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Passover 4

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One of the most consecrated periods intended for Israel was just after Passover. Our Lord wanted to do much more than a well-planned escape. The miraculous events surrounding Passover was only the finger of God. The most majestic miracle for Israel was that Adonai wanted to reveal Himself, a heart, to heart approach. A heart which beat for His Children’s eternal happiness, considering He is only eternal God. So the God of Israel shared instructions (Torah) with his people giving them means to preserve a consecrated society embracing God as their ruling King.

The Law
Leviticus 7:7-8 7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.
8 And the priest that offereth — any man’s burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.

Hebrew Definition of the word Torah (Law)

H8451. תּוֹרָה tôrāh, תֹּרָה tōrāh: A feminine noun meaning instruction, direction, law, Torah, the whole Law. This noun comes from the verb yārāh (H3384), which has, as one of its major meanings, to teach, to instruct.

The noun means instruction in a general way from God; for example, Eliphaz uttered truth when he encouraged Job and his readers to be willing to receive instruction from God, the Almighty (Job 22:22). In Israel, a father and mother were sources of instruction for life (Prov. 1:8; 6:20); along with wise persons (Prov. 13:14; 28:4). In contrast, rebellious people were not willing to accept God’s instructions in any manner (Isa. 30:8, 9); the scribes handled the instructions of the Lord deceitfully and falsely (Jer. 8:8).

Various words are found in synonyms parallel with this term: It is paralleled by the sayings of the Holy One (Isa. 5:24); the word of the Lord (Isa. 1:10); and the testimony or witness (Isa. 8:20). It is used regularly to depict priestly instructions in general or as a whole.

The Lord rejected the priests of Israel for they had disregarded (lit., forgotten) the Law (Jer. 2:8; Hos. 4:6). They had been charged to carry out and teach all the instructions of the Lord (Deut. 17:11).

Endurance

The Refinement

This short journey could have taken less than two weeks, but for whatever reason, the Lord waited for a generation to die off, before entering the Canaanite city of Jericho. The Battle of Jericho would be a Holy War where Angels would fight for the mortal children of God so that the Lord’s promise is completed and should come to past.

What Joshua didn’t know is a spiritual battle against the death Angel back in Egypt demonstrates Adonai’s power for HIS obedient children.

The warfare is a battle between the Canaanite principalities of that region, facing the cumulative Kingdom of Righteousness.
As Joshua approached the scene of this Holy contest, God’s prophet saw this mighty Angel standing with his sword raised, Joshua asked the Angel on whose side are you. The Angel could have said; you puny humans should stay out of our way, because the battle is over Adonai’s promise made to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob regarding the people who will succeed this nation.

Joshua 5:13 – 6:1
The Lord’s Commander Confronts Joshua
13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told.
(NLT)

 

We see the wilderness is a place for refinement and testing of a prototype forged by fire. Tempered glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the inner surfaces into tension. Adonai brought Israel from slavery to the wilderness to tempered treat them so they would develop endurance.

In the Hebrew Culture, one’s faith is expressed by doing what they believed

James 1:2-4 Faith and Endurance (1:2-18)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (New Living Translation)

James 2:21-24 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

The Jewish Bible James 2:20-24

James 2:24 a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone.

James 2:20-24 20 But, foolish fellow, do you want to be shown that such “faith” apart from actions is barren? 21 Wasn’t Avraham avinu declared righteous because of actions when he offered up his son Yitz’chak on the altar? 22 You see that his faith worked with his actions; by the actions the faith was made complete; 23 and the passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled which says, “Avraham had faith in God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness.”He was even called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone.(Complete Jewish Bible)

Our Lord is making us better then before

Jesus Christ, along finished the process the first time through, but He sent the Holy Spirit with power from Heaven.

Deuteronomy   8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.(New Living Translation)

The Bible is a wonderful book for the reader, but for those who are looking for a change in their lives,  it’s Jesus Christ of Nazareth The Bread of Life with an invitation for Change.

