“As often as you do this ”
This study is being done by the leading of The Holy Spirit to bring correction to The Body of Christ, concerning the keeping of “Passover” and the “ritual” we have come to know as “communion”.
We have followed the “traditions of man” for many years and NOW, The Spirit of The Lord is drawing us to The Truth.
The concept, based on error-ed teachings that Shaul [Apostle Paul] warned us against [1Corithians 11:17-20], actually had already started during his day and time, and comes to us from the Book of Acts 2:42 & 46. When the people were “breaking bread” in these verses, they were fellow shipping and sharing meals, NOT, taking “communion” or “The Lord’s Supper”, or honoring Passover.
No, my friends, partaking of “communion” or “The Lord’s Supper” in a regular, ongoing basis is contrary to The Word of God, and contrary to the Words of Christ, for when He said ” As often as you do this”, HE in no way meant to change the ordinances of The Father that had been set forth in Exodus 12. The only time Christ ate this “special meal” was during Passover, and likewise, if we are to follow His example, then so it is with us.
To eat of the “communion” on a regular basis, is following after traditions of men, not the ordinances of God The Father. Will one “go to hell” for doing this? I don’t believe so. BUT, they are doing “what is right in their own eyes”, even if it seems to be a “good thing”, it doesn’t mean it is a “God Thing”.
Let’s look at some scriptures now and see what The Word of The Lord has to say on some of this!
Here is what Shaul[Apostle Paul] had to say to the Church at Corinth;
1 Corinthians 11 (King James Version)
1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.[Remember that Christ was a Torah Observant Jew, and so was Shaul, who followed after Christ. The “ordinances” that Shaul is talking of here, are those of God The Father, for here, Shaul is talking to Gentiles who were learning the Ways of The Lord. In the next few verses, we find Shaul taking on his role as Apostle to the Gentiles, by bringing a “word of correction” to them, concerning practices that were going on in the Church at Corinth]
17Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
[Here we see, that there were divisions in the church, because of “heresies” being taught and followed. They had begun the practice of making “The Lord’s supper” into a common meal, by doing it often and possibly without any “real reflection” to what they were doing. Evidently, the divisions, could have been that some saw through what was going on and knew it to be wrong.]
21For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
[Shaul was NOT happy with what they had begun to do. In the next few verses, we see Shaul teaching them the reason behind the “Lord’s supper”, which By The Way, this is the only reference in the Bible to “The Lord’s supper”, as ALL other references are to the Passover meal, which is ONLY done once a year]
23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. [ In Exodus 12, when YHWH tells Moses of the ordinances of Passover, He sets up Passover as a “memorial to Him” for ALL generations. It is also the same here with Christ, for just as Israel was delivered out of the bondage of Pharoah[the world system], we too are delivered from the same. We are to “remember” Christ at this time of year, for HE is our Passover]
25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. [“this bread” in the KJV was mistranslated from the Hebrew “Matzos” unleavened bread, into the Greek “artos” (airos) which is a raised bread, meaning it had to have yeast in it or leaven, which is forbidden to even be in the house of a Jew, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread]
27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. [Here, Shaul, reminds them for a final time, “if any man hunger, let him eat at home”, why? “that ye come not together unto condemnation”, or in simple language, don’t eat of “the Lord’s supper” as if it were a commonplace thing to do. If you are hungry, eat at home!]
What Would Jesus Do ?
1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
[In Matthew,Mark and Luke, the scriptures declare that Christ came to Jerusalem for the purpose to partake of the Passover. Christ had also told His disciples, that HE would be the Lamb this year(paraphrase mine). He did ALL of this, that Scripture be fulfilled and that He would also KEEP the ordinances of YHWH]
20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. [In Matthew,Mark and Luke , “this bread” in the KJV was mistranslated from the Hebrew “Matzos” unleavened bread, into the Greek “artos” which is a raised bread, meaning it had to have yeast in it or leaven, which is forbidden to even be in the house of a Jew, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread according to YHWH in Exodus12:15]
27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
30And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
From Mark 14
22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
26And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
From Luke 22
14And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Why Did Jesus Do It?
1And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,
2This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: [Notice the verses above stated that the sacrifice was collected together on the 10th day. Next, we learn that it is held until the 14th day before it is sacrificed. During those days, the sacrifice would be inspected to insure it to be “Worthy” for such a sacrifice. Beloved, we too must examine ourselves, but on an ongoing daily basis, that we too might become ” a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans12:1)
6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. [Here we see the natural act of “covering the door post with the blood of the sacrifice”, which is a DIRECT reflection of us being “covered” by the Blood of The Lamb, Christ Yahushua/Jesus]
8And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. [The unleavened bread, made with nothing but flour and water, was baked in a hurry. There was not time for “leaven” or yeast to rise. This “leaven” is tied to the word “Chametz”, which one of it’s definitions is “ferment”. When something “ferments” it goes through a stage of “rot and sour”, breaking it down from it’s natural form into another form. When bread is baked with leaven, it ends up with a sweeter taste, than unleavened bread. This “fermentation” process is the same that winemakers use to take “grape juice” from it’s natural state, into the “fermented” wine.
Leaven represents sin to us, because it represents the “rot and sour”, the “cruel behavior”, the “depression”, that we walked in before becoming “Born Again”, made Right for YHWH by His Son, Yahushua, Christ Jesus, The Lamb of God who taketh away the sin/”leaven” of the world]
9Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. [ Notice that this “lamb” was roasted whole. When Yahushua/Jesus was sacrificed on the Cross, He too was sacrificed whole. There was not one broken bone in His body. Though He was severely beaten and pierced, He had nothing “separated” in His body]
10And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.
