now what I am saying is this: As long as an heir is a child, he is no better off than a slave, even though he owns everything. Instead, he is placed under the care of guardians and servant managers until the time set by the father. It was the same way with us. While we were children, we were slaves to the basic principles of the world.
But when the appropriate time had come, God sent his Son, born by a woman, born under the Law, in order to redeem those who were under the Law, and thus to ADOPT them as his children. Now because you are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts to cry out, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if you are a child, then you are also an HIER because of what God did.
However, in the past, when you did not know God, you were slaves to things that are not really gods at all.
But now that you know God, or rather have been known by God, how can you turn back again to those powerless and bankrupt basic principles? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again? You are observing days, months, seasons, and years.
I am afraid for you! I don’t want my work for you to have been wasted!
(And Col. 2:8) See to it that no one enslaves you through philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to the Messiah...
As I read the above verses I began to wonder (again) about the rituals that many "Christians" participate in that are not commanded by scripture. Many of us prepare and look forward to those traditional celebrations with great fervor and zeal. Most of the many have no idea of the history and/or symbolism behind that which they do. (Or do they?) I would like to believe that most do not. You may be asking what's your (my) point.
Well, (I been thinking) since the Word says we have been adopted (grafted) into and joint heirs with the seeds of Abraham, why are we not obeying the commands first given to the "chosen people".
We should be able to see the significance of this when we read Exodus 12:3; 5-6; 14; 24; 26-26 which says…
Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, in the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house... Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening... You are to eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day be sure to remove all the leaven from your houses, because any person who eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh will be cut off from Israel.
This day is to be a memorial for you, and you are to celebrate it as a festival to the LORD. You are to celebrate it as a PERPETUAL ORDINANCE from generation to generation...You are to observe this event as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children forever. And when your children say to you, ‘What does this ritual mean?’ you are to say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the [people of] Israel in Egypt when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” Then the people bowed down and worshipped.
I am hearing some of your saying... "That was the law!" "Aren't we under grace?"
And I will say yes it was and is, and yes we are living in grace. In Matthews 5:17-18 it stated by Yahshua (Jesus) that...
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy them, but to fulfill them, because I tell all of you with certainty that until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law until EVERYTHING has been accomplished.
Yahshua of Nazareth lets us know that Abba [Father] did not change His mind from that which He commands. As we commemorate Palm Sunday as be triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem we should in fact be remembering the beginning or the entry into the celebration of Passover.
When Jesus was riding in on a donkey (in preparation for the Passover) and the people were crying “Hosanna in the highest,” they did not know that they were in fact participating in selecting the paschal lamb for sacrifice; the one and only sacrifice that can take away sin and cause death to pass over us. As commanded in Exodus 12, Christ became the unblemished lamb for the slaughter. His blood was to be the price to cover our disobedience (sin), our spiritual door post so that we could have the opportunity to enter the promises...the blessings foretold to our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Once we have accepted Yahshua as our Messiah (our Savior, our Redeemer) we are then grafted into the "chosen people" of God.
...Now if some of the branches have been broken off, and you, a wild olive branch, have been grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not boast about being better than the other branches. If you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were cut off so that I could be grafted in.” That’s right! They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you remain only because of faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid!
For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly will not spare you, either. Consider, then, the kindness and severity of God: his severity toward those who fell, but God’s kindness toward you—if you continue receiving his kindness. Otherwise, you too will be cut off. If the Jews do not persist in their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, because God is able to graft them in. After all, if you were cut off from what is naturally a wild olive tree, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much easier it will be for these natural branches to be grafted back into their own olive tree!
Therefore, if we are the grafted into to be nurtured from the root should we not follow the same laws of our fathers? We know that Passover was only four days away from the day of the Triumphal Entry and the tenth day of the month. That also informs that they were also preparing for the Festival of Unleavened Bread (for seven days after Passover). Passover is considered to be one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. The evening is one oriented to the family orally sharing the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the reasons behind the following feast.
I've included the following contribution on the subject of Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread to aid in getting a clearer understanding of meaning behind the feast.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread... Wait - Isn't it Passover?
By Mia Kashat Guest Contributor to CBN.com - Copyright © 2013 Mia Kashat. Used by permission
"...On the evening after Passover God told the Hebrew people exiting Egypt not to allow their bread to rise, but to grab everything and leave. The ancient peoples used to gather yeast on grape leaves to leaven their bread if they needed to speed up the process, but God said "Don't even let any leavening touch the dough. Just bake it and go."
In their haste they grabbed the necessities and fled toward the land God was preparing for them. God then told them that in the future they were to commemorate this feast by getting all yeast out of the house for seven days.
…If you are trying to clean your house of all yeast you will realize just how tediously impossible that idea is, on your own. No matter how I sweep or dust, yeast is in the air, hence how it lands on grape leaves, it always finds its way back into the home…God even told us what the yeast represented. Yeast represents sin.
When you put a little yeast in flour and water it grows – multiplies with each warm second they remain together. For anyone who has worked with whole wheat, they can attest to the fact they once the yeast is added, there is no way to get it back out.
Because of our ancestors, Adam and Eve, sin had the chance to enter the originally perfect world. We are now born into a sinful world and no matter what we do growing up; there isn't a thing we can do to get all of the sin out of us. We may be able to convince other humans we are "squeaky-clean", but not God. He knows our born-in-sin-nature, completely.
So as we clean out our homes of the yeast and eat Matzo, yeast less bread, we are reminded that it is a hopeless case. Just like our inability to clean out the junk in our souls/spirits. We need someone perfect to do it for us...Jesus was beaten and bruised and pierced for our sins. He was and is the only sinless person on this planet and His body is represented by the matzo. Even in modern day Judaism they can't get away from God's plan of redemption.
We need Jesus' atoning blood to cleanse us of those sins. We have to let Him come in to live inside of us, in the form of the Holy Spirit, where He can slowly find all that yeast and "burn it up". He burns up the sin just like the families burn up the left-over yeast before these two feasts.
We need God to live this "yeasts less" lifestyle. But even then it will be a daily process, because yeast/sin permeates this world.
This feast is the perfect celebration of our Savior whose body was broken for our sins. Come celebrate Him with me."
This year Passover begins at sundown Monday April 14th and the Feast of Unleavened Bread until sunset April 22nd.