 

TO WORK
A. Verbs.
pa‘al (פָּעַל, 6466), “to do, work.” Common to both ancient and modern Hebrew, this word is used in modern Hebrew in the sense of “to work, to act, to function.” Found only 57 times in the Hebrew Old Testament, it is used primarily as a poetic synonym for the much more common verb ‘ashah, “to do, to make.” Thus, almost half the occurrences of this verb are in the Book of Psalms. Pa‘al is used for the first time in the Old Testament in the Song of Moses: “… The place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in…” (Exod. 15:17). There is no distinction in the use of this verb, whether God or man is its subject. In Ps. 15:2 man is the subject: “He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.”

The Effects of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Cháris, when received by faith, transforms man and causes him to love and to seek after the righteousness of God. Cháris is initially regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit in which spiritual life is given to man and by which his nature is brought under the dominion of righteousness. The maintenance of this condition requires an unbroken and immense supply of grace. Grace remains constant in, and basic to, a believer’s fight without against the devil and his struggle within against sin. Renewal is stimulated and impelled by God’s illuminating and strengthening of the soul, and will continue and increase so long as the soul perseveres. God’s grace insures that those who have been truly regenerated will persevere until the end of life. This entire work is called sanctification, a work of God “whereby we are renewed in the whole man and are enabled more and more to die daily unto sin and to live unto righteousness” as is stated by the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10).
(CWSB Dictionary)

Passover 3

The Bread From Heaven

Manna From Heaven

Jewish ancient holy writings on stone surface

In the Hebrew language, unlike English and others, every character has its own personified meaning. And, powerful prophetic messages can be in names of people or names of places.
For example, “Bethlehem,” located about 10KM south of Jerusalem has a unique message as described below:

Bethlehem
House of bread. (1.) A city in the “hill country” of Judah. It was originally called Ephrath (Gen 35:16, 19; Gen 35:16 Ruth 4:11).

Through a more in-depth understanding of the treasures of the Scripture and how the visual language portrays Jewish feasts as the appointed times can reveal to us Adonai’s redemption plan. The Hebrews were people who animated the Word of God in daily activities. If Anthropology is the definition of the science that deals with the origin, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind; the Hebraic traditions and feasts are lessons of their relationship in history and the eventuality.
Therefore, the importance of Hebrew observance of feast days was a vital part of being Hebraic.

I once read an article defending the use of the traditional term, “Easter.” Instead of the Biblical Passover, the article was saying that there is no evidence that there was a goddess named “Eostre or Astoroth” ever existed. One would have to know how to find “Eostre’s or Astoroth’s” name in Scripture. Now, if one does not trust the Bible, that is a different argument.

Moses “Mosheh” (משה) was a Biblical prophet, lawgiver, and one of the most excellent leaders of the ancient Jewish people. Also, he was the son of Amram and Yocheved, brother of Miriam and Aaron. With Adonai’s’s guidance, Mosheh (Moses) led the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, the Promised Land. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
What is interesting is that while Israel was in the wilderness, God gave them, Hebrew man-hu (manna), “What is that?” the name was given by the Israelites to describe the miracle of food supplied to them during their wanderings in the wilderness (Ex 16:15 -35). This man-hu is the English “Manna” as in Bread from Heaven.

A Ruler from Bethlehem
Micah 5:2
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah,
yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past,
will come from you on my behalf.
The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies
until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then at last his fellow countrymen
will return from exile to their own land.
And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. (Matthew 2:6)

Prophecy placed The Bread of Life, The Bread from Heaven or the “Afikoman,” (the long-awaited Messiah) as bread broken into parts. Some might mistakenly say Messiah’s broken away from the God-head. Not so! The middle piece of Bread broken a second time has a half of it hidden somewhere in the house for the children to search for it. This search for the bread is symbolic of seeking the Messiah.

Bread of Life

The afikoman, a piece broken off from a matzo during a Seder, is put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden during the Seder to be searched for by the children present “her little grandchildren will search the house looking for the afikoman.” The child who finds the Afikoman or hidden piece of bread first is then rewarded with a gift.

This example of the bread as nourishment for the Israelites in the wilderness is a shadow of things to come when the Messiah will come down from Heaven and give us life. This Jewish Messiah will cause a spiritual awakening to those who search for Him. Those who find Him will find His reward. Our Messiah will provide a way back to right-standing with the Father. The Bible promises us that those who diligently seek Him are a rewarder of His Righteousness.

