The Easter Feast

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Passover was instituted to commemorate Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage. On the tenth day of the first month, a lamb was chosen for each family, "according to the number of souls", or if the family was small, two or more could unite around a sacrifice. The lamb was kept until the fourteenth day, when it was killed in the afternoon, and the blood was put on the doorposts and the lintel. Success. 12: 1-7. The same night the meat was eaten, not cooked as usual, but roasted. Only non-leavened bread could be eaten, and "with bitter herbs they will eat it". Vers. 8. In later years, there were some changes to this ritual, but the essential points remained.

The Easter sacrifice is distinguished by being called "My sacrifice". Success. 23:18; 34:25. While it is perhaps best not to accentuate this expression, it is at least noteworthy. Passover celebrated Israel's departure from Egypt. The New Testament also presents it as an ordinance that points to the future. "Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us". I Cor. 5: 7. With this symbolic representation in mind, some analogies can be easily seen. At the crucifixion, not a bone in the body of Christ was broken. John 19:36. No bones should be broken by the Easter Lamb. Success. 12:46; Num. 9:12. Passover was killed on the fourteenth day of abib, and eaten on fifteen. Success. 12: 6-10. Christ died at the Passover. John 19:14. The sprinkling of blood meant "to pass over in mercy, a deliverance from death". Success. 12:13. So, through His blood, there has been a passing over of sins previously committed. Rom. 3:25. The paschal sacrifice was a lamb. Success. 12: 3. So Christ was "the Lamb of God". John 1:29.


The lamb must have been spotless. Success. 12: 5. Thus Christ, immaculate. 1 Peter 1:19. The meat of the lamb was to be eaten. Success. 12: 7. We too must participate in His flesh. John. 6:51.

Closely related to the Passover, however distinct from it, was the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The two were, in reality, part of the same observance, so that names are exchanged; in design, however, they were anything but. God's order as to what was to be done was explicit. "Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you will remove the leaven from your houses; for whoever eats leavened bread, from the first to the seventh day, that soul will be cut off from Israel." Success. 12:15. The divine commentary on this prays: "Let us celebrate, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of wickedness and malice, but with the woes of sincerity and truth". I Cor. 5: 8.

Easter and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are fertile in the teaching of gospel truths. In the dead lamb, provision was made to save the firstborn. The death of the lamb, however, was not enough to guarantee salvation. It was necessary to put the blood on the doorposts and the door lintel. There must be individual application of the sacrifice. The sprinkling of blood was as important as the death of the lamb. However, this was not enough. Meat should be eaten, and this should be done under the right conditions. "So you will eat it: your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand: and you will eat it hastily: this is the Lord's Passover." Success. 12:11. And even that was not enough. All yeast was to be removed. "Whoever eats leavened bread, that soul will be cut off from the congregation of Israel,

Easter is symbolic of Christ's death. It is our Easter. I Cor. 5: 7. He died on the cross for us. There, provision was made for all who fulfill the conditions of life to be saved. But the cross itself does not save anyone. It only provides salvation. It is necessary to make an individual application of the blood offered. The order to Israel was: "Take a hyssop sauce, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and pour it into the lintel of the door, and in both jambs, of the blood that is in the basin." Success. 12:22.


The promise was that if they did so, then when the Lord saw "the blood from the lintel of the door, and on both jambs, the Lord will pass through that door, and will not let a destroyer enter your houses, to strike you". Vers. 23.

The provisions mentioned here saved the firstborn from being destroyed by the angel. The lamb's death had provided the means of salvation; the application of blood made the means provided effective. Both were necessary. It is one thing to be saved from death. Another is to have the means to sustain life. This, positively, was provided by eating meat, negatively, by abstaining from yeast. Christ says, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever: and the bread that I give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." John 6:51. Israel was ordered to roast the whole lamb. The commandment was: "roasted with fire: the head with the feet and the plaster". Success. 12: 9. Each family had to gather enough people to eat all the meat. Vers. 4. Nothing should be taken out of the house, nor left for the next day. Whatever was left that could not be eaten, should be burned in the fire. This could foreshadow nothing but an entire assimilation of the One to whom the lamb represented, on the part of those for whom the blood was shed. It means Christ's entire identification with the believer. It matters to accept the fullness of God.

Yeast should be excluded from it altogether. We are left with no doubts as to the spiritual meaning of the yeast. It represents malice and evil. I Cor. 5: 8. It means false doctrine, as exemplified in the teachings of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians. Mat. 16: 6; Mark 8:15. The leaven of the Pharisees is greed and injustice (Matt. 23:14), the spirit of one who does not do what is right and does not let others do it (Vers. 13), false zeal (vers. 15), erroneous estimation of values spiritual (vers. 16-22), omission of judgment, mercy and faith (vers. 23), vain scruples (vers. 24), hypocrisy (vers. 25-28), intolerance (vers. 29-33), cruelty (verses 34-36). The leaven of the Sadducees is skepticism (Matthew 22:23), lack of knowledge of the Scriptures and the power of God (verse 29). The yeast of the Herodians is flattery,


The Easter correspondent in the New Testament is the Lord's Supper, the rite of communion. After Christ came, there could be no more virtue in killing the paschal lamb, prefiguring His coming. There was, yes, to celebrate the sacrifice of Calvary, its maintainer power. For this reason the Lord instituted the sacrificial meal of communion to remind us of the facts of our salvation, and the provisions made on the cross. Like its prototype, it points backwards and to the future. We must remember Calvary "until (He) comes". I Cor. 11:26.

The Conflict of the Ages , p. 399.

