————— April 06, 2015 —————

Observing the Feasts

I go thru this WHOLE mess of an internal battle every year, at Pesach.
Do we do the faith/spiritual version or works/physical version?
Do we observe the feast physically or spiritually… or both?

My friend Ali gave me a verse that stirred me up all over again.  The verse:

((toward the end of Ex. 12 It says:)) And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, but every slave that is bought for money may eat of it after you have circumcised him. No foreigner or hired worker may eat of it. It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.

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The point of this is that no person who doesn’t truly (of their own choice) belong to Yehovah (both by Torah Observance and Messiah Following) should participate in this.  And I always geek quietly over this, because no person who doesn’t truly belong to Yehovah *WILL* participate.  They’re busy distracted with Easter.  It’s almost as if Yehovah uses Satan’s deception to keep the posers away from Truth… because Pesach is THAT holy and important.  Unless someone who’s “dabbling” in Torah observance invites people who wouldn’t keep it otherwise.  And those people are going to frick it completely up, because they have not made Truth their own, anyhow.

But moving past that, it’s the leaven that always hangs me up.

I’m not legalistic about leaven.  I’m not pulling every box in the cupboard out, looking for ‘yeast’ or ‘sodium bicarbonate’ or ‘leavening agents’ on the ingredient lists.  I don’t consider pasta leavened – it’s freakin’ dehydrated.  Living things cannot be completely dehydrated like that.  I don’t consider store-bought tortilla to be leavened – it’s flat as hell – NOT risen.  I don’t clean out my toaster – if it’s been toasted, that yeast is no longer alive in the tray down there.  I’m sorry – I just don’t get into the whole ‘no speck of leaven’ thing.  Because there’s a fine line between obedience and legalism, and to me that’s going into legalism territory.  It’s about obeying – showing that we love Him by keeping His command not to eat leavened things for seven days.  So we don’t eat anything that rises – bread, crackers, cookies, pizza, stuffing, rolls, cakes, etc – but I’m not going to freak out about whether or not there’s a toaster crumb behind the microwave, hello.

And Ali’s verse… I always grate when circumcision is pulled into it, because scripture is 100% clear that circumcision is NO LONGER required – it’s a blood sacrifice that was paid for by Yeshua’s blood shed on Pesach circa 33AD (see Acts 15:5-9).  Likewise working our hineys off to remove the ‘leaven’ is ((((LIKELY))))) no longer required, as it is removed from our hearts already by Yeshua’s sacrifice.  HOWEVER, the NT isn’t as clear about this as circumcision.  But I see it in the same light, because it’s the same thing, to my mind.  Do we have to?  No, He took care of it ALL for us.  He removed my ‘leaven’, once for all.

But then should we even bother to observe/obey out of the symbolism, to ‘illustrate’ what has been done for us?  YES.  It ‘works out’ our faith, right?  Only I… don’t like what I’m reading about how it is NECESSARY to do.  I don’t want to obey because I *have* to, I want to obey because I *want* to.  I think that’s what HE wants, too… voluntary obedience.  That’s where we trip up every year… we read all this garbage on Jewish (and Messianic!) sites about how we have to burn this or remove that, and… well, we don’t have to do jack, actually.  We CHOOSE to do it, because we love Him, and want to show that we recognize what He did for us.

Now personally, I did NOT circumcise my children… based on the Acts 15 verses (and others you can find on the sidebar).  I chose the opposite for that, because of the few/many factor.  See, MOST people (and pretty much ALL chrischuns) circumsize their children as an ignorant ‘act of faith’.  So NOT following the crowd – showing us to be set apart and different – was my choice.  Conversely, we DO choose to abstain from leaven, because of the few/many factor.  MOST people (and pretty much ALL chrischuns) eat whatever they’d like in the days of and after ‘Easter’… so to show ourselves set apart and different, we take the leaven out of our house and do not eat it for the seven days.

Apparently, I just have to ‘reason together’ with people every year… to re-solidify the whole concept of things in my mind.  ((grins))

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