The Passover and the Prophecy in History
As you know, we can learn many lessons from history and predict what is to happen to us through it. How about the prophecy of the Bible? It is not just a history, but a prophecy, the shadow of the reality. When we compare what’s in the Old Testament with the New Testament, we can easily realize what should we do for our salvation. The Bible is to testify about God(John 5:39, Heb 10:1-2).
About 930 B.C, Israel divided into the northern kingdom and the Kingdom of Judah. And then, for the temple of God was in the kingdom of Judah, Israelites in the northern kingdom had to go to the southern Judah to keep God’s feasts by giving a sacrifice to God. For this, Jeroboam, the first king of the northern Israel worried about that his people’s mind might rely on the king of Judah. On that account, he built the temple where God had not chosen, gave a sacrifice God had not permitted, nominated a chief priest God had not acknowledged and kept feast days on his authority. Finally, he proceeded to the way of idolatry. This custom continued for a long time. After Jeroboam, all the kings went to the way of idolatry, too. It is called the way of Jeroboam or Jeroboam’s sin in the Bible
The Passover in History
1 Kings 12:25~33 … After Jeroboam, all the kings went to the way of idolatry, too. It is written as the way of Jeroboam or Jeroboam’s sin in the Bible.
1 Kings 16:19 Because of the sins he had committed, doing evil in the eyes of the Lord and walking in the way of Jeroboam in the sin he had committed and had caused Israel to commit.
2 Kings 10:29 He did not turn away from the sins if Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit – the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.
Ahab, the seventh king of northern Israel also did commit sins before God like Jeroboam.
Even though they called on the name of God, they denied God by behavior. God sent a lot of prophets to the northern Israel for them to repent, but they didn’t realize it. When Hoshea had reigned over the northern Israel, the king Hezekiah of South Judah sent couriers to northern Israel to advise to keep the Passover again that hadn’t been kept for 250 years. However, they mocked and scorned the couriers (Chronicles 30:1-10). As a result, northern Israel was destroyed by Assyrian in 721 B.C. and finally disappeared forever from history.
The Passover and the lesson through history
Today too, there’s no church in the world where the Passover, the New Covenant is being kept except for the World Mission Society Church of God. We need to look back on ourselves whether we are committing sins of Jeroboam or not.
Matthew 7:21~23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you, Away from me, you evildoers!’
Let us give ear to the voice of couriers who deliver the Passover, the promise of God’s protection and eternal life.
Mt 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
John 6:53~54 I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drink mu blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Don’t forget the things written in the past is for our teaching(Rom 5:14). To keep the Passover as the New Covenant is so significant. Through keeping it, I hope you realize sincere love and sacrifice of God and who the savior is at the same time. God bless you all.