I just read an article published, encouraging backhanded antisemitism, though written by Rabbis, warning “Christians” to not partake of the Passover. Have People not read Torah? Have they not read the scriptures? Christian was a name given to Jews who loved Yeshua the Messiah! That is “Christian” roots! Furthermore, The God Christians claim to worship has told people in His Word, Romans 16:17-18 “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” NKJV. Likewise, Psalm 137:5 should be a warning to you, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill!” (NKJV.) So, we must go back to the scripture for to examine what we have been taught, and if we look at the scripture, really dig and put it together with and through the understanding of the Ruach that Yahweh has a heart of reconciliation, renewal and relationship we can rebuke the belief that Pesach “inaugurates a new religious civilization” as the Christianity Today article says (reference URL included at bottom) It intrigues me that that the authors see Christianity and Judiasm “re-enacting” a word used contextually and in association with impersonal performance. That should make us question what we are Emirati going in our celebration of Passover. Do we truly Celebrate Mercy and His Protection and Salvation? Or do we eminate a lack of personal testimony in our own lives when or if we celebrate Passover? For my own self, I love the church as the body of Christ, yet still ache especially as I grow older into my thirties now seeing the disappearance of church dinners I knew and grew up with, the lack of testimony in the Christian church, though they remain strong in their emphasis of the Word.
First in this divisive article: If Christianity advocates turning people against following God’s commandments, those that do show they do not love Him, nor do they love His people, which includes themselves with their grafted in choice of atonement. Without which there is no “Christianity” and such people will suffer from self- inflicted isolation from a relationship with Him and the would-be blessings of acknowledging God’s design. Exodus 12:48 explicitly tells us to keep the Passover, along with witness scripture with the purpose to remember what it was like to be foreigners in and that He freed us. Yeshua said DO THIS (Passover) in rememberance of Him (Luke 22:19). By encouraging divisiveness, encouraging anti- Semetism, forgetting that Christians have a history emerging, yet engrafted and intertwined from the Judaic faith, such invites evil, bad things to befall. God takes teaching very seriously. He is the same Who described that it would be better for those who misteach His little ones to have a millstone tied round their neck and be flung into the sea. If you are Christian pray for these people and those who follow or see this article as authoritative or truth for clarity and repentance. Remember your roots of Trust. Dont invite God’s anger down on you by standing by this article. The authors support no unity but rather absolve what God views as good AND beautiful (“A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1)
Second issue: The rabbis nor the Christian magazine who influences offer wisdom of differentiating or offer detail how it used to be celebrated, since there is an insistence and they’re most likely right that the Passover then wasn’t as we know it now. We see Exodus 12:48 (which Jesus does not “allude to”, but is explicit, as stated above) welcome the stranger rather than rejecting people who want to understand the Passover, to understand Him under physical circumcision, “And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it.” Scripture shows us: “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matt 20:28 NKJV. (He knew not everyone would accept atonement). Yeshua reached out to woman at the well who was not Jewish. He healed the multitudes and fed them, people who came from all over, including the Greek (Syro Phonecian) woman’s demon possessed daughter because she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7:26-30). The authors of this article very much favor the word “inaugurate” which Webster defines as a beginning, but the Passover debatably doesn’t inaugurate “the Jewish people into its History.” The beginning of the Jewish people began with the Abrahamic covenant. In Genesis. Prior to Exodus.
Additionally, the authors write, “Second, adopting another’s ritual shows a lack of respect.” (On page 2, paragraph 3) Again, interesting word choice. Not only does Google define respect (when typed into search bar) as “1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”, but God in scripture has much to say about fearing (respecting Him) about adoption and legalism. While some people may FEEL ritual is being disrespected, is ritual to be revered over Yahweh? The Torah reveals The haunting words through His prophet Hosea who knew about having a faithless relationship, “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (NKJV Hosea 6:6) So…when did admiration become disrespect? All is quiet on that front.
