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The Feast of Weeks is a projection of the 2nd divine harvesting in the divine plan. Was about leaven… absolutely none for the Feast of Unleavened Bread but demanded for the Feast of Weeks.The leaven lesson throughout scripture

This will be the 8th presentation in the series entitled Visions of the Kingdom Age that is being presented in the Cranston Rhode Island Ecclesia. 

Our current frame of reference is how the 3 divine harvests in the plan of God, those three immortalization events, the three salvation and atonement events… are projected in the 3 divinely appointed harvest week celebrations in that 1st Kingdom of God initiated at Sinai. 

 

As we have repeatedly noted… When we understand our Creators truths and principles correctly we can validate them in endless ways.  

 

Jesus hints at this relationship in his parable of the 3 agricultural stages of maturity.

Mark 4:26-29 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come

Those are the three stages of the divine plan that Jesus testifies as projecting or defining’ the Kingdom of God: 

1. the blade then 
2. the ear and then 
3. the full corn of the ear … which initiates an immediate harvest.

There are three maturity stages to the point of harvest. This is a parable validating our premise of examination concerning how the 3 immortalization events in the divine plan are portrayed in the agricultural feast laws of the Kingdom of God. As we always maintain: divine truths are 3 dimensional. They are not a one dimensional golden thread or even a two dimensional golden fabric. They are 3 dimensional… the evidence for truthful understandings are available everywhere in scripture, due to the principle of God manifestation. This is the principle of multitudinous singularity where many individual components are harmoniously connected into a comprehensive one-ness… not on the basis of a toleration of diversity (mere unity) but a complete agreement and synergistic utility (harmony).

 

Lets pursue how that first of the 3 harvest feast weeks beautifully projects the first of the 3 divine harvests in our Creators plan in our considerations of the visions of the Kingdom Age. Gods son was the exclusive participant in that first divine harvesting event… which is now, at this time, just about 16 years short of exactly 2,000 years ago. This understanding has a great deal to do with the fact that the 2nd feast week followed the first by 50 days and within those 50 days we have Christ appearing to the faithful over a 40 day period… but thats another fascinating subject that explains why we are the last generation of the Ecclesial Age, but we will get to that consideration when we get to that 2nd feast week.

 

Lets start with the firstfruits assignment. The 1st and 2nd feast weeks are both identified with firstfruits but not the 3rd, there is no association between the Feast of Tabernacles and firstfruits. Why is that? Since we identify these 3 harvest feast weeks with the 3 divine harvests in the divine plan, how can we have two separate first’ fruits. Wouldnt the second be 2nd fruits and not first? One of the titles of that 2nd feast week, (the Feast of Weeks) is the Feast of Firstfruits… that 2nd harvest feast is still identified with firstfruits… why?… not how’… but WHY !

 

Lets see how each of these first two feast weeks are identified with firstfruits and how that blends perfectly with the first two immortalization events, those first two divine harvesting or salvation events in the divine plan.

First: Feast of Unleavened Bread

Lev. 23: 10-11 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 

Lets take particular attention of several facts… 

1) that this firstfruits waving is unprocessed grain… not a baked loaf or even grain ground to flour. This bare grain constitutes the first of the 3 divinely acceptable grain offerings categories at the altar: These are 1. unprocessed grain, (2) flour, which is grain that has been ground in to a powder and 3) unleavened bread.  
2) Secondly that this grain, –obviously– is unleavened and 
3) that it is waved heavenward- presented to the Creator on the day after the Sabbath – after that high Sabbath… it is not the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread, which serves as a Sabbath, but the day after that special Sabbath.  

Isnt it interesting that the firstfruits of the barley harvest is waved heavenward on the day after that Sabbath… because this is a direct parallel to the immortalized presentation of Jesus Christ to his Father.  Jesus was certainly the firstfruits of the Creation project for the eternal Husbandman… He was literally presented heavenward just after the Sabbath, as that 7th day Sabbath was the last day of his 3 days of death. Just as the firstfruits of the 1st harvest feast week were waved or presented to heaven on the day after the Sabbath… so was Jesus Christ, who declared to Mary on the evening beginning of that day after the Sabbath – touch me not for I have not yet ascended to my Father. He had not yet been waved or presented to heaven as the absolute firstfruits of the ultimate husbandman – our Creator. in an absolutely perfect alignment with the laws of the first harvest Feast week of Unleavened Bread. 

