Most people like to read a newspaper article or watch a Facebook video
about people who have strange customs or celebrate unusual days.
They’ll be thinking “How peculiar”
but maybe they will think “How interesting! I’ve got to try that!”
It all begins with Passover Thursday night. On that very night of Abib 14—3,463 years ago around 1446 BC—the death angel passed over the homes which had the lamb’s blood smeared on their doors. Today it’s common for homeowners to paint their front door a bright red to attract attention, but who is so peculiar to do just the doorposts and lintels in blood! The Israelites did what they were told and spared their firstborn males.
On that very night in 31 AD— 1,985 years ago—Christ our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7) instituted the New Testament Passover. Thousands of years of lambs became The Lamb. God with us as Emmanuel would the next day die for us. So our sins could be forgiven. If God opens your eyes to understand, you realize that you killed Him. He would have had to die if you were the only one alive.
Thursday night baptized brethren will wash feet to teach humble service but also to be cleansed by Christ, who said “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (John 13:8). Then they will eat a small piece of unleavened bread to represent the broken body of Christ and drink a small cup of wine symbolizing His shed blood. Christ tells His disciples: These two symbols are a type of Me! Paul said we do this annually to “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes (1 Corinthians 11:26). A most peculiar way to picture complete healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Friday night is always special because of starting a Sabbath, but this week’s is a special one called “The Night To Be Much Observed” (Exodus 12:41-42). This night will be a glorious full moon because it was on this night that Israel led by Moses—really by Jesus as the God who guided them as a cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night—walked out of Egypt, a picture of sin. Today Jesus helps us walk as He walked (1 John 2:6) on our way to the Promised Land.
This Friday night begins a double Sabbath because it is a “high day” (John 19:31)—the first Day of Unleavened Bread. For seven days we will have all leavened products, picturing sin, out of our cars and homes and avoid eating doughnuts, pizza, cookies and bread. Sometimes you Wonder if it’s bread anyway!
Instead, each day we will eat some unleavened products. A favorite of many is egg and onion matsos. Incredibly, you must be careful that you don’t buy matsos that have some leaven in them! Being blessed by a rabbi does not make that okay!
These seven days (April 23-29) focus on the resurrected Jesus Christ as the Unleavened Bread of Life (John 6:35) leading us out of sin, so we can put on the new man daily through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Exodus, all the attention was on the lamb. Today all attention is on Christ our Passover Lamb and our Unleavened Bread of Life. We’ve been examining ourselves, as to whether we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Praise God we are! But all the examination in the world won’t save us. We look to Jesus Christ as the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and we will follow Him wherever he goes (Revelation 15:12).
These Holy Days should
Not be kept just out of curiosity
of what some people might be doing. The God who sanctified them (Leviticus 23:2) was the one who became Jesus Christ! These Holy Days are Christish! And as you’d expect, Jesus kept them while He lived on the earth and set us an example.
These Holy Days picture the saving work of Jesus Christ. They reveal the plan of God. You’d think we’d all want to know that! And keep these wonderful days.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9—KJV).
You become one of these peculiar people? Then people can wonder what you’re up to!
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