CC Sermon 022814, Breaking Bread, Luke 24:35, Friday Evening Sabbath Worship

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During each Friday Evening Sabbath Worship service we begin with a reading of Genesis whereby we give honor and glory to God and to the greatness that He has placed on His creation. We reflect on the particular Holiness that He has placed on the seventh day of creation, “The Sabbath.” We will have a reading from the Gospel of John, Chapter 1, vs 1-14, where we will hear of another creation, which is the creation of a new spirit, a Holy Spirit, for fallen mankind. After a time of worship and praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, we will be taught and encouraged through a preaching and teaching of God’s Holy Word. We will conclude our service by having a fellowship meal. During the meal, we will take time to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We encourage all who receive this letter to join us for worship at 6:30 P.M., which will be the beginning of Sabbath.
Sermon: Breaking Of Bread
In this sermon, the use of repetition is used to reinforce topics that appear not to have been taught on a large and effective basis. Notice, also, that the sermon is conversational. It is not a five point sermon, or ten, or even three point sermon. The ideas that come to my mind are typed and placed in the sermon. As you read the scriptures that relate to “Communion, The Breaking Of Bread, The Lord’s Supper,” you will notice that they all relate to the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, but they were not inventions of the apostles, or of the New Testament Church. The message, and the procedure, all relate back to the Last Supper of the Passover (Matthew 26:17-30), and also to the meal that took place at the end of the trip to Emmaus where Jesus “broke bread” before Cleopas and other believers (Luke 24:1-52). (The Ryrie Study Bible has a very good “day by day breakdown”, in Luke’s Gospel (Chapters 19-24), of the events that took place during the Passion Week.) Consider “The Day Of Preparation” that is recorded in John 19:31. Because it was the preparation for the Sabbath, and that Sabbath day, because it fell in the Passover week, was a “high day.” Bodies would not have been allowed to remain on the crosses on the Sabbath day, which was one of the days of Unleavened Bread. Every Sabbath day is a Holy day, and is a good day; but this particular Sabbath was a high day; it was a great day. Therefore Passover Sabbaths are High days, and are called High Sabbaths. Consider the significance of The Day Of Preparation. Consider that the Jews used that day to prepare for, “get ready for the Sabbath. It’s sort of like the “good ole days” when Christians would use Saturday to get ready for “Church on Sunday.”
Luke 24:35, “They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread”
In today’s church there is a lot of discussion, and disagreement, on issues that relate to The Lord’s Supper, The Communion, The Breaking Of Bread, The Eucharist. It will be the purpose of this writing to clarify some areas of confusion or misunderstanding that believers in Christ might have in this regard. Also, because the disciples of Jesus were Jews, we should consider their lives as they relate to the feasts that they celebrated before, and after, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The time line is important to our study, as is the comparison of the cities that will be discussed. As my method of study dictates, scripture will be used to interpret scripture. My personal comments will always be clearly marked as such. Hopefully we will have the mindset of the Bereans, in Acts 17:11. New International Version “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”This sermon covers a time frame from A.D. 33 to A.D. 59. The events that will be discussed range from Jerusalem to Corinth.
A.D. 33 (Passover)
Matthew 26:17-25
Jesus Celebrates Passover With His Disciples
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”
Matthew 26:17-25, My thoughts
As is clearly seen, all of the disciples are present. There were no exclusions, and no exceptions. We can also see that Judas, who betrayed Jesus, was present. Notice, also, that the setting was that of a meal. Notice also (John 13:2-5, 11-12) that it was during the Passover Seder/Meal that Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, including the feet of Judas. It should also be considered that a meal has an air of intimacy. With the exception of Judas, there was a great love among the disciples for each other. For us, consider what it would be like to have a meal with someone, or someones, where there would be adversity and conflict. The Passover meals were times of a uniting of minds of Jews, in a common purpose for remembering all that God had done for them in bringing them out of the bondage that they had suffered as slaves in Egypt. Again, consider the intimacy of the meal, and that there were no exclusions or exceptions. All of the Jews participated in the celebration and meal of Passover.
Matthew 26:26-30
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said,“Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Matthew 26:26-30, My thoughts
It was during the Passover meal, when Jews reflect on their deliverance from bondage in Egypt, that Jesus took the opportunity to tell of his soon coming and imminent death. He used the bread and wine that were used during the meal to explain the state that would be of His body and blood, as a result of His dying on the cross the next day, which we call Good Friday. This event would occur before the beginning of Sabbath (Friday at sundown). It is important to know that Jesus didn’t use a small wafer of bread when He said, “Take, eat, this is My body.” Neither did He use a small sip of wine when He said, “Drink from it, all of you.” Jesus took bread and wine from the table where they were sharing the meal. The food on the table did not suddenly become the literal body and blood of Jesus. “Transubstantiation” is the suggested change whereby, according to Catholic doctrine, the bread and wine that are used in the sacrament of the Eucharist become the body and blood of Christ. Again, the bread and blood that Jesus used, as He instituted the Lord’s Supper, were taken from the table where all of the other Passover food items had been placed. Also, Jesus was not “holding Himself and eating of His own body,” and was not “drinking His own blood,” as he was telling of his impending death. A final item that should be emphasized is that Jesus did not separate the Passover meal from the moment that He began to tell of His death. The occasion was that of a meal, a continuous meal, where bread and wine were taken from the table. There were no rules for the meal, other than the normal procedures of the Passover Seder. There were no statements that had been made known about who would not be allowed to participate in the meal. Consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”(New Living Translation). Notice also, that the meal took place in the evening of Thursday, the day before His crucifixion. This day is also called Holy Thursday and Maunday Thursday, which is the day before Good Friday. It should also be noted that “The Day Of Preparation” (John 19:31), refers to Friday, the day before, or the ‘preparation’ day for, the Sabbath.
