Eight Miracles In The Gospel Of John

 Eight Miracles In The Gospel Of John  

 

  1. Water Into Wine John 2:1-11
  2. Healing the official’s son John 4:43-54.
  3. The Healing at the Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-9 
  4. The Feeding of the 5000 John 6:1-14.
  5. Walking on the Water (John 6:16-25).
  6. The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41).
  7. Raising Lazarus From The Dead (John 11:1-44).
  8. Casting net into sea catching 153 fishes John 21: 

 

Isaiah Easton Bible Dictionary define a miracle as, “ Miraclean event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message (John 2:18; Matt. 12:38). It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements, a supernatural power.

Cambridge dictionary define it,”an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by God. Merriam Webster define it Or an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs the healing miracles described in the Gospels, The Greek word is sémeion meaning, a sign (typically miraculous), given especially to confirm, corroborate or authenticate.

In Luke 4;16-19 Where Jesus declared from the prophet from Isaiah, ?The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me[a]to proclaim freedom[ to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. 

Water Into Wine

 John 2; 1-11 Jesus, His disciples and His mother were invited to a wedding in Cana In Galilee. A typical Jewish wedding would last a week, where much wine, and food was served.  To fail in proper hospitality was a serious offense. 

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman {a respectful term}(Mary had to recognize Him not so much as a son that she raised but as the promised Messiah and Son of God) what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” {meaning; Disclosure of his messianic identity, which is climatically realized in his submission to death on a cross”} His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” {Mary Identify Jesus as the Messiah the son of God} 

Than ask for the servant to fill up six stone water jars about 20 or 30 gallons per jar. Than ask them to take it to chief servant.  When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. Than the disciples believe because he changed the water into wine this was Jesus first sign displaying His grace 

Cynddylan Jones wrote Moses’ first miracle was to turn water into blood; there was a severe destructive element in it. But, Christ’s first miracle was to turn water into wine; there was a soothing, solacing element in it. 

Matthew Henry commentary,” The beginning of Moses’s miracles was turning water into blood (Ex. 4:9; 7:20), the beginning of Christ’s miracles was turning water into wine; which intimates the difference between the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ. The curse of the law turns water into blood, common comforts into bitterness, and terror; the blessing of the gospel turns water into wine.”

Jesus displayed that He was true Messiah Jesus Christ offers the best Himself by providing His body and His blood as means of atoning mankind from theirs sins. Displaying grace which brought mankind hope. Where Ten Commandments fear and judgment and no hope. Because He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.   

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_at_Cana 

 

Healing The Official’s Son 

 

John 4:43-54. After two days, Jesus left Samaria where He return to Galilee where was earlier. Jesus and His disciples went to Cana where He changed the water and wine. There was a certain royal official whose son who was ill at Capernaum.  When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was ready to die. Matthew Henry Commentary, Yet there was infirmity in his faith; he believed that Christ could heal his son, but, as it should seem, he thought he could not heal him at a distance, and therefore he besought him that he would come down and heal him.

Jesus mildly rebuke him and the people, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The official pleaded with Him, “come down before my boy dies!” Jesus declares to the official,“ Your son will live,” and he believe {pisteuw have faith} Him and departed.

The official he met his slave told him son was healed. Than he asked them at what time he got better.  “Yesterday at seven in the morning [the fever left him.” He realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.”

Confirming when Jesus performed healing was immediately not gradual. Then he himself believed {pisteuw} along with his whole household. {believe Jesus was Son of God.} John Calvin Commentary penned these words,” Thus not only does he now believe that his son will be cured through the kindness of Christ, but he acknowledges Christ to be the Son of God, and makes a profession of faith in his Gospel. His whole family joins him, which was an evidence of the miracle; nor can it be doubted that he did his utmost to bring others along with him to embrace the Christian religion. This, therefore, was the second sign Jesus performed after He came from Judea to Galilee.” KJV Bible Commentary wrote; This was the second miracle in Cana. The first miracle of turning the water into wine showed His power over the physical universe, and His disciples believed. The second miracle proved that Christ’s power was not limited by a distance of sixteen miles, and the entire house of the nobleman believed. Both miracles produced belief and life.

This should encourage all Christians in their prayer life. We have a mighty God who hears our requests and who is able to work out His purposes in any part of the world at any time.

 Jesus performed miracles to confirmed that he was the Son Of God. Later the Apostles perform as a tool to declare the gospel.  

https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/spiritual-life/the-seven-miracles-in-john/ 

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/go-your-son-will-live

http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsjoh4.htm  

 

The Healing At The Pool of Bethesda

 

John 5 Jesus went to Jerusalem by the sheep gate, and there was pool called Bethesda meaning; house of mercy, or the flowing water. Where there was two swimming bathes between five porches.  Within these lay many of the sick—blind, lame, and paralyzed—waiting for the moving of the water, because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment they had. There was a man who had been for 38 years wasn’t able enter pool resulting from condition. Jesus asks do want to get well? 

Than Jesus commanded him to pick up his mat walk! The healing happened on the Sabbath. According Old Testament where the Law of Moses decreed that one who broke the Sabbath should be stoned to death. Found in Exodus 31:15 However, it does not mean that should not be compassionate to those who are in need for example healing the sick on the Sabbath.  What means it a day of rest from your labour? 

So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath! It’s illegal for you to pick up your mat.” He replied, “The man who made me well-told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” Than they asked him who cured him; however, he did not know, Believer Bible Commentary,” The Law of Moses decreed that one who broke the Sabbath should be stoned to death. The Jews cared little that a paralytic had been healed. This incident marks one of the great turning points in the public ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He performed this miracle on the Sabbath, He stirred up the anger and hatred of the Jewish leaders. They began to pursue Him and to seek His life.”

Later on Jesus found the man in the temple complex, and warned him. “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”

The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. There was not any ill will on his part he simply honouring Jesus healing crippling diseases, and was unaware Jewish leader intention of killing Jesus. This record incident where the Jews began to persecuted Jesus [because He was healing the sick on the Sabbath.   

John Calvin wrote, “The man went away. Nothing was farther from his intention than to make Christ an object of their hatred, and nothing was farther from his expectation than that they would rage so furiously against Christ. His intention, therefore, was worthy; for he wished to render to his Physician the honor which was justly owed to him. The Jews, on the other hand, show their venom, not only in accusing Christ of having violated the Sabbath, but in breaking out into extreme cruelty. John 5; 16; In short the Scribes and Pharisee began to persecute Jesus and started planing have He kill because He violated Sabbath and theirs man made rules. Because Jesus disregarded the oral law of the Jews that had developed, i.e., “the traditions of men” (cf. also Matt. 15:1–9 

 

The Feeding of the 5000 

 

John 6;1-14 When Jesus crossed, the Sea of Galilee or Tiberias named after a Caesar. A huge crowd was following Him because He performed many miracles and healed the sick. So Jesus went up a mountain and sat down and began to teach and healed the sick.     

