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7 Ways to Deal with Passover Criticism

7 Ways to Deal with Passover Criticism

Every year I deal with the same  remarks by well-intended but misinformed Christians:  they believe observing Passover is legalism or Judaizing.

Many people are simply concerned that celebrating the holidays may be an “earning salvation” type of works belief. They are afraid of the negative term “law” and being labeled “legalistic”. They do not fully understand that the biblical holidays are a beautiful picture of God’s grace, His unmerited favor.

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7 Ways to Handle Passover Criticism

1. Pray

Ask for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Ask God to direct your paths.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6).

All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalm 25:10).

2. Clarify and Explain

  • Explain that you are not celebrating the feast to earn favor but to learn about God.
  • The biblical holidays are a picture of God’s grace! The grace of God shines forth clearly in these holidays and their stories of blessing, preservation, promise, and fulfillment.
  • God delivered an undeserving people before they entered into His covenant. Before God gave Israel the law, He gave them Himself as their redeemer when he liberated them from Egypt.
  • He didn’t send the Ten Commandments and tell them to obey them before He saved them. He first saved them, then sent His law in response. His instruction (law) is His guidance for our own good, for a good life here on Earth.
  • The Passover story, and other biblical holidays, show God’s grace in action. Obedience is a response to grace. Grace cannot be bought; it is given. Obedience is the fruit of grace. God wants us to tell the story of His grace to our children.

3. Encourage them to Look to Scripture

As with any other problem in our lives, the answer is found in Scripture. Encourage your critics to look up Bible verses about Passover and study it for themselves.

Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up; (Jeremian 18:15).

Concerning the words of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not (Psalm17:4-5)

4. Remember, it is a Spiritual Battle

Do not take it personally. It is a spiritual battle.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12).

5. Strive for Unity

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Herman, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:1–3).

6. Give the Glory to God

Humble yourself. This is the Lord’s battle not yours. Don’t try to win just to win. (I Corinthians 10:31, I Peter 4:11).

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:18–21).

7. Encourage and Uplift One Another

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24–25).

What About the Unbiblical Holidays?

The same people that balk at me having a Passover seder don’t think twice about serving ham on Easter and looking for bunny eggs!

Why is it that the same people who are so concerned about legalism don’t ever question things involved in traditional Easter celebrations like rabbits, eggs, and fertility goddess worship? (Google history of Easter for info).

If it’s such a bad thing to observe the Jewish feast days, why did Jesus and the disciples observe them? Paul and Jesus’ disciples all continued to observe the holy days after Jesus arose.

I try to answer the questions of the critics in love. We should always meet any opposition as a chance to lovingly share God’s Word.

Summary

No matter what we do or who we are—if we are obedient, if we give sacrificially, if we give our all—it means absolutely nothing if we lack love for the Father or for one another.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal (1 Corinthians 13).

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34 comments

  1. I appreciate you fighting the good fight of faith. Thank you for all the scriptures, above. It saddens me how Easter overshadows Passover. What a celebration missed!
    The Lord bless you, sister,
    Joni

  2. It really is sad. So many miss the rich Hebrew heritage. Thanks for the comment. Helps me not feel alone.

  3. Robin, I’m sorry some are so intolerant. How I pray Papa would open the eyes of the blind so they’d see what a joy it is to celebrate the feasts! Until that day, you just enjoy the feasts, Sweetie. One day the criticizers will wish they’d had this joy too. You’re not alone. There’s quite a few of us spreading the word as best we can. Soon Papa will open the eyes of the blind and pour out His Spirit. Then we’ll be able to help them learn what they’ve been missing. You’re fighting a great fight, and I’m sure Papa is proud of you and your example. Shag Chamech. Spitfire
    .-= Spitfire´s last blog ..Scout Sabbath 2010 =-.