A.D. 33 (After The Resurrection)
Luke 24:13-27
The Road to Emmaus
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Luke 24:13-27, My Thoughts
Jesus comes upon two disciples who are walking to Emmaus; they are prevented by Jesus from recognizing Him. The three of them engage in conversation as they walk. The disciples discuss the events of the crucifixion of Jesus, the death, burial, and resurrection. At that point in the conversation, Jesus uses Old Testament scriptures to explain that those same scriptures identify Him as being the prophesied Messiah.
Luke 24:28-35
The Disciples’ Eyes Opened
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Luke 24:28-35, My Thoughts
As the journey ends in Emmaus, the disciples invite Jesus to stay with them. It was the evening of the day, on Sunday, the first day of the week, on the same day that Jesus was resurrected from the dead. An evening meal is set before Jesus and those who are with Him. As with the Passover Meal, Jesus took bread from the meal table, just as He did on Thursday evening, and blessed it and gave the bread to those who were present. Jesus didn’t use little pieces of bread wafers. Nothing was said about those who should not “come around the Lord’s table.” There was not a “set aside” moment, that was separate from the meal, when Jesus broke the bread. All of this was a part of a meal. It was during this “meal,” as Jesus blessed the bread from the table, and gave it to the other people, that He was made known to them. The term, “breaking of bread,” will become a common name for the fellowship meals that believers will begin to share. During such fellowship meals, remembrance will be made of the death of Jesus.
A.D. 33 (Day Of Pentecost Follow up)
Acts 2:40-47
A Vital Church Grows
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2:40-47, My Thoughts
Three thousand Jews, who were present for the Feast Of Pentecost, had come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is important to identify them as “believing Jews.” Jews who had not come to that belief should be called “unbelieving Jews.” Still, religious Jews, whether they were “believing” or “unbelieving” Jews, had great respect for their Jewish heritage. The believing Jews continued to attend the temple worship services, but they also met as believers in Christ in their homes. They had meals in each others’ homes where they, “broke bread,” just as had taken place in Luke 24:28-35. Key words are seen in this passage. The believers had “all things in common.” “Common,” relates to communion. The bread and wine were not seen as being, “the communion.” The believers were “the communion.” In the 1960s and 70s, there were “communes” of people who lived together and had all of their things “in common.” The Episcopal Church has a group of believers who belong to the “Anglican Communion.” There were no rules as to who should not be allowed to participate in these fellowship meals. There was a daily sharing of the fellowship meals, but there was no “set aside” of a separate “wafer of bread” and “sip of wine” being identified as “the communion,” “the Lord’s Supper,” or “the Eucharist.” The bread of the meal that was placed on the tables did not become the literal “body of Christ.” The wine of the meal that was placed on the tables did not become the literal “blood of Christ.” There was no particular schedule that was stated for, “the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers,” other than that the believers were “steadfast” in those things. Also, notice in verse 46, “they ate their food.” That reiterates the fact that it was during fellowship meals that the death of Christ was remembered, and was not just the sharing of bread wafers and sips of wine. It is also important to understand that the believing Jews did not automatically build “The First Baptist Church Of Jerusalem,” or any other such named congregation, and place their membership in such places. Home churches were not a direct design for churches to follow; they were appropriate for the time. The difference that existed in the lives of the believing Jews was that they had come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Verse 42 has been cited to show that the early church had “the communion” as a regular part of their church services. That verse does not make that point. It is very clear in its meaning. Those who had come to saving faith in Jesus followed the teachings of the apostles. They maintained a fellowship with other believers. They “broke bread,” shared fellowship meals. They prayed. But, also remember that these Jews, who were new to belief in Jesus, were still Jews. They still went to the temple, but also met outside of the temple as believers in Christ. There is a problem that exists for Jewish believers today, who do not fellowship with other believers of Jesus; they don’t receive the blessings of the teachings of Jesus.
A.D. 54
Acts 18:18-21
Paul Travels To Keeps The Feast Of Pentecost At Jerusalem
18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. 19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, 21 but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
Acts 18:18-21, My Thoughts
The feast that is mentioned in verse 21 probably relates to the Feast Of Passover, which Paul was planning to attend. The apostles were religious Jews before they became believers in Jesus. They did not necessarily remove themselves from the keeping of the Jewish feast days. Of course, there was no reason to force such attendance on the Gentiles, who would come to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
A.D. 59
Acts 20:7
Ministering at Troas
7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
Acts 20:7, My Thoughts
The breaking of bread accompanied the preaching by the Apostle Paul. This occurred on the first day of the week, which was Sunday. The meeting appears to have occurred in the evening of the day. There is nothing that is stated that indicates that the breaking of bread was any different than that which took place in Acts 2:42-46. There, the believers had a fellowship meal, during which time the death of Jesus was remembered. Neither were there any statements about anyone that should be excluded from the fellowship meal, which was the “breaking of bread.” The bread was part of the meal, as was the wine. This “breaking of bread” did not consist of small wafers of bread or and sips of wine, that were used outside of the fellowship meal to remember the Lord’s death.
A.D. 59
Paul Travels To Keep The Feast Of Pentecost At Jerusalem
Acts 20:16
16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.
Acts 20:16, My Thoughts
The Apostle Paul made the trip to Jerusalem to attend the Festival of Pentecost.
