The Obedient Church of God

Sermon by

 Lawrence A. Nowell

5th March 2011  Adar 29, 5771

1. Prayer will open the Sabbath Service “first”, to come into God’s presence, and “then” the congregation will sing songs of praise to the Father and Yeshua. That is the proper form of Worship the all the other congregations have got wrong, and they have missed the mark. There is no fussing with the children during the songs of praise, because the songs are serious admonitions to the Father and Yeshua, as in speaking directly to the Father and Yeshua (without distraction).

You would “not” enter the President of the United States’s office or a King’s Throne room and fuss with your baby at the same time you are speaking to the King. That is dishonouring your President/King.

2. The new crescent moon is expected to be seen on Sunday evening, March 6, 2011, in Jerusalem. Thus the New month/moon of Adar II begins.

3. On Saturday evening there was a form/an aspect of elementary potential visibility since a "thin sliver" of the moon was there, but couldn't be seen.

4. On March 4th Jews in Israel looked at the ripeness of the  barley grain to determine when to observe Passover.

5. The Barley did “not” have the needed ripeness, therefore an added month, “Adar II”, will be added to the Hebrew calendar, making 5771 a leap year.

6. Passover will occur on the full moon on April 18th in the evening. April 19th starts the seven days of eating unleavened bread. (April's crescent moon will be seen first.)

7. April 20th is the beginning of 49 days of counting the Omer.

8. Genesis 1:14 God made lights (moon and sun) for seasons, days and years. Seasons means "moadim," God's festivals.

9. Ephesians 6 tells us to be strong in the Lord. There are seven components of our armour.

10. Our loins have to be girded with truth by putting on the "belt" of truth. This is so important.

11. The correct days for God's festivals is so important. It's not an issue of religiosity. It's because we have to put on our armour, which includes wearing the "belt" of truth.

12. The Obedient Church of God wants to follow the Torah, Yeshua's Holy Word.

13. TOCOG is the only congregation in the world, including orthodox Jewish rabbis, that has it right for correct doctrines.

14. The orthodox Jewish rabbis have ruled that the seventh-day Sabbath should be observed on the sixth day west of the International Date Line, and they can't do that.

15. People living in Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, and all of Asia can count on their fingers up to seven, and they will arrive at the correct day to observe the Sabbath.

16. The seventh-day Sabbath will be called Sunday for those living west of the phony International Date Line.

17. The rabbis sit in Moses' seat and they tell people what to do.

18. Rabbis (Jewish Priests) are supposed to sit in Moses' seat and fetch the law out of the Torah.

19. Rabbis are not to write laws, saying they are going to move the seventh-day to the sixth-day in the Asian area.

20. They have to have six sunsets from Jerusalem and then observe the seventh-sunset and seventh-day Sabbath.

21. Truth is manifested in the fruits of the Spirit, listed in Galatians 5:22. Fruits come directly from the Holy Spirit.

22. God's love, God's peace, God's joy, God's goodness: these are God's personal qualities that can be transferred to us and be manifested in our personal lives.

23. These qualities are moving into the core of our personalities.

24. God the Father Himself is allowing us share His divine nature.


25. So, of course, we want to be following every jot and tittle of God's Word because we are participating in His Divine Nature.

26. By obeying God's instructions we allow His Holy Spirit to transmit and impart divine qualities right into our souls, into our bodies, and into our very beings.

27. Our Father specifically tells us to put on our armour; and the fruits of the Spirit are the result of putting on that armour, described in Ephesians 6.

28. We put on love, one of the fruits of God's Spirit.

29. Love is unselfish. It is a benevolent concern for another, it is the basis for brotherly affection.

30. When you correct someone, you want to correct that person in a kind and gentle way.

31. This admonition is for the ministers to learn because many are harsh and trash people who differ with them on some point of doctrine or viewpoint.