12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. [ YHWH made this day “a memorial”, which is to say “a long standing permanent reminder”, just as Christ spoke of at His last partaking of The Passover meal. “Do this in Remembrance of Me”
The Passover is a DIRECT reflection of Yahushua/Jesus Passover for us, now that we are “covered” by the Blood. NOTICE as well, that YHWH stated ” ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever”. When did He say it should stop ?
Yahushua/Jesus didn’t institute a “new ordinance” to keep “Communion” or “The Lord’s Supper”, no He was stating that just as He delivered Israel from Egypt, He was delivering us from our own “Egypt”, our own “bondage”, and that when we take “Passover” as instructed, we are to remember it for ever]
15Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
16And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
17And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
18In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
19Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. [ PAY CLOSE ATTENTION! Even those who were strangers (Gentiles), if they participated in the Passover, and kept it’s ordinances, they too would be “made free” from the “bondage”. See the next section, also]
20Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
Moses tells Israel what The Lord commanded
24And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
Also from Exodus 13;
9And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
10Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
Who else was this for ?
43And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:
44But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.
45A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.
46In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.
47All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
48And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. [ PAY CLOSE ATTENTION! Even those who were strangers (Gentiles), if they participated in the Passover, and kept it’s ordinances, they too would be “made free” from the “bondage”]
50Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.
51And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.
In Matthew,Mark and Luke, the scriptures declare that Christ came to Jerusalem for the purpose to partake of the Passover. Christ had also told His disciples, that HE would be the Lamb this year(paraphrase mine). He did ALL of this, that Scripture be fulfilled and that He would also KEEP the ordinances of YHWH !
He did all this for you and me.
Why Should We Do It ?
Romans 6:17-23 (King James Version)
17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1Corithians 7: 20-24
20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
21Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
24Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
But What About ?
I have heard these passages in the past, and until I came to understand them properly, am guilty of misusing them my self,
1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. [ We MUST NOT forget, that Christ was a “Torah Observant Jew” and so were His followers. The reason this is important is simple, “On the other side of Obedience, is a Blessing”. Though we are “not under the law of sin”, we are considered “Grafted in” and therefore we should “Honor God” with our obedience, no our desires, to Please Him who Loved us first. That we may be called a “son” and “heir of God through Christ”]
8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. [When we were “separated from God” by sin, and “knew not God” and His ways, we served the enemy with “reckless abandonment”. We didn’t know any different.]
9But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
***[These verses were written by Shaul,Paul, to Gentile believers, whom he had taught in the ways of The Lord. Teaching them the “Truth” instead of “The Letter of The Law”. Shaul, was NOT teaching them to be disobedient to God ,”now that ye have known God (v9)”, but here he is actually asking them “why do you desire to be in bondage again?” They were returning to their “old ways”, the ways of the world, before they “Knew God(v9)”
There were then and still are today, those who reject “The Truth” of Scripture, and take verse 10 to say we are “not to observe God’s days, months, times and years”, BUT that is contrary to “the Truth” as well as what Shaul himself observed. Shaul observed the Sabbath, and the other “Feast of The Lord”. He wouldn’t teach people NOT TO DO THESE THINGS, if he himself continued to do them. Shaul wouldn’t say The Laws were “weak and beggarly elements” to the Gentile Galatians, when he tells us in :
1 Timothy 1:7-9 (King James Version)
7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
[In this writing to Timothy, Shaul is giving a CLEAR warning to those who speak AGAINST The Law, False Teachers, who DO NOT UNDERSTAND, NOR AFFIRM. They didn’t obey,just as many today don’t, because they have been deceived to believe “The Law, being bad and weak and beggarly”, to have been done away with. This is a LIE from the pits of hell, and has kept The Body from the “Right Relationship” with God. We, that are “Born Again”, of The Spirit of God, The Father, have been MADE free from the law of sin, which is death, BUT, now He who fulfilled The Law, lives in us and through us, thus as we grow closer to His Ways, we too, fulfill The Law, just as Christ did and taught His disciples to do, also.]
Back to Galatians 4
12Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
13Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? [Often times, we are considered the enemy, when we try to teach people The Truth. The “carnal mind” can NOT receive the things of The Spirit, and therefore “rebels against” it at every opportunity.
17They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. [We are to be ” always in a good thing”, not “only when ” we are at “Church” or doing something for The Lord, BUT ALWAYS, so that we can have an “Affect” on others as well. We are to BE the Righteousness of God, His Ambassadors, His “Royal Priesthood”, at all times]
19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
20I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. [ When Shaul/Paul speaks about “desiring to be under the law”, he is making reference to those who want to be back in “sin”. He IS NOT telling anyone that they are “free agents” to just go on and “continue in sin”, for to do so, keeps one in “covenant with the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar”.
NOW, we, who KNOW the Lord, have become “not children of the bondwoman, but of the free”, for “28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.”
In closing, The Blessings of The Passover, become so real to all who will forsake their own concepts of “the traditions of man”, and learn of, get to “Know God’s Ways”, for they ARE NOT burdensome, nor heavy. They are NOT bondage, but rather are the Path to Freedom in Christ, Who truly is our “Passover Lamb”.