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Sabbath and Holy Day Services - April 2014

                 

Date                                        Time      

 

Saturday    April  5,  2014     1:30 pm      Sabbath Services

Saturday    April 12, 2014     1:30 pm A   Sabbath Bible Study Services

 

Sunday      April 13, 2014               7:30 pm      Lordís Supper/Passover Service

Tuesday     April 15, 2014     1:30 pm      Holy Day - First Day of Unleavened Bread

NO LOCAL SABBATH SERVICES ON APRIL 19

Monday     April 21, 2014     1:30 pm      Holy day - Last Day of Unleavened Bread

 

Saturday    April 26, 2014     1:30pm       Sabbath Services

 

A Ė On this Sabbath a Bible Study Service will be conducted, lasting approximately 1-1/2 hours. Congregational hymns will commence and conclude Bible Study Services. Announcements will be read after opening hymns.

 

Below are Two Timely Articles

 

The Lordís Supper and the Days of Unleavened Bread

By: Jim Josephsen

 

 

On Sunday, April 13th 2014, shortly after sunset, the Chicago Intercontinental Church of God will commemorate the Lordís Supper service. Known traditionally as the Christian Passover, the Lordís Supper occurs on the night of, which is the beginning of, the 14th day of the first month (of the sacred calendar), just after sunset of the 13th. This service does not commemorate the Passover (of which we read in Exodus 12), for the Passover meal consumed by Israel under the guidance of Moses and the passing over of the Eternal in the land of Egypt, all took place some 24-28 hours later in the sequence of time. The Passover lamb was sacrificed at the end of the 14th day of the first month (just prior to the 15th day of the first month) and the passing over of the Eternal to slay the firstborn in Egypt occurred on the 1st day of Unleavened Bread, the 15th day of the first month. The Children of Israel, under the leadership of Moses departed in haste from Egypt on the 15th day of the first month, the First Day of Unleavened Bread (Numbers 33:3, Exodus 12:17).

 

In our modern times, the Seder meal as celebrated by the Jews, as well as the Night to be Much Remembered meal as celebrated by those affiliated with the seventh-day Sabbath Churches of God are both meals which commemorate the Passover meal of Exodus 12.

 

The unique and highly solemn observance, as called by the Apostle Paul, the Lordís Supper, was introduced by Jesus Christ, as a memorial of the New Covenant, which he initiated. The Lordís Supper is not a Seder meal; not a Night to be Much Remembered meal, not a Passover meal. Never before in the religious history of Ancient Israel or Judah was there a celebration or activity performed on this night, the night of, the beginning of the 14th day of the first month (this night call; the night in which the Lord was betrayed (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:23)).

 

On this night, in which Jesus Christ was betrayed, our Savior introduced the elements, the symbols of the New Testament. Jesus Christ took of bread (unleavened, flat bread Ė representing His pure, sinless body) and of the cup of the fruit of the vine (representing His blood of the New Testament, His perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins) and through these two elements introduced the New Covenant.

 

Notice what Paul has taught us. That the Lord Jesus the same night he was betrayed took bread: and 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. After 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 often as you drink of it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the Lordís death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

And from the book of Matthew, we can read words which Christ himself spoke: And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, Drink you all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:27-28).

 

Each year, once a year, on the actual date, the actual night of its original occurrence in the year 31 AD, the servants, the disciples of Jesus Christ, those baptized into His body, those under the New Covenant (Testament), Godís very elect, commemorate the event and reaffirm their acceptance of and commitment to keeping their part of the New Covenant, the agreement they willing enter into with God, the Father and Jesus Christ. 

 

Each year, once a year, as a commemoration and annual celebration, members of the Intercontinental Church of God commemorate the memorial of the New Covenant.

 

This solemn observance, this partaking of the bread and the cup occurs some 24 hours before the observance of the Passover meal.

 

In 31 AD the sequence of event were as follows: 

 

1)      Before the feast of Passover, Christ and his disciples ate a supper (John 13:2, 4; Luke 22:20) called the Lordís Supper Ė on the night, the beginning of the 14th day of the first month. The night continued and Christ was betrayed, arrested and set to trial throughout the night and into the morning; scourged and place on the stake at the 3rd hour (9:00am).

2)      Then at the 9th hour (3:00 in the afternoon) of the 14th day of the first month (a day called the preparation day or preparation of the Passover in the New Testament Ė cf. Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54; John 19:14, 31, 42), Jesus Christ was slain, sacrificed on the stake, a spear piercing his side.

3)      The Passover Lambs were sacrificed in the Temple from 3:00pm (the 9th hour) until the 12th hour (about 6:00pm of the 14th day of the first month).

4)      The Passover lambs were then roasted and the Passover meals were eaten in the homes that late evening, the ending of the 14th/night of, the beginning of the 15th day of the first month, the First Day of Unleavened Bread.