When adoption is considered, its sibling concept is acceptance. By adopting you are accepting, open hearted. So this article shows a certain feeling of disrespect for ritual, yet they use the word adoption. When parents who want a child or who can’t conceive adopt, do they choose a child based on whether or not their culture the child emerged from has certain rituals? No! They fall in love with the picture (or child if they meet at the orphanage) and the story of what the baby/ child came through personally. They fight through much time and paperwork and international hiccups to give that child their love and a place of knowing they’re accepted! The authors are making the claim they believe to know more about the Christian faith than the Jews encouraging Christians to partake in Passover know. Yet, they use ambiguous, unspecific wording and examples throughout regarding the Torah, describing Christians and Jews who encourage Christians to Celebrate Passover “naturally emphasize Jesus as a fine teacher, partaking of the Jewish culture of his times,” (page 2, paragraph 4 of Christianity today article referenced at the bottom). Now, although I’ve seen plenty of the church do the whole “in Jesus time” disapplicating the Instructional Torah of Yahweh, which is very sad, because it disjoints the love …remember “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15? (NKJV) a phrase that also shows up in Exodus 20:6 & Deuteronomy 5:10.
There is no “new Lamb of God” (page 2. Paragraph 4) Abraham recognized this, prior to there being Passover. Abraham could’ve chosen a dove, a calf, but his son, Isaac asks him where the lamb was for the burnt offering. Yeshua is more than just a “fine teacher”, but this is what the authors and those who share this mode of thought see Christian and Messianic Judaism representing Yeshua as, and sadly a portion, though not all do. We are all responsible of how we portray our relationship with Our Lord and Savior, but also how we treat a Him.
Here is the third issue so many Christians are familiar with: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) and what was it Jesus told His Disciples?? Oh yeah, “Do this in remembrance of me” recorded in the gospel of Luke (22:19 NKJV) from a doctor who understood the need for healing in the world AND included in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth! (1Corinth 11:23-29 NKJV) The author being a former religiously, bloodthirsty Pharisee who knew the law of Moshe, met Yeshua and did not discourage the church at Corinth (located in southern Greece) from keeping the Passover Yeshua Himself kept, but to keep it in a worthy manner as to discern the Lord’s body (1 Corinth 11:29 NKJV)
The epilogue here and fourth point: God dispersed people at the Tower of Babel because of their pride and irreverence toward God and self centeredness in Genesis 11:4 (NKJV) “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.'” Revelation 7:9 tell us a multitude of all nations tribes and tongues will be standing before the Throne and before The Lamb and says that they will cry out that Salvation belongs to “our God” and to “the Lamb” recognizing and claiming personal relationship with the Creator. Freedom that comes through Salvation throughout scripture is not “exclusive”. Looking up the dictionary definition for differentiating “unique” as the authors state on page 3, last paragraph of the article, “The Seder is uniquely Jewish,” to their article’s spirit of exclusivity, the very terminology’s nature of which has to do with “not admitting things”, (Google definition) as opposed to unique which describes something as being “unlike anything else.” When googling the word “unique” and “exclusive”.
One has to beg the question:
Given that Yahweh made man in His own image prior to any Passover
Given that King David echoes God’s loving detail in His creation by Psalming “…for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;…” (Psalm 139:14 NKJV) and John saying “In the beginning was the Word (referring to Yeshua)” in John 1:1 (NKJV) & (1 Samuel 3:7 NKJV on the revealing of the word, rather than just a thing which is spoken.)
Given all these things, why would the authors and those of this Mindset bother inviting the curious whom Yah created to something where they weren’t allowed to partake? Is not that disrespectful? Is that not unkind? Is that not representing God contrary to conditions in the Old Testament of circumsicision and of the New Testament to partake of Passover keeping in a worthy manner? When we see Yeshua tell His disciples: “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;”? One has to ask what the purpose of showing someone something that they themselves believe that person will never partake of, nor was ever believed designed to experience, even though God made mankind in His image, is? Why are these “Christian others” here? It is a grievous, heart aching misrepresentation of Yahweh, His Ruach and His Salvation Yeshua the Messiah to in essence respond to the curious essentially with an accusatory “piss off”. Yahweh created people, dispersing them via language confusion at the Tower of Babel after renewing His covenant through Noah who came from the redemptive line of Seth after Adam and Eve lost Able.
(All NKJV verses pulled from blueletterbible.org)
(Originating divisive article): http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/march-web-only/jesus-didnt-eat-seder-meal.html
(Well put refute article): http://michaelrydelnik.org/the-passover-hustle/