 

OK we have the premise that this harvest feast week projects the immortalization of Jesus Christ. He was certainly the firstfruits of all mankind. His immortalization is defined in exactly those terms – as the first’ fruits

1 Cor 15:20-23 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christs at his coming

 

Weve noted how Jesus was certainly not the firstfruits of those who died in the context of a resurrection to mortality. He was the 7th. That mortality resurrection does not constitute ‘fruit’ to the Creator. The fruit our Creator looks for in His eternal agricultural process is an eternal fruit. Jesus was the first – fruits for Yahweh. This firstfruit belonging exclusively to God is the why’ answer… when we consider the law of the right of the husbandman that Paul quotes to Timothy as an extension of this principle.  That law declared that the husbandman, the farmer who does the work, should enjoy first privileges. Paul quotes this to Timothy in an extension of that principle to those who labored in field of the enlightened community: The husbandman that labours must be first partaker of the fruits (2 Tim 2:6). It is in this sense we can associate that first harvest feast with the harvesting of Jesus Christ and how our Creator was the husbandman planting, nuturing and then harvesting His son. He had the firstfruits rights for that first harvest… His own son.  

 

But since Jesus was the firstfruits of our Creators harvest then why is the wheat of that 2nd harvest feast week -the Feast of Weeks – also identified with first fruits but the final ingathering” identifies the Feast of Tabernacles, which is never associated with Firstfruits… at any time? The answer is that Christs immortalization qualifies as the firstfruits to God – exclusively… but the immortalization, the divine harvesting of the saints at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom are the firstfruits for both Yahweh and His son Jesus Christ. That is the exact expression that we see in scripture. Therefore the fruits of the Feast of Tabernacles -projecting the 2nd salvation event of the saints, also being the third in the entire progression, could not possibly qualify as first fruits, despite offering entirely different categories of fruit in the same agricultural year. 

 

In Rev 14 we see a vision of the Millennial Kingdom with the symbolic number of the 144,000 saints with the Fathers name written on their heads. This is how they are described in verse 4&5: These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God andto the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God

 

The saints at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom qualify as the firstfruits of both Yahweh and Christ, while Christ qualifies as the firstfruits to just God. This is why the 3rd immortalization event at the end of the Millennial Kingdom is never described in the terms of firstfruits, as that 3rd immortalization event does not qualify as firstfruits but does exactly match the harvest description related to the Feast of Tabernacles: which is the harvest of the ingathering at the end.  One of the places we read this is 

Ex 34: 22-23 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the years end. Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.

This is also why Paul describes the first two immortalizations in the divine plan in this way in 1 Cor 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christs at his comingThose who belong to Christ… those who are his firstfruits… that 2nd eternal harvesting, that 2nd immortalization qualifies as the firstfruits of the combination of both Jesus Christ and his Father.  This is why one of our Messiahs titles is the everlasting father”… from Isaiah 9:6. He is the Father facilitating our 2nd birth. we are born of a mother (by water) into temporary mortal life and we hopefully will be born again (by spirit) into everlasting life through a father, that author of eternal salvation to all who obey him. This is one of the reasons why I said that the Feast of Tabernacles should never be associated with the approaching 2nd immortalization event scheduled for the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom… despite being frequently but inappropriately done in our communitys articles and books and classes and conversations. That association between the Feast of Tabernacles and the 2nd immortalization event scheduled for the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom… is completely and utterly invalid. The actual second divine harvest in both the ritual shadow of the Feast of weeks and the substance casting that shadow- the actual immortalization event … are both defined as  First fruits applications… which could not possible apply to the Feast of Tabernacles, nor could the harvest definition of the final ingathering that defines the Feast of Tabernacles ever appropriately apply to the 2nd divine harvesting, that 2nd immortalization event of the divine plan. Associating the Feast of Tabernacles with the immortalization of the saints at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom is an impossible application… but that is very oddly being presented repeatedly in our community.  And, as usual, this certainly isnt the only way to demonstrate the truth of this matter, but well get to that. When something is truly right, there will be endless ways of validating that right-ness. 

