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BIBLE STUDY: The First Day of Unleavened Bread - The Day After The Passover

“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).

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Jesus Christ uses the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:4-8) and Leaven to picture sin in our life. Something we are commanded to remove or purge from our bodies.

The Types of Leaven:

Jesus tells us to beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy (Luke 12:1-2).                                                                                                                                www.onug.us

What kind of hypocrisy did they have (Matthew 23:5-12)?

Let’s look at Christ’s warning to them (Matthew 23:13-15). They work to be seen of men! They devour widow’s houses, and as a pretense they say a long prayer! They omit the weightier things of the Law, and leave them undone (Matthew 23:23-27).

How does Christ really see them (Matthew 23:28-33)?

Hypocrite: From the Greek word “hypokrites”, that means “Pretender”!!! This is where we got the word “actor” in modern English! Are You a Pretender? According to Jesus Christ’s definition of a Christian; are you a Pretend Christian? You better be sure! Jesus says in many places in the Bible, that there are many, many pretenders in the world today that PRETEND to be Christians, but according to HIM – are not! Boy, are they in for a surprise when Jesus returns… UNLESS they wake up NOW, and repent, and MAKE A U-TURN!                                                                                   www.onug.us

This is what Paul meant when He used the words, “Sincerity” and “Truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8)!!! This is what Jesus Christ meant when He said we MUST Worship God The Father in SPRIT and in TRUTH (John 4:23-24)!!!

It is possible to be sincere, and not be remotely grounded in TRUTH! Jesus requires BOTH from HIS followers… and provides HIS HOLY FEAST DAYS, for us so there is No Excuse, on our part, for doing EXACTLY what God the Father requires of us. We have The Bible, God’s Feasts, Jesus Christ’s personal example and HIS WORDS. Then we have the Apostles and their disciples’ examples. Combine that with the Power of the Spirit of God, within us; and we deserve to be rejected by Christ at His return – if we are still Hypocrites (Revelation 20:1-6)!!!               www.onug.us

Hypocrites will NOT have their part in the First Resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 / 1 Corinthians 15:20-23); but will have their part in the lake of fire – after the thousand year rule of Christ on earth, and the Second Resurrection, if they continue in their hypocrisy (Luke 16:19-31)!!!    www.onug.us

The Truth and LOVE of God, is that He is calling us out of Hypocrisy, today! Can you hear Him Calling? Can Your Eyes “See” And Can Your Ears “Hear” God’s Truth (John 4:22-26)?

“Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not” (Jeremiah 5:21).

It is naturally difficult to tell the Truth; especially if it is not going to benefit you, or if it is going to hurt you! You have to condition yourself to always default to the TRUTH; because our natural, Satan inspired inclination is to lie. That is why God gave us the ninth commandment (Exodus 20:16).

Truth: The quality of sincerity and honesty. Being in accord with the facts; experience and reality! Without wax or a false foundation (history of the vase or urn) – is it real, without fault?

The Apostle John uses the word “Truth” 93 times in his gospels. In the entire rest of the New Testament, God inspires the word “Truth” to be used another 90 times! I hope you will agree with me, TRUTH is important to God (John 4:24)!!! Look at how God sums up TRUTH in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 21:5, 22:6, 12-14)!

Sincerity: The same in actual character as you are in actual appearance. What you see is what you get. In reality, it is what GOD sees, is what WE get – for better or for worse!

“None Calls For Justice or Pleads For Truth!” Are these words true about you, your church, your workplace, or your society (Isaiah 59:1-6)? God will deliver you from your personal trials, and us as a nation, from our national ills; IF we cry out to HIM – for His TRUTH (Isaiah 59:14-21)!!!                           www.onug.us

Do we know what “Truth” is? The Bible says God’s Word and His Ways are Truth (John 17:15-19). God uses this truth, His Truth, to unify us into ONE Body of Believers; who all Worship the Father the EXACT SAME WAY that Christ showed us to (John 17:20-26)!!! This Body of Believers, His Church; consists of different “folds” of sheep, that all belong to the SAME Shepherd; and they ALWAYS have the SAME THINGS IN COMMON (Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47 / John 10:4-5)! If YOU want to be a Wise Virgin, at the Return of Jesus Christ, YOU had better figure out what the other Wise Virgins have IN COMMON with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the Prophets of God; AND COPY THOSE TRAITS (Luke 13:28)!!!          www.onug.us

God uses His Holy Days as a sign; that whoever keeps them, is Sanctified - or set apart by God, as a special group of people “in Truth” (Exodus 31:13)!!!

