The Feast Of Unleavened Bread – The Living Bread, Jesus

“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven” John 6:51 (NASB)

Click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to see the videos and text on the blog.

The Feast Of Unleavened Bread – Fulfilled In Jesus

The Feast of Passover began on Friday, April 22, at Sundown, and continued until Saturday, April 23, at sundown. The Feast Of Unleavened Bread immediately followed Passover and will last until sundown on Saturday, April 30. The last day of Unleavened Bread has already begun in most parts of our world, with the arrival of Sundown on Friday, April 29. Jews were directed by God, as the command was given through Moses, to observe a sacred assembly, beginning at sundown on the seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is Friday, April 29, this year. See Leviticus 23:5-6, Exodus 12:15-20, and Leviticus 27:34. Leviticus 27:34 shows that God gave the commandment to the Jews, and only to the Jews, to keep these feasts. But, please let me say from personal experience that, by participating in the observance of the feasts, a rich blessing is received and experienced. (In this blog, there are posts that are dated April 13, 18, 22 2016 that discuss Passover)

Leviticus 23:5 The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month. 6 The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work. 8 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”

Exodus 12:15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. 20 You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”

Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.

The teaching of the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread is important for Christians to understand. It is important for Christians to understand the feasts in order for them to engage Jews in conversation about matters of God’s Holy Word. Remember to pray for God’s chosen people, who are the Jews, per Psalm 122:6. The Passover/Unleavened Bread account of scripture is clearly about Israel, God, and the oppressive Leader of Egypt. No other tribes, or nations of people, are a part of this significant part in the history of God’s Chosen People, Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6), who brought the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus into the world (John 4:22) as the Savior for those who would receive Him (John 1:12-13).

Consider the scriptures that show that Jesus has fulfilled the Law and the Feasts. But, remember also, that God gave the Law and the Feasts to the Jews, and, therefore (the Law and the feasts), should be given great respect. It is significant to know that the feasts and the Law were fulfilled when Jesus was crucified during Passover. The time of the feasts of “Passover and Unleavened Bread’ is often referred to as “Passover.”

Consider the words of Jesus: “I will fulfill the law.”

Matthew 5:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

Consider the words of Jesus: He fulfilled the Law.

John 19:30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Consider the Law, and that God gave the Law to Israel, and to no other nation, nations, group or groups of people.

Leviticus 27:34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

34 These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.

In the 23rd Chapter of Leviticus (below), there is a discussion on the Holy Days that God gave to the Israelites, and to no one else. Still, non-Jews should honor God’s Holy Days, teach them, and learn from them. Jews celebrate Passover as a reminder of when God delivered Israel from the oppression of Egypt. God’s plan of salvation for mankind, from the oppression of sin, was completed during Passover when Jesus was crucified.

Passover Prelude

The Feast Of Unleavened Bread, The Sabbath, and The Law are special in relationship between God and the Jews. Non-Jews benefit from respecting those, and other, “God-Jew” intimacies of relationship, such as the Jews being delivered from the oppressive Leader of Egypt.

The following link, leads to a discussion of The Feast Of Unleavened Bread. It is provided by The Christian Broadcasting Network.

http://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/the-feast-of-unleavened-bread…-wait-isn%27t-it-passover%3F

The activities of Friday, April 29, are provided in the following outline that is provided by Chabad.org

April 29—21 Nissan

7th day of Passover—Shevi’i Shel Pesach

Morning service. Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark.
Torah reading: Exodus 13:17–15:26 and Numbers 28:19–25.
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1–51.
The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessing during the Musaf prayer.
Festive lunch meal.
Evening prayers. After the Amidah, count the 7th day of the Omer.
Light candles for the 8th day of Passover before sunset, using an existing flame, and recite blessing 3. Click here for the blessing, and here for local candle-lighting times.
Festive holiday meal, complete with the holiday and Shabbat kiddush.
Yeast relates to sin. In Yeshua/Jesus, there is no sin. Consider the words of Yeshua/Jesus, as they relate to “no sin” in Him, and our being a part of His sinlessness and eternal life through belief in Him.

John 6:47-51 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Consider the need for the yeast/sin of our lives to be removed. Such an act can only be accomplished by God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (NASB)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 (NASB)

“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (NASB)

If the yeast/sin has not been removed from our spirits, we will not dwell within the Spirit of God, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and God will not dwell within our spirits.

Consider Jesus Fulfilling the Feasts And The Law.

Jesus fulfilled the feasts and the law. Consider the door that leads to Jesus.

John 10:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.

Consider the feasts of the Lord that were fulfilled in Jesus.

The Feasts Of The Lord: The Passover: Christ Our Redeemer: Leviticus 23:4-5. Fulfilled in death of Christ: 2 Cor 5:7.

The Feasts Of The Lord: Unleavened Bread: Leviticus 23:6-8. Fulfilled in the sinlesssness of Christ: 1 Cor 5:8.

The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Ex 23:14-17) 1. Unleavened Bread. 2. Pentecost. 3. Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23 MacArthur Study Bible Note,Jewish Feasts)..

Consider The Feast Days/Holy Days Of God, in that they were given by God to only the Jews.

Following the verses of Leviticus Chapter 23, there are key comments that are provided by the MacArthur Study Bible (everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible).

Leviticus 23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) (A sampling of Chapter 23 is provided)

1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: These are My appointed times, the times of the Lord that you will proclaim as sacred assemblies.

3 “Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord wherever you live.

4 “These are the Lord’s appointed times, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.

5 The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month. 6 The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work. 8 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”

44 So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites.

Jewish Feasts

Feast of Month on Jewish Calendar Day Corresponding Month References
Passover Nisan 14 Mar.-Apr. Ex. 12:1-14;Matt. 26:17-20
*Unleavened Bread Nisan 15-21 Mar.-Apr. Ex. 12:15-20
Firstfruits Nisan 16 Mar.-Apr. Lev. 23:9-14
or Sivan 6 May-June Num. 28:26
*Pentecost (Harvest or Weeks) Sivan 6 (50 days after May-June Deut. 16:9-12; Acts 2:1 barley harvest)
Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah Tishri 1, 2 Sept.-Oct. Num. 29:1-6
Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur Tishri 10 Sept.-Oct. Lev. 23:26-32; Heb. 9:7
*Tabernacles (Booths or Ingathering) Tishri 15-21 Sept.-Oct. Neh. 8:13-18; John 7:2
Dedication (Lights), Hanukkah Chislev 25 (8 days) Nov.-Dec. John 10:22
Purim (Lots) Adar 14, 15 Feb.-Mar. Esth. 9:18-32

*The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Ex. 23:14-19).

Christ Fulfills The Feasts

The Feasts (Lev. 23) Christ’s Fulfillment

Passover (March/April) Death of Christ (1 Cor. 5:7)
Unleavened Bread (March/April) Sinlessness of Christ (1 Cor. 5:8) (See note on Lev 23:2)
Firstfruits (March/April) Resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:23)
Pentecost (May/June) Outpouring of Spirit of Christ (Acts 1:5;2:4)
Trumpets (Sept./Oct.) Israel’s Regathering by Christ (Matt. 24:31)
Atonement (Sept./Oct.) Substitutionary Sacrifice by Christ (Rom. 11:26)
Tabernacles (Sept./Oct.) Rest and Reunion with Christ (Zech. 14:16-19)

MacArthur Study Bible Notes

23:1—24:9 The special feasts of Israel are explained. Cf. Ex. 23:14–17; Num. 28:1–29:40; Deut. 16:1–17.
23:1–44 This section points to days which are sacred to the Lord. After the Sabbath (v. 3), the feasts are given in the order of the calendar (vv. 4–44).
23:2 proclaim to be holy convocations. These festivals did not involve gatherings of all Israel in every case. Only the feasts of 1) Unleavened Bread; 2) Weeks; and 3) Tabernacles required that all males gather in Jerusalem (cf. Ex. 23:14–17; Deut. 16:16, 17).
23:3 Sabbath of solemn rest. The Mosaic ordinance of the fourth commandment came first (cf. Gen. 2:1–3; Ex. 20:8–11).
23:4–22 Three events were commemorated in Mar./Apr.: 1) Passover on the 14th (v. 5); 2) Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th-21st (vv. 6–8); and Feast of Firstfruits on the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread week (vv. 9–14).
23:5 the Lord’s Passover. The festival commemorated God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt (cf. Ex. 12:1–14, 43–49; Num. 28:16; Deut. 16:1, 2).
23:6–8 Feast of Unleavened Bread. This festival connected with the Passover, commemorated Israel’s hurried departure from Egypt and the associated hardships (cf. Ex. 12:15–20;13:3–10; Num. 28:17–25; Deut. 16:3–8).

The following video discusses the “unleavened bread of Jesus.”

John Chapter 6

Advertisements

Jesus In The Gospel Of John – Chapter 3

Jesus Is Lord

Please click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to view the videos and text in the blog.

Key Verse. John 3:19 (G. Campbell Morgan, 1863-1945)

John 3:19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (New American Standard Bible)

John 3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Scriptures taken from BibleGateway.com)

The New Birth

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

John’s Last Testimony

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized— 24 for John had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John’s disciples with a Jew about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Key verses (Mine)

John 3:3, Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John 3:6-8, ” 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:14-15, ” 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”

John 3:17, ” For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. ”
John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Key Verses And Notes

Verses And Notes Taken From The Reformation Study Bible (Everybody should own The Reformation Study Bible).

3:1–21 This is the first of many teaching discourses recorded by John. Typically on being asked a question, Jesus answers in a way that steers the discussion into a deeper realm, often through misunderstandings that are corrected for those becoming true disciples. The new understanding reveals Jesus more fully.
3:2 by night. This might betray a fear of being seen, or it might be a sign of deference to Jesus, a rabbi who should not be distracted during the day. Understood symbolically, Nicodemus is a person living in the darkness of this world, who now encounters the light (8:12; cf. 9:4; 11:10; 13:30).
a teacher . . . from God. Nicodemus understands that God attests His messengers through giving them power to perform miracles, but this understanding falls far short of Jesus’ true identity.
3:3 born again. The translation “born from above” accords well with the discussion of “earthly” and “heavenly” things in v. 12, and the discussion of ascending and descending in v. 13. This is the meaning of the Greek adverb in other places in this Gospel (19:11, 23). Nicodemus apparently understood it to mean “a second time.” It is possible that both meanings are intended—a new birth that is a birth from above.
3:5 born of water and the Spirit. Some suggest that the “water” is the release of fluid that accompanies physical birth, but linguistic considerations point to understanding “water” and “Spirit” as referring to a single spiritual birth. Many interpreters understand “water” here as the water of baptism, but such a reference, before Christian baptism was instituted, would have been meaningless to Nicodemus. Others find a reference to John’s baptism, but Jesus nowhere makes John’s baptism a requirement for salvation. Probably the statement refers to Old Testament passages in which the terms “water” and “Spirit” are linked to express the pouring out of God’s Spirit in the end times (Is. 32:15; 44:3; Ezek. 36:25–27). The presence of such rich Old Testament imagery accounts for Jesus’ reproof of Nicodemus (v. 10): as a “teacher of Israel,” he should have understood.
3:6–8 This passage emphasizes the priority and sovereignty of God in the work of salvation.
3:11 I say to you . . . you do not receive our testimony. The first “you” is singular (Nicodemus) and the second “you” is plural (you and those whom you represent).
3:13 who descended from heaven. It could be said that in His divine nature Christ continued to dwell “in heaven” even during His life on earth. The point is that He has authority to speak of heavenly things. Later in the Gospel, Jesus’ origin “from heaven” becomes a chief matter of dispute (6:41, 42)
3:14 Moses. Num. 21:4–9 records the story of the rebellious Israelites, who murmured and complained. God sent fiery serpents into their midst to punish them. Then God told Moses to put a bronze serpent on a pole, with the promise that whoever looked at it would live.
must . . . be lifted up. Here is a key term in this Gospel (8:28; 12:32, 34) which carries the double meaning of crucifixion and exaltation. Christ’s death on the cross, His resurrection, and His glorification together reveal the glory of God. The word “must” points to God’s sovereign purpose. The crucifixion was the keystone of God’s eternal plan to save His people (Acts 4:27,28).
3:16 God so loved the world. Some have insisted that God sent Jesus to die for the purpose of bringing salvation to everyone without exception, but only as a possibility. However, Jesus makes clear that the salvation of those whom the Father “gives me,” and only those, is not a mere possibility but an absolute certainty; “will come to me” (6:37–40; 10:14–18; 17:9). The point made by “the world” is that Christ’s saving work is not limited to one time or place but applies to the elect from all over the world. Those who do not receive the remedy God has provided in Christ will perish. It remains true that anyone who believes will not die (be separated from God) but live in God’s presence forever. See “God Is Love: Divine Goodness and Faithfulness” at Ps. 136:1.
3:17 to condemn the world. Jesus elsewhere says that judgment does attend His coming into the world (9:39). His point is not that He will not judge, but that the time is not ready. The world was already under threat of judgment before He came, but with His coming salvation became a reality offered to a hostile world (Matt. 23:37; Rom. 5:8).
3:18 Unbelief is not the only basis for condemnation, but it constitutes the climax of rebellion by resisting even God’s gracious offer of salvation in Christ. Jesus comes into a world that is already condemned because of its rejection of God’s self-revelation (Rom. 1:18–32).
3:19 people loved the darkness rather than the light. Jesus gives the reason for the world’s rejection of Him: He is the light who exposes whether a person is righteous or not.
3:21 whoever does what is true comes to the light. Jesus speaks of “doing” the truth. This indicates that “truth” is a matter of both thought and practice. Living by the truth is contrasted with doing what is evil (v. 20).
3:22–36 There are three sections here. In vv. 22–24 we are told that Jesus and His disciples went into Judea, where John was. Invv. 25–30 the Baptist affirms once more that his entire role is to prepare for Christ. Verses 31–36 appear to be a continuation of the Baptist’s words, or possibly a comment by the Gospel writer.
3:24 John . . . not yet . . . in prison. See Matt. 14:3–12; Mark 6:17–29.
3:26 baptizing. See “Baptism” at Rom. 6:3.
3:27 A person cannot receive. God is the Author of all that we receive (1 Cor. 4:7).
3:31 He who comes from above. Jesus is distinguished from all other humans who are “of the earth”(v.13).
3:32 no one receives his testimony. John repeats the idea of 1:10, 11, that neither His own nation nor the world at large was ready to receive Christ. The barrier is the sin and blindness that God alone can penetrate (v. 3; 1:5).
3:33 Whoever receives. The world refused the light, but John immediately mentions those who are coming to the light, especially himself as the first exponent of the truth. John’s preaching is the culmination of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New (1:15; Matt. 11:11).
3:34 for he gives the Spirit without measure. These words could certainly apply to the Spirit-empowered earthly ministry of Jesus (Luke 3:22; 4:1). But it is also possible that they refer to the fullness of the Spirit that Jesus gives to those who serve Him, and some ancient and modern commentators have understood the text this way. Later, Jesus is the agent who sends the Spirit (15:26).
3:35 The Father loves the Son. See 5:20.

