Format for Fellowship Meetings. Mar 8, 2020 16:54:32 GMT -5
Post by nathan on Mar 8, 2020 16:54:32 GMT -5
Old Test. Passover Feast vs. New Test. Christ the Passover Lamb of God.
(Colossians 2:16,17) Let no man therefore judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a Shadow of the things, which are to come; the Reality however, is found in Christ. (I Cor. 6:7) ... For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. (Exodus 12) They gave the name of Passover to the feast which was established in commemoration of the coming forth Out of Egypt, because the night before their departure, the destroying angel, who Slew the Firstborn of the Egyptians, passed over Israelites, who were marked (on the top and sides of the door frame of the house) with the Blood of the Lamb which was Killed the evening before; and which for this reason was called the Pascal lamb. There is a very close connection between the Old Testament Passover and the New Testament Breaking of Bread. It would be a very helpful study to read (Exodus 12 and Luke 22) and other portions of scripture and have this Fact established firmly in our minds that there is a close connection between the First Passover Feast and First New Testament Breaking of Bread.
Special study: Old Testament Passover Feast/New Test. Breaking of Bread.
1. Old Testament Preparation: (Exodus 12:1-13) Each man to take a Lamb for his family, one for each HOUSE. The Sheep you choose must be Year Old males Without Defects. They are to take some blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the Houses, where they eat the Lambs...It is the Lord's Passover.
~~ New Testament Passover. Preparation: (I Cor 5: 6-8) Christ is our Passover Lamb, which have been sacrificed for us.
2. Old Testament Feast: Place (Exodus 12: 3) The Passover Lamb was to be eaten in the HOMES of the Israelites.
~~ New Testament Passover: Place. (Luke 22:7-13) Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover Lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John saying, "Go and make preparation for us to eat the Passover, as you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water fill of water will meet you. Follow him to his HOUSE ...and He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there."
3. Old Testament Feast: Number of people to be gathered. (Exodus 12:1-4) Each man to take a lamb for his family, one for each Household. If any household is too small for the whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the Number of people there are.
~~ New Testament Passover: Number of people to be gathered. (Matthew 18:20) Jesus said, "For where two or three come together in my name, there Am I with them." (I Cor. 14:23-40) If therefore the whole church come together into ONE place.... How it is then, brethren? when you come together, Every One! of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue (language) has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
4. Old Testament Feast: Time. (Exodus 12:18) In the first month you are to eat bread made without Yeast, from the evening of the 14th day until the evening of the 21st day.
~~ New Testament Passover: Day. (John 20:19-20) On the evening of that First day of the week, the disciples were together; with the door locked...Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace is with you." (Acts 2:1) When the day of Pentecost. First day of the week, they were all with one accord in one place. And they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
(Acts 2:41-42,46) The Apostles and new 3000 converts they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in Breaking of bread, and in Prayers... breaking bread from house to house. (Acts 20:7) On the First day of the Week We came together to Break Bread, Paul preached unto them. (I Cor.16: 2) Upon the First day of the Week let every one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping in his income, saving up (a collection for the Poor Saints in Jerusalem), so that no collections will be made when I come.
(I Cor. 16:19) Aquila and Pricilla greet you warmly in the Lord, so does the church that meets at their HOUSE!. (Colossians 4: 15) Nymphas, and the church is in her House! (Philemon 2) Our beloved Apphia, to the church in thy House!. (Revelation 1:9,10) I, John (95 A.D.) was on the island called Patmos, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as saying, "I am Alpha and Omega the First and Last. What you see write it in a book, and send it to the seven (7) churches in Asia minor (Now is Turkey)".
~~ Apostolic fathers writings: Eucharist celebrated on Sunday!
~ Justin Martyr (160 A.D.) On the day called Sunday! all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one Place. And the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then, the leader verbally instructs us and exhorts us to imitate these good things. Then we all rise together and pray when our prayer is ended, Bread and Wine are brought. Then the leader offers prayers and thanksgivings according to his ability then, the Euchrarist is distributed to everyone, and everyone participates in that over which thanks have been given. Let no one eat or drink of your Eucharist but those who have been baptized into the name of the Lord. No one is allowed to partake of it but the one who believes that the things which we TEACH are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the Remission of sin, and unto regeneration, and who is living as Christ has commanded.
It is called Eucharist because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. The Greek word Eucharistein and Eulogein recalled the Jewish blessings, that proclaim especially during a meal---- God's works: creation, redemption, and sanctification. The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ's Passover. It was on "the First day of the Week," Sunday! the day of the Jesus' resurrection, that the Christians met "to break bread." From that time on down to our own day the celebration of the Eucharist has been continued so that today we encounter it everywhere in the Church with the same fundamental structure. It remains the Center! of the Church life.
