By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). The importance of Easter prompted Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi to devote Bible Study at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l to the teaching of the meaning of Easter and its prequel, Passover. Traditionally, Passover is a celebration of the events that led to Jewish liberation from the pangs and claws of slavery in Egypt.
When Thutmose II, then Pharaoh of Egypt, stubbornly refused to accede to the demand of Moses to let his people go, God decreed among other calamities that every Egyptian firstborn child and animal, including Pharaoh’s son would perish, if Thutmose II should persist in his fatal obstinacy.
Indeed, Ramsey did persist in his stubbornness, so God decided to execute his plan. When he was about to send his angel of doom to kill the Egyptian children, he instructed Moses and Aaron in Exodus 12 to tell each Israeli family to slaughter an unblemished lamb and paint the blood on the two side-posts of the place they would gather to feast on the lamb and on their doors.
“The blood was splashed on the side-posts and the doors for the angel of death to know that if there were any firstborns and animals in the houses with blood on the doors, they had already been killed. Therefore, he passed over the houses with Jewish children in them, hence, “Passover” as we know it today,” said the apostle of God.
He reiterated that God told the Jews to slaughter unblemished lamb because the lamb represented Christ. The Jews roasted the lamb without gutting it and ate everything with unleavened bread. In fact, they were instructed not to boil the lamb in water as was customary at the time for the lamb symbolized the body of Christ on the cross.
Exodus 12: 11-13 affirms, “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. 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 of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.
“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.”
Pastor Georges stated that by the stripes that Christ received, we are healed and through his suffering, we are saved. In response to a question, he noted that the disciples of Christ all died violently. “James was decapitated; Peter was crucified upside down, and John was lacerated, put in boiling water for four hours and yet he didn’t die. He was taken to the island of Patmos and his eyes were gouged out. It was in that state that he wrote Revelation. The disciples and the apostles suffered a lot for Christianity to spread. “If you knew what they went through, you guys will take Christianity very seriously. “
The blessed man of God stated that there is power in the Holy Communion because the unleavened bread is symbolic of the body of Christ and the sweet wine, his blood. “You can buy unleavened bread yourselves (bread without yeast) and non-alcoholic beverage, pray on it and with your faith, you will be healed. You don’t have to wait until the first Sunday of every month before you take the Holy Communion. I take it regularly,” said Pastor Georges.
When a participant wanted to know why Christians returning from a retreat should die in an accident in Texas as reported on the news last week, Pastor Georges responded that God’s ways are not our ways, so the Lord should not be questioned. Just obey.
He narrated the sad story of a woman, bedridden with cancer, who eventually died despite the fact that they fasted and prayed for her continuously for seven days. He revealed that on the seventh day, the woman told him that she had suffered a lot, especially from her husband, so death would be a comforter. After telling him that while he went visiting, the woman died peacefully the following day. “Everything God does is good,” noted Pastor Georges. “Let us not question the motives of the Lord. Let us not try to understand him. All we have to do is to trust and obey.”
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap corroborated the senior pastor’s teaching on Wednesday and cited the scriptures in support thereof. He quoted Matthew 3: 11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”
This, particularly, is in reference to Exodus 12: 9, where Moses instructs the Israelites to roast the lamb on fire and not boil it in water. Boiling in water was symbolic of their old life, and the new life of the Jews, away from slavery, is emblematic of baptism with the fire of the Holy Ghost. John the Baptist baptized with water but Christ baptized with the fire of the Holy Ghost.
Pastor Jean Paul also cited 1 John 1: 29, Matthew 20: 28, Hebrews 10: 9, and 2 Corinthians 5: 17, which says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed; behold, all things are become new.”