrating Passover. Numerous links to expanded explanations in previous blog posts will be provided.
The early chapters of Exodus recount the miraculous redemption of Israel from Egypt. Central to the story is the celebration of Passover ‘as a sign’…’on your hand and on your forehead.’ (13:9) As part of the commandment, the Lord (YHVH) states clearly, multiple times, that Passover is an ordinance that is to be celebrated annually, forever. Here are a few verses from Exodus 12 and 13:
Ex. 12:14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.
Ex. 12:24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.
Ex. 13:10 Therefore, you shall keep this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year.
Clearly, from these verses and their surrounding context, someone is supposed to be keeping Passover every year! But, who?
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The below linked article is a must read in the continued dialog between Dr. Adler and Al McCarn. Please read, digest and ponder. May Abba be glorified as He works out His plan of restoration in the world!!
A Jewish Response to The Dilemma of the Ger – http://wp.me/p4cMjG-1qV
We’ve discussed ‘one law for all.’ Honestly, the alien/sojourner, the ger who joined him/herself to Israel is expected to do it all… Look at this list of requirements from the Torah:
- Keep the Sabbath (Ex. 20:10; Deu. 5:14) (Targumim translate ‘within your gates’ as ‘in your cities/towns’)
- Observe Pesach (Ex. 12:48-49)
- Observe Feast of Unleavened/Chag HaMotzot (Ex. 12:19) or be ‘cut off.’
- Observe Shavuot (Deu. 16:10-11)
- Observe Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:29)
- Observe Sukkot (Deu. 16:13-14) (Same note as above on Targumim)
- Participate in sacrifices (Lev. 17:8-9; 22:17-18, 31; Num. 15:14-16)
- Observe all laws of purity!! (Lev. 17:12, 15; 18:26; Num. 19:10; (Proper observance of sacrifices and festivals required ritual purity!)
- Obey moral laws (Lev. 24:16; Num. 15:14-16, 26, 29-30)
NOTE: I was going to put an asterisk next to each verse where the Chumash incorrectly translates ger as ‘proselyte’ or ‘convert,’ but after looking all of them up I realized that at least they were consistent in their bias. All of the preceding verses cited incorrectly translate ger. In doing so, they ‘anachronistically’ apply Second Temple Judaic proselyte conversion to the ger of the Torah, thus ‘adding’ to the Word of God. But, we have written about that. Hardly a… nuance.
But, there is hope. Maybe the translators of the Chumash got tired or careless…. They got it right near the end of the Torah: Continue reading “The ‘ger’ was expected to do what??”