I would say that the hidden “Afikoman” was in the bread box. Allow me to explain the bread box or Bethlehem.

Bethlehem (/ ˈ b ɛ θ l i h ɛ m /; Arabic: بيت لحم ‎ Bayt Lahm [beːt.laħm], “House of Meat”;

Ancient Greek: Βηθλεέμ Greek pronunciation: [bɛːtʰle.ém];

Latin: Bethleem; initially named after Canaanite fertility god Lehem) is a Palestinian city.

Why did the Lord summon Israel for those special feast days?

As the children of Israel faithfully observed the special celebrations, they couldn’t ignore the fact that use of these unifying components or object lessons were abundant. Each festival told its own story of events past or future. The piece of Matzah (Bread) broken is the last element eaten at the meal. Yeshua (suffering Messiah) told His disciples in John 6:54-55
“The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. For My flesh is true [spiritual] food, and My blood is true [spiritual] drink.” To some people, Jesus’ sayings might sound a bit cannibalic. In fact, those who were offended didn’t understand the beautiful story on display of their Seder Meal.

First of all, the mighty synonym for the word “broken, as in breaking bread” means “to reveal.”
For those who are a part of the Passover meal should see the images or the struggle and price paid for the redemption of humanity. The entire Passover feast points to the perfect Lamb of God Who atones our offenses against Adonai.
Synonyms for “atone”: make amends · make reparation · make restitution · make recompense · make redress · make up for · compensate · pay · pay the penalty · to pay the price · recompense · answer ·
The atoning Lamb gives us a new bloodline, a new body, and we become a new people.

The Jews angrily contended with one another, saying, “How is He able to give us His flesh for us to eat?”
Our Lord was only talking about catching a vision of the Sacrificial Lamb.

John 6:53 I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).

Bread From Heaven

Who We Worship

When we worship and make doxological statements to God, by telling Him who He Is; a Holy atmosphere conjoins Heaven and Earth.
It is similar to when Goliath’s four brothers trapped King David and were about to kill the king. King David started speaking doxological statements to his God. I would like to tell you what that did in the Heavenlies, but we don’t have time nor room to discuss it all today. The story is in 2 Samuel. In summary, David said:

The Lord is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge,
My Savior—You save me from violence.
“I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised …

Later in the chapter, we read:
“Then the earth shook and quaked,
The foundations of the heavens trembled
And were shaken, because He was angry.
“Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
“He rode on a cherub and flew…

Okay, that’s enough!  The story goes that when King David finished his Blessing the Lord, he had four dead giants lying on the ground.
Whenever a worshipper gives Glory to God, His Holy Presence shows up and signs and wonders are seen!

Even when David faced King Saul, who had murder in his heart toward him, David was able to change the atmosphere through his worship to God Almighty!  When King’s Saul came into the area where the prophets were praying, instead of killing David, the power of God fell on Saul and the King started prophesying by the Spirit of God!

Signs Fulfilled
1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.

The Passion of Jesus Christ is saving Souls.

Ephesians 6: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Be careful of which kingdom you celebrate this season. Remember, that the dominion acknowledged most, will eventually remove the Kingdom which receives the lesser recognition.

An Isis statue in the Temple of Isis which is part of the religion of ancient Egyptian civilization.

If the queen of Heaven is praised more and promoted better than the Kingdom of Adonai, we might start worshipping the Easter eggs and rabbit more than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We must be mindful that the atmosphere changes and will become saturated with the inclination of who receives the devotion.

Deuteronomy 7:25-26
“You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

Praise and Worship to our God annihilate the demonic kingdom and Satan knows this quite well. Demon spirits need the people of God to rebel with pagan rituals in order to develop a malevolent spiritual military against God.  But, when God is the focus of worship, pagan deities tremble and flee because they cannot survive in an atmosphere where the Lord is exalted.