 

Now lets consider the dramatic difference between the first and 2nd feast weeks in the context of leaven and how that difference blends perfectly with the application of these two harvest feast week celebrations to the corresponding 1st and 2nd divine harvests of creation… the 1st two of the three immortalization events in the plan of God. The Feast of Unleavened Bread projects in a shadowed frame, the immortalization, that divine harvesting’ of Jesus Christ. This feast required an absolute absence of all leaven for all seven days of that first harvest feast, in addition to the absolute absence of leaven from the preceding Passover meal, for a highly appropriate full 8 days. Christs immortalization was qualified on the basis of not only a complete absence of guilty sin but also the presence of perfect righteousness. We are told particularly that death could not hold Jesus. Peter testifies to this fact, very appropriately on that first day of the 2nd feast, the day of Pentecost just after the 120 were filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2: 24 Peter says concerning Jesus:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Death could not hold our Messiah. Its power had been broken in his death. He was released from its power after 3 days, just as all of creation will be released from the power of death following another 3 divine days… 3,000 years from that precedent setting death of our Messiah. 

 

However, this leaven absence is definitely not the case with the 2nd immortalization or divine harvesting of the saints at the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. The reason is that we certainly do not qualify for immortalization on that same basis of being undefiled by guilty sin, of being unpolluted — defined by the absence of leaven. Our immortalization is primarily -but not exclusively- on the basis of grace. Christs immortalization was on the basis of works. This is specifically why leaven was forbidden in the 1st feast week projecting the immortalization, the divine harvesting of Jesus of Nazareth… but the 2nd feast was actually initiated by waving two leavened loaves of wheat bread heavenward. The dual identification of these loaves could validate more than one feature of our Creators righteousness, such as the two divisions of the multiple aspect of the seed of Abraham, being both genealogical with the Jews and through faith, as with the Gentiles. It also applies to the fruit aspect of the two categories of righteousness the saints are supposed to have for an eternal harvesting: the imputed faith that is afforded on the basis of a living faith and the demonstrated righteousness manifested personally when the faithful personally demonstrate and express the righteousness of God in our individual words and deeds. Both work in both an individual and comprehensive framework.

 

Now We need to understand the place of leaven in divine expressions and shadows. As we have noted, not only was leaven forbidden for the full seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, depicting the resurrection to immortalization of our Messiah, that complete absence of leaven was also required for Passover, that previous day, the launching platform for the Feast of Unleavened Bread… just as the death of our Messiah was the launching platform for his resurrection. Passover in addition to the Feast of Unleavened Bread constitute an appropriate 8 day progression when no leaven was to be consumed. That Passover celebration does not project the immortalization of our Savior, only his sacrificial death and what was achieved specifically by his death in addition to a life completely absent of transgressional sin. So we have this complete absence of leaven in relation to our Messiahs death and his resurrection but the necessary presence of leaven in relation to our promised resurrection to immortality… following judgment.

WHY?

 

Leaven scripturally represents a polluting effect. Leaven does not represent sin in the flesh, our sin nature that has been a foundational understanding of the Christadelphian community since Dr Thomas rediscovered the lost gospel. The sin nature is that guilt free sin status mankind was burdened with after choosing the serpent testimony over the divine testimony, after contradicting our Creators righteousness in the Garden of Eden. Leaven does not represent that guilt-free sin status or mortal nature, but the polluting influence of exercising that default, death defiled perspective slithering from our uncircumcised hearts into our words and deeds. Lets consider how this leaven is used in a very consistent and very defining pattern throughout divine expressions. 

Matt 16:6,11-12 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the SadduceesHow is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees

Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 

Luke 12:1  In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy

I Cor 5:5-8  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 

Gal 5:7-10 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?  This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 

 

Comparatively, unleavened bread is consistently identified with positive issues throughout scripture

Deut. 16 :3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life. 