  4. Mrs. K Hewett

    Robin,

    I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with negative comments about this. I was INCREDIBLY BLESSED by your article. THANK YOU for sharing your heart. We are only just starting to learn about the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith, and starting to be aware of the Biblical feasts. As they come around, I am talking with my children about them. I’m hoping maybe next year to be able to have a Passover seder, or at least attend one. I recently mentioned to my mom that we were learning about Passover (that Jesus’ “last supper” with his disciples was a Passover meal) and could tell she was less than enthused. I did not grow up doing the secular Easter stuff-eggs, candy, new clothes, and my parents still call it “Resurrection Sunday” instead – but they won’t go as far as to remember Passover. [sigh] I have been SO BLESSED by learning about our Hebrew roots. It helps clarify and add such a rich dimension to our Christian faith. Thank you for introducing me to these things. I pray God blesses you richly for your obedience to Him. You are certainly a blessing to me.

    K Hewett

  5. Great post. I too am fascinated by the Jewish traditions and feel I understand God more as I learn about them. Always going to have your critics, but you made valid points.
    .-= Kimberly Kovach´s last blog ..Galaxy of Education Math Computer Games on CD for grades K-9 =-.

  6. This is very good. Legalism is such a slppery slope and this is yet another area where it pops up! We have done several Passover Seders and were so incredibly moved and blessed each time. I wish we had been prepared to do one this year -a mistake we will likely not repeat.
    You may enjoy this post that a friend did on my website: http://www.godandwoman.com/2010/03/guest-post-competative-christianity.html

  7. caroline-n.ireland

    Hi Robin

    I live in n.ireland and my family no longer take part in the church festivals, so to speak. We are learning and be blessed by our hebrew roots and Yeshua is being lifted up not the world. The christians we do know dont think we are believers as we dont celebrate easter and christmas.
    We are called to follow Yeshua not man and we desire to lift him up and trust him with our lives. Thankyou for all you info you have posted as it has been very freeing and a major blessing.

    Love
    Caroline

  8. Lisa Arndt

    Robin, I love the story of Passover and how it reveals God’s ways are so far above our ways and His love is so far above any other. You have helped me realize more than anyone (through your blogs, life story, and recommended books) that this Christian life isn’t about legalism. It’s about freedom from the ways of this world and Satan’s snares. I love the study of Passover and though I did not technically observe it this year, I have in the past and will likely do so in the future. In fact, a few years ago I traveled across the country to fellowship with a church that does observe Passover and all three of my kids chose to get baptized at that time. So thank you is what I’m trying to say. Lisa

  9. Robin — Thank you for sharing your experience and, even more, for sharing your suggestions on how to handle criticism. This is so crucial. First of all, thank the Lord for His holy days which HE decided and told us to observe! What a blessing they are. Secondly, criticism can be so hurtful and so difficult, I appreciate your reminders of how to handle it Biblically. May He give us the grace and wisdom to see through His eyes and respond accordingly.

  10. ///A reply from the Homeschool Lounge///
    Robin, I just want to thank you so much for all of the work you do for the Kingdom, sharing your wonderful article and insights. Your books and encouragement have been such a blessing to my family and I over the years, as we’ve found what amazing LIVING history lessons they are for our children, these Feasts! The spiritual nuances just abound as every one of our senses are engaged in celebration and worship during the Pesach Feast (and the other Biblical Holy days, which Adonai calls HIS appointed times)!

    We enjoyed a wonderful Seder feast with friends and family last Monday night… so blessed! Every year the layers of meaning and redemptive applicability to my/our own life that the Spirit reveals as He shows us our blessed Messiah in every aspect of these Biblical Feasts is
    just so faith-grounding, comforting, challenging and leaves me/us in awe of His wondrous, wonderful Plan. Our children ♥ these times! There just aren’t words enough… May we all know Him, and worship Him in spirit and in truth~

    Here’s a couple of wonderful articles regarding these Festivals and Torah that *may* help to clarify some misconceptions that seem to be prohibiting meaningful dialogue on this topic, maybe?: “Are the Festivals (Moedim) for Today?” & “God’s Law and the Christian”.

