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112: The New Covenant Passover Service

This is the proper Biblical New Covenant Passover service, in the biblical order faithful to the last Passover of Christ [See: the previous posts for a detailed study]; the Passover lamb meal is not included in this service because we cannot sacrifice at this time, due to the lack of a physical Temple; and three of the four cups of Passover wine taken at the meal are also not included, because those cups were not symbolic of the Lamb of God: See the “Harmonizing” article for an explanation of the four cups of Passover wine. 

This service contains the Psalms that were sung at the last Passover of Christ.

 

This is an order of service for a larger assembly; smaller groups may have fewer speakers. 

Order of Service 

1.  The presiding Moderator should call the service to order and read or paraphrase the introduction as a preamble; and then open the service with prayer 

2.   The Song Leader should lead the assembly in reading Psalm 136.  Everyone present should read Psalm 136 out loud in unison just as they would in singing  

3.    The Moderator should then read 1 Corinthians 11:23:34  and warn those who have not properly prepared to take the Passover to withdraw and properly prepare before the second Passover on the same day of the following month. 

4.  The Moderator should then read and expound Exodus 12 through 1 Corinthians 5:7, giving the allegorical meaning of these things in terms of the New Covenant Lamb of God 

5.   The Song Leader should then lead the people in reading Psalm 113 and Psalm 114  together out loud in unison just like they read Psalm 136

6.  From here the Moderator should read Isaiah 53 expounding as he reads, and continue down to the end of the foot washing and the departure of Judas 

7.   After the foot washing the Moderator should call on two or three Readers to read the last teachings of Christ from John 13:31 to John 18 alternating chapter by chapter 

8.  The Song Leader should complete the service by leading the assembly in reading Psalms 115 through Psalms 118 out loud together in unison 

9.   The Moderator should then close the service with God’s blessing upon the sincerely repentant partakers of the Lamb of God, who are fully committed to diligently live by every Word of God:

Numbers  6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of [the faithful] Israel, and I will bless them.

Introduction

The service begins with prayer and the Passover in Egypt as commanded in the scriptures and includes the Psalms sung by Christ and the disciples at the Passover, and also the last teachings of Christ. 

These Psalms; the Egyptian Hallel [Psalm 136 and Psalms 113-118 ] were written by David for the Passover and were sung at the Passover since David’s time, and were sung by Jesus and his disciples at the Temple era Passover.  They are included to be read for now, until such time as they are rendered suitable for singing in English. 

Children who are old enough to be quietly listening and will not be a disruption or burden to their parents should be welcomed to attend; although only baptized sincerely repentant people should take the Bread and Wine. 

Passover is a memorial of redemption from Egypt for ancient physical Israel; and as such it is a fore-type of a spiritual  redemption from sin through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, so that Christ’s atoning sacrifice may be applied to us.  

While we cannot sacrifice a physical lamb because the physical Passover MUST be sacrificed at the physical temple, and we therefore do not have a meal of lamb; yet we do have a meal of spiritual Lamb by internalizing the Lamb of God through the study and application of the Word of God.

Exodus 12:26    And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.  Also (Deu 4:9, and Deu 6:7). 

At the beginning of the fourteenth day of the first month we are commanded to take Passover as a memorial of our Redemption from bondage and sin [Egypt]; and then as the 14th day ends beginning the fifteenth day, we are to memorialize the beginning of our march out from Egypt [sin]. 

The Passover is a formal Appointed Time and not a Holy Day; the Night to be Much Observed which begins the first High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and comes AFTER the sunset ending the Passover day, is a High Holy Day and occasion of rejoicing at the beginning of our journey out of bondage to in.  

This is an OUTLINE of a proper biblical Passover service, based on the example of the last Passover of Christ and the Temple Passover service instituted by Ezra.  It contains more scripture and is far closer to the last Passover of Christ then many other Passover services.

The sacraments of the unleavened bread and wine, are not to be taken regularly through the year!  These symbols are to be taken on the evening beginning the fourteenth day of the first biblical month ONLY; and only after deep self examination and sincere repentance for any departure from living by EVERY WORD of GOD. 

These symbols are a memorial of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God our PASSOVER sacrificed for us.  This is an annual Passover service as Jesus Christ kept and commanded it to bekept.

