This week we’re studying the Passover, the most popular of the seven feasts.
By now, I hope you have started reading the first chapter, and filling out your study guide. The study guide is designed to help you remember what you learn in each chapter and to dig a little deeper as you do.
Perhaps you could write down the scriptures you find in each chapter or highlight them right there in your book. This way, once you’re finished the chapter, you can look up these verses in your Bible to study them within the context of the Word.
Want to chat about the chapter? Join me on Friday afternoons on Facebook where I’ll post my answers to the study questions and open up a thread for your thoughts too.
Pastor Daniel Krebs (Trulife Ministries) and I have put together seven videos for you–one for each chapter. Each one is about 45 minutes to an hour long. Tune in every week as we’ll be your study buddies throughout this series.
If we look at the original Passover meal in Exodus 12, we see that it required three things, a male lamb without defect roasted over a fire, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread. A Passover Seder today, however, is far more involved with six items on the Seder plate, 3 pieces of matzah bread wrapped in a cloth, and 4 cups of wine.
So, where did these traditions originate from?
Looking to the New Testament we find that many of the believers were Jewish, and continued to celebrate the Biblical feasts after the death and Resurrection of Christ:
But [Paul] bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. (Acts 18:21, KJV)
As they continued to celebrate the holy days, the Messianic Jews understood that they were fulfilled by the Messiah, and so they began to add traditions to the feasts that continue to this very day. The interesting thing is that while the Messianic Jews are celebrating in this way, the observant Jews are also celebrating these same traditions, but where the Messianic community sees the symbolism of Christ within this feast, traditional Judaism interprets them differently.
It’s not hard to see that these “2,000-year-old traditions” are deeply rooted in the Christian faith to both reflect the severity of our sin, and the incomparable gift of salvation.
Join us this week as we take a close look at these traditions, and an even closer look at the beauty of Jesus revealed in this feast.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
Suggested Reading for This Week:
Chapter 1 of: The Beauty of Jesus Revealed in the Feasts.
Exodus Chapter 12
Matthew Chapters 26&27
You can find both the book and the study guide on Amazon:
FAQ: How do I participate in this study?
On Monday of each week, I’ll post a couple of printables here on the blog for you. It’s also on this day that you start reading your chapter for the week. Throughout the week, you can fill out your study guide at home.
On Wednesdays, I’ll post a video for you here on the blog as Pastor Daniel Krebs and I sit down to discuss each chapter. We have a separate video for each feast, which is about 45-minutes long. These videos are amazing! If you haven’t done so already, subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss them: Click here
On Friday afternoons, I’ll post my answers to the questions from the study guide. I’d like to also invite you to join me at that time for a discussion on Facebook. You can find my facebook page here: @TimeWarpWife