He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do. Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.”

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Jesus  “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?”

The men numbered about 5,000. Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He asks His disciples to distributed to those who were seated. 

When they were full, He told His disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.”  So they collected them and filled baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten.

 When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!”  Therefore, when Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew to the mountain by Himself. For hour not arrived.  This four miracles Jesus performed.

Griffith Thomas has reminded us that in this story we have a beautiful picture of: (a) the perishing world; (b) the powerless disciples; (c) the perfect Savior. This miracle involved a true act of creation. No mere man could take five loaves and two small fish and expand them in such a way as to feed so many people as this. It has been well said, “ ‘Twas springtime when He blessed the bread, ’twas harvest when He brake.” And it is also true, “Loaves unblessed are loaves unmultiplied.” 

Our Lord Jesus is teaching us that He is the Bread of Life and uses His chosen gospel preachers to distribute that truth to His people. That which is not possible with mere men, is always possible with the Son of God !!

Jesus has just been offered the crown, but without the cross. He’s fed the 5,000 and sent them away, now He sends the disciples ahead of him to Bethsaida, and He stays behind to pray. 

 

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http://www.truthforchildren.net/images/pdf/John6_FeedingFiveThousand.pdf 

 

Walking On Water

John 6;16-21; After Jesus fed the multitudes, He immediately dismissed His disciples to travel to Capernaum. The disciples  got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them, because He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.

 Then a high wind arose, and the sea began to churn. After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea.When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea; they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear. But, He said to them, “It is I {meaning I am the God of the past, present and future}. Don’t be afraid!” He is identifying himself to them as the one who can walk on the water; i.e., God.  Then, they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the wind ceased, and the boat was at the shore where they were heading.  Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!” This is the fifth sign in John’s gospel. That Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God (20:30, 31). The miracle demonstrates Jesus’ deity by His sovereignty over the laws of nature.

 

 

http://www.trusting-in-jesus.com/Jesus-Walks-on-Water.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/walking-on-water.html 

 

 The Man Born Blind 

John 9:1-41 As Jesus went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.   6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and he was able see instantly.  

His neighbors and those who had  seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”  Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, the former blind beggar insisted that he was the man. They brought him to the Pharisee they ask same question.

“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I able to see.  

Some of the Jews leader did not believe him, and suspected the whole situation was a charade, that this man was never blind. So they summoned the man’s parents to testify about his condition. The parents declared that he was their son, and he was born blind.   But his new sight is a complete mystery to us! We do not know the man who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask our son? He is old enough to speak for himself. 

John MacArthur wrote,”This section in the story of the healing of the blind man reveals some key characteristics of willful unbelief: 1) unbelief sets false standards; 2) unbelief always wants more evidence but never has enough; 3) unbelief does biased research on a purely subjective basis; 4) unbelief rejects the facts; and 5) unbelief is self-centered. John included this section on the dialogue of the Pharisees with the blind man most likely for two reasons: 1) the dialogue carefully demonstrates the character of willful and fixed unbelief, and 2) the story confirms the first great schism between the synagogue and Christ’s new followers. The blind man was the first known person thrown out of the synagogue because he chose to follow Christ

 

The Pharisee ask the blind man again how did he received his eye sight. The blind man responded, “I’ve already answered all these questions, and you don’t like my answers.   

The Pharisee responded,” You’re one of His followers, but we follow Moses. We have confidence that God spoke to Moses, but this man you speak of is a mystery; we don’t even know where He comes from. 

The beggar told them.“  Isn’t it ironic that you, our religious leaders, don’t even know where He comes from; yet He gave me sight! We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does respond and work through those who worship Him and do His will.  No one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of any person blind from birth.  This man must come from God; otherwise, this miracle would not be possible. Only God can do such things.  The Pharisee later admitted Jesus many miracles, yet they despise Him 

  You were born under a cloud of sin. How can you, of all people, lecture us? The religious leaders banished him from their presence. Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.   

   Warren Wiersbe wrote these words, “Four times in this chapter people asked, “How were you healed?” (John 9:10, 15, 19, 26). First, the neighbors asked the man, and then the Pharisees asked him. Not satisfied with his reply, the Pharisees then asked the man’s parents and then gave the son one final interrogation. In short this beggar was was born blind.

Despite the testimony of the man and his parents, that man was born blind. Yet, they were not interest seeking the truth only accusing Jesus violating the Sabbath. They came to the decision that Jesus did not come from God because He healed many people on the Sabbath and violated one of their precious man made Sabbath rules. It not the biblical mandate; for example, in Deuteronomy 22; 4, If you see your donkey or ox fallen down on the road, you must not ignore it; you must help him lift it up.  Or Jesus stated  in Luke 14; 5 Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” While Sabbath is a day rest from your labourer is does not mean you ignore someone in need or animal. The moral compensate responsibilities is to help the person or animal in need.  

   Yet, there were many miracles Jesus performed prior and after this event occurred. In which the Pharisees heard about. However, they were more concerned about their honor, prestiges,  and their man-made traditions instead honouring God. The miracles and healing that took place, before eyes. That the people living under bondage were set free   . Warren Wiersbe wrote,” All of this looked very official and efficient, but it was really a most evasive maneuver on the part of both the people and the leaders. The Pharisees wanted to get rid of the evidence, and the people were afraid to speak the truth!” 

 When Jesus heard about this, He came alongside and comfort him and told him that he was the Messiah meaning expected deliverer or someone’s who would redeemed mankind from their sins. 

 

Raising Lazarus From The Dead

The chapter can be divided as follows: 1) the preparation for the miracle. 1–16); 2) the arrival of Jesus (vv. 17–37); 3) the miracle itself. 38–44); and 4) the results of the miracle. 45–57). 

 (John 11:1-44: Lazarus from Bethany meaning {house of fig}. Suddenly became very sick the sister of Martha and Mary. Reported it to Jesus and He stayed for extra days, Finally Jesus told His disciples Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” {meaning Lazarus was dead.} For your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him. Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” But Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again. Martha said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.” 

When Jesus arrived at  Lazarus tomb, a stone lay against a cave. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odour, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. 

And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this ion account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen stripped, and his face wrapped with a cloth. 

Calvin wrote ,” The Evangelist passes on to another narrative, which contains a miracle eminently worthy of being recorded. For not only did Christ give a remarkable proof of his Divine power in raising Lazarus, but he likewise placed before our eyes a lively image of our future resurrection.”

John MacArthur This was a preview of the power to be fully displayed in the final resurrection when all the dead hear the voice of the Son of God and live.

 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him. But, some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

John MacArthur wrote Instead of recognizing God’s hand in Lazarus’s resurrection; the chief priests plotted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus. Found in John 11;47 and John 12; 10 11

 

The chapter can be divided as follows: 1) the preparation for the miracle. 1–16); 2) the arrival of Jesus. 17–37); 3) the miracle itself. 38–44); and 4) the results of the miracle. 45–57). 

John’s gospel changes from hatred and rejection (10:39) to an unmistakable and blessed witness of the glory of Christ. All the rejection and hatred could not dim His glory as displayed through the resurrection of Lazarus. That miracle evidences His glory in 3 ways: 1) it pointed to His deity; 2) it strengthened the faith of the disciples; and 3) it led directly to the cross (12:23).  sus and He stayed for extra days, Finally Jesus told His disciples Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” {meaning Lazarus was dead.} For your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him. Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” But, Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again. Martha said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.” 

When Jesus arrived at Lazarus tomb a cave, with a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odour, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. 

And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this ion account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen stripped, and his face wrapped with a cloth. 

Calvin wrote ,”The Evangelist passes on to another narrative, which contains a miracle eminently worthy of being recorded. For not only did Christ give a remarkable proof of his Divine power in raising Lazarus, but he likewise placed before our eyes a lively image of our future resurrection.”

John MacArthur This was a preview of the power to be fully displayed in the final resurrection when all the dead hear the voice of the Son of God and live.

 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him. But, some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

John MacArthur wrote Instead of recognizing God’s hand in Lazarus’s resurrection; the chief priests plotted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus. Found in John 11; 47 and John 12; 10 11

 

Casting Net Into Sea Catching 153 Fishes 

 

John 21:1-14.The eighth sign in chapter 21 may now occupy us briefly. The third time in which our Lord showed Himself to His disciples, after He was risen from the dead, afforded the occasion. The disciples— the true remnant of Israel— during the night of His absence had caught nothing in their fishing. Acting on the instructions of their risen Lord, casting their net into the sea at His behest, they netted such a haul that they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fishes — 153 great fishes. The net, for all there were so many, did not break, unlike the occasion at the beginning of their history with the Lord, as recorded in Luke 5; 10-11.

It’s a remainder that Jesus is a man of His word and kept His promise even thou disciples fled from Him in His hour of need. Failure on the disciple’s part or God’s peoples part does not nullify any of God’s blessing or promises or working in His kingdom, often it becomes an asset or blessing to others who failed God. As scripture declares, “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people.”  The disciples were about embark on journey where they promote the Christ atoning work on the cross in which it would change the world   

This occurrence was would suggest the service they shall yet perform in casting the net of the Gospel of the Kingdom into the sea of nations. As Jesus declared, Go, therefore, and make disciples of [f] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. But, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends [b] of the earth. 

 

Summary

1.Changing water into wine displaying His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. 

2.Healing of the official son displaying His power from a distant. Then, the official himself believed, along with his whole household. 

3. The healing of the cripple on the Sabbath the Jews began persecuting Jesus [e] because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 

4. The feeding of the 5,000 the people realize that Jesus was Prophet foretold by Moses found in  Deuteronomy 18:15, and try to force to be king however, Jesus with drew from the crowd because his hour is arrived

5.Jesus walk on water and still the storm, His disciples became to  Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!”

6.The healing of the beggar born blind on the Sabbath. The blind toss from the temple because he testify that Jesus came from God, and became follower of Christ because he believed Jesus was the messiah

7. Raising of Lazarus from the dead displaying Jesus power over death. Ensuring those who trust in his atoning work on the cross will have victory over death. The Jewish leader was now plotting the death of Jesus and Lazasus not realizing his death would bridge the gap between mankind and His Father 

8.Casting net into the sea catching 153 large fishes a reminder of the mandate to be fisher of men and gather the harvest

 

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The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Seven The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Seven

 Sukkot or The Feast of Booths  

 

The Festival of Booths to the Lord begins on the fifteenth day of this seventh month and continues for seven days. 35 There is to be a sacred assembly on the first day; you are not to do any daily work. 36 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the eighth day, you are to hold a sacred assembly and present a fire offering to the Lord. It is a solemn gathering; you are not to do any daily –

Leviticus 23; 34-36

 

 According to Josephus, this feast was the most popular of the 3 principal Jewish feasts.The Festival of Sukkot meaning booth begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering. Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering. The Hebrew word “sukkah” (plural: “sukkot”) refers to the temporary booths that people lived in, not to the Tabernacle, No work is permitted on the first and second days of the holiday. dictionary.com define it: a booth or hut roofed with branches, built against or near a house or synagogue and used during the Jewish festival of Sukkoth as a temporary dining or living area. 

 In honor of the holiday’s historical significance, we are commanded to dwell in temporary shelters, as our ancestors did in the wilderness. It is one of the three great pilgrimage feasts recorded in the Bible when all Jewish males were required to appear before the Lord in the Temple in Jerusalem. This joyous celebration is a reminder of God’s protection, provision, and faithfulness. 

The Bible reveals dual significance in the Feast of Tabernacles. Agriculturally, Sukkot is Israel’s “Thanksgiving,” a joyous harvest festival to celebrate the gathering of grain and wine. 

The tradition of the Jews is that they were to express their joy by dancing, and singing hymns of praise to God, with musical instruments: and not the common people only, but the wise men of Israel, and their elders, were to do it in the court of the sanctuary: for (say they) the joy with which a man rejoices in doing a commandment is really a great service. The feast was known for water-drawing and lamp-lighting rites. 

The punishment is; Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

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 What does feast booth or Tabernacle has do with Jesus and what does role play Christ life ?

Let us consider three choices one Jesus birth two Jesus pitching tent or tabernacle among His people. Lastly His Jesus second coming. Could it have a threefold meaning His birth dwelling among His people and second His coming   

  Many scholars believe Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles. The Hebrew word “stable” is called a sukkoth Gen. 33:17. The Bible does not specifically say the date of Jesus’ birth. We know it was not during the winter months because the sheep were in the pasture Luke 2:8. A study of the time of the conception of John the Baptist reveals he was conceived about Sivan 30, the eleventh week.

Matthew Henry Commentaries wrote, “ It was a typical feast. It is supposed by many that our blessed Saviour was born much about the time of this feast; then he left his mansions of light above to tabernacle among us Jn. 1:14, and he dwelt in booths. And the worship of God under The New Testament is prophesied of under the notion of keeping the feast of tabernacles, Zec. 14:16.  The gospel of Christ teaches us to dwell in tabernacles, to sit loose to this world, as those that have here no continuing city, but by faith, and hope and holy contempt of present things, to go out to Christ without the camp, Heb. 13:13-14. It teaches us to rejoice before the Lord our God. Those are the circumcision, Israelites indeed that always rejoice in Christ Jesus, Phil. 3:3. And the more we are taken off from this world the less liable we are to the interruption of our joys.