John Chapter 3 – Narration

Jesus In The Gospel Of John – Chapter 2

Click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to view the videos and text on the blog.

As you watch the opening video, let the worship of our Lord Jesus “wash over you.”

In this chapter there is the discussion of the first of two temple cleansings by Jesus.

Key Verse: John 2:24 (G. Campbell Morgan, 1863-1945)

John 2:24 New International Version (NIV)

24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.

John 2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Scriptures taken from BibleGateway.com)

Miracle at Cana

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were six stone water pots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7 Jesus *said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, 10 and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.

First Passover—Cleansing the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.

(Chapter 2 notes follow, and are taken from the Reformation Study Bible. Everyone should own a Reformation Study Bible.)

2:1–11 Jesus’ first sign: turning water into wine at Cana. This miracle signifies the transformation of the old order (symbolized by the stone water jars used for ceremonial washing, v. 6) into the new (the wine standing for eternal life in God’s kingdom) through Jesus Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17). See Is. 25:6–9 for the background image of salvation as a banquet.

2:3 wine. This is the normal term employed in the New Testament for the fermented drink. Paul uses it when he says, “do not get drunk with wine” (Eph. 5:18).

2:4 Woman. This is a respectful way of addressing a woman within that culture and is the way Jesus normally addresses women (4:21; 8:10).

what does this have to do with me. Jesus answers Mary’s request, not because she is His mother, but as part of His work as the Messiah. This indicates that Mary’s special role as Jesus’ mother gives her no authority to intervene in Christ’s messianic career—a strong argument against offering prayer to Mary.

My hour. Usually Jesus’ “hour” refers to the time of His suffering and death (12:27). Here Jesus is asserting that He and not Mary must determine the timetable of His earthly ministry.

2:11 manifested his glory. The theme of Christ’s glory had already been introduced (1:14 note). In the Old Testament, God manifested His glory in a variety of miraculous events, and John’s comment indicates that he wants his readers to recognize Jesus’ deity.

And his disciples believed in him. See also v. 23 and 20:31, where John’s purpose for writing the book is disclosed.

2:12–23 Jesus is the final and full expression of what was only a shadow in the Old Testament (Heb. 10:1). Here He indicates that God is present in Him. The temple in Jerusalem could be destroyed, but not the temple that Jesus would rebuild in three days, His own body that was to be raised from the dead. John’s record of the temple cleansing immediately after the miracle at Cana (vv. 1–11 note) offers an important key to the whole of Jesus’ ministry. In these events are signaled replacement of the old order (water of ceremonial cleansing, Herod’s temple) with the new (the wine of salvation, Is. 25:6–9; the risen Lamb as the new temple, Rev. 21:22).

Matthew, Mark, and Luke report a cleansing of the temple in the week of Jesus’ crucifixion. In spite of some similarities, these are best viewed as different incidents (Mark 11:15 note). It is noteworthy that Jesus’ statement about destroying the temple, which John alone records (v. 19), probably was the basis for the accusation by the false witnesses (Matt. 26:61; Mark 14:58), and again for the taunting comment of some spectators at the crucifixion (Matt. 27:40; Mark 15:29). The first three Gospels confirm the historical character of John’s narrative. An echo of the same thought is found in the accusation against Stephen (Acts 6:14).

2:12 his brothers. See Matt. 12:46.

