Breaking Israel News (BIN) has a terrific article up this morning that delves in the Seder observance of Messianic and Hebrew roots believers. I appreciate Eliyahu, the author, giving us a fair shake and accurately reflecting our position, even if he is not entirely in agreement. I appreciate, too, that he uses a number of individuals to confirm various degrees and types of observances among our larger community.
It is very interesting to track BIN’s fascination with and coverage of Messianic and Hebrew roots believers as they exit the Church in droves as the Spirit leads them back to the ancient paths. BIN recognizes something deeply spiritual and prophetic is occurring and they are bravely willing to openly wrestle with it. We must walk in grace and humility sharing when given opportunity and letting the Ruach do His work!
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“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.” Exodus 12:14 (The Israel Bible™)
Annie Washburn of rural Tennessee, with her hair covered and modestly dressed, can pass for an Orthodox Jew. Her family held a seder for about 20 people. It became clear that this was not a traditional Jewish home when, in true Passover spirit, her Chasidically bearded husband, Tom, slaughtered a lamb. “As a memorial, not a sacrifice,” she stressed.
Susan Conrad Gates from Indiana adopted many Jewish rituals as important aspects of her Christian observance, lighting Shabbat candles every week and observing Hanukkah. She also reads the weekly Torah portion on Saturday, incorporating readings in the Gospel. Thirty years ago, reading the Bible led her to wonder if people still observed the feasts. At that time, she took part in a Passover seder led by the Chosen People Ministries. For her it is significant as, Continue reading at BIN…
Here is another article from World net Daily about the same thing. http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/not-just-for-jews-thousands-of-christians-eat-passover/
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Good article from the Christian perspective. If I am not mistaken, WND’s Joseph Farrah is a Messianic and WND is a leader in opening the eyes of Christendom. glad to see this article in that forum!
Abba doing MUCH in our day. WOW!!
Awesome article, thanks for sharing.
Since you have the relationship I will leave this question with you.
Was it not You who dried up the sea,
The waters of the great deep;
Who made the depths of the sea a pathway
For the redeemed to cross over? Isaiah 51:10
If Passover is only about freedom and not about atonement, when and on what basis did Isaiah think the sons of Israel where redeemed?
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Agreed! What is interesting is that in Christendom Redemption is considered a personal thing and in Judaism Redemption is considered a corporate thing. The truth I believe is both.
Interestingly, personal redemption in the redeeming of the firstborn does require blood. And Israel is referred to as My first born and therefore requires blood. Remember, out of Egypt have I called my son?
The lamb is a sacrifice in that it stands in the place of the first born.
Pete, as usual, your insights are laser beams. The article was not, God forbid, intended to be critical, but to bring about an understanding of the deep and essential difference between Christian Seders and Jewish Seders. To be candid, it is a major difference that some Jews are uncomfortable with. For that reason, I felt it important to throw it on the table so we knew what to talk about.
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Eliyahu, thank you so much for dropping by and a double thank you for such a good article and fair representation.
Indeed, as our conversations have explored, there are a number of differences in our understanding. It is a joy to explore those with a friend. Through dialog and understanding, we can build a bridge.
May Hashem bless you in your important work! Shavua tov.
You are right, not a new phenomena, but certainly one that is growing exponentially. Your comment reminds me of an article in wnd.com about 1500 attendees at a Seder in Seattle where the wait staff was blown away and wanted to learn more…
Wow! Okay, so for you all, Christian seders are yesterday’s bread (or matzah). If you ask the average Jew how religious Christians view Judaism, they will use words like “Spanish Inquisition”, “Holocaust”, or others of that type. To see non-Jews loving mitzvoth gives me an entirely new appreciation fro God’s word.
We are still a small minority, but growing by leaps and bounds.
What I consider a wonderful blessing is to be alive in this generation that our fathers, yours and mine looked for. The portent of Moshiach. I am not surprised that it is happening, only that I get a front row seat or even a bit part in this act of Hashem’s plan of redemption. So glad to be watching/participating with you!
Isa 60:1-5 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.