 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”1 Peter 2:11

Williams Brothers sang a song Heaven Is Waiting phase This old world is not my home I’m just a stranger I’m a stranger passing through Peter, and Paul referred to our physical bodies as tabernacles, or temporary dwellings 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, 2 Peter 2:13-14.

John MacArthur bibles study 7:38 living water. The water-pouring rite was also associated within Jewish tradition as a foreshadowing of the eschatological rivers of living water foreseen in Ezek. 47:1–9 and Zech. 13:1. The significance of Jesus’ invitation centers in the fact that He was the fulfillment of all the Feast of Tabernacles anticipated, i.e., He was the One who provided the living water that gives eternal life to a man (cf. 4:10, 11). 

Furthermore, he states; The OT indicates that the coming age of Messiah would be a time when the Lord would be a light for His people (Is. 60:19–22; cf. Rev. 21:23, 24) as well as for the whole earth (Is. 42:6; 49:6). Zechariah 14:5b–8 has an emphasis on God as the light of the world who gives living waters to His people. This latter passage probably formed the liturgical readings for the Feast of Tabernacles.

Jesus Christ who would deliver His people from the bondage of sin. This feast, like all of the feasts of Israel, consistently reminded the Jews and should remind Christians as well that God has promised to deliver His people from the bondage of sin and deliver them from their enemies. Part of God’s deliverance for the Israelites was His provision and protection of them for the 40 years they wandered in the wilderness, cut off from the Promised Land. The same holds true for Christians today. God protects us and provides for us as we go through life in the wilderness of this world. While our hearts long for the Promised Land (heaven) and to be in the presence of God, He preserves us in this world as we await the world to come and the redemption that will come when Jesus Christ returns again. 

As scriptures declare, “After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 

New King James Study Buke 7:9, 10 The great multitude, in addition to praising God and the Lamb for providing salvation, will later glorify God for judging Babylon (19:1–3) and will proclaim “the marriage of the Lamb” (19:6, 7). White robes may be the garments of overcoming believers (3:5, 18) or of martyrs (6:11). Palm branches were typically waved by crowds at victory celebrations (see John 12:13).

Since Christ bridged the gap between mankind and His Father, and those who believe in Christ atoning work on the cross. Now have access to His Father kingdom. As Scriptures declare, “For through Him {Christ} we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. When we die we will be part vast number worshipping God

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Summary

  1. Passover indicated when the Father sees His Son blood He will Passover those who are redeemed by His blood. That person will no longer bear His Father nor judgement. As Jesus declares,” this is My blood that establishes the covenant; [it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins
  2. The Day of Atonement where the Father required a perfect sacrifice since sheep and goats unable to the Father requirement mankind needed another substitute 
  3. Unleavened bread indicated that Jesus committed no sin and no sin was found in Him, As scripture declares,” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin.” 
  4. Since Jesus Christ was the only one able to perform a perfect atonement., The Atonement of Christ is the sacrificial work of Jesus for sinners. In his death on the cross, Christ atoned mankind for their sins and God is satisfied with the payment. The obedience and death of Christ on behalf of sinners are the ground of redemption. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Further more it states,” Every priest stands day after day ministering and offering the same sacrifices continually, which can never take away sins.  But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. For by one, offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.  
  5. First, Fruits indicated when believer dies they will be buried, however, at the end of this age they will be resurrected from the grave, and presented with a new body. Since Christ arose from the grave and never return to it. Ensuring the believer in Christ will be resurrected as Christ did.
  6. Pentecostal is when Holy Spirit descended upon 120 starting birth of the church, and the Holy Spirit is gathering the harvest. Jesus utters these words,” “Open your eyes, and look at the fields, for they are readyfor harvest. Furthermore He stated, “ In My Father’s house are many dwelling places.”
  7. The Feast of Trumpets indicated Jesus is coming back as he promise to His follower. As scripture declares,” in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.” Furthermore, its states, For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout [ with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God. The sound of the trumpets is a sign of His coming.10.The Feasts of Booth indicated that our earthly body temporary while here on earth, and just stranger passing through. It reminder to sit loose to this world, and we have no continuing city, but by faith, and teaches us to rejoice before the Lord our God. The Feast of Booth is time of rejoicing as saints will do in heaven 

 

The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Six

 

Rosh HaShanah or Feast of Trumpets

23 The Lord spoke to Moses: 24 “Tell the Israelites: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a day of complete rest, commemoration, and joyful shouting—a sacred assembly. 25 You must not do any daily work, but you must present a fire offering to the Lord.”   Leviticus 23; 24-25

The Feast of Trumpets was one of three festivals that occurred in the seventh month Tishri, September/October. Feast, called the Feast of Trumpets. It was celebrated on the first day. The trumpets were blown to assemble the congregation. But in on the new moon of the seventh month it was to be done with more than ordinary solemnity; for they began to blow at sunrise and continued till sunset.  The word Rosh Hashanah means a new beginning head of the year ” or “first of the year. Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.        

 The Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year or bread. They would walk through flowing water, such as a creek or river, on the afternoon of the first day and empty our pockets into the river, symbolically casting off our sins. Small pieces of bread are commonly put in the pocket to cast off. Rosh Hashanah teaches that able to go forward we must also be willing to look back.

 Religious services for the holiday focus on the concept of God’s sovereignty. A common greeting at that time is L’shanah tovah (“for a good year”). This is a shortening of “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem” (or to women, “L’shanah tovah tikatevi v’taihatemi”), which means “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”  As scripture declares, “You are not to do any daily work. This will be a day of joyful shouting [for you.”   

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So how are we to celebrate Rosh Hashanah as believers in Christ? 

Talmud in Rosh Hashanah 16b, states, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to reproaches and everlasting abhorrence.” As scriptures declares, ““See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire—see, He is coming,” says the Lord of Hosts. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

 When all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says the Lord of Hosts, “not leaving them root or branches. 2 But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall. [b] 3 You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing,” says the Lord of Hosts.

Jesus declared these words to His disciples, “Then, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Note in The New Testament when they use the trumpet ln second coming of Christ.

Scripture also states For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Furthermore it states Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

Rosh Hashahah remind us to be ready for the soon appearance or second coming of Jesus Christ our LORD and king.

First, you must understand that this feast is part of your covenant with Christ as a child of God. Whether Gentile or Jew, you are a partaker of this covenant promise which is fulfilled in Christ. To neglect this feast is to neglect your promised salvation. As a believer you will escape the wrath to come, although persecution for believers throughout the world will be at its very peak when it occurs. So be ready to suffer for and with Christ. Christ made it clear that if those days were not shortened for the elect’s sake, there would be no flesh saved. Paul teaches on the fulfillment of Rosh Hashanah rather elaborately in 1 Corinthians 15, wherein death is swallowed up in victory. I encourage you to read this chapter when you have time.

