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Have you ever wondered why there is so much confusion, in something as simple as Holy Communion?  For example: Is the bread the literal body of Christ?  Is the wine Jesus real blood?  What about the wine, is it real wine or juice?  Does it matter if it is wine or juice?  Does taking the communion wash away our sins?  Do we die if we’re in sin when we take communion?  How often should we take it?  Why do we take communion?  Where did it start?  So many questions and so many disputes...

Holy Lord, thank You for Your Word, thank You for teaching us and directing our paths.  Holy Spirit please open our eyes to see the truth and to accept what you have for us, laying man's teachings and theories aside. Fill us now with a teachable moldable spirit, keeping us from error.  Thank you Father, you alone are worthy to be praised...in Jesus name, amen.

To begin we need to understand the Passover.  I am using the King James Version [unless noted], but on occasion you will see comments in the midst of the scripture, this is to clarify a word or thought.  Let’s open our Bibles and turn to the first Passover found in
Exodus chapter 12.   
 
Exodus 12:1-15 
1-2 
And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

As we read of Moses, we'll see the hand and voice of God the Father moving through him, pointing to salvation through Jesus Christ.  As we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Passover [Savior], then we begin a new season of our life, as being born again, much like facing a New Year!

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, accord- ing to the house of their fathers [size of  the family] , a lamb for an house:

Number ten is used in the scripture to represent "man's responsibility".  It's every man's responsibility to take unto his house a lamb.

According to this each man should be providing his family with the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Savior!


The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,   Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
  
I want to establish right here that Jesus Christ is the Lamb, of God.
 
In the New Testament a house is used as a place to house the soul.  We as born again believers in Jesus Christ are the temple of the Holy Ghost.


What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Cor 6:19

The word "house" represents each one of us individually.  Since Jesus is the Lamb of God and the house is you and me, then it's our responsibility to ask Jesus into our heart no one can do it for us; we must do it ourselves.

4   And if the household be too little [to consume] for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

Praise God! There is no race difference, no gender difference, and no age difference.  Our babies can receive of the Lamb of God!  They can speak in tongues, prophecy, and lay hands upon the sick with the same anointing and power as adults!

My own grandson at two years old laid hands on me, jabbering some words, I heard him say "amen" and my back quit hurting!  Glory to God!  They are anointed with a BIG GOD the same as we are!  There is no limit to what God can do.

Every man takes into his house the Lamb!  Again, what's the house?  We're the house, you and me!  We are the temples of the living God!  With the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord, our sins are washed away through His sacrificial blood.

After we have asked Jesus into our lives, we have the option of deciding just how much of Him we really want.  Do we want to "consume" all there is?  Or do we only want a small portion of the Lord, allowing another to have our share?  How much victory, joy, peace, and power do we want?  It's up to each one of us to decide.  Are we to be governed by man and his limits or the all powerful God?  We need to line everything up with the Word of God.


5-6   Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall [each] kill it [his lamb] in the evening.

This verse is speaking of the cross where Jesus was crucified for our sins.

The number seven is used in scripture to represent complete, total.  While the number two represents a witness.

When you multiply 7 [complete] x 2 [witness] this equals = 14. You have fourteen days in the same month.

7-8   And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post [above the door space] of the houses, wherein they shall eat it [the passover lamb].  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed [be careful] and beware [on your guard] of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  
Matt 16:6 

Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.   Matt 16:12 

Leaven represents corruption and sin; we are to separate ourselves from such.

The Pharisees were the religious purists; being determined to keep the Law including their traditions in every detail.  They considered themselves to be model Jews, staying away from others as much as possible.  They were very "holier then thou" being arrogant and legalistic.  Their rituals came before any love or compassion.

In
Matthew 23 we see how Jesus had a problem with their proud unloving manner, not with the way they held to the laws.  Do we have Pharisees today, are we perhaps guilty of this in some measure?  We each need to ask ourselves this question. 

The Sadducees were for the most part from rich land owning people.  They were conservative, in refusing to accept any revelations beyond the five books of Moses.  Thus they rejected belief in immortality, resurrection, angels and demons.  They had little interest in religion and few followers.  It's all by faith and not works!"  [
This is another study I have...Unconditional Salvation?] Are we a part of this group?  Do we spurn the teachings of holiness?

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:20

Leaven represents corruption and sin; we are to separate ourselves from such.

The Pharisees were the religious purists; being determined to keep the Law including their traditions in every detail.  They considered themselves to be model Jews, staying away from others as much as possible.  They were very "holier then thou" being arrogant and legalistic.  Their rituals came before any love or compassion.

In
Matthew 23 we see how Jesus had a problem with their proud unloving manner, not with the way they held to the laws.  Do we have Pharisees today, are we perhaps guilty of this in some measure?  We each need to ask ourselves this question. 

The Sadducees were for the most part from rich land owning people.  They were conservative, in refusing to accept any revelations beyond the five books of Moses.  Thus they rejected belief in immortality, resurrection, angels and demons.  They had little interest in religion and few followers.  It's all by faith and not works!"  [This is another study I have...Uncondional Salvation?]  Are we a part of this group?  Do we spurn the teachings of holiness?


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