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Passover 2

Garden of Gethsemane

The Unattractive Servant

As The Passover Lamb looks into the Gethsemane skies, the Lord’s peace offering is fully aware that His body was made for the atonement for the sins of the world. Our Lord enters the garden where He often prays with His faithful companions.
Luke 22:39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.”

The Bible Dictionary Definition for Temptation

3986. πειρασμός peirasmós; gen. peirasmoú, masc. noun from peirázō (G3985), to make trial of, try, tempt. Trial, temptation, a putting to the test, spoken of persons only. When God is the agent, peirasmós is for the purpose of proving someone, never for the purpose of causing him to fall. If it is the devil who tempts, then it is for the purpose of causing one to fall.
(I) Generally, trial of one’s character (1 Pet. 4:12, “to try [or prove] you”). By implication, trial of one’s virtue, temptation, solicitation to sin, especially from Satan (Luke 4:13; 1 Tim… Complete Word Study Bible Dictionary

The Bible speaks of Jesus’ disciples, but there is another group of faithful attendants present that is rarely appreciated.
Bible students don’t say much about Christ’s secondary comrades, but King David identified with them in Psalms 52:8.

First of all, these companions are very unattractive and not much to look at; however, their beauty is their tenacity in which their faithfulness is only surpassed by that of Adonai, God of Israel. For example, they were in the garden every time Jesus prayed.

The unattractive servants
King David says in Psalms 52:8

Psalms 52:8
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
I will praise you forever, O God,
for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
in the presence of your faithful people.

According to the Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The oldest olive-trees in the country are those which are enclosed in the Garden of Gethsemane. I don’t believe Easton’s Dictionary committee is saying that these are the same olive trees where The Messiah prayed. But where do these trees get a source of vitality that extends their lives?

The two “witnesses” mentioned in Rev 11:4 are spoken of as “two olive trees standing before the God of the earth.” (Comp. Zech 4:3 11-14.)

When we try to understand the sacred loyalty of God while comparing His devotion to the human species, there is little to associate with His trustworthiness as we have with the mysterious olive tree. This character of an olive tree becomes more apparent when the reader understands that the Messiah is the one who anoints, furthermore, before there is an anointing there has to be a crushing of the olive in the olive press.

 

The Tender Plant

A tender plant
Isaiah 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.
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.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.

The Hebrew word for “was bruised” is “daka” the Lord’s will to crush the Servant. God pours out His wrath against sin while at the same time, offering a covenant for peace.

H1792. דָּכָא dāḵā’: A verb meaning to crush, to beat down, to bruise, to oppress. The Hebrew word is often used in a poetic or figurative sense. Eliphaz spoke of those who lived in houses of clay, whose foundations were crushed easily (Job 4:19). The psalmist prayed that the king would crush an oppressor (Ps. 72:4) and accused the wicked of crushing the Lord’s people (Ps. 94:5). The wise man exhorted others not to crush the needy in court (Prov. 22:22). Isaiah said that it was the Lord’s will to crush the Servant (Isa. 53:10…)

When the sinner sees this anointed King, who left His Throne in Heaven to be made humble, scorned and despised; the lost will come to His aid and thank Him for His grace and treat this King with love and respect. This act of God leaves little room for Satan’s excuse for rebellious and arrogant behavior amongst angels and people who reject the Lamb of God.

The Hare

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The Hare

(Heb. ‘arnebeth) was prohibited as food according to the Mosaic law (Lev 11:6 Deut 14:7, “because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof.” The habit of this animal is to grind its teeth and move its jaw as if it actually chewed the cud. But, like the cony (q.v.), it is not a ruminant with four stomachs, but a rodent like a squirrel, rat, etc. Moses speaks of it according to appearance. It is interdicted because, though apparently chewing the cud, it did not divide the hoof.
There are two species in Syria, (1) the Lepus Syriacus or Syrian hare, which is like the English hare; and (2) the Lepus Sinaiticus, or hare of the desert. No rabbits are found in Syria.

