N.T. Celebration of the Passover

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  1. Zenas

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    In Acts 20:6 we read: "We sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread . . . ." The days of Unleavened Bread refers to the week after the Passover, so why are Paul and Luke still celebrating the Passover, especially in this totally gentile city? Didn't the sacrifice of Jesus Christ replace the Passover forever? Or should we read this simply to mean it was a date of reference on the calendar which they didn't actually celebrate?
     
  2. TCGreek

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    Let's go with the calendar.
     
  3. LeBuick

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    Keep in mind they were Jews, Jesus also celebrated the passover. I agree with TC this was just a date reference but even if they did celebrate the passover it would not be anything Jesus didn't do.
     
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    I have for years now taught that the Lord's Table is the continuation of the OT passover feast. In fact, Paul said in 1 Cor. 5 "therefore let us keep the feast,"... I understand this to be an abstract and spiritual concept during the celebration of the Lord's Table. Therefore I do not think it is out of the realm of possibility for Paul and Luke to continue to keep and/or associate the OT passover with the NT supper.

    Just my thoughts,

    Max
     
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    I thought the Lord's table tied into the passover feast.
     
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    This gets my vote.
     
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    I too, go with the reference to show when, but I also believe the Passover to be fulfilled and continuing in the Lords Supper. Think caterpillar turning into a butterfly (Oh no...an analogy. Nevermind... :))
     
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    That's more of a metaphor than an analogy.
     
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    Whatever...

    (in my lazy voice)
     
  10. Grasshopper

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    Paul kept more than the Passover:

    Act 21:26
    Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.
     
  11. North Carolina Tentmaker

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    I think this is more for calendar reference than anything else, but I have no problem with Paul keeping the passover. He was a Jew and that was part of his heritage. I celebrate the 4th of July but it has nothing to do with my faith.

    We have done a passover meal at churches before with study of what a Jewish family would have done in Jesus day and what they do today. I even got a Jewish friend to help me with this. I think most Jews when they see your sincere about learning what they belive and practice are very helpful this way. The study of the passover and all the OT Jewish feasts can be very rewarding. I took a seminary class some years ago on the OT feasts and was amazed at the symbolism, especially in view of our NT revelation. These feasts were important times of instruction for the Jewish people and gave them opportunity to teach their children. They are in the Book for a reason you know.
     

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