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

Both of these are leavens, which is sin.  Neither of these is living for God, but for self! We are to do all things in moderation, separating ourselves from sin, separating ourselves from self!  We get so self centered sometimes and this is sin.

During the Passover the Israelites were not allowed to have anything leavened, which goes into fermentation which includes fermented wine.  Jesus never partook of alcoholic wine.  The wine at the wedding as well as the wine at the Passover was what are called the "good" wine.

And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk [freely], then that which is [not so good] worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.   John 2:10

Good  [in the Greek: kalos]  = denotes that which is intrinsically "good", and so, "goodly, fair, beautiful.

Historical data on wine during this time period tells us the making of wine was by squeezing the grapes, then boiling the juice until it was real thick and sweet. Water would then be added to the right proportions.

The good wine has just the right amount of water added to it while the "not" so good wine was watered down.  The reason for this miracle was to show the goodness and righteousness of Jesus the Son of God.  He came to save us from sin not to get us all drunk! 

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour [sparkles] in the cup, when it [goes down smoothly] moveth itself aright.    Prov 23:31

This refers to fermented wine.

Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness [stripped condition, pouring our foul shame]. Hab 2:15

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise 
Prov 20:1

To say the Son of God came to give them something that could harm them or even to do as the Word says not to do, is just ridiculous.

Back to the Passover:

As I said, during the Passover fermented wine was strictly out of the question.  Jesus took the Last Supper during the Passover; therefore the wine was not alcoholic!  If you find yourself in a situation where fermented wine is offered at the Communion table refuse to take it, this is unscriptural and a mockery.

I want to pass this onto you which I found in one of Grant Jefferies books:

The priest took his knife and cut the throat of the Passover lamb, he would cry out, “It is finished”.  He would open up the lamb with a knife and roast it upon a vertical spit with a horizontal crosspiece, holding the front legs wide apart.  Then he would wrap the lamb’s intestines around his head, while it was being roasted.  This was called, “the crown of the Passover lamb”.

[This is according to the Mishna and Sanhedrin Documents.  Even the smallest detail of sacrifice points to the Lord Jesus...]

The intestines wrapped around the lamb’s head represent the crown of thorns upon the head of our Lord.  Look at the way the lamb is spread on the spit, this too represents our Lord on the cross, with His arms spread out.  Our Lord at His death said, "It is finished".  This meaning now we are able to find salvation through the blood of Jesus. 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

Ok, let's go back to Exodus 12:

9-10 Eat not of it [the lamb] raw, nor sodden [ not boiled] at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the [it's inner parts] purtenance thereof.  And ye shall let nothing of it [the meat] remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

The morning is when the Lord takes us home to be with Him forever more!  We are to eat the Word and grow closer to Him, without stopping until He takes us home.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; [as fully prepared for a journey] with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.

These scriptures tell us we are to respond to the Lord when He calls.  Each time we reject Him or His leading we become a bit more jaded, and it's that much harder for us to hear His voice the next time He speaks to us.

Our loins being girded is representative of our being filled with the truth of God.  Remember the full Armour of God spoken of in
Ephesians 6.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

According to this we must be born again in Jesus Christ. 

When we’re told to have shoes on our feet, this is another way of telling us to be prepared for quick action when the Lord tells us to act.  We must be having a firm attitude, not flighty or overwhelmed by nerves and fear.  We must be ready to share the Gospel and minister as He directs.  We must know enough of the Word of God to be able to speak of Him with personal knowledge. 

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Tim 2:15 

We're on a spiritual journey called to be priests.  We need to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, in order to rule over any given situation.

We have nothing to fear; providing we are determined to follow Him, consuming every bit of Him and His Word that we can.  He will always guide and support us, as we travel along this marvelous journey. 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and [when] he delighteth in his way. Ps 37:23

The staff of the shepherd is used on a journey; it's also used to rule.  The staff has a hook which he uses to bring his lambs back into the fold.  We need to trust the LORD will guide us and show us the way to take, and if we mistakenly take a wrong step, He will show us and help us correct it.
There is no power stronger or as strong as the power of God!   Not one thing can come near us unless the Lord allows it!  Does this mean we won't get sick, hurt, sad or even troubled?

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee
Isa 43:2-3

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isa 41:13

We have God’s promise that He'll be there with us at all times through all the battles and fire we go through.  James tells us to expect trials and battles that this teaches us patience.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers [many different] temptations [trials];  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Jam 1:2-4                                                                                                       
The Word says we’ll have heartache, pain, sickness as well as hardships it's good for us to learn patience and humility as well as seeing the power of God in our midst. The Lord will never leave us nor forsake us.

Back to the Passover:

Exodus 12:12-15

For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment [proving their helplessness]: I am the LORD.

Man in his arrogance often thinks he is above the judgment of God.  I find this particularly interesting that it's the first born being hit in these passages.  It was the first man that brought sin into the world and the first begotten Son of God [Jesus Christ] which makes a way for mankind to rise above the sin holding him in bondage. 
These Israelites were behind a closed door which had the sprinkling of the blood applied to it.  This door is in essence closing them off from harm, much the same way the Holy Ghost protects the saints now as well as during the Tribulation.  While judgment is reigning here on earth, and mankind is suffering from spiritual death, fear and pain, the child of God will be either in Heaven around the throne of God, or safe in the protection of the Holy Ghost. 

This is not to say the Tribulation saints [those saved during the Trib] won't suffer because they will, but again the Holy Ghost will care for and protect them allowing only as much suffering to come to them as God deems necessary.  

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the [doorposts of the] houses where ye [you] are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Glory to God!  We must always remember that nothing can get through the "Blood", unless the Lord says it can.  We are always safe as long as we're walking close to Him. 

14-15 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.  [In celebration of the Passover in future years] Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven [symbolic of sin and corruption] out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

Again, remember leaven represents sin, and the houses represent each one of us as individuals.

Now, in regards to the seven days, lets take a look at this scripture breaking it down. 
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Pet 3:8  

For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
Heb 9:19-21

We must build our foundation on the Lord Jesus Christ, whether it's in ministry or living our daily lives...all must be under the Blood of Jesus!

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