As I have said before – “You never know what you’re gonna learn or where”
My wife and I just got back from a friends Bible Study – These friends are SDA and do not keep the mow`edim (feasts).
This study is actually on the Ellen G. White book ‘The Great Controversy’. There is actually some good historical information that relates to the Bible on such subjects as – The Waldenses, Wycliffe, Huss, Jerome. Luther, Zwingli, the Reformation, the Renascence, the Pilgram Fathers, etc.
Tonight was the opening I was hoping for – To be able to witness to them at least about the mow`edim of Passover.
In the chapter – ‘Prophesies Fulfilled’ on page 399 of the hard back “The (New Illustrated) Great Controversy – Conflict of the ages series” (on page 212 in the paper back version – “The Great Controversy – Past . Present . Future”); were these words;
Quote – “The slaying of the Passover lamb was a shadow of the death of [Messiah]. Says Paul, ‘[Messiah] our Passover is sacrificed for us.’ 1Cor.5:7″ – Un-Quote
Which is partially correct – for the other part not quoted is v:8;
1Cor 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast,…
The problem (for the Christian Church Sunday and Sabbath only) has always come down to the cross changed everything – freeing us from the old law and with it the feasts – Right?
Yet here is Paul saying the very opposite to that very argument! That Yahshua ‘is’ (was – in some Bibles – both past tense) sacrificed; Therefore (for that very reason) let us keep the feast!
And if this were not enough the text of the same chapter page goes on to say;
Quote – ” … [Messiah] having eaten the Passover with His disciples, **instituted** the feast which was to commemorate His own death as ‘The Lamb of [Yah]” … That same night He was taken …” – Un-Quote
Hold the phone; **instituted** – That same night? What night was that?
So by the hand of Ellen G. White this Passover point is established – I have known for sometime that she was favourable to the feasts – with such quotes as;
“Well would it be that the people of this day would have a *feast of tabernacles*”
Some try to say ‘this only means the elements of communion’ not Passover – but;
Mat 26:26 *And as they were eating*, Yahshua took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. :27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; :28 For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
*And as they were eating* – Passover (v:18-19)
Mark 14:22 “And as they were eating …” (Mat.26:26; Lk.22:19; 1Cor.11:23; 26)
Did you catch that? “… as they were eating …” Mt.26:26; “… as they did eat …” Mk.14:22; “… the cup after supper” Lk.22:20; “… when He had supped …” 1Cor.11:25? It was Passover – Folks (Mt.26:18, Mk.14:14, Lk.22:15).
And ‘the cup’ of ‘my blood of the new covenant’ was the 3rd cup (the cup of redemption – Ex.6:6) of 4 cups showing an in progress Passover Seder Meal.
What Yahshua was doing was ratifying the New Covenant in His own blood **and** making Passover the Covenant Confirming Meal of the New Covenant.
As a side note – The New Covenant is a Melchizedek Covenant – with Passover the Covenant Confirming Meal of the New Covenant.
It is noteworthy to understand that the original Passover of Ex.12 is the only Melchizedek Passover in the entire Bible save the Passover Crucifixion releasing Yahshua from Levitical law (Rom.7:1/Heb.7:12) to be the Melchizedek High Priest.