Yesterday(Thursday) we celebrated the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. It was a day of no work, reading the Scriptures and fellowshipping with other believers and not eating anything with leaven/yeast.
The night before we celebrated with our Passover Seder. The Seder is a telling of the story of Passover and because we are believers in Yeshua, we also incorporate how he is the Passover Lamb and how his blood has cleansed us from sin and given us eternal life.
Our Seder started with a splash. Our daughter lit the candles and said a prayer. We proceeded to pour the wine and as she passed the grape juice to my husband, she tipped my full wine glass over. Wine splashed on everything! On the matzah! In the bowl of salty water, in the horse radish, on the parsley, everything! I was speechless for a minute or two and scolded myself inwardly, “It was an accident! All your hard work and perfection doesn’t matter compared to the feelings of your daughter or the mood of the evening!!!!” Realizing my pride and feeling choked up, I asked my husband to lead the seder and it was wonderful.
We started to laugh at the spilled wine and carried on.
Later I proceeded to place the cooked vegetables and chevon roast on the dinner table. I tend to push things around and I tipped the long tapered candles over and they too splashed wax on the table cloth but thankfully they didn’t start a fire. My daughter laughed and said, thinking of the plagues, “Blood and fire!”
Everyone took the blunders in stride and we had a wonderful evening as a family. After the kitchen was put in order, we proceeded to watch the first half of the old movie, “The Ten Commandments”.
When I was a kid, we celebrated “Easter” and went to church on Good Friday and treated it like it was a Sunday-no work or shopping. The following Sunday we observed in church, the resurrection of Jesus and then there was Easter Monday…I think we had that day off of school. I don’t understand why there is an Easter Monday…I will have to look into that.
Anyways, my parents were never into the easter bunny, colouring eggs or the sunrise service, for which I am grateful as they are from pagan traditions. As an adult I am seeing some more truths in Scripture that I was blind too before which has further reformed the way I celebrate this awesome time of remembering Passover and the suffering and resurrection of Yeshua/Jesus.
Have you ever read and pondered Exodus 23:13? “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” The verses directly after that teach about how to observe Passover and the feast of unleavened bread or what Christianity calls “Easter”. (Just so you know, I am only using that term for educational purposes here)
Well, I am not the brightest light in the room, a friend had to point out to me that in this Scripture, YHWH tells us not to mention the name of other gods and yet we name a very sacred time on the YHWH’s calendar after a pagan fertility goddess! I couldn’t believe how blind I was to that, but then we really never were taught about the pagan spring fertility rites.
The word “Easter” is also known as Eostre, Ostara, Ishtar, Astarte, Ashtoreth, or Semiramis, the fertility goddess of the pagans. Here are two links to teaching videos that expose the pagan roots of many holidays:
So I talked to my parents about it and they said in all honesty, that they had always called it “Easter” and didn’t have a problem with it and didn’t believe God would hold it against them. The church had done it for over 1700 years so …they didn’t want to change. Mom and Dad figure they had been living a blessed life and since they had the favour of God on their lives, this couldn’t really be a sin issue.
You have no idea how sad this makes me. I have been brought up in the “Reformed tradition” that stands by the idea of “sola scriptura” as in Scripture alone. Reformed Christians think that they are on the right track because they follow the teachings of Reformers like John Calvin and the like. My question is, why stop reforming? If we see a command of YHWH that points out our sin, why not humble ourselves and turn away from the sin and turn to YHWH and his way of doing? Why are we so bent on following man’s doctrines instead of YHWH’s?
Many people would say I am legalistic. Was Yeshua legalistic when he said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8:21
Was Yeshua legalistic when he said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19
Is it legalism when we see in Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Just because we are saved by grace, through faith in Yeshua, doesn’t mean we can go on and sin because we want to. He calls us to repent! Christian liberty isn’t just about the freedom to do what ever we want, it’s more about being free from the tyranny of sin and wickedness!
(And for those who struggle with addictions and emotional torment, I am not trying to make you feel bad, you are fighters, and are trying to get free-and in the name of Yeshua you are free and someday soon, your faith will be sight, I am speaking against the sin that is known but not cared about.)
I asked myself for years, “What is the word of God?”
“What commandments is Jesus talking about?”
Well, I have finally realized that the commands of God in the Scriptures are still good today as they were thousands of years ago. The ten commandments? Absolutely! Yeshua taught about them and brought them to a higher level! Example? Adultery?–If you even lust in your heart for a man or woman, you have sinned.
Yeshua didn’t come to take away from the words of God in the “Old Testament”. Yes, he fulfilled many prophecies and he lived a sinless life and paid for our sin, but that doesn’t give us the right to keep on sinning. John tells us in 1 john 2:5 that if we say we abide in him, we must walk, even as he walked. What does that really mean?
I say all that to say this. Saying the names of false gods-though they be nothing, is still an offense to YHWH, especially when we are calling one of his holy days by a pagan name.
Back when I realized the gravity of this, I confessed it to the Father and turned away from it. When I greet my friends I say, “Happy Passover!” or “Happy Feast Day!!”.
I am still learning how to greet everyone else that doesn’t know about this issue. I need to get over my ‘fear of man’, being afraid they’ll think I am weird. We are called to be lights in this dark world, and teach the ways of the Father just as Yeshua did.
May our light shine in love and truth.
Happy feast day to you and yours!