Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, January 26, 2014
The analogy of the Jewish Passover as it relates to the unveiled glory of God for the Church-age believer verses the veiled glory of God for the Jews.
JOH 6:3-4, And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
In spite of the distractions and the deceptions that come from Satan and the Kingdom of darkness, we have been noting the doctrinal analogies concerning the unveiling of our hearts while the Jews have a veil over theirs’.
We live in the dispensation of the unveiling glory of God while the Jews are still living in the dispensation of the veiled glory of God because of their arrogance and rejection of TLJC.
JOH 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes, and He hardened their heart; lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them.”
ROM 11:25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in;
2CO 3:14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.
Because He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him, this is the reason why the Jews have developed hardness of the heart as well as scar tissue of the soul.
Scar tissue of the soul attacks the left lobe of the soul, which is the self-consciousness, mentality, volition, emotion, and the conscience.
Hardness of the heart is the result of the scar tissue of the soul in the left lobe (mind), causing the right lobe (heart) to reject gnosis, (knowledge), from becoming epignosis, (wisdom), and therefore the heart becomes hard and filled with darkness.
The main reason they cannot see the difference of the unveiled glory of God for the Church-age believer verses the veiled glory of God for the Jews.
Some of the functions which take place at a Jewish Passover and the tremendous analogies pointing to the Lord Jesus Christ.
“the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world in (JOH 1:29)” is actually present with them on a mountain on the other side of the Sea of Galilee away from Jerusalem.
You are a battleground, you have the tremendous potentiality for glory, and that glory was unveiled at the beginning of the Church Age.
2CO 3:10-11, For indeed what had glory [which is the Torah, the Mosaic Law found in Old Testament], in this case has no glory on account of the glory [the New Testament] that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory [a reference to the Old Testament or the Mosaic Law which reflected TLJC Who is the Shekinah glory, or Emmanuel, God is with us] much more that which remains is in glory.
“much more” here means a ministry which is even greater than the Law C “a ministry which produces righteousness, grace, mercy, goodness and love”
Therefore “that which remains is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit and what He produces, which is +R, grace, mercy, goodness and love.”
GAL 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit which is love, grace, mercy, inner happiness, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self‑control; against such things there is no Mosaic law.
Passover began on the first month of the Jewish calendar, April 14, 1441 BC According to EXO 12:1‑14; LEV 23:5. God told the Jews that April should the first month because spring represents the beginning of life.
The Jewish Passover is the oldest celebration that we have today, 3,500 years old. And this feast portrayed the work of Christ on the cross with emphasis on redemption.
The certain man is an unknown man but we do know from Mark 14:13 and Luke 22:10, that in this city there were two million people and among them the disciples were to look for a man carrying a pitcher of water on his head.
It just so happened that this man who carried the water was a believer who had responded to the Lord’s message.
Can you imagine what a privilege it must have been for this man to humble himself and then be identified and acknowledged by TLJC.
MAT 10:42 “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward.”
This falls under the principle that the right thing must be done in the right way. Also, notice the Lord’s confidence in this man to be faithful to fulfill the details concerning the Jewish Passover.
MAT 25:21 states that the master said to his slave; “Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”
Entering into the joy of the master is enjoying the results of the faithfulness that many of you portray as servants of God, your master.
MAT 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
LUK 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much;
The joy that we enter into through our dedication and devotion with reference to how we use our time, talent and treasure is revealed by ACT 20:35, where our Lord said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
It was a very strange command, an odd thing to say, “Go into town and look for a man carrying water on his head, and say such and such to him.
Obedience demands faith, and faith doesn’t walk by sight nor does faith require having to understand all the details of the commands involved in that which you are called to fulfill.
HEB 11:1 Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
HEB 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Faith is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.
HEB 11:6 states that anyone who wants to approach God must believe that God exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him.
Specifically, the house must be free of all leaven.
MAT 16:6 “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
GAL 5:9, a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
There could be no yeast and the leaven would be burnt in the fire representing the judgment of sin.
Sincerity and truth is needed to celebrate this feast.
After the leaven is cleaned out, the next procedure in the preparation of the Passover is to get out the special white linen cloths that go with the meal.
White linen is symbolic of perfect righteousness in the Bible, REV 1:14; REV 3:5, and 19:7-8.
In an orthodox Jewish home that follows the precise correct procedure, the table is set with a white tablecloth and white candles, and the father of the house wears a white robe called a kittle and a white crown.
The white linen, white plates, and white candles are used to create an atmosphere of purity.
A woman lights the candles because it was a woman who brought us Christ, the light of the world.
JOH 8:12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
God chose a woman, Mary, to bring us Christ our Passover, therefore a woman still brings the light to the Passover celebration.
After the woman lights the candle she sings a certain song. What she said was, “Blessed art Thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has exalted us among all people and bade us to kindle the Passover lights.”
Four cups of wine will be drunk as part of the Passover ceremony.