2:15 a whip of cords. Jesus fulfills the prophecy of Mal. 3:1–4. He comes suddenly to the temple and purifies the sons of Levi, as a demonstration of His zeal for God and for keeping God’s ordinances holy.

2:20 forty-six years. The sentence itself does not indicate whether the temple was finished or was still under construction after these years of building. The first century Jewish historian Josephus (Antiquities, 15.380) says that the temple was begun in the eighteenth year of Herod the Great (around 19 b.c.) and was not completed until the reign of Herod Agrippa (a.d. 63), indicating that construction was still continuing in Jesus’ time.

will you raise it up in three days. The Jews (and the disciples,v. 22) misunderstand Jesus’ ambiguous statement. Such initial misunderstanding is common in John’s Gospel (e.g., 3:4; 6:52). Those who “receive” Jesus (1:12) are led on to full understanding, but those who reject Him remain at the level of complete misunderstanding (1:5).

2:22 his disciples remembered. During His final instruction of the disciples before His arrest, Jesus promised that what He had taught them would be brought to their remembrance by the Holy Spirit (14:25, 26). The ability to predict events otherwise unknowable is evidence of divine authority. This applies to the prophecies of the Old Testament and to the predictions made by Jesus, especially about His resurrection.

2:23 believed in his name. In biblical times the “name” summed up a person’s character, activity, and place in God’s purpose. The faith of those mentioned here remained superficial, however, because they came to it only because “they saw the signs” (see Introduction: Interpretive Difficulties). For that reason, Jesus “did not entrust himself to them” (v. 24).

2:24, 25 Although Jesus did not exercise divine omniscience in the days of His flesh (11:34; Mark 13:32), He often displayed supernatural knowledge, important for His redemptive work, that indicated the divine endorsement of His claims and mission (1:48; Matt. 9:4; 17:27; Mark 11:2–4; 14:13–16).

Jesus In The Gospel Of John – Chapter 1

John Chapter 1

Please click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to view the video and text in the blog.

John 1:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Key Verse, G. Campbell Morgan, 1863-1945)

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Book Introduction – John – Scofield Reference Notes (Dr. C. I. Scofield, 1843-1921)

WRITER: The fourth Gospel was written by the Apostle John (John 21:24). This has been questioned on critical grounds, but on the same grounds and with equal scholarship, the early date and Johanean authorship have been maintained.

DATE: The date of John’s Gospel falls between A.D. 85 and 90. Probably the latter.

THEME: This is indicated both in the Prologue (John 1:1-14), and in the last verse of the Gospel proper (John 20:31), and is: The incarnation of the eternal Word, and Son of life; (2) that as many as believe on Him as “the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31) may have eternal life. The prominent words are, “believed” and “life.”

The book is in seven natural divisions:

1. Prologue: The eternal Word incarnate in Jesus the Christ, John 1:1-14.
2. The witness of John the Baptist, John 1:15-34.
3. The public ministry of Christ, John 1:35 to John 12:50.
4. The private ministry of Christ to His own, John 13:1 to John 17:26.
5. The sacrifice of Christ, John 18:1 to John 19:42.
6. The manifestation of Christ in resurrection, John 20:1-31.
7. Epilogue: Christ the Master of life and service, John 21:1-25.

The events recorded in this book cover a period of 7 years.

John 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Key Verses

John 1:1-3, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

John 1:9-13: 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:14-15, 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”

John 1:16-17, 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

John 1:29, The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Full Chapter

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who wereborn, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

The Testimony of John

19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he *said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” 32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ Public Ministry, First Converts

35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He *found first his own brother Simon and *said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

43 The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He *found Philip. And Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and *said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael *said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus answered and said to him,“Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He *said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Gospel Of John – Chapter 1

Passover – High Sabbath

Click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to see the videos and text on the blog.

John 19:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

A few thoughts about Passover and the Sabbath. High Sabbath. John 19:31, Passover occurring on a Sabbath. Today (April 22) at sundown begins the Sabbath and Passover, making the time from sundown on Friday to Sundown on Saturday a High Sabbath. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins immediately after the 24 hours of Passover, and lasts for 7 days, concluding on Saturday at sundown on April 30. The total time from this evening at sundown until next Saturday at sundown is referred to Passover. See Lev 23:4-8 and Ex 12:1-22.

“SHABBAT SHALOM.”

Care of the Body of Jesus

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

19:31 Preparation Day. This refers to Friday, the day before or “the preparation” day for the Sabbath. See Introduction: Interpretive Challenges. should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath. The normal Roman practice was to leave crucified men and women on the cross until they died (and this could take days) and then leave their rotting bodies hanging there to be devoured by vultures. The Mosaic law insisted that anyone being impaled (usually after execution) should not remain there overnight (Deut. 21:22, 23). Such a person was under God’s curse, and to leave him exposed would be to desecrate the land in their minds. their legs might be broken. In order to hasten death for certain reasons, soldiers would smash the legs of the victim with an iron mallet. Not only did this action induce shock and additional loss of blood, but it prevented the victim from pushing with his legs to keep breathing (see note on v. 18.), and thus the victim died due to asphyxiation (MacArthur Study Bible Note)

Leviticus 23:1-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Holy Days (God speaks to the Israelites about Israelite appointed times. He addresses the Sabbath, and then the Passover and Feast Of Unleavened Bread).

1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: These are My appointed times, the times of the Lord that you will proclaim as sacred assemblies.

3 “Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord wherever you live.

4 “These are the Lord’s appointed times, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times. 5 The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month. 6 The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work. 8 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”

Leviticus 27:34 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

This passage enforces the teaching that the Law was given to the Israelites, and to no other group, or groups, of people.

34 These are the commands the Lord gave Moses for the Israelites on Mount Sinai.

Exodus 16:23-26 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 He told them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you want to bake, and boil what you want to boil, and set aside everything left over to be kept until morning.’”

24 So they set it aside until morning as Moses commanded, and it didn’t smell or have any maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a Sabbath to the Lord. Today you won’t find any in the field. 26 For six days you may gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”

Note: Holman Christian Standard Bible (Ex 16:23-26): Sabbath is an anglicized form of the Hebrew word, “shabbath,” associated with a verb meaning “cease, stop, rest” (vs 30, 5:5, 31:12-17).