    Let us remember that Paul was addressing a mostly Gentile congregation of Believers when he wrote the following, “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival (of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits), not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” ~1 Corinthians 5:7-8

    Passover is a celebration designed by Adonai, for all time, a permanent ordinance! In Exodus 12:13-14 we read, “The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord. Throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.”

    “Many Christians don’t realize that Passover is just as much a New Testament Feast as an Old Testament Feast! …
    Passover is very important to God! But Satan HATES Passover! The enemy has worked diligently to steal Passover away! The good news is: God is restoring Passover. But it is a battle! The battle for Passover is the battle for the blood. Satan wants to give us a bloodless religion, because a bloodless religion has no power! The power is in the blood!

    There’s always a battle for PASSOVER. We see it in church history!
    In the 4th century, when the emperor Constantine tried to merge Christianity and paganism, it sounded like a good deal to many! He legalized Christianity! You could go to church without having to fear being thrown to the lions!

    And Constantine didn’t mind Christians having a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. But he did have an issue with PASSOVER! He demanded that Christians not celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at the time of Passover! At the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325), he declared, “This irregularity [observing Passover] MUST be corrected!”

    At the council of Nicea, Constantine outlawed Passover and directed that Christ’s death and resurrection be celebrated on “the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox,” .a time associated with the spring festival of the pagan fertility goddess Ishtar. also known as Eastre! (That’s why in the church today we celebrate the resurrection at Easter instead of Passover!) Constantine’s goal was to remove Jesus from the context of Passover!

    The Battle Continues!
    Many in the church resisted Constantine’s edicts, so for many centuries after Constantine, the battle for Passover continued! In the sixth century, for example, Emperor Justinian sent the Roman armies throughout the empire to enforce the prohibition on Passover! In his attempt to wipe out the “heresy” of Passover, thousands of men, women and children were brutally murdered! Entire cities were massacred for refusing to stop celebrating Passover! (The battle for Passover has had many casualties!) Pressured by the government, the Roman church joined in the attempts to stamp out Passover! Notice some of the decrees passed against Passover by various church councils.

    A Curse Pronounced!
    THE COUNCIL OF ANTIOCH (A.D. 345) – “If any bishop, presbyter or deacon will dare, after this decree, to celebrate Passover, the council judges them to be anathema from the church. This council not only deposes them from ministry, but also any others who dare to communicate with them.” (The word anathema means “cursed.” The church actually pronounced a curse on Christians who would celebrate Passover!)

    THE COUNCIL OF LAODICEA (A.D. 365) – “It is not permitted to receive festivals which are by Jews.”

    THE COUNCIL OF AGDE, FRANCE (506) – “Christians MUST NOT take part in Jewish festivals.”

    THE COUNCIL OF TOLEDO X (7th century) – Easter must be celebrated at the time set by the decree of Nicea.

    The battle for Passover is seen clearly in church history!

    That battle against Passover is nothing new! We see the same thing in the Bible: Satan always tries to steal away Passover, because he knows the celebration of the blood releases power!
    excerpted from Why Celebrate Passover?

    I am SO thankful that the Lord has led us down this path of learning about and celebrating Him through what He refers to as HIS Moedim (appointed times). Every year, as we come to understand their significance and realize the depths to which they minister the Gospel! a little bit more, we are more and more burdened with how important they are for His Church… thus the enemy’s ploy to bury them, along with all things Hebraic, over the centuries. They give such powerful, undeniable testimony to the Lord-ship of our Messiah – in ways we cannot even conceive of, nor comprehend, until we begin to journey into them! At first they seemed foreign to us, and it’s been a slow, gradual process for us (of over a decade now!), but what amazing beauty and freedom when they begin to be familiar and understood. Our children’s understanding to prophecy AND history are so enriched and intertwined by keeping the yearly cycle of the Feasts, and learning to revere Adonai by keeping the first Moedim given, Shabbat. What a blessing the Sabbath has become in our lives too! 😉

    Now we only see as through a glass dimly, but one day, He shall make all things known… and one thing I’ve certainly learned over the years is to be careful about being too quick to think I/we have it all figured out, but I do know that one day soon, we will ALL be celebrating the Feasts together in Jerusalem! 🙂 What a glorious day that shall be, and until then, we mine His Word and pray for guidance, which He is so faithful to give. Such a blessedly gently, loving Shepherd He is!