The spirit who competes
H6252. עַשְׁתָּרוֹת ‘aštārôṯ: A feminine proper noun Astoroth; a Canaanite false goddess. This was a pagan Canaanite goddess of love, war, and fertility, also called Astarte. Israel often apostatized from the Lord and worshiped her (Judg. 2:13; 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:3, 4; 12:10). See H6253.
A feminine proper noun Astaroth; a city in Manasseh, the same as ‘ašteroṯ qarnayim (H6255). It was the capital city of Og, king of Bashan, and was given to the tribe of Manasseh (Deut. 1:4; Josh. 9:10; 12:4; 13:12, 31; 1 Chr. 6:71[56]),

Jesus using Allusions

Jesus using Allusions

 

How many times have we gone to a church service and heard ministers open their messages with impressive words using exegeses, or eisegesis? Both terms are important to understanding and may determine how a minister chooses which method in which he or she extracts revelations from the Holy Scriptures.

Question: “What is the difference between exegesis and eisegesis?”

  1. exegeses (plural noun) – critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of Scripture: “the task of biblical exegesis”

synonyms: interpretation · explanation · exposition · explication

  1. eisegesis – an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter’s own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

Answer:  Exegesis and eisegesis are two conflicting approaches in Bible study. Exegesis is the exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis. The word exegesis literally means “to lead out of.” That means that the interpreter is led to his conclusions by following the text.

The opposite approach to Scripture is eisegesis, which is the interpretation of a passage based on a subjective, non-analytical reading. The word eisegesis literally means “to lead into,” which means the interpreter injects his own ideas into the text, making it mean whatever he wants.

Obviously, the only exegesis does justice to the text. Eisegesis is a mishandling of the text and often leads to a misinterpretation. Exegesis is concerned with discovering the true meaning of the text, respecting its grammar, syntax, and setting. Eisegesis is concerned only with making a point, even at the expense of the meaning of words. https://www.gotquestions.org/exegesis-eisegesis.html

I feel it is very important to add that eisegesis isn’t all bad; every Bible student knows that Yeshua used “allusions” in His teachings, speaking to those who already knew the story.

An allusion is not an illusion or a delusion, these are different words with unrelated meanings.

Allusions (plural noun) – expressions designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference:

“an allusion to Shakespeare” ·

“a classical allusion”

synonyms: reference to · mention of · suggestion of · hint to · intimation of · comment on · remark on

We will discuss allusions further in the blog.

Why are exegesis and eisegesis methods important today?

Back when people feared God, the exegetical method of researching word definitions to determine the accuracy of the translations wasn’t as valued as much as today. By contrast, because every generation comes with a different social environment and critical thinkers, the defense of the Gospel stresses better tools with clearer results. Prophetically, the Bible warns us that when the fear of God becomes absent of the Church’s doctrine, secular interests can replace our beliefs in the God of Heaven. This is partly because the Gospel message shifted toward a kinder, pleasant, and more motivational aspect. Small congregations took a severe hit while some mega-churches’ membership soared overnight. Unfortunately, the old-time voices of the prophets and apostles became quieter and less visible in the church.

Secular humanism

  1. Secular Humanism is a comprehensive life stance or worldview which embraces human reason, metaphysical naturalism, altruistic morality and distributive justice, and consciously rejects supernatural claims, theistic faith and religiosity, pseudoscience, and superstition.
  2. Humanism, with regard in particular, to the belief that humanity is capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in God.

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-sum/sum-r002.html

A good example of the Bible’s caution of “eisegesis” methods is seen in James 3:1.

James 3:1 KJV: My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Remember, eisegesis (i-see-jee-sis) is when people read Scriptures, then give their own revelations of what they thought the Word of God meant. The problem is that often there are word interpretations by early European writers who had ulterior motives in using the Bible to create a European religion. For instance, names were changed and sacred events renamed from their Jewish origin to European-sounding holidays.

On the other hand, exegeses (serious explanations or interpretations of texts) are critical in any document where people depend upon its evidence. This is particularly true when it is something that God said.

Now, let’s look at James 3:1 through the eyes of an exegesis examination. The word in question is “master.”

διδάσκαλος didaskalos {did-as’-kal-os} replaced by “masters” was the Greek word for a “teacher.”