The observance of the presentation of the first fruits, was a part of the celebration of the days of unleavened bread. The presentation took place "on the following day of Saturday", the sixteenth day of abib. Lev. 23:11. This day was not a holy convocation, nor was it like a Sabbath, but an important work was nevertheless carried out that day. On the fourteenth day of abib, a portion of a barley field was marked to be cut in preparation for the presentation on the sixteenth. Three chosen men were cutting the barley in the presence of witnesses, having already tied the bundles before cutting them. Once harvested, the sauces were all tied together, presenting it before the Lord as "a sauce of the first fruits". "He will move the sauce before the Lord, that you may be accepted: on the following day of the Sabbath the priest will move him." Lev. 23:11.


In addition, "a lamb without spot," and a meal offering mixed with oil, and a libation were offered to God. Vers. 12 and 13. Until this was done, Israel could not use any of the fruits of the field.

This was an offer of acceptance. Presentation of the first fruits. Undoubtedly, it has reference, first of all, to "Christ the firstfruits, then those who belong to Christ, at His coming". I Cor. 15:23.

Summarizing the teachings of Easter observance, we have the following important reflections: Easter is symbolic of Christ's death. As the paschal lamb died, Christ died. The blood of the lamb once delivered Israel from the destroying angel. The blood of Christ today reconciles.

As typified in the moved sauce, Easter is symbolic of the resurrection. The guy is perfect even with respect to time. The lamb died on the fourteenth day of abib in the afternoon. At sixteen, "on the following day of the Sabbath", the first cut fruits, previously cut, were presented to the Lord. Christ died on Friday afternoon. He rested in the tomb on Saturday. On the "next day after the Sabbath", "Christ the firstfruits", rose from the dead and presented himself before the Lord to receive acceptance. The "next day after the Sabbath" was not a "holy convocation", nor was a Saturday [rest] "in type or antitype" but an important work was being carried out on it, which perhaps needs to be expanded.

When, on the first day of the week, Christ rose, it was necessary for Him to ascend to the Father to hear the words of the divine acceptance of the sacrifice. On the cross, His soul was in darkness. The Father had hidden his face from Him. In desperation and anguish, Christ exclaimed, "My God, why have you forsaken Me"? Mat. 27:46.

"Satan tortured the heart of Jesus with cruel temptations. The Savior could not see beyond the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present His victory from the grave to Him, nor did He speak to Him of the Father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared sin would be so offensive to God that His separation should be eternal. Christ felt the anguish that the sinner will experience when mercy no longer intercedes for the guilty race.


It was the feeling of sin, bringing divine wrath on Him, as a substitute for man, that made the cup so bitter that it sipped, and broke the heart of the Son of God. "" The Desire of Ages , p. 561.

Now, the resurrection had taken place. The first thing that Christ had to do was appear in the presence of the Father and listen to the blessed words that His death was not in vain, but the sacrifice was widely accepted. Thus, it was His duty to ascend to heaven and, in the presence of the universe, to hear words of certainty from the Father himself; then, he should return to earth to those who still mourned His death, ignoring His resurrection, and showing themselves openly. So it did.

"Jesus refused to receive homage from His people until he had obtained the certainty that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father. He went up to the heavenly courts, and heard from God Himself the affirmation that His atonement for the sins of men was wide, that through His blood all could obtain eternal life. The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that he would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as he loves His Son. man will be more precious than gold, and man will be more precious than gold in gold. "All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, in order to communicate His power and glory to them.

"While the Savior was in the presence of God, receiving gifts for His Church, the disciples thought of the empty tomb and mourned and wept. The day when the whole sky vibrated with joy, was for the disciples of uncertainty, confusion and perplexity ". " Id ., P. 590

The Scriptures were fulfilled to the letter. "Christ rose from the dead as the firstfruits of those who sleep. He was represented by the stirred sauce, and His resurrection occurred on the very day when it was to be presented before the Lord. For more than a thousand years this symbolic ceremony had been performed. the first ears of ripe grain were made, and when the people went up to Jerusalem, on the occasion of Passover, the sauce of the first fruits was moved as an offering of thanksgiving before the Lord.


As long as this offering was not presented, the sickle could not be put into the cereals, nor could they be combined in sauces. The sauce presented to God represented the harvest. Thus Christ, the first fruits, represented the great spiritual harvest to be harvested for the kingdom of God. His resurrection is the type and pledge of the resurrection of all the just dead. â € ˜For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also those who sleep in Jesus will God bring them back with Him ".

"When Christ was resurrected, he brought a multitude of captives from the tomb. The earthquake, at the time of His death, had opened the tomb for them, and in resurrecting Him, they resurrected together. They were the ones who had collaborated with God, and who, at the expense of their own lives, they had borne witness to the truth. Now they were to be witnesses to Him who raised them from the dead. " " Id ., Page 585.

Easter is typical of communion. The eating of the Easter lamb brought families and neighbors together. It was a common meal, symbolizing deliverance. An exchange had taken place, and his firstborn had been spared by the death of the lamb. Such deliverance inspired consecration. All sin should be put aside. There should be no yeast anywhere. Every corner should be examined, every corner scanned for any trace of it. "Holiness to the Lord". Nothing less would be accepted.

All this and even more meant the Passover for Israel of yore. As the Lord's Supper substitutes, in the New Testament, for the "Passover of the Lord, it should not mean less to us than it did to them. There is a great danger that we will forget or fail to appreciate the wonderful blessings God has reserved for us. who participate "worthily" in the ordinances of the house of the Lord. We would do well to study the Passover as it was given to Israel, in order to better appreciate the Christ who is our True Paschal Lamb, and whose death is celebrated in the service of communion.


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