“Now Christ our passover is sacrificed for us”. This was in connection to the church discipline that he was instructing the brethren to follow against one who had been taken in a fault. He commanded them to, “deliver one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the Spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”.
When we look at the Passover as instituted at Mt. Sinai, Moses told the children of Israel to take a Lamb without blemish on the 10th day of the first month and then kill it on the 14th day. They were to clean the inside of the house of all leaven and strike the outside door posts with the blood of the Lamb. No leaven from the house of bondage was permitted with the children as they left Egypt. (Notice in Rev. 7 that the angels were told not to hurt the land until all the children were sealed in their forehead. When judgment came those with the Fathers seal, the blood of the Lamb, in their forehead were passed over.) In Leviticus 23 he further states that when they came into the LAND of PROMISE they should observe the feast of unleavened bread for 7 days from the 15th to the 21st of the first month. In Deuteronomy 16 he further states that there should be no leaven within their coasts and that the Passover can only be observed in the place where God would place His name. The Passover was not to be observed in the cities but only where God appointed. When Solomon, dedicated the TEMPLE the glory of Jehovah was there but the scriptures do not record that he kept the Passover. Hezekiah cleaned the inside of the temple before he summoned the people to keep the Passover and Josiah cleansed the land of idols and ‘high places’ before he kept the Passover.
But when Christ, who is our Passover came, He fulfilled all the law including the feasts. When He was come into His land of promise, which by the way is not in the sands of Palestine, He purged out the old leaven from His house, cleansed the inside of the earthen vessels for that treasure that was within, identified those vessels as His own and the wrath of God passed over His household, His people, His Temple. If He did not come into the land of promise, if all that the Father had promised had not been fulfilled then He could not have fulfilled all types and foreshadows as seen in the Feast of our God.
Thank God He did and it is finished. Therefore the brethren are instructed to keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth not with regard to the body of this death. Man looks on the outside and judges accordingly. Therefore the Pharisees make clean the outside of the plate and cup and white the sepulcher but within is death. The child of grace has the body of this death with all its devices and desires yet inside is clean where the Lord and giver of Life dwells. Paul was not concerned with preserving the flesh of the brother he desired it would be destroyed that the Spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Consider these things and try them by the Spirit of truth.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes