The forgetful Ordinance Part 2
In part 1 of the forgetful ordinance we discussed the a little bit about the tabernacle in the wilderness and how that this was Yahuah’s (the LORD's) temporary place of dwelling until the building of the first temple by King Solomon.
We discussed that the children of Israel could keep the annual feasts of Yahuah (the LORD) because Yahuah (the LORD) was among them dwelling in the tabernacle, this is where He chose to place His Name.
We also discussed how that Yahusha (Jesus) was the tabernacle that Yahuah (the LORD) dwelt in when He was here on earth.
So we are going to continue on down that line to start off part two.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Yahusha (Jesus) was the living Word who dwelt in a tabernacle not made by hands.
John 2:19-23 19 Yahusha (Jesus) answered and said to them, Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty-six years this Temple was being built, and will You raise it up in three days? 21 But He spoke of the Temple of His body.
Yahusha (Jesus) was the set apart temple of Yahuah (the LORD) both then and when He comes again.
22 When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Set Apart Scriptures, and the word which Yahusha (Jesus) had said. 23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His Name, when they saw the miracles that He did.
Yahusha (Jesus) was in Jerusalem because that is where Yahuah (the LORD) placed His Name as stated in the Old Testament.
Yahusha (Jesus) would not break the very commandments He Himself made.
Matthew 5:17-20 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
We have people all over the world teaching things that is contrary to Yahuah’s (the LORD's) commandments, by saying that Yahusha (Jesus) came and changed the Passover slightly is adding to the Word of Yahuah (the LORD).
The fact is while the Tabernacle/Temple (Yahusha/Jesus) is not with us and among us we are unable to keep the annual feasts.
If we do we are actually breaking the Law.
Matthew 12:6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.
What Yahusha (Jesus) was saying was that He was the tabernacle/temple of Yahuah (the LORD) and that man can destroy the physical stone temple which they have but they could not destroy the eternal brought forth Son of Yahuah (God).
Revelation 21:10-22 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the Set Apart Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Where is the great high mountain? We are going to find out over the coming months ahead.
11 having the Glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 But I saw no temple in it, for Yahuah (the LORD) God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
Here we see a clear reference that there is NOT going to be a temple or tabernacle in that city that comes down from Heaven and rests upon the Mountain of Yahuah (the LORD).
Yahusha (Jesus) will be the temple/tabernacle of it and when He is in our midst in bodily form we can keep the Passover and all the annual feasts because we will be in the place where He choses to place His Name.
Now let’s have a look at the scriptural evidence that they kept the Passover according to the Ordinance that Yahuah (the LORD) gave and did not forget these ordinances.
2 Chronicles 30:1-27, 1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of Yahuah (the LORD) at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of Israel. 2 For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month. 3 For they could not keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of priests had not consecrated themselves, nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem. 4 And the matter pleased the king and all the assembly. 5 So they resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of Israel at Jerusalem, since they had not done it for a long time in the prescribed manner. 6 Then the runners went throughout all Israel and Yahudah (Judah) with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: “Children of Israel, return to Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see. 8 Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to Yahuah (the LORD); and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve Yahuah (the LORD) your Aluhym (God) that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to Yahuah (the LORD), your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for Yahuah (the LORD) your Aluhym (God) is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.” 10 So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also the hand of Aluhym (God) was on Yahudah (Judah) to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of Yahuah (the LORD). 13 Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month. 14 They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron. 15 Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of Yahuah (the LORD). 16 They stood in their place according to their custom, according to the Law of Moses the man of Aluhym (God); the priests sprinkled the blood received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to Yahuah. 18 For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Yahuah (LORD) provide atonement for everyone 19 who prepares his heart to seek Aluhym (God), Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.” 20 And Yahuah (the LORD) listened to Hezekiah and healed the people. 21 So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised Yahuah (the LORD) day by day, singing to Yahuah (the LORD), accompanied by loud instruments. 22 And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of Yahuah (the LORD); and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of their fathers. 23 Then the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they kept it another seven days with gladness. 24 For Hezekiah king of Yahudah (Judah) gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep, and the leaders gave to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of priests sanctified themselves. 25 The whole assembly of Yahudah (Judah) rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, all the assembly that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel, and those who dwelt in Yahudah (Judah). 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His set apart dwelling place, to heaven.