Shabbat is a gift of God to the Jews (Ex 31:12-17)

Exodus 31:12-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Observing the Sabbath

12 The Lord said to Moses: 13 “Tell the Israelites: You must observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am Yahweh who sets you apart. 14 Observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Whoever profanes it must be put to death. If anyone does work on it, that person must be cut off from his people. 15 Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. 16 The Israelites must observe the Sabbath, celebrating it throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign forever between Me and the Israelites, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”

Shabbat was given by God to the Jews to Keep and Remember. (Ex 20:8)

Exodus 20:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”

Jews are caretakers of Shabbat. Let non-Jews honor and respect all of that which God has entrusted to the Jews, to include Passover. Let’s consider the Passover, and relate it to the opening video of this discussion.

Exodus 12:1-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Instructions for the Passover

12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2 “This month is to be the beginning of months for you; it is the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they must each select an animal of the flock according to their fathers’ households, one animal per household. 4 If the household is too small for a whole animal, that person and the neighbor nearest his house are to select one based on the combined number of people; you should apportion the animal according to what each person will eat. 5 You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats. 6 You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembly of the community of Israel will slaughter the animals at twilight. 7 They must take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where they eat them. 8 They are to eat the meat that night; they should eat it, roasted over the fire along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or cooked in boiling water, but only roasted over fire—its head as well as its legs and inner organs. 10 Do not let any of it remain until morning; you must burn up any part of it that does remain before morning.

Notice that “every household” had to sacrifice a lamb; they had to keep the innocent lamb in their home from the tenth through fourteenth days. Consider how the families, especially the children, may have become attached to “the innocent lamb;” then it was sacrificed. How tragic that sacrifice may have been…especially to the children! But, why, may you ask, did every family have to “sacrifice an innocent lamb?” Let’s consider sin, and its seriousness. Let’s consider something that we call collateral sin, which is “spreading sin.” A new testament scripture explains why “every household” needed the “blood of the lamb” to protect them from the punishment of God. Let’s consider Romans 3:23.

Romans 3:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

But, how does vs 23 relate to Jesus and Passover?

1 Corinthians 5:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. You are indeed unleavened, for Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.

5:7 Christ, our Passover. Just as unleavened bread symbolized being freed from Egypt by the Passover (Ex. 12:15–17), so the church is to be unleavened, since it has been separated from the dominion of sin and death by the perfect Passover Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. The church is, therefore, to remove everything sinful in order to be separate from the old life, including the influence of sinful church members. (MacArthur Study Bible Note)

Romans 5:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Knowing that we could do nothing for ourselves, the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross to declare us no longer guilty of our sin. He chose to forgive us and save us from the penalty of our transgressions (Rom. 6:23). Jesus did not die only for nice or good people. He gave His sinless life for everyone. And He did this because of His amazing love for us. (Charles Stanley Study Note)

Romans 6:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

6:23 This verse describes two inexorable absolutes: 1) spiritual death is the paycheck for every man’s slavery to sin; and 2) eternal life is a free gift God gives undeserving sinners who believe in His Son (cf. Eph. 2:8, 9). (MacArthur Study Bible Note).

Romans 10:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

10:13 Paul quoted Joel (2:32) to further emphasize that salvation is available for people of all nations and races. calls on the name. This familiar OT expression (e.g., Pss. 79:5, 6; 105:1;116:4, 5) does not refer to some desperate cry to just any deity but to the one true God as He has revealed Himself—a revelation which now includes recognition of Jesus as Lord (v. 9) and of the One who raised up Jesus from the dead (v. 9). (MacArthur Study Bible Note)

10:13 — “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Jesus is our ultimate, final, and complete sacrifice, and salvation is open to every person, regardless of who they are or what they have done. That is why the promise is whoever puts his faith in Christ will be saved and will receive eternal life. It is absolutely guaranteed to any person who receives His grace—He will never reject them. (Charles Stanley Note)

Consider The Lamb Of God

John 1:29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Just as the Passover Lamb of Exodus 12 was “oh so innocent,” consider the innocence of Jesus, who is our Passover Lamb,

Consider God’s plan for all of us who have been affected by the reality of personal sin and “collateral sin.”

Yes! Jesus was/is our Passover Lamb!

The Great White Throne Judgment

Revelation 20:15: “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to see the videos and text on the blog.

Our nation is being led by someone who exhibits no evidence that he has been born again of the Spirit of God. Two others of his party, who exhibit the same lack of spiritual indwelling, also want to lead our nation. A person who does not have the Spirit of God dwelling within them, lacks Spiritual knowledge. As a result, the decisions that are made by such a person are often made in total disrespect for, and opposition to, the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. As a result, our nation is being led in that same direction. We are quickly falling from the strength of the following scripture.

Psalm 33:12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 Happy is the nation whose God is Yahweh…

Consider the following two scriptures that relate to such a person who has no spiritual wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

(Christ the Power and Wisdom of God – Those who are not born again lack Godly wisdom)

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

(Those of whom are not born again, do not understand Godly spiritual matters)

14 But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.

Consider “The Lady Of The Left”

http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/03/hillary-clinton-on-abortion-the-unborn-person-doesnt-have-constitutional-rights/

Hillary Clinton on Abortion: “The Unborn Person Doesn’t Have Constitutional Rights”

In a new interview today, pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton couldn’t have made her radical abortion views more clear. Clinton said unborn children simply do not have any Constitutional rights, which would include the right to life.

“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Clinton said, adding that “the woman’s right to make decisions” is the be all and end all when it comes to abortion.

Weekly Standard writer Shosanna Weissman was surprised that Clinton used the term “person” since most abortion advocates never refer to unborn children with any reference to their humanity.

Most notable perhaps is Clinton’s use of “person.” Oftentimes, when talking about a woman’s right to choose, pro-choicers will use terminology that suggests the unborn is not a person or human, but a “fetus.”

Hillary Clinton: I Would Not Appoint Someone to the Supreme Court Who Didn’t Support Abortion
On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is making it abundantly clear. She will not name any nominees to the Supreme Court who do not support abortion on demand.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

http://www.lifenews.com/2016/03/29/hillary-clinton-i-would-not-appoint-someone-to-the-supreme-court-who-didnt-support-abortion/

Hillary Clinton: I Would Not Appoint Someone to the Supreme Court Who Didn’t Support Abortion

On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is making it abundantly clear. She will not name any nominees to the Supreme Court who do not support abortion on demand.