1 Cor 10:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 

We should understand that the divinely provided manna that fed Israel for forty years in the wilderness was not leavened. Leaven is an addition, a process of fermentation that produces carbon dioxide, interestingly the exact same unclean gas that our sin-cursed flesh exhales. We breathe in good oxygen, a scriptural and creational symbol of eternal life, as we have noted from Christs testimony to Nicodemus and the terms of creation. Our mortal bodies of flesh process that good, clean air and exhale carbon dioxide, which is body waste… one of the highly appropriate 3 categories of unclean body waste, just like the liquid and solid wastes our bodies generate from the clean beverages and foods our bodies consume. So just as our bodies exhale carbon dioxide waste, this is similarly the product of the leavening process… which serves as a creational validation of this consistent application of leaven being a polluting influence while the absence of leaven, an unleavened state, is consistently associated with that which is unpolluted along with sincerity, truth and eternal life. Creations gospel – the testimony of our Creators spoken word… perfectly matches Bible testimony… our Creators written word.

John 6:32-35, 48-51

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 

I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

The bread of Christs flesh – was unleavened… but ours is not, ours has been polluted and we are dependent of grace for our salvation… which is why the 2nd feast had to begin with the waving of two leavened wheat loaves. 

 

In fact eating of that hidden unleavened Manna is one of the ways the Bible expresses the very promise of immortalization

Rev. 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it

It was an omer of unleavened manna in that bowl placed beneath the Mercy Seat inside the golden Ark of the Covenant, that never corrupted. 

 

Jesus identifies himself with that manna, that bread from heaven, that necessarily unleavened bread. In perfect harmony with these consistent scriptural relationships between leaven being a negative polluting influence and unleavened being a positive and divinely approved state we note that Jesus never exercised that serpent perspective. He faced it … certainly, from both within and without, from his own heart and from others tempting him  He could never have been tempted in all points like as we are as we read in Hebrews… if he had not faced that serpent philosophy emanating unbidden from within him. But he never allowed that sin nature to activate and grow inside him. He was leaven free, just like Passover and just like the Feast of Unleavened Bread, just like the manna, just like all the grain, flour and bread offerings  on the altar of Bronze… which is another symbol of our Messiah.

Ex 23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning

Ex 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. 

Now we know this bronze altar represents our Messiah, we are told this clearly more than once in the New Testament. Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacleThis is a distinction Paul makes between the limitations of the Aaronic priesthood during the 1st Kingdom Age and the freedom of our priesthood during the Ecclesial Age. The priests serving the Tabernacle could not eat the sin offering meat when the sacrificial blood was brought into the Holy Chamber. This  was the sin offering for either the High Priest or for the nation. The blood was spattered against the veil 7 times and then smeared on the 4 horns of the altar and then the 12th blood application was poured out at that bronze altar for those sin offerings.  However, we – the priests of the Ecclesial Age –qualifying as priests by being the sons of the High Priest Jesus Christ through baptism– are allowed to eat from that same altar (representing our Messiah, who was that sin offering). Jesus was also the altar and he was also the officiating priest in his own sacrifice. We eat that bread and wine every first day of the week, that flesh and blood of the sin offering. That sin offering flesh forbidden to the previous priesthood order, as well as that blood that was always forbidden in the diet of the faithful… since God gave permission to eat flesh, just after the flood.

 

In reference to our considerations of our Creators application of leaven in His carefully constructed rituals and expressions we can note that there were exactly three’ categories of grain offerings that would be divinely acceptable on the  Christ altar… always unleavened-without exception-offered on that that bronze altar of burnt offering. 

Lev. 2:3,10-11   3. And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aarons and his sons: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire. 

10-11 And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aarons and his sons: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire. 11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire.

 

Now it should be understood that the term meat” here in the King James translation does not indicate animal flesh but grain. It is the Hebrew word minchah, indicating a grain, or ground meal- flour or a baked bread offering and not an animal flesh offering. The more modern English translations and the far more dominant paraphrased versions who pretend to be translations. will say grain or meal offerings and not use that early 17th century term meat’ to indicate grain as it does in the King James translation. The King James translation is the one I absolutely prefer to use… as opposed to those deceptive paraphrased versions cloaked as translations, such as the New International Version with its unapologetic promotion of the God despising and blasphemous doctrines of apostate Christianity through its extremely manipulated text.