Teach, or thinks himself so 1b) the teachers of the Jewish religion 1c) of those who by their great power as teachers draw crowds around them i.e. John the Baptist, Jesus 1d) by preeminence used of Jesus by himself, as one who showed men the way of salvation 1e) of the apostles, and of Paul 1f) of those who in the religious assemblies of the Christians, undertook the work of teaching, with the special assistance of the Holy Spirit 1g) of false teachers among Christians

What we may think of mistake is that the passage is speaking about “gossip” when in fact, it is a warning to preachers to cross-examine their messages. James is admonishing teachers to make sure that their interpretations are correct and are not taken out of their Jewish cultural background. Or worse, that the words have not been replaced because of some hidden motive.

Remember, it was the Apostle James who said, “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” (James 1:6).

Permit me one more text for us to examine. Let’s look at Acts 12:4.

KJV  Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

With an “eisegesis” approach the preacher may prepare a good “Easter Sunday” message ready for his congregation and possibly preach on the Cross of Christ.

By contrast, an exegesis approach for “Easter” would have discovered an unintended word replaced the Jewish word “Passover” instead of the Greek word, pascha insertion.

From the Easton Bible Dictionary (Olive Tree Bible system).

Easter:  Originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions, this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word “Passover” was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Act 12:4 In the Revised Version the proper word, “Passover,” is always used. Easton Christian Dictionary

Romans 2:14-16

When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong. Their response to God’s yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman. The Message from God that I proclaim through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences.

Accordingly, Romans 2:12 specifies that good preaching, a feel-good message, or even an uplifting motivational message can do little for someone outside of the purpose and reason why Christ sent the Holy Spirit to the believers. While the law was unable to sustain Old Testament Jews, the Holy Spirit was the total answer for those who wanted to please God.

Galatians 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

So, after all the hype, the message is the same. From the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelations – our lives in obedience to God’s Word – is what will be exposed on the day when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

Romans 2:12
When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

Before closing, let’s expound on the definition of allusion

1:  an implied or indirect reference especially in literature a poem that makes allusions to classical literature; also:  the use of such references

2:  the act of making an indirect reference to something:  the act of alluding to something

allusivenesshttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allusion

Jesus used allusions or parts of stories that exploded truth into the hearts of His listeners. These explosions produced illumination within because of their awareness of the contents in His stories. It was His “hinting” or alluding method that dropped an important piece into the story.

Since the Bible itself is an anthology of works, there are many biblical allusions within the Bible itself.

One of my favorites is when a woman was caught in the act of adultery and her accusers wanted to know what Jesus would say. Note, the keyword below is “dust” and this is probably why the oldest man ran first. He would have been more familiar with the writings of Jeremiah 17:13 than the younger men. The passage talks about those who reject the hope of Israel will become poor old fools. Read John 8:4 first.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something

they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.

7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

Jesus writing in the dust with finger

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. (Joh 8:4-9 NLT)

What the accusers understood aforementioned is when our names are written in the Book of Life, we spend our eternity with God. However, if one’s name is written in the dust, their names are temporary or penciled-in. The next disturbance may erase one’s name from the sand.

Jeremiah 17:10-13 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

11 Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools.

12 But we worship at your throne– eternal, high, and glorious!

13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced. They will be buried in the dust of the earth, for they have abandoned the LORD, the fountain of living water (Jer 17:10-13 NLT).

The Complete Jewish Bible says:

Jeremiah 17:13 Hope of Isra’el, ADONAI! All who abandon you will be ashamed, those who leave you will be inscribed in the dust because they have abandoned ADONAI, the source of living water.

Interpretations of Jeremiah 17:13, some say it means, if your name is written in the dust, the wind will some erase them,  other translations say it meant for their grave site.

I find it interesting that in the Old Testament, Jeremiah 17:13 prophesies that the Messiah would be the Fountain of Living Waters and then in the New Testament, John 7:37 Jesus, Himself promises anyone who is thirsty can drink from the rivers of Living Water! Then, in the 8th Chapter, we see the woman’s accusers challenging Him. He answers them by writing in the sand.

John 7:37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, “Hoshana Rabbah” Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

How can someone abandon a fountain of living waters? Only those who reject or abandon the Jewish Messiah.