Asked about President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia, Clinton said she would not second guess Obama’s nomination and added that any nomination she would make if elected would be a hardcore abortion activists who supports Roe v. Wade, which has ushered in an era of 58 million abortions.

From the Washington Times:

Clinton said she wouldn’t second-guess Mr. Obama’s decision to pick Judge Garland to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but added that if she were in the Oval Office she would search for nominees in the mold of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Mrs. Clinton said Justice Sotomayor’s Hispanic heritage and underprivileged upbringing brought needed perspectives to the high court.

Clinton also said she would impose litmus tests on abortion and campaign finance. Her nominees, she said, would have to prove that they would uphold the Roe v. Wade decision establishing a national right to abortion and would have to show that they would overturn the Citizens United decision that established free speech campaign rights for interest groups.

“I would not appoint someone who didn’t think Roe v. Wade is settled law,” Mrs. Clinton said while campaigning in Madison, Wisconsin, where the next primary is slated for next week.

After Merrick’s nomination, Clinton immediately came out in favor of his nomination and demanded the Senate vote on him. In a post on Clinton’s web site, a Hillary campaign staffer expanded on the reasons for her supporting Garland — saying “legal abortion is at take.”

President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Within minutes of the president’s announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to deny this qualified, widely respected jurist a hearing or a vote.

It’s yet another reminder of what’s at stake in this election. As we wait to see whether Republicans in the U.S. Senate will do their jobs and fulfill their constitutional responsibility, keep one thing in mind:

The next president will likely have the opportunity to nominate several justices to the Supreme Court. And in doing so, she or he could have the power to transform the court—and American law—for generations to come.

Here’s what is at stake:

1. Safe and legal abortion

The Supreme Court recently held oral arguments from an abortion case from Texas—and the state’s access to safe and legal abortion hangs in the balance. Every leading Republican presidential candidate opposes abortion, and some even oppose exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect a woman’s health. And many would overturn Roe v. Wade to make that happen.

Clinton’s support for Garland’s nomination based on abortion coincides with Planned Parenthood’s support. After Obama nominated Garland, the CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business was spotted entering the White House.

The abortion corporation praised Garland and demanded the Senate hold a vote on is nomination.

On Facebook, Planned Parenthood praise Garland, saying, “Here’s what you need to know about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland: He’s an intelligent, highly accomplished judge with a record of bipartisan support. There is no reason for the Senate GOP leadership to obstruct justice and refuse to give Judge Garland a fair hearing.”

Top pro-life groups told LifeNews.com that nothing has changed since Scalia’s passing in terms of their opposition to a vote on any Obama Supreme Court nominee. They say anyone Obama nominates for the Supreme Court will vote to uphold abortion on demand, ergo they will oppose a vote on Garland’s nomination.

Leading pro-life advocates agree the Senate should not vote on Scalia’s replacement until after a new president has been selected.

Garland has praised the author of Roe v. Wade and said his court paper are “the greatest gift to the country.” New information has surfaced showing that his former clerks have gone on to serve liberal judges by a 3-1 margin.

Serious Thoughts

Never let anyone come between you and Jesus. Don’t let the ungodly leader of our nation, or the ungodly party that makes excuses for him and the other ungodly office holders and supporters of his party, to include the two people of that party who want to continue in the ungodly footsteps of our ungodly leader, “come between you and Jesus.” Don’t let the ungodly liberal religious denominations, who support our ungodly leader, and who are easily identified by their outward support for the killing of innocent unborn babies, and who support the abomination of homosexual marriage, “stray you from saving faith in Jesus.” Don’t let the ungodly unions and entertainment industry, and those of ungodly academia, “come between you and saving faith in Jesus.” Don’t let the ungodly educational establishment keep you from having, and freely expressing, saving faith in Jesus. The Words of God are very clear, as they relate to those who do not have an undeniable faith in Jesus. Don’t let saving faith in Jesus be altered by our nation’s ungodly leader, or by those who support him and his ungodly actions. Consider whether you are in the camp of the Godly, or of the ungodly. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14). The road of the ungodly leads to the Great White Throne Judgment, as is written in Revelation 20:15: “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”… Entering through the narrow gate excludes those who have a life of supporting those who support the killing of innocent unborn little babies. Entering through the narrow gate excludes those who support the abominable marriages of men to men and women to women. If you are one of those who support the killing of unborn babies, and who support homosexual marriage, there is no way that you have been born again and have the Spirit of God dwelling within your spirit, prompting you to live a life of righteousness. “Jesus answered him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). For people who say that they vote for democrat candidates, and still believe that they have been born again, there is a major disconnect of values, which may end very tragically. The Great White Throne Judgment will not be swayed by our liberal and ungodly members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Final Thought

Let’s say that a seven, eight, or nine pound baby is about to be delivered. Does anybody know of such a situation? It is not a choice; it’s a child! Our nation’s leader, the lady on the left, the elderly pro-choicer, and the DNC lady find no fault in destroying such a child. The Great White Throne Judgment awaits such people who have not been born again.

The Feasts Of Passover and Unleavened Bread – Fulfilled In Jesus

Click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to see the videos and text on the blog.

The Feast of Passover will begin on Friday, April 22, at Sundown, and will continue until the following Saturday, April 30, at sundown. Passover lasts for one day; the Feast Of Unleavened Bread follows immediately and lasts for seven days (Leviticus 23:5-6). The teaching of the Passover of the Jews is important for Christians to understand. In this post, the link information on the Passover is presented from a Jewish belief; the videos are Messianic. It is important for Christians to understand such a mindset in order for them to engage Jews in conversation about matters of God’s Holy Word. It is also important to know the Messianic teaching in God’s Word (in the Passover Seder, Jesus is seen). Remember to pray for God’s chosen people, who are the Jews, per Psalm 122:6. The Passover account of scripture is clearly about Israel, God, and the oppressive Leader of Egypt. No other tribes or nations of people are a part of this significant part in the history of God’s Chosen People, Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6). The post closes with a note from a ministry partner.

The following article discusses the Feast Of Passover, which is provided by a Jewish website.

http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/passover-pesach-101/

My Jewish Learning, A Jewish Website – Article On Passover.