5. Old Testament Feast: Purpose. (Exodus 12:14) God said "This is a day you are to Commemorate for the generation to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord a Lasting Ordinance".
~~ New Testament Passover: Purpose. (Luke 22:19-20) Jesus took Bread, gave thanks and said, "This is my body given for you; do this in Remembrance of ME. This is the Cup in the New Testament which is my Blood, which is poured out for you." (I Cor.11: 22-26) For whenever you eat this Bread and Drink this cup. You drink it, in Remembrance of Me! You Proclaim the Lord's Death Until He Comes Again. (Luke 22: 15-18) Jesus said to his disciples saying, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it Finds Fulfillment in the kingdom of God." The Purpose of the Lord's Supper was intended to declare the Death, Resurrection, and Second Coming of Christ. For as Often! as ye eat this Bread and Drink this Cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He comes. (I Cor.11: 26). The Bible also commanded us to assemble with the Saints. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Heb.10: 25).
Therefore, the first day of the week is the time to partake of the Bread and Wine NOT just once a month, or three times or four times a year. The Bread and Wine is an important part of our Worship to the Father, remembrance of Christ's Sacrificed for us. (I John1: 7) If we walk in the Light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with One Another, the Blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from ALL Sin. Jesus, in connection with the Passover Meal, first celebrated the Lord's Supper. The Cup is a Symbol of the New Covenant in Jesus blood. The Old Covenant was the Mosaic covenant; (Exodus 24:3-8) by the use of this covenant sign God signifies his approval of salvation upon his people; sealed and paid for by the shedding of Jesus' blood. The broken bread is Symbol of Christ's body given for Sinners (Luke 22: 19). As the Feast of Passover was a commemorative meal (Exodus 12:14), so also the Lord's Supper is a memorial supper, recalling and portraying Christ's death for sinners. In Old Testament days there were regular gatherings of God's people, as we know, were the annual feasts, the feast of the Passover, the feast of Pentecost, and the feast of tabernacle. They came from the north, south; east and west traveled many miles to reach Jerusalem to keep these feasts. The main purpose of which these annual feasts were to unite widely scattered people of God in one fellowship.
There are regular gathering of God's people mentioned in the New Testament and also special gatherings in edifying, and have fellowship each other in the Lord.Here are two fundamentals of the "faith of Jesus" from which we dare not to depart. The First is "the Preacher without a home," and the Second, "the Church meet in the homes to partake of the Lord's Supper (bread and the wine). " One of the first conditions of those who think of entering Jesus' ministry is willingness to have fellowship with Jesus, the homeless son of Man. Jesus said, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20). There have been men and women who have voluntarily made themselves homeless for the gospel's sake in order that they might have fellowship with Jesus in His homelessness as the Pattern Sent One, the pattern minister of the gospel. The Second fundamental is "the church meet in the home to partake the Lord's Supper (Bread and Wine)". The early Christians met the first day of the week in little groups to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Jesus said, "The hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: For the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: And they worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23,24) When in Rome some years ago, we planned to visit one of the oldest churches in that city. We found that the present structure was 16 feet below the level of the street. The foundation of this church was built on the foundation of another Church still older, and that second Church was built on the foundation of a Private Home. When we entered into this home, which had been excavated, the floor of one of the rooms had been preserved marvelously. The Franciscan priests that were our guide told us that way back in those first New Testament days the Church met for worship in this time. He said this home is believed to be home of Pudens whom we read about in (II Timothy 4:21). The point I wish to make is that this Catholic priest told us that in this home, believed to be home the home of Pudens, the early church met for Worship in the Room that we were then standing in.
Some years ago in the city of Vancouver, the Church of England put on a Palestine exhibition to raise money for their missionaries. I attended a lecture on the Passover and listened to the speaker explain clearly and scriptural he invited some come forward and asks any questions in connection with the Passover Feast. I asked if the Passover feast was established in the homes of the children of Israelites and never celebrated anywhere else? He replied, "That is true, and even to this day the Jews keep the Passover Feast not in their Synagogues or in their temple but in their homes." I asked him then, "What is the connection between the Old Test. Passover Feast and the New Test. Breaking of Bread established?" He said, "In a private home in Jerusalem, later they broke bread from house to house." I asked, "When did they cease to break bread in homes?" He replied, "I cannot tell you, neither can I justify the Church taking the communion service out of the homes of the people of God and placing them it in the hand of a priest in a public building." I then asked, " Would it be a good thing to take the Breaking of Bread back to where the Lord, Jesus established it?" He replied, " It would be revolutionary, it would turn the world upside-down!" and hurried away.