PASSOVER SEDER MEAL (CONTINUED)
THE 4TH CUP TEACHINGWe are going to be going a little faster here at this point. We've been studying from the book of Exodus and if you were following along in your Bible, we would be in the Old Testament. Now we're going to skip all the way into the New Testament. I'm skipping hundreds of prophecies of the Messiah and so much more information, but for the sake of time we are going to skip over this and go straight into the New Testament. There is one Old Testament prophecy I would like to quote. It's Jeremiah 31: 31-33, and it goes like this, "The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people."(Jeremiah 31:31-33) This is a prediction, a prophecy, of a new covenant that the Lord makes.
When we enter the New Testament, Jesus is born. And He's born in a town called Bethlehem. Now we all know that. But did you know that in Hebrew, the word "Bethlehem" means, "House of Bread?" You might want to jot that down: "House of Bread." I had a friend who recently visited the town of Bethlehem, over in the Jerusalem area. He had some information that I wanted to include. Animal sacrifice of the Passover and many other feasts of those days had taken place in the temple. There was so much animal sacrifice going on. You have to realize a million people walked out of Egypt and they had all these lambs. And they had to have a male unblemished lamb for Passover that you had to have fields of shepherds watching over sheep. And you had to have literally thousands and thousands of male unblemished lambs so you had to have a huge heard of sheep to be watched over. And these sacrifices took place in Jerusalem at the temple. So a town formed outside of Jerusalem and this town is where the shepherds families lived and the shepherds lived when they weren't out with the sheep. But the shepherds formed a town called Bethlehem. And the shepherds that the angel Gabriel appeared to on the day that Jesus was born were not just any shepherds guarding sheep, but these shepherds were guarding the sheep that were the sacrificial lambs of the old covenant. And these very shepherds were given a personal invitation to come and to witness the new Lamb of God, the sacrifice of the new covenant. They weren't just any shepherds; they were the shepherds in charge of guarding the old covenant sacrifices.