2 Chronicles 33:1-20, 1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 But he did evil in the sight of Yahuah (the LORD), according to the abominations of the nations whom Yahuah (the LORD) had cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 He also built altars in the house of Yahuah (the LORD), of which Yahuah (the LORD) had said, “In Jerusalem shall My Name be forever.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yahuah (the LORD). 6 Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of Yahuah (the LORD), to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of Aluhym (God), of which Aluhym (God) had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My Name forever; 8 and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for your fathers only if they are careful to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole Law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses)” 9 So Manasseh seduced Yahudah (Judah) and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom Yahuah (the LORD) had destroyed before the children of Israel. 10 And Yahuah (the LORD) spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. 11 Therefore Yahuah (the LORD) brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored Yahuah (the LORD) his Aluhym (God), and humbled himself greatly before the Aluhym (God) of his fathers, 13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that Yahuah (the LORD) was Aluhym (God). 14 After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Yahudah (Judah). 15 He took away the foreign aluhym (gods) and the idol from the house of Yahuah (the LORD), and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of Yahuah (the LORD) and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city. 16 He also repaired the altar of Yahuah (the LORD), sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Yahudah (Judah) to serve Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of Israel. 17 Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to Yahuah (the LORD) their Aluhym (God). 18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his Aluhym (God), and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of Israel, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel. 19 Also his prayer and how Aluhym (God) received his entreaty, and all his sin and trespass, and the sites where he built high places and set up wooden images and carved images, before he was humbled, indeed they are written among the sayings of Hozai. 20 So Manasseh rested with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.
2 Chronicles 35:1-37, 1 Now Josiah kept a Passover to Yahuah (the LORD) in Jerusalem, and they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 And he set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of Yahuah (the LORD). 3 Then he said to the Levites who taught all Israel, who were Set Apart to Yahuah (the LORD): “Put the Set Apart ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. It shall no longer be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve Yahuah (the LORD) your Aluhym (God) and His people Israel. 4 Prepare yourselves according to your fathers’ houses, according to your divisions, following the written instruction of David king of Israel and the written instruction of Solomon his son. 5 And stand in the Set Apart place according to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of your brethren the lay people, and according to the division of the father’s house of the Levites. 6 So slaughter the Passover offerings, consecrate yourselves, and prepare them for your brethren, that they may do according to the word of Yahuah (the LORD) by the hand of Moses)” 7 Then Josiah gave the lay people lambs and young goats from the flock, all for Passover offerings for all who were present, to the number of thirty thousand, as well as three thousand cattle; these were from the king’s possessions. 8 And his leaders gave willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, rulers of the house of Aluhym (God), gave to the priests for the Passover offerings two thousand six hundred from the flock, and three hundred cattle. 9 Also Conaniah, his brothers Shemaiah and Nethanel, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave to the Levites for Passover offerings five thousand from the flock and five hundred cattle. 10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their places, and the Levites in their divisions, according to the king’s command. 11 And they slaughtered the Passover offerings; and the priests sprinkled the blood with their hands, while the Levites skinned the animals. 12 Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of the lay people, to offer to Yahuah (the LORD), as it is written in the Book of Moses. And so they did with the cattle. 13 Also they roasted the Passover offerings with fire according to the ordinance; but the other Set Apart offerings they boiled in pots, in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them quickly among all the lay people. 14 Then afterward they prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the sons of Aaron, were busy in offering burnt offerings and fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron. 15 And the singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer. Also the gatekeepers were at each gate; they did not have to leave their position, because their brethren the Levites prepared portions for them. 16 So all the service of Yahuah (the LORD) was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of Yahuah (the LORD), according to the command of King Josiah. 17 And the children of Israel who were present kept the Passover at that time, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Yahudah (Judah) and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept. 20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him. 21 But he sent messengers to him, saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Yahudah (Judah)? I have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for Aluhym (God) commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with Aluhym (God), who is with me, lest He destroy you.” 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself so that he might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of Aluhym (God). So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo. 23 And the archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded.” 24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had, and they brought him to Jerusalem. So he died, and was buried in one of the tombs of his fathers. And all Yahudah (Judah) and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. 25 Jeremiah also lamented for Josiah. And to this day all the singing men and the singing women speak of Josiah in their lamentations. They made it a custom in Israel; and indeed they are written in the Laments. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of Yahuah (the LORD), 27 and his deeds from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Yahudah (Judah).