In the Lutheran translation of the Bible, the Hebrew word “arneweth” is translated as ‘hare’. This seems to be the correct translation. The Hebrew word “arneweth” is connected with the Arcadian word “annabu”, which means “jumper”. Besides this, we find in the Latin Vulgate the word ‘hare’ translated as the name of the species “lepus”. In the Talmud, we can find more evidence that “arneweth” is a hare. The orthodox Jews always translated “arneweth” as a hare. And finally we find confirmation in the Jerusalem Bible-Zoo that the “arneweth” is a hare.

There are two kinds of hare in the Holy Land – lepus syriacus and lepus aegtiacus. There are only small differences between these two kinds of hare and rabbits. A hare is born with open eyes and a full coat of fur; and a hare also has a different tail than the rabbit. However, their feeding habits are similar.
The Bible also uses the Hebrew word “gera” to describe a hare. In most English Bible translations the expression “cheweth the cud” is used. According to the Talmud the hare is a ruminant (Hul.59a). The Targum considers the hare to be “an animal that chews the cud.” (B.Kam 28b).

The hare does not have a stomach with three or four chambers, as is typical for all animals that chew the cud, however, it chews the cellulose food twice, so that the nutrients which were not consumed the first time will be digested. The stomach of the hare is different to that of cattle which have three or four chambers, however, it functions in a similar manner.
The hare excretes two different kinds of droppings. In addition to normal excrement, it passes another kind of “pellet” called Caecotroph, which the hare eats again. This type of dropping is usually passed during the night or in the early hours of the morning; an average person would not get to see this procedure. As soon as the Caecotroph is thoroughly chewed and swallowed it is collected in the stomach to be digested a second time.

The Caecotroph is produced in the Caecum (intestine) and is rich in Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B1. This is important for the hare’s nourishment. The hare does not just chew the food twice, but as in ruminating cloven-hoofed animals, bacteria breaks down the cellulose. The Bible, therefore, makes no mistake in stating that the hare chews the cud, as this is now scientifically proven.

In Leviticus 11:6 it was forbidden to eat hare. This commandment was probably given because blood parasites could be transferred through the handling of hare carcasses. This hygiene rule was far ahead of its time.
Translated from the German: “Der Hase”
https://www.cai.org/bible-studies/harelord

Take up thy Cross

Take up thy cross

 

Take up thy cross and follow me

Many of the King James passages escape meaningful interpretation because the King’s style of English is antiquated against today’s uses. Again, I will go on record to say that when an individual’s heart is right with God, the King James’ version is not too out-of-date to bring a searching soul to Christ. Therefore, I thank God for every tool He has afforded us to see Him adequately and to bring the Body of Christ alongside the Jewish Culture.

To take up one’s cross

The term, “take up your cross” generally means to acknowledge the death of the old man and its sinful nature. And to see the value of a cruel instrument of horror, served as Christ’s Elevation. In other words, I am crucified with Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, thus I am therefore dead to the forces that once controlled my worldly decisions and passions.
This is to say, I have taken back my life and given control to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth to guide my heart into all Bible truth. While protecting me from the desires of my former life, the Word of God renews my thinking by giving me the mind of Christ.
With a renewed mind, Believers then take up their cross, which is an instrument of elevation, promotion, and victory over the kingdom of darkness into the marvelous light of the Kingdom of the Son of God.

Colossians 1:13-14
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

In the Old Testament, a spiritual idea is attached to circumcision. It was the symbol of purity (Isa 52:1).

It was a sign and seal of the covenant of grace as well as of the national covenant between God and the Hebrews.

(1.) It sealed the promises made to Abraham, which related to the commonwealth of Israel, national promises.

(2.) But the promises made to Abraham included the promise of redemption (Gal 3:14), a promise which has come upon us. The covenant with Abraham was a dispensation or a specific form of the covenant of grace, and circumcision was a sign and seal of that covenant. It had a spiritual meaning. It signified purification of the heart, inward circumcision effected by the Spirit (Deut 10:16; 30:6 Ezek 44:7 Acts 7:51; Rom 2:28; Col 2:11).

So the cross of Christ also represented a spiritual circumcision for those in the body. Therefore, the power of the flesh is removed and cut off, resulting in a New victorious type of Adam, the second Adam with complete victory over the Human will.