32. Some ministers will say evil things about a person, unfactual things , and strongly denounce the person.

33. Ministers have to have brotherly concern and affection for the sheep.

34. If a sheep has gone astray, the minister wants to know why and then reason with the sheep to bring it into the fold.

35. Benevolent concern helps to keep a congregation together.

36. A minister should not denigrate the sheep by saying things about the sheep that are mean, by calling the sheep names, and casting dispersion on the sheep.

37. Even when correcting the sheep, ministers must show brotherly love. That sets the example for others.

38. The self-denying, self-sacrificing love, which is the foundation of all other fruits, is benevolent concern for the well-being of another.

39. Words can kill a person. When a minister disfellowships a member, this per-       son can come down with cancer or other illness because the stress will cause the immune system to shut down.

40. One minister gloated over someone who died of cancer after having been disfellowshipped. What kind of attitude is that?

41. We must put on our armour and beware and know what love is.

42. What a minister says to a person whether the person is alive or dead, is written in the heavenly book.

43. When the books are opened, every word the minister had uttered will have been recorded for the judge to see. This should be a wake-up call for some ministers.

44. To love someone is to be a friend to that person, even if he or she is disobedient. Restore person in kindness.

45. In the Bible David and Jonathan had love for each other—the kind we shall all have for each other.

46. Because our human abilities are limited, work on love.

47. More people are contacting The Obedient Church of God than TOCOG has staff to handle.

48. Some people are very devout, but know very little spiritually.

49. One of the basics for people to learn is that the world’s holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas are pagan.

50. People need to learn to observe the Sabbath and God’s Holy Days in three seasons of the year. Leviticus 23; Exodus 12

51. The new moon crescent sightings and the ripening of the barley in Israel are important for determining months of God’s original calendar, and knowing God’s appointed times.

52. Other studies pertaining to scripture are God’s Date Line and the falseness of the Trinity teaching.

53. God has answered our prayers in that there are Messianic Christians who have contacted The Obedient Church of God.

54. Messianic Christians have a basis of knowledge of the Bible so that they can be worked with.

55. In regard to the seventh-day Sabbath, it is a cycle that began at the beginning of God’s recreation.

56. The new crescent moon sightings determine the beginning of a new month and the start of a year.

57. We all need to be corrected and taught God’s ways so we must be teachable.

58. Another pagan day to avoid is Turkey Day of Osiris-Ra where the U.S. President pardons the turkey of these pagan gods.

59. In taking the Passover it’s fortunate that this evening observance has been ex-

tended a month. This will give new people time to learn how to celebrate it.

60. Messianic Christians may need to learn about the foot-washing and Kiddish, which is partaking of the elements of the bread and the wine in honour of Yeshua.

61. God’s Holy Days teach His plan and the gospel which Christ taught was the revelation of Jesus Christ.

62. Galatians l:6 says if any other gospel is preached, let that preacher be accursed. God’s plan can’t be altered.

63. Lawrence Nowell is going to teach these Messianic Christians in love and see where it all leads.

64. TOCOG is getting many requests from Africa, so the weekly broadcasts may be more of a witness work in Africa. TOCOG can’t handle teaching them all.

65. As a witness work TOCOG are the right ones to do it because they have God’s quality of gentleness to do it.

66. Gentleness is one of the fruits of God’s Spirit and it is shown in one whose actions move carefully.

67. Yeshua showed love for people. The one exception occurred when Jesus went to the Temple and found Jews, who were money changers, turning the Lord’s Temple into a “den of thieves.”

68. Money changers turned the Temple into a bank and profit centre, a clear contradiction to scripture. Jesus had righteous anger when he turned tables over.

69. The Obedient Church of God has to have gentleness because that is a fruit of the Spirit of God. 

70. Fortunately, Lawrence Nowell has always manifested the characteristic of gentleness because it is part of his nature.

71. Mr. Nowell has strength in his own human way, like everybody else. He used to be a trained boxer.

72. As a boxer Mr. Nowell fought 120 times, losing two. The two times he lost, Lawrence had let his guard down for a moment, and he got bumped. 