1.) He will gather His people in a solemn assembly (Matthew 24:31)

2.) There will be a clarion call to battle (Revelation 18:11-21)

3.) He will be coronated as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 18:11-21)

4.) It will mark a new beginning – the millenial sabbath – the thousand year reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1-6)

All those who are in Christ will reign with Him! We will never know the day or hour of His return, but the season is clearly evident. Let us ever be ready in Jesus’ name as we watch and pray!

 

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The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Four

 

 First Fruits Festival  

The Lord spoke to Moses: 10 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you and reap its harvest, you are to bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest. 11 He will wave the sheaf before the Lord so that you may be accepted; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you are to offer a year-old male lamb without blemish as a burnt offering to the Lord. 13 Its grain offering is to be four quarts of fine flour mixed with oil as a fire offering to the Lord, a pleasing aroma, and its drink offering will be one quart of wine. 14 You must not eat bread, roasted grain, or any new grain  until this very day, and until you have brought the offering to your God. This is to be a permanent statute throughout your generations wherever you live.

Through out the Torah, the first five books Old Testament God commanded Moses to offer or dedicated the first born of man or an animal or grain.

 The first fruits is the third mayor Jewish festival celebrate after the Unleavened Bread found in Lev 23:9-14. The word “first fruits” translates both resit qasir beginning off harvest usually celebrate in March or April. Note, they had to cut down those sheaves from a typical field. It could not be cut down from some special field that had been especially cared for. It had to be from a common field.

On the day after the Passover Sabbath; i.e., on the 16th of Nisan, or the first day of the week. A sheaf of new corn was to be brought to the priest and waved before the altar, in acknowledgment of the gift of fruitfulness. The offering of the first fruits to God was a statement of gratitude and a confession that the benefits of the harvest came by his grace. Also, in giving the very first of their produce to God, Israel learned not to hoard but to trust God for provision.

 The offering of first fruits described in Leviticus 23:9-14 happened in conjunction with the Feast of Unleavened Bread and focused on the barley harvest, but there was also an offering of first fruits associated with the Feast of Weeks. Num 28:26-31 in celebration of the wheat harvest. It would seem that Israelites brought the first fruits of their harvests before the Lord at various times in the course of the agricultural year, but that there was a special first fruits festival every year in conjunction with Passover, seven weeks before Pentecost Lev 23:15.  

MacArthur Study Bible stated 23:9–14 the first fruits of your harvest. This festival dedicated the initial part of the barley harvest in Mar./Apr. and was celebrated on the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread week. It involved presenting to the Lord. A sheaf of barley (cf. 23:10, 11) accompanied by burnt, grain, and drink offerings (cf. Ex. 29:40). First, fruits symbolized the consecration of the whole harvest to God, and was a pledge of the whole harvest to come (cf. Rom. 8:23; 11:16; 1 Cor. 15:20; James 1:18).

The first fruits were the earliest gathered grains, fruits, and vegetables that the people dedicated to God in recognition of His faithfulness for providing the necessities of life. The Israelites were to offer to God a sheaf of the first grain that was harvested on the day after the Sabbath following the Passover feast Leviticus 23:9-14. Paul may have used the term “first fruits” in this letter to the Corinthian church to reinforce the certainty of the resurrection. Just as the term “first fruits” shows that “the first sheaf of the forthcoming grain harvest will be followed by the rest of the sheaves, Christ, the first fruits raised from the dead, is the guarantee for all those who belong to him that they also will share in his resurrection.

What is the sufficient  of this Festival? Why does it fit into the salvation plan? After Jesus arose from the grave. He conquered death by removing the curse known as sin put on curse mankind cause by the first Adam by eating forbidden fruit, did not return the grave. As scripture declares,” The last enemy to be abolished is death.” Death has been swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.” 

Erich Sauer wrote concerning the resurrection,“ The present age is Easter time. It begins with the resurrection of the Redeemer and ends with the resurrection of the redeemed, between lies the spiritual resurrection of those called into life. So we live between two Easters and in the power of the first Easter; we go to the second Easter.” We understand that. We live between the resurrection of Christ, and the resurrection of the redeemed, those two great Easter events.”

Jesus declaring, “I am {the God past, Present and Future} the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.  Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?” Martha uttering these words concerning Jesus, “I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”  John 11; 23-27. Ensuring those who believes in His atoning works on the cross will not die but live, and be resurrected like Christ did with a new body.

Eric Lyons, M.Min wrote, “One solution to this alleged discrepancy can be found in the fact that Jesus was the first to rise from the dead—never to die again. All who have ever arisen from the dead, including the sons of both the widow of Zarephath and the Shunammite (2 Kings 4:8-37), the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:35-43), Lazarus, et al., died in later years. Jesus, however, accurately could be called “the firstfruits” of the dead because “Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him” (Romans 6:9). 

All others who previously were raised at one time, died again, and are among those who “sleep” and continue to wait for the bodily resurrection; only Jesus has truly conquered death. In this sense, Christ is “the firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5; cf. Acts 26:23).

 Paul teaches that Christ in his bodily resurrection is the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” As such, he is the guarantee that all those who belong to him will be raised from the dead at his second coming. In the natural world, the first sheaf of the crop was to be brought to God (Leviticus 23:10 Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:17) as a guarantee that the rest of the harvest was coming. So it is in God’s redemption harvest.

Matthew Henry They will glory over death as a vanquished enemy, and insult this great and terrible destroyer. We are dead; but behold we live again, and shall die no more. Thou art vanquished and disarmed, and we are out of the reach of thy deadly dart.”

 NKJV Study Bible 15:20 Jesus is the first fruits of all others who believe in Him. This is an OT image of the first instalment of a crop which anticipates and guarantees the ultimate offering of the whole crop (see 16:15; Rom. 8:23). Because Christ rose from the dead, those who are asleep in Christ (v. 18; 1 Thess. 4:15, 16) have a guarantee of their own resurrection.

Chosen People Ministries wrote “Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope that we too will experience the resurrection in the future. For us as believers, the resurrection is not simply an historical event, but also a foretaste of what is to come in the future, when God gives us new, redeemed bodies.

What does the First fruits do with resurrection of Christ and why is so important? 

C H Spurgeon wrote, “Now, to a harvest there must have been a sowing. If the resurrection of Christ is the first fruits, then the resurrection of the elect must be looked upon as a harvest, and death would, therefore, be symbolized by a sowing.” 