    Isaiah 2:2-4, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law (Torah, instructions), and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

    Okay, I’m done… 😉

    Happy Pesach!

  11. ////Reply on Homeschol Lounge///
    I’m always shocked and surprised by some Christians’ fears of legalism and rejection of the Biblical festivals & traditions. Passover, along with the other Feasts, Fasts and the whole Law was given not to replace the yoke of slavery from Egypt with another yoke.

    The Law (a bad translation, as Torah comes from a Hebrew root word which means to shoot an arrow, and conveys the idea of guidance, something to aim for) is not something to be viewed as a burden, on the contrary – the Law is freedom from sin, and it is sin which needs to be feared and rejected.

    The Law (Torah) is traditionally viewed as being not bondage, but freedom, and is called the ‘tree of life’, and Jesus the Living Torah.

    Legalism can only come about if a wrong view of the Law makes you misunderstand its purpose – observance of the Law does not save, it never has and never could, but no Jewish person would think that, it is a purely Christian misunderstanding (tell me this: why would gentiles need to be freed from the Law? No! It is sin which Christ has saved you from! Also, it is often confusing in the NT because what Paul is referring to when he seems to be criticising the Law is the additional Rabbinic rules & regulations that were added as a ‘fence around Torah’, but not being the Word of the LORD were not life-giving but death-inducing – these things are what Christ abolished, not the unchaning eternal word of God!).

    The Law is a beautiful, blessed thing – it is meant to be the safe place to live within. What a joy, a privilege and a blessing it is that we can be allowed to partake!

    “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” – Psalm 119:165

  12. ////Reply on Homeschol Lounge///
    This discussion is SOOOOO old. At least 2000 years! Let’s read Acts 15:1-21. This concept of “Judaizing” was alive and well less than 20 years after the day of Pentecost!!! I think Peter, James, Paul, and Barnabas, came up with a good handle on the situation, and it’s best to defer to their spiritual guidance over any modern preacher, teacher, or pastor. While lovely to observe these holidays and traditions, it feels sometimes that those who do are sadly looking down updown those who don’t (like we’re pretending our Christianity). Of course no one means it that way, but it has a tendancy to feel as though they are wondering, ‘Why don’t they love God as much as I do?’ (Because you are observing these things out of LOVE, as you say).
    I have also been somewhat confused as to picking and choosing which OT laws some people decide to obey. If Passover is a COMMAND as they say (as sited in Exodus 13), then do you also leave your town during your monthly cycle? We don’t stone adulterors, blasphemers, or mediums any longer. We no longer observe the Year of Jubilee and quit paying our bills (although I am all for bringing that one back!) If someone touches a dead person or a crawling thing, we no longer require them to take a cleansing bath. We no longer butcher a lamb to save ourselves from our sins – Jesus did it already. These are only a few OT commandments that I find while flipping through the books of Leviticus and Exodus, and I already know I can’t keep up with those!! How much more disheartening and confusing and impossible it must have been to have attempted to live under those laws! I am sure we can all agree that we all needed a savior to do this for us!
    Whether enjoying your Sedar or your hard boiled eggs, whether you observe all week or on Sunday, have a happy Easter celebration!

  13. Are the negative comments on the original Passover post removed?

  14. “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40

    If Passover, avoiding pork and celebrating the other wonderfully rich biblical holidays helps me be more like Jesus, then sign me up!

    My life has been completely transformed by reading, understanding and living out the Bible Jesus read, understood and lived out.