73. To be a winner as a boxer at all times, a man has to have that “killer instinct,” but this is not in Lawrence Nowell.

74. The Obedient Church of God has the gentleness in dealing with people, but it does not have the staff for handling this type of organization nor the funds.

75. So TOCOG is turning into a witness work. But we have faith because we have come through trials—all sorts of trials.

76. I, Lawrence Nowell, have been through six denominations where I either left or was disfellowshipped. Now I am president of The Obedient Church of God.

77. Lawrence has faithfulness in following the Bible, every jot and tittle of God's Word, and holding fast to the Lord and staying faithful.

78. Once we enter into a relationship with Christ, we follow in His steps and surrender our own ways. This is the way we live.

79, We have to fully surrender to the Lord, always keep going.

80. We have to be compatible to the Lord's guiding way of life, and we keep on "running," no matter what happens.

81. God's plan is for everyone to have a seven-day Feast of Tabernacles, so TOCOG  teaches the world to do this.

82. TOCOG doesn't let the world  teach us to have a one-day Turkey Day,  which honours Osiris-Ra of Egypt. It is wrong to call this Thanksgiving and honour the God of heaven at the meal.

83. When there is a minister who is throwing a temper tantrum and says mean or cruel things to you, how do you deal with that?

84. The only way to deal with an ugly minister who even lies about you is to say, "Father forgive him for he knows not what he does." “Then” “you” can then have closure on the issue.

86. New people need to know to not cast away their confidence in the Lord, no matter what happens in their lives.

87. Know the words of the Bible and keep heart steadfast. Be faithful unto death.

Points to remember:                                                                                                                                         

88. (l. Hold fast to the Lord and Bible.

89. (2. Hold fast to your confession of hope in the vow you made without wavering.

90. (3. Hold fast to your confidence in the Torah.

91. (4. Hold fast to every jot and tittle of the Torah.

92. (5. Don't throw away your confidence and be lackluster about it.

93. (6. Never depart from following any truth, even for a short period of time.

94. (7. Keep your heart steadfast.

95. (8. Be faithful unto death.

96. (9. Stand fast in the faith.

97. (10. Continue in the faith.

98. (11. Fight the good fight of faith.

99. (12. Run the race with endurance.

100. (13. Don’t' become sluggish.

101. (14. Be an overcomer.

102. (15. Finish the race.

103. God is Captain of our ship.

104. Stay on board your ship and hold fast to the Lord.

105. II Kings 18:5-7 "Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God of Israel... and departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.

106. "The Lord was with Hezekiah and he prospered..."

107. Psalms 112:5;8-9 "A good man shows favour and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion...his heart is fixed steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established.

108. Trust in the Lord when you are going to be killed. Stop whining. Something better will come later.

109. God has rewards: a better body, eternal life, rulership.

110. Put on your armour and be strong in the Lord. Hold on to truth.

111. Errors to avoid: No jumping ahead a day west of the International Date Line.  Australia, Philippines and all of Asia must keep the Sabbath on the seventh-day of the week where they live.

112. On the preparation day for the Sabbath, buy and prepare meals for the day of test. Do cooking in advance.

113. There should be no need to have to go to a restaurant and pay people to serve you a meal on the Sabbath Day.

114. Christianity without obedience is not Christianity.

115. The Obedient Church of God follows First Century Doctrines because they love Yah, God the Father, Yahveh, and Christ the Logos. We are part of a family.

116. As part of a family TOCOG thinks and does what the rest of the family of God with Paul did in the First Century.

117. TOCOG follows Bible doctrines without additions or deletions.

118. The Sabbath Day of rest is a test commandment. Can you do any work to get out of a tight situation?

119.When something is on fire, or urgently needs attention that second on the Sabbath Day, this is "an ox in the ditch."