Furthermore he wrote,” The righteous are put into their graves all weary and worn; but such they will not rise. They go there with the furrowed brow, the hollowed cheek, the wrinkled skin; they shall wake up in beauty and glory. The old man totters there, leaning on his staff; the palsied comes there trembling all the way; the halt, the lame, the withered, the blind journey in doleful pilgrimage to the common dormitory, but they shall not rise decrepit, deformed, or diseased, but strong, vigorous, active, glorious, immortal! The shrivelled seed, so destitute of form, and comeliness, shall rise from the dust a beauteous flower! A green blade, all fresh and young, shall spring up where before there was the dried decayed grain. Well said the holy martyrs, when their limbs were being torn away—“We cheerfully resign these members to the God who gave them to us.” Our members are not ours to hold or lose, no torment can rob us of them in reality; for, when we wake up in Christ’s likeness, it will not be as halt or lame, but full of strength and vigor—more comely than earthly sons of men! The winter of the grave shall soon give way to the spring of resurrection and the summer of glory. Blessed is death, since it answers all the ends of medicine to this mortal frame, and through the divine power disrobes us of the leprous rags of flesh, to clothe us with the wedding garment of incorruption! 

 First, Christ is the “first fruits” has triumphed in his resurrection; then, the rest of his “crop, ” the redeemed, will be raised triumphantly at his second coming (1 Cor 15:23 ). In light of this, God’s people, as his “first fruits, ” are to have a sanctifying effect on others (1 Cor 5:6-7 ),

 Ligonier Ministries Somewhere around AD 30, the first fruits of an even greater harvest issued forth, for it was on the first day after the Sabbath that occurred in the midst of the Passover celebration that Jesus rose from the dead (Matt. 28:1–10). Lest there be any doubt that His resurrection fulfilled the Feast of First fruits, Paul tells us explicitly that Christ is the firstfruits of those who will be raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:20–23). Just as the first fruits offered to God under the old covenant anticipated the fuller harvest to come, the resurrection of Jesus anticipates the bodily resurrection of His people first promised under the old covenant (Job 19:25–27 

John MacArthur wrote,” He is not a piece of grain grown in a special garden, He is not a piece of grain, a seed that falls into the ground and dies and grows up in a greenhouse. He is just a part of the whole harvest resurrection, and He was thrown into the ground in terms of the seed that dies. He springs forth to life and becomes the guaranty of the rest of us who fall into the ground and die and shall also rise in life.

 Ligonier Ministries wrote First Fruits, and Pentecostal ”Paul says Jesus was raised for our justification (Rom. 4:25), and so we often celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as proof that our sins have been fully atoned for and that we are now declared righteous in God’s sight. This is entirely appropriate, but we should also remember that our Lord’s resurrection is proof positive that we who trust in Him will be raised in like manner at the last day and dwell with Him bodily in a new heaven and earth. 

 Paul teaches that Christ in his bodily resurrection is the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” As such, he is the guarantee that all those who belong to him will be raised from the dead at his second coming. In the natural world, the first sheaf of the crop was to be brought to God ( Leviticus 23:10 Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:17) as a guarantee that the rest of the harvest was coming. So it is in God’s redemption harvest.

 Paul teaches that Christ in his bodily resurrection is the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” As such, he is the guarantee that all those who belong to him will be raised from the dead at his second coming. In the natural world, the first sheaf of the crop was to be brought to God (Leviticus 23:10 Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:17) as a guarantee that the rest of the harvest was coming. So it is in God’s redemption harvest.

 First, Christ the “first fruits” has triumphed in his resurrection; then, the rest of his “crop, ” the redeemed, will be raised triumphantly at his second coming ( 1 Cor 15:23 ). In light of this, God’s people, as his “first fruits, ” are to have a sanctifying effect on others (1 Cor 5:6-7 )

Lewis Johnson wrote, “Christ came from the dead that was the earnest of the harvest. We are the harvest. We are grain. We are one of the grains. Not only that, but there is a similarity. We are in Christ. We are united to Him. We have the life of Christ.”

Furthermore Lewis Johnson wrote, “Firstfruits have been weighed before the Lord, the third day after our Lord was crucified, he rose from the dead. The first fruits has been waved before the Lord, and now the whole harvest is being gathered, nineteen hundred years of gathering the harvest, all the grains, all the sheaves coming in ultimately into the temple of the presence of God. And God’s promises marvellously fulfilled.” 

First, fruits was a sign, mark it down in your mind, first fruits was a sign or symbol of the coming harvest. And the resurrection of Christ was a sign or a symbol of the coming resurrection of believers.

 

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The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Five

 

 

Pentecostal Birth Of The Church Era 

2 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. 3 And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech. Acts 2; 1-4

 

Pentecostal means the fiftieth day the fourth mayor feasts of Israel. In which they celebrate the Shavuot Festival in the third-month Jewish calendar an on the sixth of Sivan 

God specifically told the Israelites that they were to count seven Sabbaths (seven complete weeks) from First-fruits Leviticus 23:15; Than the day after Sabbaths celebrate Shavuot.

Leviticus 23; 15- 21 “You are to count seven complete weeks starting from the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the presentation offering. 16 You are to count 50 days until the day after the seventh Sabbath and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 Bring two loaves of bread from your settlements as a presentation offering, each of them made from four quarts of fine flour, baked with yeast, as first-fruits to the Lord. 18 You are to present with the bread seven unblemished male lambs a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offerings and drink offerings, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 19 You are also to prepare one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old as a fellowship sacrifice. 20 The priest will wave the lambs with the bread of first-fruits as a presentation offering before the Lord; the bread and the two lambs will be holy to the Lord for the priest. 21 On that same day you are to make a proclamation and hold a sacred assembly. You are not to do any daily work. This is to be a permanent statute wherever you live throughout your generations.

 

John MacArthur Studies Bible wrote,” The Feast of Weeks (May/June) dedicated the first-fruits of the wheat harvest (cf. Ex. 23:16; Num. 28:26–31; Deut. 16:9–12). It occurred on the 50th day after the Sabbath preceding the Feast of First-fruits. It is also known as the Feast of Harvest (Ex. 23:16) and Pentecost, Gr. For 50 (Acts. 2:1).

KJV Bible Commentary Pentecost symbolized the thankfulness of a people who were not only grateful for the first fruits of the grain harvest but who looked forward to the culmination of the harvest season in the fall. On the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was first poured out on the apostles (Acts 2:1–4).

Matthew Henry The feast of Weeks was held in remembrance of the giving of the law, fifty days after the departure from Egypt; and looked forward to the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, fifty days after Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. On that day the apostles presented the first-fruits of the Christian church to God. 

To the institution Commentary of the feast of Pentecost, is added a repetition of that law, by which they were required to leave the gleanings of their fields. Those who are truly sensible of the mercy they received from God, will show mercy to the poor without grudging.

 John MacArthur Studies Bible wrote, “Where they would dedicated the first-fruits of the wheat harvest (cf. Ex. 23:16; Num. 28:26–31; Deut. 16:9–12). It occurred on the 50th day after the Sabbath preceding the Feast of First-fruits. It is also known as the Feast of Harvest (Ex. 23:16) and Pentecost, Gr. for 50 (Acts. 2:1). Where they would put their trust in God to produce abundance harvests. Eagerly awaiting the culmination of the harvest season in the fall. On that same day you are to make a proclamation and hold a sacred assembly. You are not to do any daily work. This is to be a permanent statute wherever you live throughout your generations. 