A.D. 59
1 Corinthians 5:1-8
Immorality Defiles the Church
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:1-8, My Thoughts
The city of Corinth was one that was morally corrupt. It was widely known for its indulgences in sensual pleasures and scandalous activities that involved illicit sex and drunkenness. Some of these same sins were common among members of the church in Corinth, which included incest. There were many religious prostitutes who lived and worked there; they went into the city in the evening to offer “their services” each evening. The Corinthian church was full of worldliness and would not separate itself from the culture that surrounded it. The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthian church to instruct the faithful members of that church to break fellowship with those who were disobedient and unrepentant, and also to put them out of the church. Whenever a church becomes an embarrassment within any community, and begins to look like the sinful world, corrective actions must be taken by the church or there will be no clear difference between that apostate church and the world. In this passage, we can seen specific problems within that church. Sexual immorality, including incest (vs 1); selfish pride, and an unwillingness of the church to remove the incestuous man from the church (vs 2). Paul related the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the way that the Church at Corinth should live its daily life. Sinful lifestyles should be replaced with lifestyles of Holiness. It is important to notice that the problem that Paul is addressing is one that had taken root in the church as a corporate body. It was not just one person’s sinful lifestyle choices that had made the church repulsive, even to the Gentiles (unbelievers).
1 Corinthians 11:17-22
Conduct at the Fellowship Meal
17 Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. 20 Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.21 For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.
1 Corinthians 11:17-22, My Thoughts
The Apostle Paul continues with his objections that relate to the Corinthian church. There was nothing good about that church’s coming together as a body; instead it was seen to be a bad thing (vs 17). There were severe divisions within the church, as opposed to a church that was unified in a common purpose to worship God (vs 18). The Corinthian church came together to “break bread,” which was a fellowship meal. That gathering was far from that which occurred in the example that is shown in Acts 2:42-47. There was no unity of purpose for the “communion of the saints.” (vs 20). Some people ate their meal before others arrived. Consequently, not all people who were hungry found enough, if any, food to eat. Notice that it was not a “set aside” of wafers of bread, but a meal which was served. And, as is shown, people were getting drunk because of their over indulgence in the drinking of the wine. The drunkenness did not come from “a sip of wine,” but from the beverage that was served during the meal (vs 21). If the Corinthians could not have a fellowship meal in manner that was respectful, to their fellow believers and to God, they should just have their meals at their own homes. There was nothing about the way the Corinthians had their fellowship meals, “the breaking of bread,” that Paul found to be worthy of his praise (vs 22).
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Paul Remembers the Last Supper/Passover/Lord’s Supper
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26, My Comments
As we see in the Last Supper, “The Passover Meal,” (Matthew 26:26-28), it was during that meal that Jesus took time to tell of His soon to be death on the cross. It was also during the “breaking of bread,” the fellowship meal, that there was also a time for the remembrance of the death of Jesus on the cross. Notice that the Corinthians did not have a “set aside” time, which was held outside of the fellowship meal, that small wafers of bread, and sips of wine, were used to remember the death of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 11:27-34
Examine Yourself
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
1 Corinthians 11:27-34, My Thoughts
The question that should be raised as we read this passage is one that refers to verse 29, as it relates to “an unworthy manner.” Leading up to this point in scripture, there was nothing written that was relative to “who may, or may not” participate in a fellowship meal. The problems of the Corinthian church had nothing to do with sharing a meal, or remembering the death of Jesus. Notice, also, that the problems were corporate and not necessarily individual. The bread and wine of the fellowship meals were not “the ark of the covenant.” The context of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians does not change. In Matthew 11:28, we read, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” So, we’re told that we should come to Jesus when we have a problem, but many of us have been taught that if we have certain “unknown” problems, and if we come “around His table” that He will strike us dead. None of us are ever worthy of anything of God. It is in our weak times that we need the fellowship of the body of Christ, which is the true communion. But, let’s consider the word “unworthy.” If the context of Paul’s message had changed, has there ever been published, for all to read, a list of offenses for which we may have committed, which if we have committed them, will keep us from participating in a meal with other believers, and which will prevent us from remembering the Lord’s death among those same believers, with the penalty of death? (a long run-on sentence, but it is difficult to separate it). God has ways of dealing with those who are embarrassments to His church. Consider Acts 5:1-11. The deaths of Annanias and Sapphira had nothing to do with “the breaking of bread,” participation in a fellowship meal, or remembering the death of Jesus. Their penalty for lying to the Holy Spirit served a purpose that is written in Acts 5:11: “So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things. The punishments of sickness and death that happened to the Corinthian believers also created great fear among their congregation.
Thought to consider. Believers in Jesus can remember His death on the cross outside of a fellowship meal. Small wafers of bread and small sips of grape juice or wine can be used to focus on the broken body and shed blood of our Lord and Savior. There is no frequency that is scripturally stated for “a communion service,” or for a fellowship meal. It is important, though, for us not to put unscriptural requirements for participation in such times of “breaking bread.” Let us consider the words of the following song of breaking bread. The early church shared in a fellowship meal. During that meal they remembered the death of Jesus on the cross. They did it “together.” They “were” the communion. May we also be “the communion.”