120. What is "an ox in the ditch" situation?

121. In Biblical times if an ox had fallen into a ditch on the Sabbath Day, and it is trying to get out, it could break a leg, or it might get exhausted and give up.

122. A man helps the animal get out of the ditch so it doesn't die.

123. Anything that can be done after the Sabbath without any harm coming to anyone or anything, can be put off until after the Sabbath.

124. The Sabbath is a day of rest, it is made for man. It can be used by man as a time to relax and is a blessing to him.

125. When the sun is setting, we stop working and meditate at the close of the day and enjoy the next 24 hours.

126. The Sabbath is a test commandment. We start observing it a few minutes before the sun disappears behind the horizon so we appreciate the sanctified time.

127. As we obey God, we are laying hold on Eternal Life.

128. We should find it easy to follow the Sabbath Day injunction since we are called to be a witness to others.

129. This year 2011 we have an extra month to prepare for Passover. It is a blessing to have more time.

130. To start a new year we have to wait until after the vernal equinox of March 21-22 of the year. 

131. There has to be an equinox, which occurs twice a year. That is when the tilt of the earth accesses a cline farther away or towards the sun.

130. To start a “new” Hebrew year we have to wait until after the Vernal equinox of March 20-22 of the year.

131. There has to be an equinox, which occurs twice a year. This is when the tilt of the earth accesses a cline farther away or towards the sun.

132. The equinoxl point the sun's plane is the same plane as the earth's equator. This is when the day is equal in daylight hours as the night's dark hours. 

133. The equinoctial points refer to the vernal (spring) and autumnal (fall) points, the autumnal point is September 22-23.

134. There is a contention that the new year can be started in winter time, before the equinox. This occurrence has to wait.

135. A new Hebrew year is started after the equinox of March 21-22nd.

136. BN If people proclaim the first day of the first month prior to the spring equinox, then the grapes will not be ready for harvest prior to the Feast of Tabernacles

137. The fall Tabernacles Feast for seven days is a harvest festival when everyone enjoys the bounty, especially grapes.

138. How can people have a harvest feast if the grapes aren't ready to be harvested? Therefore, people can't start the year before the spring has started at the time of the equinox.

139. Denominations who say the Hebrew year can begin in winter as long as the Passover doesn't occur before March 22nd are wrong. No! No! No!

140. In particular years the Feast of Tabernacles has been held before the grapes had ripened.

141. This is a rediscovered truth. So to repeat. The new Hebrew year has to be started after March 21-22nd in order to have grapes to be thankful for at Tabernacles in fall.

142. The Feast of Tabernacles is a harvest ingathering season.

143. The Aviv of the barley starts the year. On March 4th a search for barley determined it was not ripe enough for a March Passover harvest, so a 13th month was added.

144. The Hebrew year 5771 has two months named Adar, Adar 1 and Adar 2, so it therefore is a leap year.

145. BN It has to be barley grain that is ripe enough to be offered (during the 49 days of the omer count), at least when parched by fire, but still too moist to be crushed into flour as it is. Parching the grain is important to know.

146. So if the barley harvest is still too moist to be crushed into flour as it is, that's good; but, it has to be ripe enough that it can be dried.

147. At the beginning of the year, once the barley plant starts to ripen, it has to continue to ripen.

148. As it is growing, what if the plant got struck down by hail? If the seeds in the plant have started to ripen, the plant will likely die if it is hit by a serious hail storm because the plant's life cycle is over when it gets to the ripening stage.

149. If the barley plant is hit by hail when it has reached the ripening stage, it wouldn't continue to grow.

150. But, if the barley plant is hit by hail before it begins to ripen, it will grow back.

151. Here is the definition of Aviv of the barley. It is the state of near-ripeness of the barley, but not total ripeness,

152. When the Israelites went out of Egypt, the barley was hit by the hail plague, and the barley was ripe enough to be destroyed, but it would grow back. It wasn't destroyed because it hadn't dried out yet.