    From a homeschooling perspective, I love being able to read the Bible from the beginning with my son and see how much he loves and thrives on much of the richness contained in these very things some people find “burdensome.” I’m grateful that he is learning the whole Bible, in chronological order, and that I don’t need to do a lot of “that-doesn’t-apply-to-us” with him. You should have seen how much fun he had at our seder last night!

  15. Paul told Gentile believers to keep Passover after Jesus’ resurrection as a memorial of the death of Christ, our Passover, who was sacrificed for us.

    Jesus told His disciples to partake of unleavened bread and wine during the New Testament Passover service. Through this command, He charged His followers to observe it as a memorial of His death for all time.

    Since Christ’s death completely fulfilled the symbolism of killing a lamb, we no longer need to slaughter a lamb in keeping the Passover.

    THE BIBLE SAYS:

    God sent Christ to die and deliver us from our sins. (Romans 5.8.)

    Before His death, He commanded His disciples to partake of the supper in His remembrance. (Matthew 26.26-28; Mark 14.22-25; Luke 22.14-19.) “

    And 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.’ And He took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26.26-28.)

    All the four gospels give the same account, and in Luke 22.19, Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of me.”

    Paul wrote to the church at Corinth concerning the Lord’s Supper, when he heard they were partaking of it improperly. (1 Corinthians 11.20-34.)

    In verse 23 it reads: “For I have received from the Lord, that which I also delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus Christ the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He brake it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which was broken for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

    Jesus told us to do Passover to remember His sacrifice.
    If he didn’t want us to keep Passover He wouldn’t have said it.

    I love the afikomen part of Passover– its such a powerful symbol for the children to understand how Jesus ransomed us.

  16. I have owned your book for years! I have loved what I learned from it and it did bring me closer to Christ. I have home educated 21 years and from the purchase of your book years ago I have tried to at least give my children a little knowledge in the feasts and their meanings. Although I have never been able to get the flow of doing all the festivals each year we had another Seder this year with our four grown adults, our teenager and four year old. I was blessed and felt I had been obedient. I am new to blogging and put our experience on my blog. Thanks for your shared knowledge in this area, our homes has been blessed.

  17. I also deal with negative comments from my own parents and family. I have been asked if I have converted to Judism on more than one occasion. Which in turn makes me think am I wrong, but after I read a passage of scripture I see so clearly Im on the right track.

    I too can’t believe most of the same people who have problems with the feasts are hiding plastic eggs that symbolize fertility and lying to their children telling them their is a giant bunny who delivers a basket of goodies. I grew up that way I can remember thinking in my mind as a kid that it did not seem right we celebrated the resurection on a different day each year. The primary focus was more on the eggs and candy than the Resurection. I have read a tract on the internet that explains who Ishtar was (pronounced easter) http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract1.html
    I have not had a chance to research it to see if all of it is acurate, however since I have read it when i hear the word easter I cringe. Im thankful I have a pastor that thinks the way I do and says Resurection Sunday, and is famillar with the feasts and the truths and errors of our society.

    Not only do the feasts tell us how wonderful our Saviour is but it reminds me that each thing I learn about my Jewish roots makes it easier to show the Jewish people that Indeed Jesus is their Messiah. (which personally I feel is why there is such a turn of christians going back to the Jewish roots).

    So Keep up the good work Robin I love to read your posts and remember its a good thing to be persacuted for Jesus 🙂

  18. Robert

    Its so sad that you believe you are a Christian. What you proclaim is a sin against the New Covenant. As an American, I believe you have a perfect right to your beliefs, and you ar most likely a good person – you just do not understand what Christianity’s history or true meaning is! Your position could not be more wrong and corosive!

  19. Dear Robin sis, believe me, this same attacks happened on other brethren who understand that Yeshua/Jesus is seen in the feasts of the LORD and celebrate these feasts in obdience to God, worshipping Yeshua/Jesus our Messiah.