Consider the scriptures that show that Jesus has fulfilled the Law and the Feasts. But, remember, also, that God gave the Law and the Feasts to the Jews, and, therefore, should be given great respect. It is significant to know that the feasts and the Law were fulfilled when Jesus was crucified during Passover. The time of the feasts of “Passover and Unleavened Bread’ is often referred to as “Passover.”

Consider the words of Jesus: He will fulfill the law.

Matthew 5:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Consider the words of Jesus: He fulfilled the Law.

John 19:30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Consider the Law, and that God gave the Law to Israel, and to no other nation, nations, or groups of people.

Leviticus 27:34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

34 These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.

In the 23rd Chapter of Leviticus (below), there is a discussion on the Holy Days that God gave to the Israelites, and to no one else. Still, non-Jews should honor God’s Holy Days, teach them, and learn from them. Jews celebrate Passover as a reminder of when God delivered Israel from the oppression of Egypt. God’s plan of salvation for mankind, from the oppression of sin, was completed during Passover when Jesus was crucified.

One way for non-Jews to learn from the events of Passover is to celebrate Passover. However, it is important to remember that Passover is not the same as “Easter.” EEK!!! Don’t say “Easter!!!” Easter is a concoction of the King James Bible in Acts 12:4. Easter was not anything that the early church or Jews celebrated when Jesus was crucified, and is not the same as “Resurrection Sunday.” It’s okay to say “Resurrection Sunday.”

A good way to celebrate Passover is to include it as part of a fellowship meal at a church, or other location. A Passover Seder (an order) can be a part of a meal. If no one is capable of leading a Seder, a fellowship meal can be used for fellowship, and a remembrance of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. A good guide for such an occasion is Matthew 26:17-30. Someone, or someones, can read that passage and offer explanations of that which was happening in Jerusalem on the Thursday night of the Passover Meal, also known as Maundy Thursday. Read verses 17-19; then a prayer should be said to bless the meal; and then, “let the eating begin.” A leader should decide a time during the meal to read verses 20-26. Then someone can lead the group in a prayer for the bread, and lead the group in eating the bread (not an itsy bitsy wafer). Someone should read verse 27, and then lead the group in prayer and drinking from a cup of grape juice (not an itsy bitsy sippy cup) (or wine…remember the drive home). The meal should continue, and a reader should read verses 28-29 while the meal is being eaten. Comments should continue to be made about what happened during that last Passover Meal of Jesus and His disciples (Women were probably there, too! I don’t remember reading a scripture about “no women allowed” in meals with Jesus! Consider Luke 24:27-30. I don’t think that, at that meal in Emmaus, that the women were told to “vacate the premises!”). After the fellowship meal, verse 30 should be read, and a song should be sung that meets the meaning of the occasion. A prayer should be made to dismiss the group with travel mercies. Then, the cleanup should begin – but not before!…..It makes no sense to me that church fellowship meals take place so often; yet, there is not normally a time during those meals to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Consider the value of having a seder. In the seder meal, Jesus is easily identified as being “the key” part of the meal. The seder, if combined with the fellowship meal, should take place before the beginning of the meal.

Passover Prelude

The Passover, The Sabbath, and The Law are special in relationship between God and the Jews. Non-Jews benefit from respecting those, and other, “God-Jew” intimacies of relationship, such as the Jews being delivered from the oppressive Leader of Egypt.

Joseph sold into slavery (1897 B.C.)
Beginning of Jewish Slavery in Egypt (1875 B.C.)
Deliverance of Jews from Egypt (1445 B.C.)

Genesis 15:13 New Living Translation (NLT) (Abraham was told by God of that Israel would be oppressed in Egypt)

13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years.

Exodus 12:40-42 New Living Translation (NLT) (Israel delivered from bondage) (The Passover to be kept by the Jews)

40 The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. 41 In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the Lord’s forces left the land. 42 On this night the Lord kept his promise to bring his people out of the land of Egypt. So this night belongs to him, and it must be commemorated every year by all the Israelites, from generation to generation.

Note: 12:40, 41 four hundred and thirty years. Abraham had been told that his descendants would be aliens mistreated in a foreign land for 400 years, using a figure rounded to hundreds (Gen. 15:13). (Mac Arthur Study Bible Note)

Jacob/Israel Moves To Egypt

Genesis 46:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 So Israel set out with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3 He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. 4 I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes.”

5 Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob and their little ones and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6 They took their livestock and their property, which they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him: 7 his sons and his grandsons with him, his daughters and his granddaughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt.

Genesis 50:24 New Living Translation (NLT) (Joseph tells his brothers that God will take them out of Egypt)

24 “Soon I will die,” Joseph told his brothers, “but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

The Path To The Passover

Exodus 1:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Israel Multiplies In Egypt

1 Now these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob; they came each one with his household: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 All the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy in number, but Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.

8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 He said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. 10 Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.”

Exodus 1:11 and 22 – Harsh Labor – Death of Jewish Infants

11 So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Rameses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. 13 The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; 14 and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.

22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.” (The babies became crocodile food. Aborted babies of today have similar abominable things to happen to them and their body parts. Later, when the Egyptian army was pursuing the Jews across the dried up Red Sea; those who were caught in the middle when the water returned became fish food – how ironic!)

Exodus 5:6-13 – Cruel labor techniques (Read)

God’s Plagues On Egypt In Exodus

Water turned to blood (7:14-25); Frogs cover the land (8:1-15); Gnats (8:16-19); Swarms of flies (8:20-22); Diseased livestock (9:1-7); Boils (9:8-12); Hail and fire (9:13-35); Locusts (10:1-20); Darkness (10:21-29); Death of firstborn (11:1-12:36)

The Exodus of Israel from Egypt and the Passover.

God Commands The Sacrifice Of The Passover Lamb: Exodus 12:1-11 (Read)

Consider the blood and the door.

Exodus 12:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

7 They must take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where they eat them.

Redemption: By Blood: Exodus 12:12-13 (Read)

Exodus 12:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

13 The blood on the houses where you are staying will be a distinguishing mark for you; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will be among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

The Passover: A Memorial Of Redemption: Exodus 12:14-28 (Read)

Exodus 12:21-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) (Key)

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select an animal from the flock according to your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Take a cluster of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and brush the lintel and the two doorposts with some of the blood in the basin. None of you may go out the door of his house until morning.23 When the Lord passes through to strike Egypt and sees the blood on the lintel and the two doorposts, He will pass over the door and not let the destroyer enter your houses to strike you.

