Deuteronomy 16:1-8 PASSOVER PMAudio lecture from the Book of Deuteronomy on the subject of the Passover taught by Pastor ArnoldMurray of the Shepherd's Chapel. The following is a student transcript of an original audio cassette.Pastor Arnold Murray:Deuteronomy. These words, the title in the Hebrew tongue. These words that I like to call the law as it is tothe average family. The law that pertains to the priest is left out of the Book of Deuteronomy becauseMoses was addressing the congregation and those things, I feel as I hope you have by this pointinasmuch as we will begin the 16
chapter today---that the reason he did this is because it looks on, itlooks forward to the arrival of Christ. The Messiah. At His first advent. Because there would be manythings discussed in this Book of Deuteronomy that He would become. As a matter of fact we are going tofind that out in this lecture coming right out the gate as we start here today. So with a word of wisdomfrom our Father, chapter 16, the Book of Deuteronomy, let's go with it.V1 "OBSERVE THE MONTH OF ABIB, AND KEEP THE PASSOVER UNTO THE LORD THY GOD: FOR INTHE MONTH OF ABIB THE LORD THEY GOD BROUGHT THEE FORTH OUT OF EGYPT BY NIGHT." It wasa rapid departure, yet they left much richer than they went in, thought they had been in slavery there theyincreased in population as well as many other things in that four hundred years approximately. Give or take, take that would be, then they had than when they went in. So we see then, Father says "Keep thePassover." Naturally, inasmuch as Passover was that time that the death angel passed over Israel, over basically we should say the children of God. Those that believed upon Him. Those that would follow Hisinstructions. In other words He said `put the blood on the post--or else'. But really its all that simple todayalso. You either have that blood on your door post--or else. And of course, Christ became our Passover.And what I'm saying is, you either have Him or you're nothing. You're really nothi! ng. You may be aroundthis flesh age but that will be it friend. And at the end of that you have basically run your course. But if you obey God, what is His voice? Love My Son. For in loving Him, you show your love toward Me. So aswell as being freed from bondage or slavery to this world, and that's kind of what its symbolic of. You canstill be in slavery today if you choose. You can be enslaved by habits or simply turning to the ways of theworld and be a slave to it. And many of you are. All of us to a certain degree or as long as we are in theflesh are going to have certain things that keep pulling us into the world. Therefore with Christ being thatSacrificial Lamb having paid the price on the cross, through repentance brings us freedom indeed. Bothfrom the world and from death which is to say resurrected into eternal life.I want to document that fact that keep Passover, you bet. It was an eternal thing. But what is our Passover? I want you to turn with me to I Corinthians chapter 5. I want to pick it up with verse seven andlet's listen to the teachings here. God speaking through Paul. And it reads. "PURGE OUT THEREFORETHE OLD LEAVEN, THAT YE MAY BE A NEW LUMP," In other words, this is you might say this is kind of anew command just like the old "AS YE ARE UNLEAVENED." In other words, unleavened what? By beingtainted by the world. "FOR EVEN CHRIST OUR PASSOVER IS SACRIFICED FOR US:" Hey, we couldn't doit friend. There had to be a perfect sacrifice. Not one blemish. Not one spot. He had to be innocent.There's just no other human being that way. So Christ became our Passover and you had better keep itfriend. If you wish any freedom whatsoever from this world and a release into eternal life, that's the onlyway. There is none other. Absolutely no other way.Verse 8. "THEREFORE LET US KEEP THE FEAST, NOT WITH OLD LEAVEN, NEITHER WITH THE LEAVENOF MALICE AND WICKEDNESS; BUT WITH THE UNLEAVENED BREAD OF SINCERITY AND TRUTH."What is our unleavened bread at this time? The body of Christ. Christ said `I am the Bread of Life." The IAm being the sacred Name. `EHYEH `ASHER `EHYEH in the Hebrew tongue of Yahweh. So you see thenour Passover, that Christ did not destroy this law but fulfilled it and became our Passover. A Passover that in the Eucharist or in Holy Communion we partake of that Passover symbolically but yet a realityeven to this day. You're supposed to keep it.Let's return to the sixteenth chapter and let's talk about Passover as well as other feast days in thisparticular chapter. Verse 2. Sixteen. Deuteronomy. "THOU SHALT THEREFOR SACRIFICE THEPASSOVER UNTO THE LORD THY GOD, OF THE FLOCK AND THE HERD, IN THE PLACE WHICH THELORD SHALL CHOOSE TO PLACE HIS NAME THERE." Where did God decide to place His Name? Do youknow what the Name Jesus is? When you say Jesus do you realize what you're saying? Naturally that'sEnglish. But let's translate it--or transliterate it, better said--back to the Hebrew a moment. Jehoshua.Now, rather than translating it simply from Jesus to Jehoshua, let's fully translate it. And it saysJehovah's Savior. So God's Name is nailed into the Name Savior, Jehoshua, or Jesus in the English. As ateacher I always use both Names, or sometimes more, whereby as a student the ear learns that SacredName. The Name, the place where God put His Name--where then? In Christ. Jehoshua. Then not onlythen are you ta! king the sacrifice that Christ brought to pass for you, for your sins. I'm talking to you.