Ezra 3:1-13, 1 And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the Aluhym (God) of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of Aluhym (God). 3 Though fear had come upon them because of the people of those countries, they set the altar on its bases; and they offered burnt offerings on it to Yahuah (the LORD), both the morning and evening burnt offerings. 4 They also kept the Feast of Tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings in the number required by ordinance for each day. 5 Afterwards they offered the regular burnt offering, and those for New Moons and for all the appointed feasts of Yahuah (the LORD) that were consecrated, and those of everyone who willingly offered a freewill offering to Yahuah (the LORD). 6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to Yahuah (the LORD), although the foundation of the temple of Yahuah (the LORD) had not been laid. 7 They also gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food, drink, and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre to bring cedar logs from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the permission which they had from Cyrus king of Persia. 8 Now in the second month of the second year of their coming to the house of Aluhym (God) at Jerusalem, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the rest of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all those who had come out of the captivity to Jerusalem, began work and appointed the Levites from twenty years old and above to oversee the work of the house of Yahuah (the LORD). 9 Then Jeshua with his sons and brothers, Kadmiel with his sons, and the sons of Yahudah (Judah), arose as one to oversee those working on the house of Aluhym (God): the sons of Henadad with their sons and their brethren the Levites. 10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of Yahuah (the LORD), the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise Yahuah (the LORD), according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to Yahuah (the LORD): “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised Yahuah (the LORD), because the foundation of the house of Yahuah (the LORD) was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.
Ezra 6:15-20, 15 Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. 16 Then the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the descendants of the captivity, celebrated the dedication of this house of Aluhym (God) with joy. 17 And they offered sacrifices at the dedication of this house of Aluhym (God), one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 They assigned the priests to their divisions and the Levites to their divisions, over the service of Aluhym (God) in Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses. 19 And the descendants of the captivity kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. 20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves; all of them were ritually clean. And they slaughtered the Passover lambs for all the descendants of the exile, for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
Ezra 6:21-22, 21 Then the children of Israel who had returned from the exile ate together with all who had separated themselves from the filth of the nations of the land in order to seek Yahuah (the LORD) Aluhym (God) of Israel. 22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy; for Yahuah (the LORD) made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of Aluhym (God), the Aluhym (God) of Israel.
Leviticus 18:1-5, 1 Then Yahuah (the LORD) spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am Yahuah (the LORD) your Aluhym (God). 3 According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4 You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am Yahuah (the LORD) your Aluhym (God). 5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am Yahuah (the LORD).
Numbers 9:1-3, 1 Thus the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “Now, let the sons of Israel observe the Passover at its appointed time. 3 On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall observe it at its appointed time; you shall observe it according to all its statutes and according to all its ordinances.”
Luke 2:41-43, 41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Yahusha (Jesus) lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it;
Acts 2:1-5, 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Set Apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Yahudym (Jews), devout men, from every nation under heaven Israelites out of every nation came to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Pentecost as instructed in the Law.
Acts 18:20-21, 20 When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, 21 but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, Aluhym (God) willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
Here we see Paul the Apostle was very adamant that he must go to Jerusalem to keep the Feast.
Questions in closing for us to think about
Q1) why did the Israelites out of every nation have to come to Jerusalem? Couldn’t they have just done it in their local areas?
A) They knew what the Law of Moses commanded and kept the Ordinance that many seem to forget about.
Q2) why could the Apostle Paul not have stayed at Ephesus to keep this Feast?
A) Because Paul knew what the Law of Moses commanded and kept the Ordinance that many seem to forget about.