Philippians 3:10,
New American Standard Bible
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

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CC022114, Friday Sabbath Teaching, The Person Of The Holy Spirit, John 14:16

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When our church meets this Friday evening, at 6:30 P.M., we will consider the holiness that God has placed on the seventh day of creation, which is the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3). No other day of the week is the seventh day, and no other day of the week is the Sabbath. As we have concluded in our studies, our worship of God is to be “in spirit and in truth,” (John 4:24). It is not dependent on “day, place, or time.” Worship that is true can be said to be “all of us for all of Him.” At the end of our service, we will participate in the teaching of Matthew 26:17-30. There, Jesus and His disciples are taking part in the Passover seder. During that meal, Jesus initiates the Lord’s Supper while having the meal. We will share in the breaking of bread also, as we share in a meal, and as we remember Our Lord’s death on the cross, and celebrate His resurrection. The breaking of bread, as a meal, was a common practice of the early church, as it was written in Acts 2:42-47; Acts 20:7, and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit Himself. That is the goal of this week’s teaching. Consider the song that follows. Its words reflect directly on the relationship that we, who are believers in Christ, have with God’s Holy Spirit.

The Presence Of The Trinity. Matthew 3:16-17. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11. 9 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 12:11. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

Romans 8:27. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 15:30. Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,

John 14:16. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

Ephesians 4:30. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10. 9 But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

Revelation 2:7. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

Galatians 4:6. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

Romans 8:16. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Romans 8:26. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we
should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered.