    Press on, don’t let their criticisms get you down. We are not doing anything wrong to observe the LORD’s festivals in honour of Him and His Messiah Yeshua!

  20. By the way, I simply love the posts on Firstfruits and Passover. Gonna start subscribing to your blog.

  21. The festivals of God are all pictures and patterns of the Lord Messiah Jesus. If one cannot see Him in them, then I do not know what more to say. Are you listening to man’s traditions or are you truly reading the Scriptures?

    A Messianic rabbi friend told me, man likes to cling to their doctrines and traditions, and by rejecting Torah, they indeed change God’s Word, either removing from it, or adding upon it. This applies to everyone irregardless of their race or religious affliation.

  22. Berura

    Robert, I respectfully disagree with you. A sin against the New Covenant? Those are very harsh words and such an incorrect usage of the Hebraic terms of Scripture. If you would review the correct words for that statement, you would find it is not “New” but “Renewed” as the moon is renewed monthly. Christianity’s meaning? Excuse me but Christianity is based on Judiasm plain and simple. The HEBREW Messiah Yeshua said “Not one jot or tittle(Yod) would pass away until heaven and earth pass away”. Sir look out your window, earth is still here. Her position is in the right direction, Sir. Unfortunately you are the one who misunderstands history. Evangelical Dispensationalism is the Theory less than 200 years old. Although some of her term usage is a bit toward the Christian aspect, she is far from corrosive. I believe her understanding is gearing more toward the truth. Yahweh bless you Robin, and If I can be of help, please let me know.

  23. Dearest sister, folks are offended by you in general because you carry the Spirit of Truth inside you. Folks are fine until the truth exposes the complacency and compromise within them. They they must make a choice, embrace the truth or stone the one delivering the message. I can imagine the bruises you have. Yet I am reminded of something Richard Wurmbrand said, he basically said we go through the torture again and again because there are still more that haven’t been saved yet. I for one am extremely blessed by what you share and am supporting you in prayer :).

    Now, on a fun note, want to meet up at the Mule Day parade??

  24. Penny, You always bless me. I needed this today. —

    Thinking of Richard Wurmbrand went through really puts it into perspective. How blessed we are to live here and only have disagreements while brothers and sisters around the world face torture and death! Thanks so much.

    I would love to meet you at the mule day parade. Lets plan on it!

  25. I think that the Biblical Feasts are a wonderful way to show that we love Jesus. It is commanded in the Bible to observe the Passover and if the Bible commands it, I want to do it. I am so glad there are others that feel the way I do about getting in touch with the Jewish traditions. Jesus was Jewish and how better to serve Jesus than to observe and respect his laws and Feasts. I think your blog is wonderful! God Bless.

  26. Dear Robin,
    We celebrated our very first Christian Seder right before Easter and when else could my whole family have such a special time to remember God’s faithfulness, provision and miracles? Or that my young daughter wanted to wash everyone’s feet (she quite insisted) and do a ballet performance to Jesus Paid It All or have communion together?
    We set a place for Jesus instead of Elisha and it was such a blessed gift from God. God puts things on hearts differently, and I so appreciate all the work you have done-
    God bless you, be encouraged. All your work
    has helped me so much and the many people I have shared it with.
    I’ll be looking forward to personally thanking you in heaven!
    Amy

  27. Robin, my family and I have been incredibly blessed by your homeschool and resource materials that help point the way to our Messiah through Old and Renewed Covenant scripture.
    You are a true blessing to the Kingdom of God, no matter what the naysayers have to say. It is what our Adonai says that truly matters, and I know that He is pleased with you and what you are doing in the Kingdom (educating the rest of us about the beautiful Jewishness of our Lord and Savior and how it affects us as Gentiles/Jews today). This knowledge is pertinent to everything past, present, and future. Without the foundational basis of our understanding of our Jewish roots, we will not be able to fully discern biblical prophecy and all things are soon to come upon this world. We should be alert and awake spiritually as Yeshua’s people– and the only way to do that is to know who we are in Him.
    .-= Demetria´s last blog ..Discover Your Destiny Series/ Gift and Talent Workshop =-.