153. Exodus 9:28 Pharaoh asked Moses and Aaron to "entreat” the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail...and the flax and the barley       

was in the bud."

154. Moses did spread abroad his hands to the Lord; and the storm ceased.

155. Exodus 9:31 says the barley was in the ear, in the state of Aviv.

156. When the hail storm struck down the barley when it was in the state of Aviv, it grew back and recovered from the storm.

157. In the Aviv state the barley was too moist to be crushed into flour as it was. However, it could be parched--dried out by fire and could be used as an offering to the Lord.

158. The Israelites had to have their offering. They had to have the barley moist so it could not be crushed into flour as it was, but it could be parched--dried for an offering.

159. Barley that was grown at the time of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt; c. 2000 B.C., was smaller than the domesticated barley of our time, which has larger kernels of grain and produces more abundantly. 

160. The size and amount produced differs, but, but both types of barley develop at the same time!                                            

161.The domesticated barley that is used today has been bred to produce large kernels and a plentiful harvest. It probably didn't exist at the time of the Exodus, but it doesn't matter. Why?

162. During the past Aviv searches both wild and domesticated barley have been found to have the same developing time frame. The difference is in the amount and size of the grain that is harvested.

163. Again. They develop at the same time, whether it be the old strains of 3000 B.C. or the new domesticated barley of today.

164. Since there isn't a temple in Jerusalem, how can Leviticus 23:10 be fulfilled?

165. "When you (Israelites) be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest.”

166. This tells of bringing he barley offering into the temple, but since there isn’t any temple, some think the barley isn’t an issue.

167. Some think the barley will remain irrelevant until the temple is rebuilt, or the Levi priesthood is restored.

168. They go on saying that though they search for the barley today, they are inconsistent because they don’t bring an omer into the Temple.

169. That’s like saying, “Don’t keep the Sabbath Day because there isn’t a temple to go into on the Sabbath to keep it holy.

170. We do keep the Sabbath Day even though there isn’t a temple to go into to present ourselves before God.

171. And we do the obedient search for the barley though there isn’t a temple or priests to present our offering to.

172. There are commandments to bring the omer offering to the temple, but we can’t do that because there isn’t a temple.

173. The fact that we are unable to keep the commandment of bringing the omer offering into the temple doesn’t obliterate the first commandment of harvesting the barley when it is ripe and offering it seven days in the year.

174. One commandment doesn’t obliterate the other.

175. The Aviv search only applies to the barley grain, not to flax, wheat or spelt.

176. We are interested in keeping the month called Aviv because in it Passover is observed.

177. We are learning what Aviv is, which pertains to the barley being ripe, that is, in a state of near-ripeness.

178. The barley kernel can’t be too brittle, which is a state of full maturity of its cycle. As the days go by the grain gets drier and drier, and more and more brittle.179. If an ancient farmer, who only harvested his crop with a sickle, waited too long to harvest it, he would lose his crop because the kernels of grain would fall off before he could get them into the wagon. Too brittle

180. It was perfect when the grain had to be harvested when it was moist, when it was Aviv.

181. In the Aviv state the grain could be parched dry to make flour out of it for an offering. Beautiful!

182. “Aviv” applies to barley, “giv’ol” applies to flax, and “afilot” applies to wheat and spelt. Exact words are used for the different grains, so the grain referred to is known.

183. Only barley is looked for to see when it is going to be ripe.

184. There is contention about barley growing next to the roadside or in a valley because these ripened before the barley in the field. Neither of these ripenings counted.

185. Barley growing on a flat surface was considered for its ripeness--its Aviv. This ripeness determined when Passover would occur.

186. From scriptures we understand why Aviv is so important.

187. Exodus 13:3-4 Moses was told to “remember this day (15th of the first month) in which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” by the strength of the hand of the Lord.

188. Exodus 13, verse 4, “This day came you out in the month Aviv.” This lets us know the appointed time to observe Passover.

189. In Exodus 23:15 “You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread: you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, in the time appointed of the month of Aviv; for  in it you came out of Egypt...”

