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John 6:4

And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

John 6:4 (KJV)

Passover – Last week I suggested that if John 6:4 is removed, everything begins to align much better in the timeline of Yeshua’s ministry. We looked at all the surrounding text that exposed the reason that Passover could not have been happening at that time. Yeshua wasn’t traveling to Jerusalem as the law instructs all males should, Yeshua was teaching in a synagogue which was full of Jews who should have also been traveling to Jerusalem. The last revelation is that many people had no food which wouldn’t make sense if people were making this trek to Jerusalem because they would have had supplies during their travels. So now let’s dig into historic arguments concerning this verse.

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Timeline of Yeshua’s Ministry

And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

John 6:4 (KJV)

If you’re at all familiar with the chronology of the ministry of Christ, this verse should cause some hesitation. It doesn’t align with the rest of the gospels, ie. Matthew, Mark, and Luke. And yet this one verse is the basis for the belief that Yeshua’s ministry was 3.5 years long. It all hangs on this one verse. So obviously, we should dig into this a bit more.

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When Words Are Added

As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Acts 21:25 (KJV)

They observe no such thing, save only – Have you ever studied this verse? Most Christians use it as a means to diminish the law’s application for Gentiles. Deeper study will prove this is incorrect. Words to subtly influence your theology have been added.

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Not of This World

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

John 18:36 (KJV)

Not of this world – When we think of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Heaven (I’d argue they are the same) we often turn our thoughts to something heavenly. We imagine a spiritual place with gold streets, mansions, and beauty beyond compare. Some of us might even envision the host of God; His angels, His Son, and God Himself – and we look forward to being a part of it… some day.

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Nailed to the Cross

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Colossians 2:14 (KJV)

Handwriting of ordinances – There are predominantly two interpretations that rise from these words. One supports the doctrine that is enforced all throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation; the curse or debt incurred is nailed to the cross by the grace of God. The other interpretation is that the law itself, the teachings of God, are nailed to the cross. So which is it?

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A Message of Leadership

A VERY LARGE OAK was uprooted by the wind and thrown across a stream. It fell among some Reeds, which it thus addressed: “I wonder how you, who are so light and weak, are not entirely crushed by these strong winds.” They replied, “You fight and contend with the wind, and consequently you are destroyed; while we on the contrary bend before the least breath of air, and therefore remain unbroken, and escape.”

The Oak and the Reeds, an Aesop fable

I often think about the leadership of communities and their unwillingness to change or grow. This Aesop fable is a particularly good example of this message.

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Stop Asking and Start Acting

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Isaiah 58:6 (KJV)

Oppressed – When we fast, we often times ask God to perform some sort of action in our lives. We’re afflicting ourselves in attempted humility and beseeching our Creator’s help. But in Isaiah 58, God turns it around on us. Rather than doing what we ask, He asks us to do something else instead.

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Food isn’t the Focus

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

Leviticus 23:2 (KJV)

Feasts – The Lord really loves a good meal, doesn’t he? When reading this, I’m quite impressed by God’s desire for us to partake in meals together. But just after this, He mentions that the 7th day Sabbath is one of these “feasts.” How does that work? There’s no Sabbath instruction about holding a feast.

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