 

So, there were 3 categories of altar grain offerings: 1) unprocessed whole grain, just as it was harvested – well, after the grain was separated from the useless chaff; 2)  flour, which is simply grain that has been crushed into a fine powder and 3) bread, which is grain that had been crushed into flour added to salt and water and then baked into a loaf of unleavened bread. These are the 3 categories of acceptable offerings of the minchah offering to our Creator.  It is the harvest  of the earth, from which we too were made as we are dust and to dust we shall return, as the condemnation was originally presented to Adam and Eve.

 

Now some of you (hopefully) may want to object… but what about. challenging this understanding of the exclusively negative association and this absence of leaven in any connection to our Messiah. This objection may be prompted due to the actually demanded presence of leaven in certain divine rituals, like that waving of the 2 leavened loaves to start the feast of Firstfruits… and the leaven required for a peace offering  (although never on the altar), and Christs parable of the Kingdom of God being likened to leaven hidden in 3 measures of meal.

 

But, each of these three examples of leaven are not exceptions’ to these perfectly consistent parallels. There is never ever any legitimate association between leaven and our Messiah presented any where in the Bible. They are only unleavened… 100% of the time.  Each of these 3, presumably potential exceptions are actually perfect extensions of the same shadow framing that same substance. Christs parable of the Kingdom of God being paralleled to the woman hiding the leaven in the three measures of meal’ is a declaration of the 3 divinely appointed ages during which the leavenous influence of the serpent philosophy continues to grow but remains hidden within the community of the enlightened, that minchah offering, the grain offering. This is the same basis by which Joseph saw his brothers and himself in his second dream as standing grain sheaves (the 12 tribes) and how the enlightened community is always presented as fruit bearing plantlife. But those 3 measures of meal, representing the enlightened community will be completely leavened at the time when the Kingdom of God is restored on the earth, at the conclusion of those 3 divinely appointed educational stages that polluting influence of the leavenous heart-generated thinking within the enlightened community is now maturing to the point of being revealed by the introduction of the Millennial Kingdom, the restored Kingdom to which our Messiah was referring.  There has alwaysbeen a leavening influence within the enlightened community. There certainly is today, just as there has been for almost 6,000 years… throughout those specifically 3 divinely appointed, bordered, education stages. Those 3 educational stages (the 3 measures of meal) are The Patriarchal Age which was followed by the First Kingdom Age when there was a new priesthood appointed, new laws given and those dramatic changes were validated by a public outpouring of divine power. That First Kingdom Age ended with the transition into the Ecclesial Age when a new priesthood was appointed, new divine laws & rituals were appointed and these dramatic changes were validated by an even greater public outpouring of divine power. We are at the end of that 3rd Age, the Ecclesial Age… that third measure of the minchah offering that has unfortunately been leavened.  We are about to see the Kingdom of God restored on the earth. The leaven developing within the ground meal of the enlightened community is about to be revealed. The Kingdom of God being identified with the development of leaven within specifically 3 measures of meal offers an absolutely perfect consistency to our shadow identification of leaven. It isnt very flattering to our generation but this leaven in Christs parable of the Kingdom is not an exception at all, but a validation of our premise. It blends beautifully with all the other divine shadows that are designed to offer further enlightenment to those with seeing eyes and hearing ears, but simultaneously block enlightenment to those within the enlightened community who do not have seeing eyes and hearing ears… giving to those who have while taking away from those who have not.  This is similarly the case with the other two potential exception examples as well. 

 

In fact, the comfort we can take in this very negative association with our current enlightened community is that leaven was a required component in that 2nd harvest feast week, representing the 2nd divine creational harvest, the 2nd immortalization event in the divine plan… the one in which we so desperately hope to participate. So yes, there is a leavening influence in the enlightened community in this third divine educational Age that is almost fully developed. Despite that uncomplimentary recognition, we can take great comfort that we do not have to be completely unleavened as Jesus was in order to be divinely harvested. Our prospective immortalization is not accommodated on the same basis as our Messiah. We (as individuals) do not have to be completely unleavened as he did, but that unleavened-unpolluted state’ should be our goal. We want to be God-like and like our Messiah… meaning leaven free and unpolluted. But despite being our determined goal we take great comfort in the understanding that even though we are leavened, we can still possibly be divinely acceptable… on the basis of grace. This is what is being demonstrated in the two leavened wheat loaves waved to heaven on the first day, the High Sabbath of the Feast of Weeks. This is called Pentecost in Acts 2. 

