Book Excerpt - The Hijacked Elephant
Passover And The Days of Unleavened Bread
Ed. note: the Old Testament ordinance, the Days of Unleavened Bread, are a metaphor representing the need for us to remove sin from our lives. Christ fulfilled the Days of Unleavened Bread on our behalf in the first century. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” [1 John 4:10]. Christ was resurrected on a Sabbath afternoon between the first and last holy day of Unleavened Bread, which were the first and seventh days of this observance. In place of celebrating the heathen Easter fable, challenge yourself by trying to get all the physical leavening out of your life for the original Biblical holy week.
If you want to see what it was like for our ancestors of the House of Israel to successfully get all leaven out of their lives, try one time to get leaven physically out of your life. Then, live without any leaven, not just bread, for a week. It will be an eye opening experience. You’ll be surprised to find leavening agents in things you never thought of beer drinkers. And you won’t be able to get all the leaven out of your life. The spiritual lesson is that we humans, with the spirit of man, can’t get sin out of our lives, Christ had to do it for us. But try one time just to see what an immense effort it takes to get only the physical leavening out of our lives. The same holds more than true for the spiritual as well.
It’s more than just not using anything with leavening in it, any leaven, but it’s getting rid of all the old leaven out of your life, and house, and car, and garage, and desk, and toaster, and sofa, and refrigerator, and oven, and cupboards, etc., etc. If you want to get an idea of what a real spring-cleaning is, try this just once. You will have a profound new respect for getting leaven out of your life, both physically and spiritually. It takes a lot of work, focus and dedication [much like true Christian character]. If you really give this a shot, I’d be willing to guess, sometime after your weeks of preparation and the week without leaven are through, you’ll discover some leaven you missed … like the crumbs in an old suitcase tucked away in the basement.
Paul made this same point about living an unleavened Christian life to the Corinthians, “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And that you are puffed up [leavened], and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from you. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” Here’s that physical-spiritual duality again showing us that the spirit takes precedent over the physical. [See the Feature article, The Relevance Of The Holy Days In The Plan Of God In The Last Days].
The duality of the Passover and the original Days of Unleavened Bread live on for the lost sheep of the House of Israel today. Most Christians are still lost as to this truth and purpose of Christ. There is a reason why Christ is the Lamb sacrificed for the sins of Israel. The only people who can sin are those who are under the law covenant. The law covenant was given only to Moses and the children of Israel after leaving Egypt. [Deut. 29:1-6; see the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants]. While anyone can do good or evil, only those under the law covenant can transgress the law, which then can be legally imputed as sin. [See the Feature article, Can A Christian Sin?].
Ironically, Christian pastors harp on about sin all the time, yet it is an old covenant condition that legally applied only to Old Testament Israel. [See the Sneakers article, What About Everyone Else?]. These same pastors claim they are not of Israel, but are gentiles. If gentiles, then they can’t transgress the law covenant, which is the definition of sin. [1 John 3:4].
The Passover sacrifice of Christ has covered our sins as Christians, the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And now that we are no longer in bondage under the law, we are to keep the leaven of sin out of our lives as our forefathers brought forth unleavened bread out of the bondage to Egypt. Christ has fulfilled both the Passover and the high holy Days of Unleavened Bread. We, as Christians, have been given a liberty greater than our forefather Abraham experienced in his life. [See the Sneakers article, The Veil Was Rent]. Yet we stupidly and foolishly hijack pagan holidays blindly thinking we honor Christ. We do no such thing. Instead, we make him fiercely angry. We dishonor him and his life. We dishonor his death [by the celebration of Easter, the pagan goddesss of spring], and to our confusion, the truth of the purpose of his resurrection.
[See the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass]. The above is excerpted from chapter three, Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread and Christ, The Hijacked Elephant. References to Sneakers and Feature articles are not in the book.
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