Hebrews 7:25. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

John 15:26. “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

John 14:26. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 16:12-14. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

Romans 8:14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Acts 16:6-7. 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

Acts 13:2. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 20:28. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (See Ephesians 4:11-12)

John 14:16-17. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 16:7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Acts 1:4. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;

Ephesians 4:30. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

The following song was recorded in the early 1990s. Many of the singers have gone on to be with the Lord. May their legacy continue to bless believers in Christ for years to come.

Sweet Holy Spirit – Lead In
Doris Akers

Pastor/Equipping The Saints

ETS Memo 021814, Update, “About Equipping The Saints,” Philippians 3:10

The purpose of “Equipping The Saints” is to provide scriptural teachings to the body of Christ, so that it will be more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission that was given to the Church (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.) In order to achieve such an effectiveness, it is necessary for believers in Christ to be properly grounded in an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, by the empowerment of God The Holy Spirit. God will lay a path before us that we should follow. He will equip us for the completion of that trip and ministry. There are some key scriptures that will help us to prepare for the ministry that God has ordained for our lives. The following scriptures are key to our being prepared for the fulfillment of God’s call on our lives, and they revolve around the keys of: Knowing (John 17:3), Abiding (John 15:4), Being (Mark 3:14), and Going (Matthew 28:19). Please consider the scriptures of those four points of intimacy and ministry.

John 17:3 (Knowing)
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

In this verse we see a text book definition of “eternal life,” which is an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son. To “know” is to be intimate. The intimacy of this verse is parallel to that of Genesis 4:1, where it is written that Adam “knew” Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain. To know someone is to have the highest degree of intimacy with that person that is possible. For us to “know” God is to have the hightest degree of intimacy with Him that is possible.

In respect to knowing God, we also should consider the words of Philippians 3:10.

Philippians 3:10
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

The aspect of knowing God, is something that involves the ups and downs of having that holy relationship. Whether times are good or times are bad, we must understand that our response must be to always love God. If we win, we’ll praise Him. If we lose, we’ll praise Him. Whatever the case may be, we will always praise our Lord and Savior Jesus.

In respect to knowing God, we should also know the compassion of Christ, and the compassionate Christ.

Knowing God is also to know about the compassion of Christ, as it relates to the less-fortunate:

Matthew 25:40
New King James Version (NKJV)
40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

In order for us to know Jesus, we should also know the compassionate Christ:

Matthew 9:36
New King James Version (NKJV)
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

In order for us to know Jesus, we should also know how the compassionate Christ responded to the needs of the needy:

Matthew 15:32
New King James Version (NKJV)
Feeding the Four Thousand

32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

John 15:4 (Abiding)
New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

The aspect of abiding in Christ is two-fold. First, we are to have no known sin that is unconfessed, and no interest in our life into which God is not brought into. It is for us to have no life in which God can not also share. Secondly, the believer in Christ, who is the abiding one, takes all of of their burdens to God, and gets all wisdom, life, and strength from God. It is not an unceasing consciousness of the things of the world. But it is a relationship with God in which nothing is allowed in the life which separates the believer from God.

Mark 3:14 (Being)
New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,

The disciples were not only appointed/chosen by Jesus, they were appointed to “be with Jesus.” That relationship of “being” with Jesus prepared the disciples to be better able to go out and preach the Gospel of Jesus.

Matthew 28:19 (Going)
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

The disciples of Jesus, who were soon to be apostles, were commissioned to “go,” teach,” “baptize,” and “teach” (vs 20), the things that they had been taught by Jesus (vs 18). The apostles died. Their commission has been passed onto others who were made disciples, who are to make disciples of others, and others, and others.

The highest point of our ministry is to lead people to a point where they will know, personally and intimately, the compassionate Christ, and when they come across a need in a person’s life, they will know the answer to the question:
“What would Jesus do?” (WWJD)

The following worship and praise video is one that can bless you beyond measure. May it also be used by God to draw you into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, Christ Jesus.
Feast Of Tabernacles, Jerusalem Arise, Paul Wilbur 57 minutes.

Philippians 3:10, “That I might know Him.”