  28. We participated in a play that showed the passover at the same time as Jesus was going to the cross. The symbolism had never hit me before. I was stunned. This was many years ago and I have grown to understand it so much more. I think that these holidays celebrate and are a blessing from God, to show us His faithfullness to ALL His people.
    Also just as we would not call our beloved family traditions legalism, I would not call these. They tie us to our roots and the God who shows us He never changes. They show He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Also legalism denotes we have to “celebrate” them.That is not the case it is a choice and a joy:)

  29. Jesus was the ultimate Passover sacrifice. To deny the connection to Passover is to completely negate the ultimate sacrifice Christ made on the cross. The Old Testament establishment of Passover pointed directly at Christ – our Perfect Lamb as the eternal Passover sacrifice. There is no hesitation on the part of Christians to celebrate a holiday timed around the cycles of the moon, which could not be more pagan. The saddest thing of all is our lack of knowledge on such a fundamental tenet. Christ’s entry to Jerusalem at the time of Passover was no coincidence and for any Christian to deny its connection is to miss the full understanding of what Christ came to do. Ein el milvad Elohim.

  30. JoAnne

    I love your insight! I agree with you that most Christians are forgetting that we should try to do what the Father has requested. Most fathers would like their children to at least try. So I do. But most Christians feel that once baptised, they are saved. Meet with their social group at church, and that is all they have to do.
    I also wonder about tithes. I know God didn’t expect tithes to buy a new building for a church coffee shop or a bus to go on trips with for out tithes. I think He wanted us to take care of and feed widows and orphans and aliens and the unChristians…… I would love to know what your thoughts are on this.

  31. Acts 5:33 (KJV)
    33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

    Acts 7:54 (KJV)
    54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.

    It’s usually when we’re stepping out in faith, speaking Truth that the (s)word is so sharp it cuts to the heart.
    When we are cut to the heart we have a choice, do we defend sin, or repent and return to the Lord in that area of our lives.

    Thank you for sharing sharp truth that prompts us to move. My prayer is that His Bride heeds this prompting of the Holy Spirit and submits with Love. I want to be that Bride.

  32. Dear Robin,

    Keep up the good work as the Lord leads you! What people resist as they refer to “law” actually means teaching and instruction and it saddens me to see the body of Messiah deep entrenched into paganism. They don’t know when Christ sets His kingdom on the earth he will require every nation to come and observe the Feasts of the Lord….

    Zechariah 14:16-18 (King James Version)

    16And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

    17And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

    18And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

    There is hope….Those who resist now will get it then!

    I am in awe of the work the Lord is doing worldwide in bringing His people to the root of our faith…..The Hebrew roots! I am greatfull He opened my eyes and pulled out of that well disguised mire of pagan practices…. Trully thankful.

    I praise the Lord for you and thank you for obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit as you share the revelation of His richness with us!

    Shalom sister!
    Love you in Messiah,
    Crissy

  33. Sherri

    Sad to say, most Christians have been under the teaching of Replacement Theology at some or all their lives. It’s like a glass of cold water has hit our face when we find out we’ve been duped all these years by our “shepherds”.

  34. “How much more disheartening and confusing and impossible it must have been to have attempted to live under those laws! I am sure we can all agree that we all needed a savior to do this for us!”

    It sounds like you are saying that Jesus saves us from the commandments, rather than our failure to observe them. Our failure to obey — that is what sin is, isn’t it? (“Sin is lawlessness.”)

    But if he keeps the commandments “for us,” then there is no obligation, and no sin. Does that sound right?

    It’s so easy for us to breathe a sigh of relief because Jesus “did it for us, so we don’t have to.” He also fulfulled the law with his resurrection. Does that me we “don’t have to” go through that as well?

    It seems we want to be saved from drowning, but we don’t want to be told to get out of the water.

    How very North American of us.

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