Review of Teaching
I remember being 7 years old standing in front of the gas stove in Grandma’s house on the day before Easter. I was getting ready to rehearse my Easter piece (poem recital). I was excited about the new clothes I would be wearing the next day and eating the candy in my Easter basket. I loved the little yellow marshmallow chicks that came 5 or 6 in a row. My sister and I were going to dye Easter eggs with Mama and Grandma in a little while.
I liked doing recitals. Memorization came easy to me and this year I was given a rhyming poem which was far easier to memorize than a scripture. Mama had put my hair in Shirley Temple curls; I sure hoped they looked good for tomorrow and I didn’t sweat them out overnight.
I visualized the small congregation at the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, cleared my throat and began,
Easter is coming and the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a half will do.
If you haven’t got any, God bless you.
I am amazed at the nonsense that paraded as sacred. That Sunday, I was essentially a well-dressed small child, full of marshmallows made with pork gelatin, begging people for pennies! I did what I was taught by people that I trusted. As children, we don’t have much choice. As we get older, we are held accountable for our actions and for what we teach others.
In this teaching, Arthur encourages us to learn from those who’ve gone before us. However, the scriptures should be the standard by which we discern whether we follow them or not.
Summary of the Teaching
You have to love Arthur’s transparency! He starts this teaching by saying that he has been incredibly amazed over the last few months by the words that Yehovah has been depositing into his spirit to share with people, and those words have been words of correction to Arthur!
Some of the words of instruction that he shares with us are:
- Once we say “Father let Your will be done in my life,” that tells Him whenever He chooses and whatever He chooses to do, our role is simply to let Him! Arthur says, “Stop resisting! Stop grieving! Stop fighting and just let Him have His way!”
- We must exchange what we think about ourselves for what Yehovah says we are and what we can do. Arthur proclaims, “When that happens, you will find that a lot of fear just goes away ...”
- The Father uses the people of the Bible to teach us lessons. He exposes their successes and failures so that we can learn from those who’ve gone before us.
- Arthur declares, “Every human being on the planet, saints, sinners, atheists, ungodly, pagan, it doesn’t matter what they call themselves--every knee will bow! So you don’t have a right to take your life hostage.” We belong to Yehovah.
- As long as there are people we can point to and blame for what’s going on in our lives, we can feel justified for what and where we are. Arthur emphatically says, “Your problem is you! My problem is me! And the moment I recognize that--I leave you alone (and) … manage my own life!”
After this wake-up call, Arthur explains many of the terms associated with the Spring Feasts. Terms like Pesach, Passover, Abib, Nisan and Adar-bet. He also explains the Biblical New Year is in the first month, not the seventh month as it is celebrated in Judaism. Did you know the Passover animal could be a lamb or a young goat?
Arthur clearly separates scriptural fact from man-made traditions! “There is no such word in the Bible called the Seder! You won’t find it. Let me give another spoiler alert. There’s no place in the Bible you will find the word Haggadah!”
Arthur distinguishes the truth from tradition by juxtaposing the Scripture with denominational traditions. By using the Sadducees, Pharisees and the Herodians as examples, we are urged to do our own due diligence and seek the truth and not accept our family and/or denominational traditions that have been handed down to us.
Arthur gives a detailed account of the Spring Feasts in which he includes the differences between the Hebrew Calendar and several calendars in use today. He also presents evidence that the Last Supper was not the Passover Meal.
The foremost message conveyed in this teaching is that we must stay within the confines of scripture when we celebrate Yehovah’s Feasts. If you decide to participate in a Passover tradition, you need know what you’re participating in! Do your own due diligence so that at least you know what and why you are celebrating.
Buzz on the Teaching
We came into Hebrew Roots in December 2010; our family celebrated our first Passover in 2011. We really did not know what to do, so we went to the Internet. We figured that the Judaism sites would know how Passover was to be celebrated because they had been doing it since Moses’ days. We printed off a 15-20 page script, Haggadah, of what we were to do and say. Floyd, our son, our daughter, and I had our parts and I strongly urged everyone to read and be familiar with their parts so the dramatization would go smoothly.
We cleaned until there was nothing else to clean. We even vacuumed the insides of all the suitcases and purses just in case a crumb might be hidden it in. We got rid of anything close to being leaven. That included hydrogen peroxide because I read it on the Internet.
I wore sandals; Floyd refused. But I did hang walking sticks on the backs of the chairs. We made a small house out of cardboard, drew a door on it and used grape juice for the blood around the door.
I laugh when I think of all the anxiety we had trying to get it right. I was so thankful when we found Arthur’s ministry and could began to separate the truth from tradition. HalleluYAH!
What are some of your memories from your first Passover Meal?
Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,
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