While sitting in class listening to my friend in ministry, Dr. Ron Moseley teaching on this allusion of writing in the dust, I realized how impactful insights can explode in someone’s heart when a teacher uses the method of alluding to something that is already familiar.

Dr. Ron Moseley is a contributor to the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible

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Communion II

 “Communion” eating the meal of acceptance.

 

Surprisingly, the written chronicles of the Bible took place within a Jewish culture. To get the most realistic background from Bible stories, one needs to put the stories back into a Jewish setting.

.For instance, when Apostle Paul taught on the Communion meal, (Lord’s Supper) Paul was speaking about the Jewish Passover Celebration. “Communion” is one of those Bible topics where the European explanation leads to a misunderstanding when the name of the Jewish feast is missing. Especially, if readers of 1st Corinthians 11:24 think that Jesus was talking about a religious service, where believers gathered together to drink from a little cup and eat a small piece of bread and they called it “Communion service.”

The sacrificing of the Lamb of God.

What the Apostle Paul was mentioning was the Civil and Social Ordinances of Israel as the People of God–Their Religious Ordinances in their National Aspect–the “Covenant made by Sacrifice, and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance” (Exodus 20:18-24:12) Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Adonai, (God of the Jews) always desired to dwell among His people, but the presence of sin repels the intrinsic Holiness of God. Sin pushes God away just as opposing magnets pushing against one another. God is not trying to send sinners to Hell; our sins are pushing God way with equally opposing forces of rebellion (fending off His Holy Presence).

NLT Hebrews 7:26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. (Heb 7:26 NLT)

God hated the effects of sin because His holy nature and character is rejected by anyone with an unredeemed mind.

18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
20 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
(Exo 20:18-20 NLT)

12 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain. Stay there, and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the instructions and commands so you can teach the people.”
13 So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.
14 Moses told the elders, “Stay here and wait for us until we come back. Aaron and Hur are here with you. If anyone has a dispute while I am gone, consult with them.”
15 Then Moses climbed up the mountain, and the cloud covered it.
16 And the glory of the LORD settled down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day, the LORD called to Moses from inside the cloud.

The Book of Exodus tells the account of God’s calling to Moses and the Israelites for a meeting where God wanted to give Moses and the people instructions in avoiding behavior that separated God from His people.

17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the LORD appeared at the summit like a consuming fire.
18 Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. (Exo 24:12-18 NLT)

Exodus 20:20 “Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. God has come to test you and instill a deep and reverent awe within you so that you won’t sin.
The people kept their distance while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.”

The Feast of Adonia
Civil and Social Ordinances of Israel as the People of God–Their Religious Ordinances in their National Aspect–the “Covenant made by Sacrifice,” and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance
(Exodus 20:18-24:12)

The impression created by the phenomena accompanying God’s revelation of His law was so deep that the people entreated that any further Divine communication might be made through the mediator, Moses.  Just like what happened to Peter when the Divine power of the Lord Jesus suddenly burst upon him (Luke 5:8), and he felt that he was a sinful man; the children of Israel were afraid to stand in the Presence of God.  They were afraid they would die if they continued to go toward God’s Presence.  Note that these feelings of fear had nothing spiritual in themselves. While Moses agreed to their request, he was careful to explain that the object of all they had witnessed had not been the issue of fear (Exod. 20:20), but rather a searching of their hearts; not in slavish apprehension of outward consequences, but in that true reverence of God, which would lead to the avoidance of sin.

In the New Testament, Apostle Paul’s dreadful warnings accompanying the observance of the Communion meal teachings included that if anyone partaking of this meal who did not discern the Body of Christ was unworthy to participate (1Corinthians 11:27). The Table of the Lord is a sacred and solemn occasion, therefore, when this event is disrespected it is as the ancient enemies of Holiness and Rebellion are facing off with one another.

