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Independence Day Special: Lessons from a letter to Abigail.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

If our nation’s founders could visit us on this 232nd Independence Day weekend, what would they would think of us? A hint can be discerned in a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776, as the Declaration of Independence had just been approved.

“This day, July 4th ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty.”
The 4th of July, the day we declared and put aside for the celebration of our liberty - is to be to us as the 15th day of Nissan, the day after the Passover was to the Jews.

The first client nation to God, Israel, and perhaps the last client nation to God, the USA, both were delivered from the oppression, bondage, and slavery of evil rulers.

Both of these deliverances point to our ultimate deliverance and illustration of true freedom, the cross, which invites all men to be free from the oppression, bondage, and slavery to the OSN and the evil ruler, Satan.

It was Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, one of the founders of Reform Judaism in America, who declared in 1858 that the American Independence Day was a Second Passover.

The fourth of July tells us the glorious story of the second redemption of mankind from the hands of their oppressors.
The first redemption referred to was the Jews’ deliverance from Egypt.

The USA is the only Gentile nation that was based upon the fact that divine providence would intervene in behalf of liberty, the second era of the redemption of mankind, the second triumph of right over might, justice over an impulsive dictator, personal and legal liberty over the power of the strongest and most warlike of nations at that time, England.

On the Fourth of July and on the Fifteenth of Nissan, the day after the Jewish Passover, an entire people were redeemed into freedom, and through them, a redemption of the world began.

JOH 8:36 “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”

“This day, July 4th ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty.” It ought to be solemnized (celebrated with honor, respect, and dignity) with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.

You will think me that I am transported with enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it has cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states.”

A woman lights the candles because it was a woman who brought us Christ, the light of the world.

The cups should be filled by one of the servants representing mastery and freedom.

1. Why is this night distinguished from all other nights?
On this night we eat only unleavened bread.
Unleavened bread symbolizes purity and liberty from the sin nature.

2. On all other nights we may eat any kind of herbs, but on this night only bitter herbs, why?
3. On all other nights we do not dip in the bowl, but tonight we dip twice. Why?

The first dip represents Israel going into the Red Sea and coming out unharmed. The second dip is for the Egyptian army who tried to follow them; the parsley is dipped and then immediately eaten.

4. On this night we all recline in our chairs at the table. Why?

“You will think me that I am transported with enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it has cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states.”

“Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should feel regret at time, which I trust in God we shall not.”

Do we really recognize the price that was paid so that we could enjoy the freedom that we possess today?
Or are we a nation of a part of the greatest dispensation in all of human history filled with the greatest whiners, complainers and spoiled brats that perhaps have ever lived on this planet as of this age?

How often do we honor this holiday as really a “Holy day” with respect and honor of “solemn acts of devotion to God almighty”?

Do we really recognize the price that was paid so that we could enjoy the freedom that we possess today?
Do we the Jews recognize the price that was paid so that they could enjoy the blessings of God that they possess even today?

Do we as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ really recognize the price that was paid so that we could enjoy the freedom and all the blessings that we possess today?

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, A proper respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

1TI 1:18 This doctrine I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight,
1TI 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

2TI 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
ROM 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

EPH 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
2CO 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

The signatories were emphatic that because of the oppression and their unjust taxation, that separation from the crown of England was not only an objective, but an obligation.

Whenever there is a governmental policy and track record of abuses and confiscation of property, and taxation without representation, a revolution needs to be launched. It is our right and our duty, to do whatever we can to throw off such Government, and to provide new administrators for our their future security.

The pivot is defined as the accumulation of mature believers living in a client nation or under civil government in a specific geographical location. Technically, the pivot may include all believers who have fulfilled the principle of virtue first as their first priority in the plan of God.

“Blessed art Thou O Lord our God, King of the universe who brings forth bread from the earth.”

And so He picked the bread from the floor, representing the earth, and said, “This is my body;” this was a prophecy of the fact that bringing forth bread from the earth represented our Lord’s resurrection as the bread of life.

JOH 12:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

He was born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread.” He was buried on the second feast, which was the feast of unleavened bread, which represented His impeccability as the God-man.

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“By His stripes we are healed,” ISA 53:5.
ZEC 12:10 “they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced.”
The matzo bread is pure, containing no leaven (representing no sin.)

JOH 6:53 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves.”
This is another one of those Jewish blessings. He said, “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.”

1CO 10:16-17 The cup of blessing [of wine at the Lord’s Supper] upon which we ask [God’s] blessing, does it not mean [that in drinking it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the blood of Christ (the Messiah)?

The bread which we break, does it not mean [that in eating it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the body of Christ?

1CO 10:17 For we [no matter how] numerous we are, are one body (the body of Christ), because we all partake of the one Bread [the One Whom the communion bread represents].

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