Behaving in Sincerity and Truth.
At Passover we are warned not to `eat and drink unworthily' and `not to observe the festival with the old leaven' ...
"Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven (disobedient behaviours) leavens the entire lump? (one evil choice will spread throughout our whole behaviour) Therefore cleanse out the old leaven (old shadow behaviours and man-made traditions/teachings), so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also MASHIAK OUR PASSOVER WAS OFFERED FOR US. So then let us observe the festival, not with old leaven (traditions), nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread (behaviour) of sincerity and truth. 1 KOR 5:6-8 BYNV
TRUTH is whatever Yahusha declares is right and wrong, but WHAT IS SINCERITY?
ENGLISH: "the absence of pretence, deceit, or hypocrisy. Honesty, genuineness, truthfulness, integrity, probity, trustworthiness; wholeheartedness, seriousness, earnestness; straight-forwardness, openness, candour,
candidness, guilelessness, ingenuousness;
HEBREW: complete, entire, sincere, uprightly, without guile, unadulterated, the spiritual, belonging to the reason, without blame, clearly, the pure influence.
Please read the account of “The Last Supper” in all four gospels. There are subtle differences in the language of each account and when all four chapters are read together, we get a very full understanding of what happened on the night before Yahusha’s death. (John 13-17, Luke 22, Matt 26, Mark 14) READ THESE PLEASE.
Yahusha had a very intimate, private meal and conversation with His closest followers about many things, but IT WAS JUST WITH THEM, NOT US! Yes, ALL Scripture is Yahusha-Breathed and powerful for our teaching, reproof, correction and training, however we must KNOW OUR PLACE IN THE STORY, where we fit into prophetic-history in these last days and rely completely on Yahusha’s Ruach within to reveal the (often) hidden context so that we can receive the relevant instruction and behave accordingly.
Even though we can look back with the perspective of history, WE DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TRANSPOSE OURSELVES INTO THIS PASSOVER STORY (in Egypt or Jerusalem) and attempt to re-enact it word for word every year.
Otherwise where should we draw the line with our obedience or imitating? Do we turn off all our electricity to light candles instead? (many do!) Should we abandon modern hygiene so we can instead boil water to wash each other’s feet? (many do!) Should we wear first-century robes, tassels, garments, kill a lamb, drink red-wine or grape-juice only, bake unleavened bread over a fire, put all our attention into the cooking of a lamb and the bitter-herbs, acting all sorrowful and somber as we perform lofty prayers while holding up a little cup of wine and staring blankly at a flat piece of bread like some freaky-transubstantiation-hangover? (its ridiculous, but sadly many do . . . and miss out!)
How do we gleen the CORRECT TRUTHS IN CONTEXT from this wonderful account of our Messiah's last meal with His followers, for our lives today in the 21st Century, and not make a mockery of this Appointed Time through immaturity and childish literalism?
When there is a lack of true lionizing love (passionate adoration) and a lack of Yahusha’s Ruach of truth in a room, man will automatically resort to liturgy and tradition to fill that void and continue in a religious ( keeping - up - appearances )
behaviour (OLD LEAVEN), passing this down from generation to generation, until the original shadows (which were only used by Yahusha as cultural helps to illustrate a point) are all that is looked at and Yahusha (Who is the fulfilment and origin of every shadow) is actually ignored (whether intentionally or ignorantly).
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE DOING WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS BUT BECAUSE OF INCORRECT-CONTEXT, ACTUALLY BE OBSERVING WITH THE OLD LEAVEN OF RELIGIOUS TEMPLE SHADOWS?
Are you ready for this?
THE PASSOVER IS NOT ABOUT LAMBS,
THE PASSOVER IS NOT ABOUT AVOIDING LEAVEN,
THE PASSOVER IS NOT ABOUT UNLEAVENED BREAD,
THE PASSOVER IS NOT ABOUT BLOOD OR WINE,
THE PASSOVER IS NOT ABOUT FOOT-WASHING,
THE PASSOVER IS NOT EVEN ABOUT MUSHAH AND THE EXODUS,
AND IT MOST CERTAINLY IS NOT ABOUT US OR WHAT WE DO AND DON’T DO WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER.
THE PASSOVER IS NOT EVEN AN EVENT, A TIME OR A SEASON . . .
THE PASSOVER IS A MAN . . .
A MAN WHO HUMBLY EMPTIED HIMSELF AS THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE TO BECOME OUR DELIVERANCE THROUGH ONE OF THE CRUELEST, BRUTAL, HORRIFIC DEATHS IN OUR HISTORY. AND THE REASON? BECAUSE HE LOVES US SO MUCH.
PASSOVER IS ONLY ABOUT DELIVERANCE AND LOVE !!