1 John gives an excellent description of the Feast of God’s presence.
Wikipedia says “communion” is the bond uniting Christians as individuals and groups with each other and with Jesus.
While someone may continue to take communion without proper respect in the natural, synonyms of the Greek word {dee-ak-ree-no} apply to that person.
Discerning the Lord’s Body; 1252 διακρίνω diakrino {dee-ak-ree’-no}
Meaning: 1) to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer
2) to learn by discrimination, to try, decide
2a) to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute
3) to withdraw from one, desert
4) to separate one’s self in a hostile spirit, to oppose, strive with dispute, contend
5) to be at variance with one’s self, hesitate, doubt

The Jews, who came to the Seder Meal, (1 Corinthians 11) and became believers in the Messiah recognized that it was God’s Son who was sacrificed to atone for man’s sins. They saw a Covenant made by Sacrifice and the Sacrificial Meal of Acceptance.
The Lord’s Supper is so called (1 Cor 10:16, 17), because in it there is fellowship between Christ and His disciples, and of the disciples with one another.

1 John was evidently written by John, the evangelist, and probably also at Ephesus when the writer was in advanced age. The purpose of the epistle (1:1 4) is to declare the Word of Life to those to whom John writes so that they might be united in fellowship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
He shows that the means of union with God are,
(1) on the part of Christ, his atoning work 1:1 2:2; le 1:1 4:10, 14; le 1:1, 12) and his advocacy 2:1; and (2), on the part of man, holiness 1:6, obedience 2:3, purity 1:6, faith 3:23 ; 4:3; 3:23, and love(2:7, 3:23 ; 4:7; 3:23 .

20 When you meet, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper.
21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk.
22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? (1Co 11:20-22 NLT)

23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread
24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people– an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.”
26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.
29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.
30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
(1Co 11:23-30 NLT)

Few Christians acknowledge that “Communion” (Passover) was practiced thousands of years predating Christianity.  Others may not understand that the meal was the Passover on High Sabbath, a major feast for Jews and Gentiles.
Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then, He was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. (Joh 18:28 NLT)

Joh 11:55 It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before Passover began.

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NLT John 19:31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. (Joh 19:31 NLT)

So, when Yeshua the Jews’ Messiah and Savior of the Gentiles broke bread that night, He was demonstrating feeding His people from Heaven. Calvary was the Table and God was bringing the atoning piece-offering, the Lamb of God (Hebrew name Yeshua, Greek name Ἰησοῦς Iesous {ee-ay-sooce’} Jesus = “Yahweh is salvation” who eats and drinks without recognizing the body; not discerning the Lord’s body; does not judge the body rightly; drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ?

Who eats and drinks without recognizing the body; not discerning the Lord’s body; does not judge the body rightly; drink the cup without honoring the Body of Christ?
Will we spiritually undermine this verse and say that we can do whatever we want because the Lord took care of this at Calvary – even though it was Paul (after the Crucifixion) who was preaching this message?

Complete Jewish Bible 1 Corinthians 11:29 states:  for a person who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

King James Version 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

New American Standard 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly.

New Living Translation 1 Corinthians 11:29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.

The Message Bible says; Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.  If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences. That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave.

Fellowship and Love
Some Believers will say, “We love God” but their fruit is a broken relationship, pride, and greed. I praise God because I do know Pastors and church members whose outreaches are second to none.  Let us examine how 1st John explains the correct description of this New body.

When we love with the love of Christ, that love covers a brother or a sister who has messed up his or her lives. Unfortunately, there are Christians today who judge the dope addict, the prostitute, and falling Church members.  Also, they turn around and judge Church members after causing those broken relations and broken fellowships. Then, somehow we think we are ready for Communion. Don’t worry I am not talking about you, I am talking to myself.

This new commandment of love found in 1John is a commandment of cohesion, unity, and consistency. While we are creating churches with walls of division by doctrines, names, and sizes, the Lord is calling for One Bread.  I praise God for revival in our hearts and that many are transforming more and more into children created after Christ, looking like Christ, and acting like Christ. We have the Spirit of the Messiah driven by the Holy Spirit. With renewed minds, we become Sons and Daughters with living proof that God’s Children will step out of the religious norm.  We are able to make the statement that love is an overcoming force set in motion by Christ and more importantly, we keep ourselves because we love Him.

NLT 1 John 3:1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.
5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him.
6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.
8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. (1Jo 3:1-8 NLT)
9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.
10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous.
13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.
15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1Jo 3:9-16 NLT)