If you are not keeping God’s Holy Days, you ARE NOT being led by the Spirit of Truth! God’s Holy Spirit will lead us into all Truth (John 16:13-15)!!! Today, Satan has many people worshipping God’s Holy Spirit instead of asking God for that power at Baptism, and using it to overcome this evil world! The most Powerful weapon against Satan sits on their altars, instead of flowing through their mortal flesh to empower them to wield The Sword of the WORD (Hebrews 4:12-16). And of those few in the world who do understand that the Power of God, that it is NOT a deity, but rather a tool; they can’t use it, because they either forgot or refuse to follow the operating instructions – which were given to us in the previous eleven verses (Hebrews 4:1-11)!!! Let us FEAR, and let us have FAITH, let us Not Harden our hearts, let us Labor to enter into His Sabbaths, so that we Do Not FALL, as those who do have unbelief (Psalm 111:10)!!!                                  www.onug.us

The Days of Unleavened Bread, which the People of God faithfully keep each year, remind us of our duty before God, to remove all lies, sins, and hypocrisy from our lives; to replace them instead with Truth… God’s Truth (2 Timothy 2:15-21). God’s Holy Days are Truth! The world’s replacement holidays, like keeping Easter instead of Passover; is a lie, a sin, and hypocrisy before God (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32)! Jesus Christ personally appeared to King Solomon in the Old Testament to tell him to STOP keeping Easter (Ashtoreth) and Christmas (Molech)!!! When Solomon refused to OBEY God; God took the Kingdom of Israel away from him (1 Kings 11:1-11)!!! We must ask ourselves; “How are we any different than Solomon?” He was the wisest man that ever lived (1 Kings 3:5-15, 4:29-34) – yet Solomon was disobedient to God – with terrible results!!!                                www.onug.us

You have a duty before God, to prove His Truth, and to keep His Truth! We have a Commandment from Christ to Worship God the Father, and to Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24)!!! Do we attend Sabbath and Holy Day services with a humble heart, to learn more from the Source of Wisdom, and from His Word; or do we think of it as a necessary evil, something to hurry up and finish up with, so we can go on about “our” day – and go on about with “our” life? Your answer will determine your results! Your attitude could get your life ripped apart, or ripped away from you – just like King Solomon learned from God – The Hard Way (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8 / Acts 10:34-35 / Romans 2:5-11)!!!                    www.onug.us

I want to know the TRUTH! I want to remove the old leaven from my life, I want to remove the old ways, my old sins; and to replace them with the NEWNESS of Christ (Mark 2:21-22)! When we become new in Christ, we can’t keep our old ways, or our old things. Everything we need in NEWNESS, Christ will give us NEW and AFRESH!!!!

Let us eat our Unleavened Daily Bread for Seven Days!!!

1) Study the Word of God. Know the TRUTH! (2 Timothy 2:15) Let the Words and the Ways of our LORD become your words and your ways (Proverbs 3:1, 4:4, 23:26, 119:24)! www.onug.us

2) Speak the TRUTH. Do it with love, not to hurt others, but speak the Truth. Don’t be cruel, but speak the Truth (Ephesians 4:1-7 / Matthew 22:15-16 / Zachariah 8:16). Don’t beat around the bush, tell it straight, but in love!

Are we removing Hypocrisy and lies from our lives? Are we speaking and doing the Truth (Ephesians 4:14-16, 25-32)?

3) Love the TRUTH (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 / Psalm 119:47-48, 97-113 / Micah 7:18 / Psalm 130:4-8)! God loves to forgive people who forsake lies and iniquity, and embrace His Truth!

4) Give Thanks for, and Live for The Truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 / 1 John 3:18-24 / 2 John 3-4 / 3 John 3-4 / 1 Peter 1:22 / Philippians 1:10)!

“It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom” – Horace Greeley (The editor of the New York Tribune, America’s most influential newspaper, from the 1840’s - 1870’s).

Human nature has not changed! These days of Unleavened Bread are an Annual Memorial to God's Law, and to His powerful deliverance of His people from Egypt (sin) and bondage (slavery to those sins); of their conversion from slaves – into the VERY CHILDREN OF GOD (1 John 3:1-2 / Daniel 12:1-3)!!!  www.onug.us

Paul explained this significance to the Corinthians, and as God did with the Israelites; he also attached a sense of urgency for them to cease from sinning (2 Corinthians 6:17)! Paul says we should not even keep company with a brother involved in flagrant sin; as their puffed up attitude in the face of other brothers and sisters, will leaven the whole loaf (congregation)! Also, by ridding our homes of leaven and leavened products (sin and things that encourage us to sin) each year as we approach this feast; we realize that overcoming sin is hard work, and takes lots and lots of effort!!!

Why are there seven days of Unleavened Bread, but only one day of each of Passover, Pentecost, Trumpets and Atonement (Exodus 12:19 / Hebrews 12:1 / 1 Corinthians 9:27; 10:12-13 / Romans 7:14-25)?

God knows that we tend to change slowly (sometimes that is an understatement with me!). He gives us seven days each year to concentrate on OUR duty to rid our lives of sin. Those acts that are God's responsibility, such as the sacrifice of His Son for all sin, the sending down of His Spirit, the resurrection of the dead, or the binding of Satan; God can accomplish all those things in ONE DAY!!! The part that involves mankind's participation, such as overcoming sin in our lives; well, that requires much more Time and Attention!!! These seven Days of Unleavened Bread represent a period of “judgment” when man is required to overcome (it represents our lifetimes, after we are Called and Baptized)! To us, overcoming a deep seated sin can seem to take an eternity (Isaiah 66:23-24 / Zechariah 14:16-19)! The obvious lesson for us, is that we must draw much closer to the Source of that POWER to overcome! And we WILL (Psalm 103:10-14 / Romans 8:1-17)!!!                                            www.onug.us

This world's Christianity has perverted Passover into Easter, and they have completely dismissed the Days of Unleavened Bread!!! They don’t see any need for such a silly old custom; but hopefully now YOU DO!!! Hopefully, God will help you this year come out of these pagan feasts; and / or lead others to do the same (John 4:22-24)! Follow the Christ to the place that He will show you!