Colossians 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Amplified Study Note-Peter’s confession
Matthew 16:16 16:16 Church — Peter’s confession “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” is the foundation on which the church is built. Never mind how small the apostolic band may be, the church is indestructible, and with unsurpassed power overcomes Satan and cannot be overcome. The power comes from God, the Creator of the universe, Owner and Master of the church. Amplified Study Note

The phrase, “Mind of Christ,” is the renewed and all-powerful capacity to understanding Adonai, the God of the Jews. His spirit is working on the inside of believers – guiding and steering them away from dangerous pitfalls. God, the All-mighty has equipped the Christian as a new creature which houses the presence of God within our hearts. Our bodies are the new dwelling place of God in the earthly realm and there is no room for the old nature. No weapon shall prosper against those, who place their trust in the God of Israel because God is able to keep those He has sealed.

Colossians 2:11-17 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
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.

Jesus was very clear when He taught that Satan needs the believer to spend time fantasizing about the passions of the past or what he used to do to search for his sinful pleasures.

Matthew 16:11 16:11 – 12 leaven. In Scripture, leaven is often used as a symbol of evil. The doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees was hypocrisy and legalism, political opportunism, and spiritual hardness.

When an unclean spirit leaves an Individual, the Bible warns that the spirit will attempt to reorganize with seven spirits determining to reclaim lost territory. However, no spirit is able to force their way into a person’s life without conditions that are conducive for doors to reopen for spiritual invasion.

The British Broadcast News Company
Terri Fisher and her research team at Ohio State University did this using ‘clickers’. They gave these to 283 college students, divided into three groups, and asked them to press and record each time they thought about sex or food, or sleep.

If you were asked to record every time you thought about sex during the day, how many times do you think you would admit to it? (Thinkstock)

Using this method they found that the average man in their study had 19 thoughts about sex a day. This was more than the women in their study – who had about 10 thoughts a day. However, the men also had more thoughts about food and sleep, suggesting perhaps that men are more prone to indulgent impulses in general. Or they are more likely to decide to count any vague feeling as a thought. Or some combination of both.
The interesting thing about the study was the large variation in the number of thoughts. Some people said they thought about sex only once per day, whereas the top respondent recorded 388 clicks, which is a sexual thought about every two minutes.
However, the big confounding factor with this study is “ironic processes”, more commonly known as the “white bear problem”. If you want to have cruel fun with a child tell them to put their hand in the air and only put it down when they’ve stopped thinking about a white bear. Once you start thinking about something, trying to forget it just brings it back to mind.
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Complete Jewish Bible
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 3 For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; 4 because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. 6 And when you have become completely obedient, then we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience.

(CWSB)
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Mark 8:35

Mark 8:34-36 34 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. 35 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. 36 What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?

(CWSB)
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34

(NLT Study Bible Text,)
(CWSB)
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Matthew 10:34-35

38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
Matthew 10:38-39

(AMPC)
38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.
39 Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].
Matthew 10:38-39

Mark 8:35-36 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

1. The crux simplex (I), a “single piece without transom.”
2. The crux decussata (X), or St. Andrew’s cross.
3. The crux commissa (T), or St. Anthony’s cross.
4. The crux immissa (t), or Latin cross, which was the kind of cross on which our Saviour died. Above our Lord’s head, on the projecting beam, was placed the “title.” (See Crucifixion)

716. σταυρός staurós; gen. stauroú, masc. noun from hístēmi (G2476), to stand. A cross, a stake, often with a cross-piece, on which criminals were nailed for execution. The cross was an instrument of most dreadful and agonizing torture. This mode of punishment was known to the Persians (Ezra 6:11; Esth. 7:10); and the Carthaginians. However, it was most common among the Romans for slaves and criminals and was introduced among the Jews by the Romans. It was not abolished until the time of Constantine who did so out of regard for Christianity.

(NLT Study Bible Text,)
14 “The fancy things you loved so much are
gone,” they cry.
“All your luxuries and splendor
are gone forever,
never to be yours again.”
15 The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will weep and cry out,
Revelation 18:14-15

(NLT Study Bible Text,)
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior
2 Timothy 2:15-16

Psalms 113:1-6 1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the Lord our God,
who dwelleth on high,
6 Who humbleth himself to behold
the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

Bishop Demetrics Roscoe