While generally understood in a metaphorical sense, yesterday, I was reminded of the real physical sense that our Father expects us to understand His Word when it says,
Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Ps. 34:8
We gathered with a dozen or more families yesterday to participate in a mock Seder (Passover) meal. Most all of us will celebrate Passover in the coming day or so, but we had guests and visitors who had never experienced a Passover and, planning to celebrate with families in their homes for the first time, needed to ‘see’ and experience in order to more fully understand the meaning of the feast and how to lead it.
This will be about our sixth Passover and each is more rich than the previous as I learn and understand more fully the great depth of YHVH’s Word. Yesterday was no different as I made new connections with Scripture and even this morning, I woke thinking, ‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!’
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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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On pondering the Days of Unleavened, it occurred to me that we do not focus enough on removing the leaven of Hollywood* from our lives. Yeshua spoke of leaven as the little sins that affect the whole lump. If we are to be a kadosh/set apart lump for Him, and our pursuit is holiness, then we should really consider the leaven of Hollywood.
During these days of house cleaning, let us focus on removing the leaven of video games, secular music, movies and TV shows. Even the seemingly innocuous ones. Hollywood ‘programming’ is just that. Programming. Hollywood seeks to influence culture and steer us toward ever lower moral standards.
Besides just getting us ‘out of Babylon.’ we need to focus on the harder task of getting Babylon out of us.
Rav Shaul writes, “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 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 of sincerity and truth.” (1 Cor. 5:6-8)
*Hollywood used here as a euphemism for all of Babylon’s culture which Hollywood has a substantial hand in shaping.