 

This grace principle is also the explanation for the presence of leaven in the ritual of the peace offering. The peace offering is all about inclusion. It is often called the fellowship offering – appropriately – because it is the only altar offering where all parties fellowship together with the same offering. Yahweh get his portion of the offering on the altar. The priest gets his portion and uniquely, the offering party also partakes of the same offering. Depending on which of the 3 categories of the peace offering it may be the offering party may partake of the offering on either just the first day or the first and second day. However, none of the leavened bread was ever supposed to go on the Christ altar. The fellowship aspect is really the small picture for the understanding of the peace offering. It is really about peace, which means harmony… a multitudinous singularity, meaning a perfect and complete one-ness. The problem with the word peace is that the world defines peace as the absence of disturbance or the absence of aggression, presuming disturbance and aggression to be what is real, substantial and forever. Peace is thereby degraded to nothing more than the absence of these very common experiences under the terms of the temporary curse of sin and death. However there are no divine principles that should ever be understand as mere absences. Peace – which is presence of harmony – is forever. It is disturbance and aggression that are actually the absence of peace. One of the places the divine principle of peace is defined in Ephesians 2: 14-15 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace. Peace is not two people who lay aside their differences for the sake of avoiding friction. That is the fleshly concept of unity, like the United’ States of America which is based on equality and the toleration of diversity. Peace is complete agreementsuch as 2 becoming one as in marriage and similar to a pregnant woman. It is unity that defines a tolerated difference. It is peace that defines a multitudinous singularity.  In that peace offering, leaven was included… but never ever on that Christ altar. That leavened bread was eaten with the peace offering. Again, this demonstrates the understanding that despite our leavened, polluted condition the saints will still have the opportunity to enjoy peace, inclusion and eternal acceptability by the God who designed that peace offering.  This is on the basis of grace. Despite the righteousness of our Creators judgments, the righteousness of His grace permits the inclusion of the leavened component in the peace offering. Grace was not a direct component of our Messiahs salvation qualification, which is why he is exclusively presented as always being unleavened. 

 

In the same way we see how the 2 stages of baptism declare all the righteousness of God. There is absolutely no clearer declaration of this understanding than in the baptism of Jesus Christ. Jesus certainly did not have any sins to be forgiven at his required baptism (unlike ourselves). John made that presumptive mistake, when he objected to baptizing the son of God. John understood his baptism ritual to be one of only repentance (John 19:4), for which Jesus had no need whatsoever. We read in Matt 3:14  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? The response of Jesus promotes the foundational purpose of baptism, which is not simply the forgiveness of sins.  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousnessBaptism is a demonstration of all righteousness. The righteousness being projected in baptism is the Creators righteousness, His right-ness. All Jesus ever did was to demonstrate the righteousness of his Father. So how’ does baptism demonstrate all the righteousness of the Creator of heaven and earth?  Well since our time has expired, we are going to have to wait for the next class to cover that issue. This is an extremely significant issue that is frequently misrepresented in the enlightened community today… when we hear Brethren say that theprimary purpose of baptism is the forgiveness of our sins. Sin forgiveness is one of the side benefits of baptism, but certainly not the foundational reason. It is also said that the primary purpose of the sacrificial death of our Messiah was for the forgiveness of  our sins. This too is a terrible lie, degrading Gods righteousness beneath our prospective salvation. The forgiveness of sins we are afforded by the sacrificial death of our Messiah is a side benefit, not the primary purpose. It is the baptism of Jesus that demonstrates the truth of these issues so clearly and spotlights the path to true peace and not the false goal of mere unity. We will address this in class number 9.

 

Bro Jim Dillingham 

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