Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Redemption and Unleavened Bread
Discerning Scripture with a biblical, non-westernized and non-Christian understanding is daunting task, even for the most sincere believer. Centuries of tradition developed while the Bible was under control of religious institutions. It was not in their best interest to be flexible on their doctrines. As a result, many of these groups considered their denominational doctrines to be superior to the Scriptures. This often led to the truth being overlooked. This is particularly true when doctrine conflicted with Scripture. However, as information became easier to acquire, the scriptural truth also became easier to find. In fact, individuals seeking scriptural truth began to ask questions concerning traditional doctrine. One question asked was why did doctrines teach that the Law was not applicable for today when Matthew 5:17 clearly states "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." This conflict between Christian doctrine and Scripture helped bring believers into the Hebrew Roots Movement and the Torah Observant Messianic Movement.
Today the Hebrew Roots Movement and the Torah Observant Messianic Movement have both opened a way for individuals seeking a true biblical interpretation of the Scripture. In spite of advances that have come in biblical understanding, biblical truth still has to overcome doctrinal influence. In fact, some individuals still prefer doctrinal tradition over scriptural truth. This is understandable since humans feel more comfortable with the familiar. Unfortunately, relying on the familiar often clouds our understanding of scriptural truth. As a result, we overlook many of the concepts and insights in the Scripture. One area that has always been subject to doctrinal misinterpretation is the crucifixion. For years denominations and individuals have tried to discern the eschatology of the last Passover and the crucifixion. These attempts are often encumbered by the doctrinal belief that Yeshua died at the same time as the Passover lambs. This encumbrance causes a doctrinal conflict which brings into question how Yeshua was able to eat the Passover meal and die at the same time the lambs were sacrificed. To answer this question people often use extra Biblical texts to support their favorite theory. However, no additional materials are needed to understand what happened. Understanding the timing and events of Yeshua’s last Passover only requires knowledge of the apostles and knowledge of the link between the redemption of the firstborn and the feast of Unleavened Bread. It is necessary to understand each apostle’s unique perspective. For example, when several individuals witness the same event each individual defines the event in terms of his or her own perspective. Each apostle defined the last Passover and the crucifixion based on his own perspective. Understanding the redemption of the firstborn and the redemption’s link to unleavened bread is also critical. This is because Yeshua defined himself as the unleavened bread as Luke 22:19 states "he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me." Instead of presenting himself as the Passover lamb Yeshua presented himself as the unleavened bread. In this role He became the redemption for believers, as well as unbelievers. more...