Consider the door that relates to Jesus.

John 10:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.
The Feasts Of The Lord: The Passover: Christ Our Redeemer: Leviticus 23:4-5. Fulfilled in death of Christ: 2 Cor 5:7. (Read)

The Feasts Of The Lord: Unleavened Bread: Leviticus 23:6-8. Fulfilled in the sinlesssness of Christ: 1 Cor 5:8. (Read)

The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Ex 23:14-17) 1. Unleavened Bread. 2. Pentecost. 3. Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23 MacArthur Study Bible Note,Jewish Feasts).

The Last Passover Of Jesus With His Disciples:

“Maundy Thursday” The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command that Jesus gave to the disciples at the Passover meal, that they should love and serve one another.

The Preparation Of The Passover Meal: (Read All)

Matthew 26:17-19: Consider the task and accomplishment of the preparation of the Passover meal. Mark 14:12-16: Consider the place for the Providence and place of the Passover meal. Luke 22:7-13: Consider the names of the disciples who prepared the Passover meal.

The Humility Of Jesus At The Passover Meal: (Read)

John 13:1-5: Consider the humility of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, to include Judas. Consider the cultural aspect of washing someone’s feet.

The Placement Of The Disciples At The Passover Meal: The special relationship between Jesus and John. The physical closeness of Jesus and John. Others may not have heard the conversation of Jesus and John. John 13:23 and 25 (Read)

The Passover Meal

Matthew 26:20-30. It was a meal with wine. It was not an “itsy bitsy wafer” and an “itsy bitsy sippy cup.” (Read)

What is a Passover Seder?

What happens at a Passover Seder meal?

A Passover seder is a service held at home as part of the Passover celebration. It is always observed on the first night of Passover, and in many homes on the second night as well. Participants use a book called a haggadah to lead the service, which consists of storytelling, a seder meal, and concluding prayers and songs.

Consider The Feast Days/Holy Days Of God, in that they were given by God to only the Jews.

Following the verses of Leviticus Chapter 23, there are key comments that are provided by the MacArthur Study Bible (everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible).

Leviticus 23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) (A sampling of Chapter 23 is provided)

1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: These are My appointed times, the times of the Lord that you will proclaim as sacred assemblies.

3 “Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord wherever you live.

4 “These are the Lord’s appointed times, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.

5 The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month. 6 The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work. 8 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”

44 So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites.

Jewish Feasts

Feast of Month on Jewish Calendar Day Corresponding Month References
Passover Nisan 14 Mar.-Apr. Ex. 12:1-14;Matt. 26:17-20
*Unleavened Bread Nisan 15-21 Mar.-Apr. Ex. 12:15-20
Firstfruits Nisan 16 Mar.-Apr. Lev. 23:9-14
or Sivan 6 May-June Num. 28:26
*Pentecost (Harvest or Weeks) Sivan 6 (50 days after May-June Deut. 16:9-12; Acts 2:1 barley harvest)
Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah Tishri 1, 2 Sept.-Oct. Num. 29:1-6
Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur Tishri 10 Sept.-Oct. Lev. 23:26-32; Heb. 9:7
*Tabernacles (Booths or Ingathering) Tishri 15-21 Sept.-Oct. Neh. 8:13-18; John 7:2
Dedication (Lights), Hanukkah Chislev 25 (8 days) Nov.-Dec. John 10:22
Purim (Lots) Adar 14, 15 Feb.-Mar. Esth. 9:18-32

*The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Ex. 23:14-19).

Christ Fulfills The Feasts

The Feasts (Lev. 23) Christ’s Fulfillment

Passover (March/April) Death of Christ (1 Cor. 5:7)
Unleavened Bread (March/April) Sinlessness of Christ (1 Cor. 5:8) (See note on Lev 23:2)
Firstfruits (March/April) Resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:23)
Pentecost (May/June) Outpouring of Spirit of Christ (Acts 1:5;2:4)
Trumpets (Sept./Oct.) Israel’s Regathering by Christ (Matt. 24:31)
Atonement (Sept./Oct.) Substitutionary Sacrifice by Christ (Rom. 11:26)
Tabernacles (Sept./Oct.) Rest and Reunion with Christ (Zech. 14:16-19)

23:1—24:9 The special feasts of Israel are explained. Cf. Ex. 23:14–17; Num. 28:1–29:40; Deut. 16:1–17.
23:1–44 This section points to days which are sacred to the Lord. After the Sabbath (v. 3), the feasts are given in the order of the calendar (vv. 4–44).
23:2 proclaim to be holy convocations. These festivals did not involve gatherings of all Israel in every case. Only the feasts of 1) Unleavened Bread; 2) Weeks; and 3) Tabernacles required that all males gather in Jerusalem (cf. Ex. 23:14–17; Deut. 16:16, 17).
23:3 Sabbath of solemn rest. The Mosaic ordinance of the fourth commandment came first (cf. Gen. 2:1–3; Ex. 20:8–11).
23:4–22 Three events were commemorated in Mar./Apr.: 1) Passover on the 14th (v. 5); 2) Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th-21st (vv. 6–8); and Feast of Firstfruits on the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread week (vv. 9–14).
23:5 the Lord’s Passover. The festival commemorated God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt (cf. Ex. 12:1–14, 43–49; Num. 28:16; Deut. 16:1, 2).
23:6–8 Feast of Unleavened Bread. This festival connected with the Passover, commemorated Israel’s hurried departure from Egypt and the associated hardships (cf. Ex. 12:15–20;13:3–10; Num. 28:17–25; Deut. 16:3–8).

Passover Videos, Of Messianic Belief.

The last two videos might even “get Bubba excited!”

A note from Teresa, who is our ministry partner in Washington State.

Kind of interesting that the first day of Passover falls on Shabbat this year..and the last day of Passover is also considered a Shabbat (hence the no work day on the 7th day of Passover, Thursday night to Friday ) followed by the regular Shabbat. on Friday/Saturday. Three Sabbaths in a row!