The service should begin with a call to order and an opening prayer, acknowledging the Passover; and asking for the presence of Christ; and his blessing of forgiveness for our repented sin, and asking for an increase of appreciation and understanding of the occasion.

As it not lawful to sacrifice a physical lamb anywhere except at the temple, so this will not be a physical meal, but a service of memorial. 

Instead we should open the service with prayer and an overview of the Passover in Egypt; without the meal and the first two traditional cups of wine.  Paul explains this in his Passover instructions and explanation of the meaning of the Passover symbols.

Paul decries the selfishness of people rushing to eat and commands them to eat at home and to take the bread and wine in memory of the death of Christ, the Lamb of God.  Paul also admonishes us to carefully examine and correct ourselves, sincerely repenting before taking the Passover.

 

The New Covenant Passover Service

The Moderator should call the service to order and open the service with prayer

The Song Leader should then lead the assembly in reading Psalm 136

Psalm 136

A Passover Psalm of Deliverance; written by David

As we read this Psalm think of the Greatness of the Creator who humbled himself to die for humanity as the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and His deliverance from the bondage of sin. Let us think on these things and praise our God for his tender manifold mercies to us individually as well as his mercies for humanity in their proper time.

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

The elders should have properly prepared the people for many weeks before Passover, but this warning should be made anyway.

The Moderator should then warn those who have not properly prepared with diligent self examination and sincere repentance, that they should not take this Passover, but should spend the next month preparing for the second Passover;  and then read and expound:    

1 Corinthians 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, [without deep sincere repentance] shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

11:33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

Then the Moderator should read and expound Exodus 12 through 1 Corinthians 5:7 explaining the allegorical meaning of these events in terms of the New Covenant Lamb of God.

Exodus 12:1    And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.

12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.

12:20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

12:24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

12:25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

12:28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

12:31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said.

12:32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

12:34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

12:36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.

12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

12:39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

12:40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

12:42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

12:43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

12:44 But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

12:45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

12:46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

12:47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

12:50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

12:51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

 

Then quote:

1 Peter 1:19   But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Revelation 13:8   . . . . the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

God had a tremendous purpose in the creation and no detail was left to chance. It was known and planned from before the creation; that man would have to experience BOTH sides; God’s side and Satan’s side, before man could make an informed decision; and it would be necessary for man to learn by hard experience the terrible evil of Satan’s way.

The members of the God family decided from the very beginning that one of them had to die for the sins of humanity so that the enormous evil of sin and the tremendous love of God could be made known to all peoples for all time.

To drive that lesson home, Christ called Israel out of the Egypt of sin; out from bondage to the pharaoh god-king of Egypt, as a lesson on how Christ would deliver God the Father’s called out from spiritual bondage to Satan the god-king of this evil society, and out of our bondage to sin.

As Israel was called out of Egypt, many have been called out of the bondage to sin of this world.  And as many in Israel later sought to go back into bondage and were destroyed in the wilderness; we too must faithfully complete our journey to the Promised Land.

Jesus Christ who gave himself for his creation, was the true Lamb of God; and when we repent and turn away from sin, and continue in living by every Word of God: The atoning sacrificial blood of Christ will be placed on the door posts of our hearts; as the blood of lambs was placed on the door posts of Israel in the land of Egypt; and they were not destroyed.

1 Corinthians 5:7   Purge out therefore the old leaven [repent of all past sin] , that ye may be a new lump, as ye are [that we may be free from the leaven of sin] unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

At this point the Hallel [Praise] of Psalm 113-114 should be read, as it was said by Christ with his disciples, just before the blessing of the unleavened bread and the wine.

Psalm 113 presents the sinner as a barren woman having no fruit; The Eternal is praised as the Deliverer of the repentant sinner [the woman, the bride] who shall bring forth much fruit as the spiritual bride of Christ.

Praise to God who delivers his faithful

Psalm 113

Psalm 113:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.

113:2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.

113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

113:5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,

113:6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

113:7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

113:8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

 

Psalm 114

Consider this Psalm in its spiritual plane of those called out of spiritual Egypt.

We were lead out of our captivity to the god-king of spiritual Egypt, by the mighty deeds of our Deliverer who was sacrificed as our Passover Lamb; and when the spiritual Passover sacrifice is applied to us,  the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit shall be poured out for us from out of the ROCK: which is Jesus Christ!