190. Exodus 34:18 repeats 23:15 "The feast of unleavened bread shall you keep. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the time of the month of Aviv: for in the month of Aviv you came out of Egypt." (appointed time)

191. Passover observance starts seven days of unleavened bread. The night of Passover was when the "death" angel passed over.

192. Finding the barley in its state of near-ripeness in the first month of the new grain determined Passover.

193. We want to observe Passover at the correct time.

194. We have the Kiddish (elements of the bread and wine) at the Passover service to commemorate the Passover of the death angel in terms of God's seven feasts of the year, which portray His plan.

195. The Mount of Olives was the threshold because God's Yeshua sweat blood here and Yeshua consecrated the Mount.

196. We are not to trample "the blood of Christ" underfoot.

197. Hebrews 13:12 Jesus, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

198. The Holy Grail was the cup used to collect drops of blood from Jesus body at the time of his crucifixion. It is referred to as "a cup of trembling" in Zachariah 12:2.

199. Zechariah 12:2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling (drunkenness) unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and Jerusalem.”

200. The Obedient Church of God has predicted that Jerusalem will be divided and the East part of the city will go into captivity.

201. Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup (dine) with him, and he with me.”This is leaping over the threshold.

202. There is duality: when we take the wine and bread, they represent the blood and body of Christ.

203. At the time of the new crescent moon we have the Kiddish in honour of Yeshua. Lawrence Nowell sings “The Death of a God for the Life of a Man.”

204. Those who hear Christ’s voice and open the door and dine with him, it is part of a covenant he makes with them.

205. In regards to the threshold the lesson is that we are not to partake of the elements in a haughty manner.

206. Yeshua’s blood was shed on the Mount of Olives. We don’t want to trample the blood underfoot.

207. Hebrews 10:26 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.

208. Verse 27 “But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and firery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

209. Verse 28. “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses.”

210. Verse 29. “Of how much worse punishment, suppose you, shall be thought worthy, who has trodden underfoot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite to the Spirit of grace?(Don’t insult.)

211. Those who “trample Christ’s blood underfoot” will be judged more severely. This pertains to knowledge of threshold.

212. We don’t want to be stepping on to the threshold when we enter the door. This is serious admonition.

213.On the night of the Passover we are going to be staying in our homes in order to be protected.

214. Exodus 12:21-22 Take a lamb and kill the Passover. “And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood...and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.”

215. Verse 23 “For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and he sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will Passover the door, and will not suffer (allow) the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.”

216. Verse 24 “And you shall observe this thing for an ordinance to you and to your sons forever.”

217. I Samuel 5:1-5 When the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant, they put it in a house (room) with their god (statue) Dagon.

218. The first night the statue fell over upon its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. Next day men set it up.

219. Verse 4 The second morning “Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump (torso) of Dagon was left to him.”

220. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon...tread upon the threshold of Dagon...”

221. I Samuel 5:6 “But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them...”

222. The time that Dagon fell before the ark of and the covenant and its head and hands were broken off at the threshold of the temple, Clark’s Commentary had a comment:

223. “The worshippers would no more put a foot on the threshold but stepped over it when they entered the temple.”

224. The threshold ties in with putting the blood on the doorposts.

225. Geneva Study Bible. “In the same day also will I punish all those who leap on the threshold who fill this house with violence and deceit.

226. Deceit is when the ministers say things that are not true in church. Violence is self-accusation or twisted suborned evidence against someone.

227. Don’t walk into the sanctuary with haughtiness—a wrong attitude.

228. Jerome explains that those who walk up the steps into the sanctuary with haughtiness (pride in one’s self and contempt for others) are leaping onto the threshold.

229. We must have the right attitude when we go before God. This pertains to taking Passover, the elements of the bread and wine) in a worthy manner.