CC Sermon, 021614, Friday Sabbath Worship Service, A Passover/Communion Discussion, Genesis 9:1

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Genesis 9:1, ” So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”

During our most recent church service, we had a discussion on the relationship that exists between the Passover Seder and the Lord’s Supper, which was instituted by Jesus while He was observing Passover with His disciples. Our church is intentional in relating the teachings that are contained in the Old Testament to their fulfillment that is shown in the New Testament. We are placing a lot of emphasis on the holiness that is contained in the creation story that is found in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2. Much of those those two chapters are read from our pulpit each Friday evening when we meet as a church. There is also a lot of emphasis placed on the holiness that God placed on the seventh day, in the creation story, when God rested from His work and set that day, The Sabbath, apart from all of the other days. That is not to say that the Sabbath day is the only day for us to worship God, but it is to say that The Sabbath Day is the seventh day, and is no other day of the week. There is something that I have explained to our church, as it relates to each Friday, and I would like to share it in this writing. As Thursday night ends, and Friday morning is beginning, we experience the following cycle. Darkness turns to dawn. Dawn turns to daylight. Daylight turns to dusk, and dusk turns to darkness. As Friday afternoon becomes afternoon, and afternoon becomes evening and sundown approaches, Sabbath is beginning. That is at about the time that our worship service begins. We are beginning to experience a greater appreciation for that time of day, when we read, “and evening and morning were the seventh day, The Sabbath Day. From sundown on Friday evening until sundown on Saturday evening, we are experiencing God’s Holiness that He has so freely bestowed upon us, whether we realize it or not. At the end of each of our Friday Sabbath Worship Services, we reenact the account of the Passover (The Last Supper) where Jesus initiated the Lord’s Supper. We “experience communion.” We don’t “have communion.” We, the body of Christ, “are the communion.” We invite people from other churches to share in this experience with us. Such a participation in communion with us can be spiritually beneficial and should be shared with other believers in Christ.

Notes For Friday Sabbath Worship Service, February 14, 2014, 6:30 P.M.
CC Sermon 021414, A Passover/Communion Discussion, Genesis 9:1
Genesis 9:1
New King James Version (NKJV)
God’s Promise to Noah (The Beginning Of The Jews And The Gentiles)
9:1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”
Genesis 9:18
New King James Version (NKJV)
Noah and His Sons (Shem, the father of the Jews; Ham and Japheth, the fathers of the Gentiles.)
“18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth,,,”

The world had been decimated. A family was chosen by God to repopulate the earth. One part of the family was also chosen by God to be the blood line that would lead to the Savior of mankind.
While God had love for all of the world (John 3:16), He had a special relationship with Shem and his descendants. It would be through Shem that Jesus, who is “the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29), and who is “God with us,” (Matthew 1:23), would enter the world through normal child birth through the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:25).

God’s Holy Spirit has always been present to the whole world with His influence (John 1:9, Romans 1:20). However, He chose the descendants of Shem to lead the world to salvation (John 4:22). However, please do not consider that God has provided a universal salvation, even as Jesus spoke that truth to the Jews in John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The solution to John 3:3 is John 3:16,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The proof of the born again experience is a belief in
Jesus, which is a spiritual intimacy with God The Father, through God The Son, Jesus, per John 17:3,”And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

With the knowledge of the special relationship that God had with the descendants of Shem, which was shown through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, it is important to hold firmly to the truth that God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that it is also true that God did not have that same special and intimate relationship with Abraham’s descendants through Ishmael. Neither did God have that close relationship with Ham and Japheth and their descendants. Through feasts, God began preparing the Jews for their part in the fulfillment of God’s promise that He made in Genesis 3:15, when He said, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”This verse is prophetic of the coming of Jesus, (God with us, Matthew 1:23). The feasts were given to Jews, and only to Jews (Exodus 12:3). They were not given to the descendants of Ham or Japheth. Those people had no need or reason to “keep the feasts” or to even know about the feasts. Any non-Jew came into this world as a Gentile. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, fulfilled all of the feasts; scriptures show that. Galatians 3:28/29 tells us: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” It was through the Jews, the descendants of Shem, that Gentiles learned of the savior Jesus. The Gentiles had no such knowledge of the Messiah ,or of God, the Father, who was to be worshipped, as Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman in John 4:22, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”

Christians, those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus, have a great need to have a thorough understanding of the feasts that God gave to the Jews. Participating in the feasts brings about a better understanding of the teachings that lead to a greater understanding of the prophesied Messiah, Jesus Christ. It should be noted that Christians are not to believe that the Apostles discontinued their observance of the feasts. (Acts 18:21, Acts 20:6, 1 Cor 5:8) They were Jews, religious Jews. Religious Jews would not have shown such a lack of respect to their heritage. The difference that occurred with the disciples/apostles is that their born-again experience changed them from Jews who did not believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, to Jews who “did” believe in Jesus as teir Lord and Savior. When we are reading God’s Word about “the Jews,” it is important for us to properly identify them as being “believing Jews” or “unbelieving Jews. Therefore, we will discuss the relationship that exists between the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread, with Communion, The Lords Supper, and Breaking Of Bread.