What has the world really lost by avoiding the Holy Days of God (Revelation 3:12, 22:14-15 / Hebrews 6:4-6, 8-12, 12:14-29 / Zechariah 14:1, 4-5 / Revelation 5:9-10, 20:6)? www.onug.us

Most Christians today have LOST a vital step in their salvation: SANCTIFICATION (Luke 13:22-30)! God sets us aside for a lifetime of overcoming sin so that we might enter His Kingdom. By their "once saved, always saved" doctrine, worldly Christians deny the whole process of putting sin out of their lives. They believe that once they "accept Christ," their salvation is secure, that they cannot lose it - no matter what lifestyle they choose to live! This is in direct contradiction to God's Holy Word (read all of Hebrews Chapters 6 & 12 and prove this for yourself)!!! God has chosen to reveal to us, this Festival Of Unleavened Bread, so that we will overcome! So we will pursue Holiness! And so we WILL SECURE Eternal Life in His Kingdom – Following The Way, and The Example that Jesus alone, SHOWED US how to walk in!!!    www.onug.us

As we eat Unleavened Bread over the next 7 days, let us give God Praise and Thanks, for His revealed Truth of Unleavened Bread. Take it in. Relish it. REJOICE with your called out Brothers and Sisters! Praise God for this Holy Feast Day!!!

God wants to hear and see His TRUTH, and His Love, in us and radiating out from inside of us! Our Savior died on the cross, to redeem us from the curse! Let us embrace the Blessings that come from walking in His Path, and that come from worshipping the Father in both Spirit and in TRUTH!

We invite you to join us again this coming Sabbath (Saturday); and again on Monday morning, 17 April 2017, at 9:00 am, for a great breakfast; and to Celebrate the Last Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread!!!                                     www.onug.us

“If ye Love Me, keep My Commandments” (John 8:55)!!!

“If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My Love; even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide in His Love” (John 15:10). Jesus Christ’s and The Father’s Commandments are the SAME; They are IDENTICAL (John 12:44-50)!!! Keeping The Father’s Commandments is what is going to get you to fit through the Narrow Gate; they will shave off the excess sin weight we all carry around – if we continue to put leaven (sin) out of our lives (Matthew 7:13-14 / Revelation 22:14-15 / John 14:10)!!!                              www.onug.us

The Days of Unleavened Bread are God’s Spiritual Weight Reduction Program!!! Get Six-Pack Abs – Jesus Style!!!

We all need to let Jesus Christ become our Personal Trainer; and start using the weight room and exercise equipment God the Father has provided to us; if we want to FIT inside that Narrow Gate (1 Peter 4:14-19 / 1 Corinthians 9:24-25)!!!

The Real Jesus Christ kept the Passover with His Disciples on the eve of His death, and commanded His followers to continue doing so (Memorializing His Death), until Jesus Returned in the clouds with Great Glory (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Today, we do the same; and we also keep the Days of Unleavened Bread – so that we can put off sin, so that we can become more Christ-like, so that we can run FASTER, so that we can Win That CROWN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which Jesus Christ will Personally place upon our heads when He Comes again – this time in the sky with POWER and VERY GREAT GLORY – to Redeem us and to REWARD US (2 Timothy 4:5-8)!!!       www.onug.us

Come out of the Wide, Broad Path that most Christians follow by keeping the pagan holiday of Easter in opposition of Jesus Christ’s command and clear instructions (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32)!

Do not follow the Jews, or the many Messianic Jews, who do keep the Passover, but on THE WRONG DAY - as we are commanded to keep the Passover on the 14th of Aviv (sundown Sunday, 09 April 2017), and NOT on the 15th (sundown Monday, 10 April 2017 – which is really the First Day of Unleavened Bread – it is NOT The Lord’s Passover)!!!                                              www.onug.us

 

“And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My Sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a Rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a Rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:46-49).

We invite you to study YOUR history, and prove for yourself, God’s Truth (for one day you shall give an account)! I Pray for YOU, that you shall be able to give a GOOD account of how your Redeemed your time in this life, of how you Copied Christ, of how you overcame sin and have become A SON OF THE MOST HIGH GOD (1 John 3:1-10)!!!

Enjoy Your Feast, and enjoy these Days of Unleavened Bread!!!

May we all obey God, and LIVE!!!

The First Century Church of God is still alive and well; and we are still about our Father’s Business! We would like to Thank You for joining One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us) today in the Study of God’s Word, and hope that you will continue on with us next week for The Last Day of Unleavened Bread! We so enjoyed having you study and fellowship with us today!!!

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In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name, Peace!

                                                                                               - submitted by R. C. Brown III

 One Nation Under God Ministries                                                                    www.onug.us

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