Can you understand that if we just came together and the only thing we did was feel His amazing intoxicating love and just basked in the glow of the magnificence of His awesome presence ("where 2 or more are gathered...") and we did nothing else, YAHUSHA WOULD BE SO ECSTATICALLY HAPPY WITH US, because FINALLY WE KNEW WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT > A N I N T I M A T E R E L A T I O N S H I P < WE CAN SEE HIM - and that’s all He wants - for us to know Him and understand what He did to gather us back unto Himself as His Bride. Every Redemptive Feast we observe until Yahusha returns is just like a dress-rehearsal for the real Wedding Feast. So WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT: LOVE AND JOY OR ANCIENT TRADITION AND LITURGY?
LUKE 22:19 “This is My body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.” DO WHAT? Break bread in remembrance of Him? Drink red-wine from one cup in remembrance of Him? Only remember Him at Passover? Can you see how ASSUMING OURSELVES INTO THIS STORY CAUSES PROBLEMS? How did this one little sentence get turned into a full-blown religious liturgy? Yahusha took whatever foods were being eaten at the table IN THAT MOMENT and used them as symbols to explain what was about to happen to Him. He wasn't instituting an everlasting bread and wine ceremony.
(remember the KFC and REDBULL analogy??)
The food and drink was unimportant, and His followers didn't get what He was talking about anyway (until later). Yahusha used every customary practice of the era and culture TO GET THEIR ATTENTION; all the daily routines surrounding His people in the natural (food, clothing, crops, animals, family, laborious work, death, disease etc) to show them a better way to live, by bringing His loving-kindness and instructions into their daily behaviour, so that they would be blessed and protected, not cursed and under His wrath. The same is true of His Bride today, except He uses OUR daily lives here and now to GET OUT ATTENTION. The whole concept of the Lamb is only relevant during the first Exodus account if we can see how Yahusha appeared after His death in the heavenly sanctuary (as a lamb freshly slain) and all the other corresponding mentions of lambs throughout the Scriptures all pointed to this one event. A DELIVERANCE EVENT . . . (lambs are no longer relevant to us, only Yahusha is)
There are only a couple of EVERLASTING instructions given to us (Yisharal) during the whole week of Passover and if we put aside all the customary symbolism, we see quite clearly that there's only 2 days we take off work and WE ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO GATHER TOGETHER WITH LIKE-MINDED IMMERSED FOLLOWERS OF YAHUSHA (if you know any near you). Apart from that, EVERYTHING ELSE IS SHADOW-TALK, and while it’s important to read and understand the significance of all Yahusha’s signs, wonders and shadows throughout all the Scriptures (fulfilled or not yet) . . . the sincerity of Yahusha's love and favour and our responding behaviour (the resting on Messiah's Bosom like John did) is so much more pleasing to our Master.
I hope this takes the pressure off brothers and sisters. If you can’t afford to eat lamb at the Feast, don’t worry (it’s not important). If you can’t find or just don’t want to eat those hideous unleavened cardboard crackers, don’t worry (it's not important).
Foot-washing was a cultural practice OF THE SERVANTS in that era and that is why Yahusha washed His follower's feet TO TEACH THEM ABOUT THEIR BEHAVIOUR, NOT TO SET FORTH AN EVERLASTING DECREE TO MAKE US WASH FEET !! Observing Passover is not complicated, it's clear, it's easy and it’s a joy! If you want to add little formalities or traditions to make Passover-Time memorable and fun for the young children there is no harm in that, however YAHUSHA WOULD MUCH RATHER THE ADULTS GROW-UP AND BECOME MATURE, sensible, overcoming the obstacles, moving past the shadows to arrive at the feet of Yahusha Himself, and learn to behave as He did in sincerity and truth.
SO WHENEVER WE GATHER TOGETHER (and indeed every other day also) WE NEED TO WORSHIP (BEHAVE) IN THE UNLEAVENED BREAD (BEHAVIOUR) OF SINCERITY AND TRUTH. IN OTHER WORDS BE HONEST WITH ONE ANOTHER ABOUT HOW WE'RE TRULY FEELING IN THE MOMENT, BE UPFRONT, GENUINE, TRANSPARENT, KIND. SHARE A MEAL, SPEAK ABOUT YAHUSHA'S WORKINGS IN OUR LIVES, ENJOY EACH OTHER'S COMPANY, CELEBRATE AND FEAST, REMEMBERING WE CAN'T BE SAD WHILE THE BRIDEGROOM IS WITH US, AND EVEN THOUGH HE WAS TAKEN FROM US FOR A TIME (SOON TO RETURN) . . . HE STILL DWELLS WITHIN.
Brothers and Sisters the Behaviour Revolution is not here to tell you you’re wrong but to get out of the doorway and reveal the amazing freedom and liberty available to Yahusha’s chosen Bride if she would continue to come out, overcome, enter into the throneroom boldly and just HAVE IT . . . HAVE HIM !
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