Exodus 12:1-13
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel,
The Passover Instituted
12 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.
12 ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
In verse 3 of this passage, we see that God is speaking to Jews, and not to Gentiles, about their responsibility for keeping the Feast of Passover.
Exodus 12:14-21(Feast Of Unleavened Bread)
New King James Version (NKJV)
14 ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting 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 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”
In verse 14 of this passage, we see that God is speaking to Jews, and not to Gentiles, about their responsibility for keeping the Feast Of Unleavened Bread. After the day of Passover ends, Unleavened Bread immediately follows it for a period of seven days.
Exodus 12:42-49 (Passover)
New King James Version (NKJV)
42 It is a night of solemn observance to the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the Lord, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.
In verse 42, we see that God is telling the Jews, and not Gentiles, to observe a solemn observance of Passover.

Passover Regulations
43 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.44 But every man’s servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then he may eat it. 45 A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat it. 46 In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.48 And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. 49 One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”
In 47, all Jews are directed to observe Passover. There are no exceptions and no exclusions for the Jews. Others who dwell among the Jews are also required to observe Passover, but they must be circumcised, which would exclude female Gentiles.
Exodus 23:14-17
New King James Version (NKJV)
Three Annual Feasts
14 “Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: 15 You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); 16 and the Feast of Harvest, the first fruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of In-gathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. 17 “Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God.

In verse 14, God tells the Jews to keep three specific feasts. In verse 15, 16, and 17, God identifies the feasts as being: 1. Unleavened Bread; 2. Harvest/First Fruits/Weeks/Shavuot/Pentecost; 3. In-Gathering/Tabernacles. In verse 17, we see that all Jewish males were required to attend all three of the feasts. There were no exceptions, and no exclusions.

It should be noted that we are not to believe that the Apostles discontinued their observance of the feasts. (Acts 18:21, Acts 20:6, 1 Cor 5:8) We will now discuss the relationship that exists between the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread, with Communion, The Lords Supper, and Breaking Of Bread.
Matthew 26:17-30
New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Celebrates Passover with His Disciples
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

Just as any religious Jew would do, Jesus celebrated Passover. His 12 disciples celebrated it with Him, and ate a Passover seder (meal). They recalled the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt. There were no exclusions of any of the disciples, including Judas Iscariot.
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said,“Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

It was during the Passover meal, that Jesus spoke of His imminent death on the cross. He used the bread and wine that were items for consumption in the seder that Jesus used to relate to his body, that would be crucified on a cross, and his blood that would be shed. Then, he looked to the time when, in the Kingdom of God, (The Millennium, the thousand year reign of Christ) that He would partake of the Passover again. There were no exclusions of any of the disciples, including Judas Iscariot.

Summary, and looking ahead:

Please note that the Passover Seder was a meal. At the point at which Jesus changed the focus from the past to the future, and initiated the Lord’s Supper, also known as the Last Supper, the bread that He broke did not become His body, neither did the wine that he poured for the disciples become His blood. The bread and wine were part of the seder items of food. The disciples continued eating the seder food and drink items. The meal of the Passover, the Passover Seder, which became part of the Lord’s Supper, would become a part of the times of remembrance of the death of Jesus for the Apostles and other future believers in Christ. We will see in other scriptures that it was during fellowship meals that congregations did the same thing that the disciples did when Jesus used bread and wine from the Passover meal to remember His death. Congregations would have fellowship meals and would use bread and wine from those meals to remember the death of Jesus. There was no such thing as “the Communion.” Believers are “the Communion.” What is now called as “The Lord’s Supper,” where a small wafer of bread, and a little sip of grape juice, or wine, is not what the early church did. The early church had a fellowship meal. During that meal, they would remember the death of the Lord Jesus. The bread did not become the body of Christ. The wine or juice did not become the blood of Christ. There were no exclusions from the meal. We will study this situation in depth, at the appropriate time. We will also determine if there is “a list” that specifies acts that may be concluded to be “in an unworthy manner, or unworthily.”