According to Matthew Henry The feast of Weeks was held in remembrance of the giving of the law, fifty days after the departure from Egypt; and looked forward to the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, fifty days after Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. On that day the apostles presented the first-fruits of the Christian church to God.

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http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/pentecost/ 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pentecostal

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/leviticus/23-15.htm

 http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Rosh_Chodesh/Sivan/sivan.html

http://s8int.com/saved2.html

 

The Gathering Of The Harvest

Before Jesus His death He utters these words, “Open your eyes, and look at the fields, for they are readyfor harvest.  The reaper is already receiving pay, and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower, and reaper can rejoice together.  For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited fromtheir labor.”

Furthermore He states, “But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” 

Jesus declared to His disciples these words, “but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit {pneúma meaning wind or breath}not many days from now.” And you will receive power {dunamis miraculous) power,} when the Holy Spirit {pneúma} has come on you, and you will be My witnesses {martus bear witness, give evidence} in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When the day of Pentecost {pentékosté meaning Fifty or Shavuot a feast held on the sixth and seventh days of Sivan} had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly, a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying.   And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  Then, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit {pneúma} and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit {pneúma} gave them ability for speech {speaking another language}.

But, some sneered and said, “They’re full of new wine!” But, Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Men of Judah and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this to you and pay attention to my words. For these people are not drunk!  On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity! Peter began to explain why Jesus was nailed Him to the cross and preached the atoning work of Christ. When the crowd heard this they came under deep conviction and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what must we do?” “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and 3,000 people were added to them.  

Eastern Bible Dictionary describes,” The day of Pentecost is noted in the Christian Church as the day on which the Spirit descended upon the apostles, and on which, under Peter’s preaching, so many thousands were converted in Jerusalem Acts 2” Encyclopedia of The Bible wrote, “It is almost universally agreed among theologians that Pentecost marks the beginning of the Church as an institution.”  Scriptures declares But each in his own order: Christ, the first-fruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. In short, the day of Pentecost was birth of the Church era.

The follower of Christ would proclaim these words,” Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.“

We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had murdered by hanging Him on a tree.  God exalted this man to His right hand as ruler and Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man {Jesus} forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you,  and everyone who believes in Him {Jesus }is justified {dikaiōthēnai is freed from all things}, from everything that you could not be justified {dikaioutai that no one is justified by the Law] from the law of Mose, 

Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”ÓÓ 

Finally, Jesus declared to Saul also call Paul, “ÒÒFor I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant {hupéretés a minister of the gospel}. And a witness {martus} of what you have seen and of what I will reveal to you. By faith in Me they may receive forgiveness {aphesis release or pardon} of sins {hamartia missing the mark} and a share among those who are sanctified {hagiasmos set apart}.’ That the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles.”ÓÓ  Some were persuaded by what he said, but others did not believe.

During the thirty year period and the Lord continue to added, daily to those who believe and now is saved.

 

•. It was an amazing day, in which 3,000 souls responded to the gospel of Christ. Ac 2:41

•Peter’s second gospel sermon, proclaimed on Solomon’s Porch in the temple court A sermon that led 2,000 more people to believe in Jesus Christ! Ac 4:1-4

•“ÒÒThe Samaritans”ÓÓ Ac 8:4-25 

•“ÒÒThe Ethiopian Eunuch”ÓÓ Ac 8:26-40

•The conversion of Saul of Tarsus, chief persecutor of the early church Ac 9:1-7, Ac 22:6-16, Ac 26:12-18

•Conversion of Cornelius and household Ac 10; 44-48

•The conversion of Lydia and her household Ac 16:15

•The conversion of the Philippian jailer and his household Ac 16:33-34

•The conversion of Crispus and his household Ac 18:8

•The Athenians the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, Ac 17; 34

•The Corinthians Ac18:1-11

•The Twelve Disciples Of John Baptist Ac 19:1-10

 

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http://www.biblecharts.org/churchofchrist/andthelordaddedtothechurch.pdf

http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=95

  

 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 

After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9 

Matthew Henry Commentary first fruits of Christ having led the way, the Gentiles converted later follow, and ascribe their salvation to God and the Redeemer, with triumph. In acts of religious worship we come nigh to God, and must come by Christ; the throne of God could not be approached by sinners, were it not for a Mediator. They were clothed with the robes of justification, holiness, and victory; and they had palms in their hands, as conquerors used to appear in their triumphs. Such a glorious appearance will the faithful servants of God make at last, when they have fought the good fight of faith, and finished their course. With a loud voice, they gave to God and the Lamb the praise of the great salvation.

Roughly 400,000,000 accepted since became over, 2,000 years ago,

First, century 500,000 Second century 2,000,000, Third century 5,000,000, Fourth century 10,000,000, Fifth century 15,000,000, Sixth century 20,000,000, Seventh century, 24,000,000, Eighth century 30,000,000, Ninth century 40,000,000, Ten century 50,000,000, Eleventh century 70,000,000.Twelfth century 80,000,000, Thirteenth century 75,000,000, Fourteenth century 80,000,000, Fifteenth century 100,000,000, Sixteenth century 125,000,000 Seventeenth century 155,000,000, Eighteenth century 200,000,000, and Nineteenth century 400,000,000. Still producing the harvest, and gathering the sheep. 

The Good Shepherd Jesus utters these words, “ÒÒ But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. 1

NIV Study Bible wrote, “These already belonged to Christ, though they had not yet been brought to him. not of this sheep pen. Those outside Judaism. Here is a glimpse of the future worldwide scope of the church. One flock. All God’s people have the same Shepherd.

A scripture declares But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. 14 For He is our peace who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility.  

 

https://bible.org/seriespage/8-it-s-harvest-time-1-corinthians-35-9

https://ebible.com/questions/12130-what-is-the-harvest-time-jesus-refers-to 

http://mb-soft.com/believe/txx/numberch.htm

http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday2.htm


The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Two


 

Unleavened Bread

6 The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days, you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work. 8 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day, there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”

Unleavened Bread is celebrated on Nisan the fifteen until Nisan 21. Usually celebrates in March or April on Gregorian Calendar.

While Passover is celebrated at the twilight on the fourteenth day of Nissan and lasts for seven days. However, even thou the feasts unleavened bread is celebrated during the Passover week, and generally mistaken for Passover. However it another feasts.    