The Rock of Christ  who will soon open up the sea of death for his called out faithful;  in whose presence the earth shall tremble and shake!

Psalm 114:1  When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;

114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

114:3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

114:4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.

114:5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?

114:6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?

114:7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

114:8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

Then the Moderator should read the prophecy of Isaiah 53 with comments and continue down to the end of the foot washing

Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua]  physically grew up before [subject to] God the Father.  He was and will always be about his Father’s business, totally loyal to God his Father.  Christ had no earthly grandeur in his physical life:  His Glory was spiritual.

Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Messiah was to be despised by the worldly minded, who care nothing for the spiritual teachings and commandments of God.

53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

None of the  worldly comprehended the light that came to them.

53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

The healing spoken of, is the healing of the spirit by HIS atoning sacrifice and the forgiveness of repented sins

53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All people have sinned and are desperately in need of repentance and  the application of the atoning sacrifice of Messiah.

53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Messiah did not defend himself before his accusers.

53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was scourged in the prison and then crucified.  he died voluntarily for his creation, that they might be healed of sin and given eternal life.

53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

He taught the truth of God the Father and was buried in a rich man’s grave because he was truly spiritually rich.

53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Messiah was promised a resurrection to eternal life after he had atoned for the repented sins of humanity.  Passover is about repentance and a commitment to “go and sin no more” so that the sacrificial atonement for sin, of the blood of the Lamb of Gob may be applied to us.

53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Messiah was resurrected and is seeing the fruits of his labors and sacrifice, with many repenting and being justified by his sacrifice.

53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the [sincerely repentant] transgressors.

 

NOW Matthew 26:6 should be read; since it includes an instruction by Jesus Christ for us to remember this act.

Matthew 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper [properly the Jar Maker, the Potter], 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.  26:8, But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

26:10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.     

26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

 

The Blessing of the Unleavened Bread and Wine

Unleavened Bread is blessed, broken and shared.  Only that portion which is blessed is sanctified; so bless only what is needed, the same with the Wine.

If you are alone; be sure to bless enough bread so it can be  broken  as an example of the broken body of Christ, but take only as much as can be eaten.

The blessing on the bread should include a request that God would help us understand and internalize the nature of Christ as the Bread of Life, who suffered so much for us.

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

The blessing on the wine should include a confession and acknowledgment of our sinful nature, a statement of repentance on behalf of the participants and a request that the blood of Christ would be applied to remove our sins.  It should also include a committal to sin no more, and  a request for God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us and empower us to overcome all sin, and to lead us into the fullness of truth, godliness and UNITY with Christ and the Father.

22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

 

The Foot Washing

After this the disciples began an argument over who would be greatest; and Christ gave the object lesson of service by washing their feet.

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover [on the Passover before the High Day] , when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

John now skips forward to the Passover meal.  They had eaten the Passover meal of lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs, beginning the meal with the first cup of wine called “The Cup of Deliverance” and the second cup, the Cup of Rejoicing, when the plagues were listed.  And as the meal was ending Jesus blessed and broke some of the unleavened bread, and then blessed and passed around the third cup of wine called ” The Cup of Redemption” or the “Cup of Salvation”.

Then as the main part of the meal was ended and they were sitting there conversing; Jesus spoke of his betrayal.

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

Next in the timeline is the comment that the traitor was still sitting at the table with them; AFTER the Passover symbols were taken by all present.

The disciples they began to argue as to who would be greatest. One could easily speculate that they were relaxed by wine and started off by protesting that they would never betray Christ, with protests of loyalty burgeoning into an argument over who was the most loyal and the greatest.

Luke 22:21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! 22:23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

Luke 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

Here we find that AFTER the Passover meal, and AFTER the ULB and Wine; they began to strive among themselves yet again, as to who should be the greatest.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

13:6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

Peter now understanding and being filled with zeal said; I want to be completely united with you Lord, even if that means that I allow you to wash me completely!

To have a part with Christ, we must serve him and let him serve us; that means doing his will whatever that will is; it means allowing him to bless us as well as to instruct and correct us.

13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Jesus then said  for those with ears to hear, that Judas was still among them and was spiritually unclean. He then begins to explain what he has done and the type of leaders he expects them and us to become. 