Immediately following is an explanation of the Passover Seder by Wikipedia. Following it will be a photograph of a table that contains the food items that can be found on a Jewish Passover table.
Passover Seder
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Seder” redirects here. For other uses, see Seder (disambiguation).
The Passover Seder (Hebrew: סֵדֶר‎ [ˈsedeʁ], “order, arrangement”; Yiddish: Seyder) is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday ofPassover. It is conducted on the evenings of the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, and on the 15th by traditionally observant Jews living outside Israel. This corresponds to late March or April in the Gregorian calendar. Passover lasts for 7-8 weeks
The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery inancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible. The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: “You shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'” (Exodus 13:8) Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah, an ancient work derived from the Mishnah (Pesahim 10).[1][2] The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs.
Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of
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The following worship and praise video is one that will bless you beyond measure.
It absolutely draws me to deep and close worship of God. I trust that it will do the
same for you.

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Feast Of Tabernacles, Jerusalem Arise, Paul Wilbur 57 minutes.

Philippians 3:10, “That I might know Him.”

CC Thought 021114, Stormy Day Thoughts, Song Of Solomon 4:9

Song Of Solomon 4:9, New American Standard Bible
“You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace.”

About a year ago a young man told me that he and his wife were unable to conceive a child. He asked for me to pray for their need. About nine months later – guess what happened! The man’s wife gave birth to a precious little baby daughter. Hey! What can I say!

Today is a stormy day for much of the USA. Many families are staying at home. Consider today’s scripture, Song Of Solomon 4:9. I like the words that are found in the New American Standard Translation for today’s devotional thought. It migtht be good for husbands and wives to read the complete Song Of Solomon together today. Please remember “to keep me posted.”

The song that I have chosen for today’s thought was sung at The Church Of The Apostles in Atlanta, Ga. The Pastor is Dr. Michael Youssef. (Hankees may be needed)

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Pastor/Equipping The Saints
Philippians 3:10

CC Thought 021014, Does Jesus Care When We Hurt? John 11:31-36

John 11:31-36
New King James Version (NKJV)
31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

As I have put together the facts of this post, it has been a very difficult time for me. The truth of the pain that comes from death has drawn tears from my eyes, as I am relating it to a local situation.

This morning, during a ministers’ meeting, I learned that a local area pastor was performing a funeral. In his congregation there was a woman who was pregnant with twins. She had recently learned that she has cancer, so she was advised to have birth induced; the twins were about half way through the pregnancy. About a week ago, the twins were born. After a few hours of life one of the babies died. The pastor performed the funeral. A few days ago, the second twin was taken off life support. Today, the pastor was performing the second twin’s funeral. Oh, how severe the pain must be for the mother, the family, the church, and other friends. So, do we know if Jesus hurts, when we hurt?

In the account of John 11, Jesus agonized (vs 33) within Himself when He recognized the pain that the family and friends of Lazarus were feeling. When Jesus saw the body of Lazarus, scripture says, very simply, that “Jesus wept.” Yes! Jesus, who was the creator of the world, (Colossians 1:16-17), and who was also, “God with us,” (Matthew 1:23), was moved to tears when he encountered death and the affect that death had on “the living.”

What do we say to a grieving mother, as I have described in this writing? Some years ago, as I was serving as a volunteer hospital chaplain, a much wiser and older chaplain shared one day in a training session, “we don’t know why such horrible things as death happen.” Death was not a part of God’s plan for humanity. It is horrible to lose someone that we love. And, yes! It is a loss. We all know that we will see our saved loved ones in eternity, but between now and then, our life will be changed by that death, and may be totally turned upside down; and it will never, ever, be the same. Those of us who have experienced the loss that is due to death have had emotionally emptying questions, for which there seem to be no answer. We don’t know what to do, to remove the pain. We don’t know what to say, to rationalize the tragedy. We don’t know where to go, to hide from the pain. And, we don’t what to think, when nothing seems to make any sense. I have provided a video that addresses those issues. I trust that it will be of comfort to those of you who may be grieving as you read this account of death. Please know that I don’t have the answers to the question that you may have about your personal grief, but I “do hurt” for you, and I “do care.” So that you can see and hear the video, you will have to click onto the post. May our Lord Jesus provide the comfort that can come only from Him. And Yes! Jesus does care when we hurt.

Pastor/Equipping The Saints