 

Jesus Christ died on the 14th day of the first month and by so doing could not eat the Passover with His disciples that year; for by the time the nation of Judah was eating the Passover meal, Christ was in the tomb. He was buried before the High Day/Sabbath commenced. He was buried barely before the sunset of the 14th day of the first month, just prior to the First Day of Unleavened Bread, the 15th day of the first month.

 

The First Day of Unleavened Bread (this year falling on April 15th, 2014) is the first of Godís seven annual Holy Days (cf. Leviticus 23:5-8; Numbers 28:16-25). The Feast of Unleavened Bread is also called the Passover (cf.  Luke 22:1) or Feast of Passover because of its close association with the Passover activates. It was on the First Day of Unleavened Bread that the Eternal passed over the land of Egypt, at midnight (cf. Exodus 12:12, 27, 29).

 

During the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread, those faithful and obedient to God the Father and Jesus Christ will not consume any leavened foods. Six days later, the second annual Holy Day; the Last Day of Unleavened Bread (the 21st day of the first month cf. Exodus 12:18) occurs (this year falling on April 21st, 2014).

 

Much wisdom and spiritual insight can be gained through understanding the meaning of these days. By observing and actually keeping these days in Holy convocation will avail Godís people the opportunity to read from the Bible and hear the very Word of God expounded, allowing us to comprehend greater truths relating to Godís plan of salvation and His Love for His creation.

 

 

 

To learn more about the Lordís Supper and the Holy Days, click on to the links below.

 

The Old Testament Passover, the Lordís Supper and the Time of Christís Death

 

http://www.intercontinentalcog.org/HD_Papers/Passover021.shtml

 

 

Passover Ė Is it for Christians?

 

http://www.garnertedarmstrong.org/pubs/PassoverIsItForChristians.htm

 

 

Godís Holy Days

 

http://www.intercontinentalcog.org/ICGCC/Lesson_Ten.shtml

 

http://www.garnertedarmstrong.org/pubs/godsseas.htm

 

 

Sincerity and Truth

By: Jim Josephsen

 

 

            The Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthian Church to keep the feast (of Unleavened Bread) in sincerity and truth (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:8).

 

Certainly Paul, in teaching this congregation of God, comprised mainly of gentiles, taught them that by observing the seven days of unleavened bread, they were to refrain from, and avoid eating leavened bread or leavened foods.

 

            By observing and obeying this physical law and physically doing something (refraining from eating leaving while replacing the leavened foods with unleavened foods), spiritual principles would be derived. That holds true for all the laws of God. As we read in Romans 7:14, for we know that the law is spiritual. We are to not only physically keep the laws but we are to spiritually keep them. We not only do them, we think them. Our heart and spirit, our attitude and character is the Law of God. This is what is meant when God said to those of us who have His Spirit; I will put my laws in their hearts and in their minds I will write them.

 

            Christ emphasized the spirit of the law when he taught, you have heard that it was said by them of old (pertaining to a law of God) but quickly showed the spiritual practice, the spirit of that law. He showed the spiritual application of a physical law. The physical performance, the doing of the law is the foundation showing us how we should keep and experience those same laws spiritually, in our mind and attitude (cf. Matthew 5:17-48). If our minds are set right, the physical behavior will do right.

 

            Now when Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church about the feast days, he told them to keep the feast (that is, avoid eating leavening for seven days and in place of the leavening, they were to eat unleavened foods). In so doing this physical act, they were to understand that spiritually, that is of their heart and mind, attitude and character, they were to root out, eradicate, and eliminate malice and wickedness. They were to get rid of all that puffs up and corrupts the character and behavior of the person.

 

            Paul further stressed that they were to eat the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, while keeping the feast. While eating unleavened bread, physically, for seven days, the brethren in Corinth were to understand (spiritually speaking) that they were to be ingesting and digesting sincerity and truth into their very mind and spirit, attitude, behavior and character. The physical practice set the pattern for the spiritual reality.

 

            Just what is meant by Truth? We know: Thy word is truth (John 17:17); Thy law is the truth (Psalm 119:142); All thy commandments are truth (Psalm 119:151); Jesus Christ is the truth (John 14:6). All that pertains to God and all that radiates from God is truth and in Him is no lie.

 

            And what of sincerity? What Paul taught the Corinthians was not something new. Notice Joshua 24:14. Now therefore fear the Eternal and serve him in sincerity and truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt; and serve the Lord.

 

            It seems sincerity and truth is a common theme, a requirement which God expects of His people. As we keep the feast, we are serving God. As we keep the feast physically, we are reminded that our spirit and mind must radiate a character and attitude of sincerity and truth.

 

            Just what is sincerity? The dictionary definition tells us Ė the quality or state of being sincere; honesty of mind; free from hypocrisy.

 

            The Greek word for sincerity is elikreeniah, which means: cleanliness, purity; judged by sunlight; tested as pure.

 

            As we keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, let us do so with the unleavened bread of Godís word and His Laws foremost in our hearts and minds, having a spirit and character of purity, honesty, being free of hypocrisy, as we stand before Jesus Christ and one another.
 

 
  Contact: Jim Josephsen  jim_josephsen@icgchurches.org                              

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