Jesus knew that he had washed the betrayer’s feet, and said that ye are not all clean, referring to the uncleanness of Judas’ mind and spirit.

13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all [of you are clean]. 13:11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Brethren, it is NOT enough that we wash someone’s feet at Passover and then forget Christ’s example of serving the Father and the flock. It is NOT enough that we say this is a lesson in HUMILITY and forget or marginalize the fact; that it is a lesson in SERVICE and how we are to behave towards God and others, and how we are to behave in our lives.

13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Jesus Christ knowing that he was Messiah and Lord of all the earth, humbled himself to perform an example of service; setting an example for his disciples that they should also serve God and one another. This was a physical act to teach the principle of godly leadership in response to the continual bickering among the disciples over who should be the greatest.

The Passover meal with the ULB and the Third Cup of Wine had ENDED; and also notice that Christ KNEW of the betrayal of Judas; and yet washed the feet of Judas also!

 

At this point, those present are to follow the example of Christ and wash one another’s feet.

Christ declares that when he is gone to the Father and the Comforter is sent to them: they will begin to understand this thing; about who will be the greatest among them. They WILL understand the attitude of service required of a man of God; to serve God and love our very enemies!

To do good to those who hate us and abuse us; following the example and instructions of our Lord. Does that mean coddling sin? NO, NO , NO: It means rebuking sin, and setting a sinless example as Christ did! It means forgiving our enemies as Christ has forgiven us!

Consider that “THESE THINGS” are plural; this is NOT just talking about washing someone’s feet: This is about the other Passover Symbols as well; and our whole attitude towards God, humanity and how we live our lives; it is about our DUTY to our Father and our brethren and towards all of humanity.

 

Judas leaves

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

This is speaking of the Passover Unleavened Bread taken by Judas; showing that even the taking of Passover like baptism, or ordination to be one of the twelve; is no proof of ultimate godliness or conversion.  We shall be judged by our DEEDS and obedience to the Word of God; not by what appearance we put on.

They had returned to the table AFTER the Passover meal, the Unleavened Bread and Wine, and after the foot washing and the lesson on servant leadership.

It is only then: after he has partaken of the meal, the Unleavened Bread and Wine, and after Christ has washed his feet; that Judas is singled out and leaves to betray him.

Christ and God the Father are ONE in FULL UNITY; and IF we are ONE with them, those who accept any person who is ONE in UNITY with God the Father and Christ is also accepting God the Father and Christ.

However any person at ONE with God the Father and Christ; must and will reject all teachings that ARE NOT in total unity with God the Father and Christ; as FALSE!

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Now: AFTER the meal, AFTER the taking of the bread and wine, AFTER the foot washing: Christ reveals that he knows who the TRAITOR is! and Judas leaves to do his deed.

13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

13:22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples [John speaks of himself], whom Jesus loved. 13:24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

13:25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

This was the Passover evening and the disciples thought that Judas was being sent to buy the things needed for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This clearly shows that Passover was not a High Day but a preparation day for the Feast of ULB.

13:28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 13:29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. 13:30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

When Judas had left, Jesus begins to teach about his death and resurrection.

 

After The Foot Washing

Judas now leaving the group and the others being humbled; the way was opened for the final teachings of our Master in his physical life.

The Moderator should now call on two or three Readers to read the last words of Jesus as recorded by John in John 13:31 to John 18; alternating chapter by chapter.

John 13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

13:36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

13:38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?

16:6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

16:17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?

16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

The Song Leader should then lead the brethren in reading the Passover Hallel, Psalms 115 through Psalms 118.  In the temple Passover service the fourth cup of wine, the Cup of Acceptance was blessed and drunk at this time.

Psalm 115

Glorify God and NOT any man.  Jesus Christ is the ONLY High Priest and Mediator between the Father and humanity.

Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

115:10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

115:11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

115:12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

115:14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

115:18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

Praise the LORD.

Psalm 116

Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

116:6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

116:13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

116:14 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

116:18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

116:19 In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 117

Christ will be the salvation of all repentant peoples!

117:1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth [Word, Law] of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Psalm 118

118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.

118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

The Moderator should then close the service with God’s blessing upon the sincerely repentant partakers of the Lamb of God, who are fully committed to live by every Word of God:

Numbers  6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of [the faithful] Israel, and I will bless them.

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