In Exodus 12; 14-20 states, “You must eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day, you must remove yeast from your houses. Whoever eats what is leavened from the first day through the seventh day must be cut off from Israel. 16 You are to hold a sacred assembly on the first day and another sacred assembly on the seventh day. No work may be done on those days except for preparing what people need to eat—you may do only that. 17 “You are to observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread because on this very day I brought your divisions out of the “ of Egypt. You must observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent statute. 18 You are to eat unleavened bread in the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day of the month until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 Yeast must not be found in your houses for seven days. If anyone eats something leavened that person, whether a foreign resident, or native of the land, must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Do not eat anything leavened; eat unleavened bread in all your homes.”

Why Is the feast of unleavened important to the Jewish and Christian communities ?

According to the Hebrew lexicon, the term “unleavened bread” is derived from the word matzoh, which means “bread or cake without leaven.” The lexicon also states that matzoh is in turn from a word which means “to drain out or suck out

First unleavened bread reflected the fact that the Israelites had no time to put leaven in their bread before their hasty departure from Egypt; it was also apparently connected to the barley harvest (Leviticus 23:4-14).

Yeasts also represent sin. In the Bible, leaven is usually symbolic of sin. Like leaven which permeates the whole lump of dough, sin will spread in a person, a church, or a nation; eventually, overwhelming and bringing its participants into its bondage and eventually to death. 

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. 

This leaven of sin, though small in size, was dangerous, because it could spread through the church. Like cancer, sin demands drastic surgery. 5:6 Like a tiny pinch of leaven spreading through a loaf of bread, unchallenged sin can soon contaminate the whole church. Jewish people were required to sweep all leaven out of their houses in preparation for the Passover (Ex. 12:15). The leaven here symbolizes the powerful influence of sin. Matthew Henry Commentaries That no leaven should be found in their houses, Exodus. 12:19.

Because of our ancestors, Adam and Eve, sin had the chance to enter the originally perfect world. When Adam and Eve fell into sin by disobeying God Since mankind is 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.

Jewish people were required to sweep all leaven out of their houses in preparation for the Passover (Ex. 12:15). The leaven here symbolizes the powerful influence of sin.

A common Jewish tradition in preparing for the Feast of Unleavened Bread is to sprinkle leavened (yeast) bread crumbs throughout the house and then subsequently sweep them all up and collectively burn them outside. You might be asking yourself, Why would they do this? Well, in the Bible, leaven symbolizes error or evil. It is the substance that causes fermentation. 

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https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/what-does-the-feast-of-unleavened-bread-mean-for-christians

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(http://www.biblestudytools.com/exodus/passage/?q=exodus+12:15-20 ; Deuteronomy 16:3-8).

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http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Unleavened_Bread/Anavah/anavah.html 

 

 Jesus was born in Bethlehem meaning house of bread Jesus declared to Israelite, “Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you t he true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

I am {LORD} the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst … I am {Yahweh}  the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die 

“I am {I AM that I AM}… the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world … This is the bread which came down rom heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:27-58).

If yeast represent sin since sin impossible clean out. Since God even told us what the yeast represents sin. Because, Adam and Eve 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. 

However, Jesus is unleavened bread of life or living bread. The unleavened bread speaks of the total sinlessness of Jesus Christ. Do you realise that if Jesus had committed but one sin then He could not have been the sacrifice for our sin? It was a lamb without defect that was sacrificed at Passover, and it was bread without leaven that was eaten at the feast of unleavened bread. When you think of all the different ways that a person gets led into sin, it is incredible that our Saviour lived HIs whole life without failing once! But that is what He did. The Bible record is clear on this: ‘You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. (1 John 3:5) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Did not Jesus tell us that He is the true bread? He is the unleavened bread on whom we should feed.

  Matthew Henry Commentaries That no leaven should be found in their houses, Exodus. 12:19. All the old leaven of sin must be put far from us, with the utmost caution and abhorrence, if we would keep the feast of a holy life to the honour of Christ. It was by an ordinance forever (Exodus. 12:17); as long as we live, we must continue feeding upon Christ and rejoicing in him, always making thankfully mentions of the great things he has done for us.

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 it’s way back into the home.

 http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/FeastOfUnleavenedBread.htm 

 


THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FACT OR FICTION!

 

Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton, two Oxford students, believed Christianity was a “tale gone mad” and they determined to refute the Christian faith. Lyttleton resolved to disprove the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, and West would refute the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They figured a careful, rational, examination of the evidence would easily disprove the Christian faith.

But after examining the evidence—they both separately came to the opposite conclusion! Lyttleton concluded that Saul of Tarsus did, in fact, convert to the Apostle Paul through Jesus Christ. And Gilbert West concluded that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was among the best-established facts in all of history! West went on to write a book entitled, “Observations on the History and Evidences of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Professor Thomas Arnold, former chair of history at Oxford, and author of the famous volumes, History of Rome, was skillfully educated in the study of historical facts. Professor Arnold, stated, “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is PROVED BY BETTER AND FULLER EVIDENCE of every sort, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.”

After investigating the evidence of the resurrection, Lord Darling, former Chief Justice of England, stated, “. . . There is such overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual, and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true.” Now to deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ you have to close your eyes to the overwhelming facts of history. Tim Keller penned these words, “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”

Jesus is alive if  believe in His atoning works you will have eternal life with Christ. Martha Tigchelaar my mother died on March 08 2012. What comfort most I’ll see one day in heaven

As written in scriptures, “ O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”  Furthermore, it  is written in the Old Testament, “I will ransom them from the power of Sheol. I will redeem them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting?”

Christianity is the most persecuted people throughout history because of their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ eleven of the twelve apostles were martyred because their strong belief in the resurrection of Christ. If the disciples took Jesus body the  common belief in that time frame. You would think at least one. The disciples  would reveal where Jesus body is, certainly chief priest, nor the guards kept watch over the grave site would not reveal their secret meeting. The guards would have lost their lives if Roman authority found out they abandoned their posts. The chief priests, Pharisee, and the legal expect hated Jesus, and put Him to death.  If the mass would have known their intent of killing Him, and  covering up the resurrection it also would have expose their hypocrisy to the people.  As Jesus stated the disciples, “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it; the world hates you. Remember if world attack you remember they attack Jesus first. As scriptures declares because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith.  My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,   assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. NT Write wrote, “ The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.  Concerning resurrection either you believe it or you do not believe it. When apostle Peter preached on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2; 31- 32  King David looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.”  Peter also pointed to King David grave site as proof that wasn’t him. 

Jesus without doubt is one the key figure in history, Yet Wikipedia  claim Jesus has several burial sites, There located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. A second site, known as the Garden Tomb, located just outside Jerusalem the Old City.   Other key religious leader such as Muhammad, Confucius, and Bahá’í  you know where they were buried For example: Muhammad is buried in the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, The grave of Confucius, founder of Confucianism, is in his home town of Qufu, Shandong Province, China, and Bábism The Shrine of the Báb, the burial location of the Báb, the founder of Bábism and one of three central figures of the Bahá’í Faith, is located on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel. Yet, the historian can only speculated where Jesus was buried.