I wanted to include a few bullet points to compare the old covenant and the new covenant. In the old covenant, the manna rains down from heaven. In the new covenant Jesus, the Bread of Life, has come down from heaven. In the old covenant, the old manna is a mystery and it feeds and nourishes God’s chosen people until they enter the promise land. In the new covenant, the new manna, the bread of life, is a mystery and it spiritually feeds and nourishes our souls until we enter the promise land, heaven. The manna falls daily, as in “Give us this day our daily bread.” The manna is a prefiguration of the Eucharist in the old covenant. In the new covenant, Jesus is the bread of life which is given daily in the Eucharist. In the old covenant, the paschal lamb is sacrificed at Passover. In the new covenant, Jesus offers Himself, the Lamb of God, at Passover. In the old covenant, the Passover lamb must be male, unblemished, and have no broken bones. In the new covenant, Jesus dies, is the Lamb of God, male, unblemished with no broken bones. In the old covenant, the Passover lamb was slain at twilight which is 3pm. In the new covenant Jesus, the Lamb of God, dies at 3pm. In the old covenant, the lamb’s blood is applied to lentil and the doorpost with a hyssop branch. In the new covenant, Jesus receives the fourth cup on the cross with the hyssop branch. In the old covenant, priestly vestments were required to be worn when Priests were sacrificing animals during the Passover meal. In the new covenant, Jesus is the high priest and the sacrificial Lamb of God at Calvary. He was wearing priestly vestments and offers Himself as the perfect sacrifice in this covenant. In Leviticus we learned that the life is in the blood and God requires the blood to be put upon the altar for the atonement of sins. In the new covenant, Jesus says unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Jesus also says in the Upper Room, this cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be shed for you. Do this in memory of me. The Jews do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. The continue even today to practice the old covenant Passover meal, also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. They understand that the feast must continue. Early Christians follow Jesus and participate in the new covenant of the Eucharist. They break away from the old Passover meal, and celebrate the feast of the Eucharist.
I’d like to close with a word of prayer. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege to share this with you.
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