Thursday, April 9, 2009


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 bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8

Today is the first day of the Feast of Passover on the Jewish calendar. In the last two years I have come to reject the Christian celebration of Easter as I have come to understand that it is a leftover from the Roman Catholic church which was carried over following the Reformation. Unfortunately the Reformation did not go far enough in some of its changes, and some of the traditions of the Roman Catholic church have been brought over into Christian churches.

Easter has its origins in the ancient Babylonian religions, with much of its symbolism having to do with the worship of the goddess Ishtar (from which we get our word "Easter") and her fertility cult (the rabbits and the eggs). The Roman Catholic church syncretized much of this with true Christianity and then claimed Easter for her own, which it has famously done with many pagan traditions. As I have come to understand how Easter came to us it has become one of those traditions that has more negative connotations than positive ones. The Christian life is to be characterized by a life that denies self and takes up the cross daily, not just one weekend a year or for 40 days preceding it in the practice of Lent. (I could say a lot more about that, but maybe I will try to do that on another post, Lord willing).

In the meantime I have been exploring the biblical Feast of Passover and discovering the rich symbolism in it which points us to Christ, the Lamb of God, God's perfect sacrifice for sins slain from the foundation of the world. As a Gentile Christian I don't really think it is necessary for us to practice the Passover the way Jewish believers do, but I do think it is an important part of understanding God's plan for mankind and for our salvation. I have come to appreciate how perfectly the Old and New Testaments fit together, and of God's sovereignty and faithfulness to His own in Christ's perfect fulfillment of this feast. It is for this reason that I would like to share a couple of videos I have found on the web that I have found that explain its significance. The one I have embedded below is rather short, but very good for those who do not want to take a lot of time to examine this. The other one I have linked to because it is 40 minutes long and would cause my blog to take a lot longer to load. It goes into much more detail about the significance of each part of the Passover Feast and Christ's fulfillment of each symbol . It is presented by Jews for Jesus, a Christian organization with a heart for evangelizing its own people group.

I want to make one qualification regarding this video and that is regarding the Jewish symbol of the Star of David used at the beginning of it. Through my research I have come to understand that this symbol is a carryover the Jews brought with them following their Babylonian captivity and is actually occultic in nature and is a cultural symbol. It is mentioned in the mystical Jewish Babylonian Talmud in connection with star worship as the Magen David. It is the menorah that is the true symbol of Israel. The "mystery of iniquity" has tried to mark as his own everything he can, and I believe this just another example of Satan's desire to deceive (add leaven) in every area possible. (If you would like to read more about the origin of the Star of David, click HERE and HERE).

I highly recommend this second video, by Jews for Jesus. Click on the following title to view it: Christ in the Passover

Click on the title to read the words and listen to the hymns When I See the Blood (I Will Pass Over You) and Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!, and HERE to read Psalm 113 - 118, which is traditionally read at the end of the Passover meal in praise and gratitude to God for His provision of the sacrificial Lamb.

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