230. There is dire punishment for those who are presumptuous.

231. We ourselves are unworthy, so we must take Passover in a worthy manner, with a right attitude.

232. When we eat and drink the elements at the Passover observance, there are two types of judgments we can bring upon ourselves; there are two terms that we need to understand: krema and katacrema.

233. When we partake of the elements focus on Christ’s torn and broken body where his beatings caused the skin to be torn off down to his rib cage. The bread equals his body.

234. When we are taking the wine, concentrate on how Christ bled to death on the tree for our sake. Think about Christ’s sacrifice, of his blood being spilled out.

235. Don’t let your mind wander to think of your sins.

236. We are learning the difference of worthy and unworthy. We are not to unworthily have a haughty manner, one that is self-indulgent, wondering what we are getting.

237. A worthy manner is to give yourself to God on the Passover night: Yes, we are getting salvation; yes, we are getting forgiveness of our sins; yes, we are get, get, getting, but we are getting because WE ARE GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD.

238. I Corinthians 11:27 says, ”Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord (wine) in an unworthy manner (self-indulgent), shall be GUILTY of the body and blood of the Lord.”

239. This verse says to not eat the bread and drink the cup unworthily (an adverb), meaning in an anxious way that describes the act of taking the elements, the actions of the person.

240. Think about Yeshua when you partake of the bread and the wine at the Passover service, not your sins.

241. I Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular (each of you a part of it.)

242. And so when we are taking bread that represents the body of Christ (Yeshua ha Moshiac, Christ our Saviour), we are the body of Christ. There is duality.

243. No minister should tell a church member he or she is unworthy to take the Passover.

244. ”Anxious” means unworthily, an adverb, “the act of taking.”

245. Think about Yeshua when you partake of the bread and about Yeshua when you are taking the wine. These represent his beating and loss of blood.

246. I Corinthians 11:29 We need to discern the Lord’s body.

247. On Passover evening we are not examining ourselves and thinking about our sins.

248. This year is a leap year, so we have an extra month in which to examine ourselves before Passover comes. We need to think about ourselves now, before Passover.

249. Any minister who tries to get the people to examine themselves for sin while they are partaking of the bread and wine, they are doing exactly the thing Paul warned about.

250. During the Passover service we are not to take our eyes off of Christ, we’re not to neglect to remember Him and His sacrifice.

251. We are not to be thinking about our sins and what happened to us, causing us to whine in our minds how awful sinners we are. This is not what we are supposed to be doing when we partake of the elements.             

252. During Passover we are to be thinking about Christ’s payment for our sins and not our sins.

253. We are to think about Christ’s blood being spilt and that he bled to death and not about our sins. Partake of the Passover elements in a worthy manner.

254. Any minister who is telling us that we can’t take the Passover and that we had better make sure that we’re worthy to repent, is wrong. None of us is worthy.

255. If we take our eyes off Christ and start examining ourselves during the Passover, we are going to bring CREMA against ourselves, which is “temporary” illness/physical punishment.

256. KataCREMA is death, eternal damnation.

257. I Corinthians 11:29 “Anyone who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks judgment to himself, and is not discerning the Lord’s body.

258. Verse 30 “For this reason many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” (CBEMA)

259. Verse 31 “For if we would judge ourselves (before we go to the Passover), we should not be judged.

260. Because we are sinners, that’s more reason why we have to take the Passover. None of us are worthy. But we approach the Passover in a worthy manner.

261. We take matzos—flat bread—that has been torn and bruised—by showing markings where Jesus was whipped with cat-o-nine tails that had horrible tongs at the ends of the whip to rip the skin back—that’s what the holes in the matzo symbolizes.

262. We are going to have trials and problems, so we want to follow through in faithful obedience to our Father.

263. No matter what we are suffering, we want to have prayer for others, no matter what others have done to us.

264. Job 42:10 “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends…”

265. Job 42:10 NRSV “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends…”

266. BN Job’s friends were mean to him in the things they said to him, but Job prayed for them and God blessed him abundantly.