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It is very important to preface this presentation by saying this: The indoors production of what is commonly called "The Passion Play" follows the outdoors production of that called "The Liturgy of the Palms."
In Exodus 16:4 is read, “Then Yahweh said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.”
Because Palm-Passion Sunday is still in the testing period of Lent, this verse should be seen as Yahweh giving all who say they believe in Him and His Word through Scripture a clue that says, “Here is how I test faith.”
In Exodus 16:16-19 is written: “This is what Yahweh has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it [manna] as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’” The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over until morning.”
Aaahhh. But human beings are like children that do not listen. They love to fail tests. So, in Exodus 16:20-21 says this: “But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them. Morning by morning they gathered it, as much as each needed; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.”
On the sixth day (Friday), the Israelites were allowed to collect two days’ worth, so they had to do no work on the Sabbath Day. Still, they only had one day’s worth of manna to consume; never having fifteen days’ worth.
On the fourth Sunday in Lent this Year C (three Sundays prior, or fourteen-fifteen days ago), the Old Testament reading was from Joshua 5, where we read: “The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the sons of Israel no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.” (Joshua 5:12) The deeper meaning of that verse says manna from the sky ceased, but spiritual food became those who were truly “sons of Israel.” The source of spiritual food was within those who Joshua crossed over into the Promised Land [which is not physical land, but a marriage of a soul to Yahweh’s Spirit – a Yahweh elohim, divinely saved]. As such, that state of blissful marriage only lasted a year; and, then they began having children and not teaching them how to do as they had become, in order to be truly “sons of Israel.” They soon fell onto hard time, needing to receive their spiritual food from Judges, Samuel, David, and a series of Prophets. Still, those only passed out spiritual food in daily amounts, not half-month loads.
The land, once the “sons of Israel” diminished to a trickle of souls, split and fell into ruin, scattering the peoples around the known world. When a few ‘sons of Israel” led some people back to what was once their physical earth once owned, but since lost, a new series of “sons of Israel” began dispensing spiritual food. The Gospels, Acts, and the Epistles are their versions of ‘manna from the sky.’ Still, only a daily allotment will lead a soul to being Spiritually self-sufficient, able to become a Yahweh elohim – a “son of Israel” (regardless of human gender). Cutting off huge chunks and letting them go uneaten before the next day’s sunrise means that huge chunk melts in the next day’s sun, turning to maggots and stinking to high heaven. That makes Yahweh angry.
The moral of this story I have told is this: I am going to salvage the spiritual food carved from Luke’s Gospel, and place it into omer-sized baskets for one’s daily nourishment from ‘manna from the sky.’ Any church that presents over 2,500 words in one morning service cannot possibly spend the time necessary to explain that spiritual food, so it has the benefit intended. It is like offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of Christian religion, paying nothing to get this freely provided ‘manna,’ while expecting to receive twenty dollars a head for using it in pageantry, not caring if it all goes to waste. To eliminate the shame that comes from just a couple of morsels here, which have been served up as one huge Passion Sunday dinner, will ever be taken out again (like leftovers) and served at other times in a three-year cycle; I will address everything as an individual lesson that should be known.
As I have now completed this project (one that was well worthwhile), I will say that I began it on one day, completing it eleven days later. I want you to think about that.
In eleven days, I examined ever word of every verse; and, there are 113 verses. Having never been told any of the meaning to those 113 verses (with Palm Sunday's Gospel reading adding another thirteen verses), people calling themselves 'Christians' will go a lifetime never fully understanding the powerful message that Yahweh had Luke write. AND … that is just one of the four Gospels that tell additional details to this "Passion Play!"
In the past eleven days, I have written almost in a trance, so at this point there are plenty of nits and burs (misspelled words and grammatical errors) that will run off all English teachers (I presume there is a special place in hell for them, for that reason). So, beware reading unedited texts. My email is available for any questions (like that would ever happen!); but I feel enough is clear enough to see how much is missed in the theatrics of a "Passion Play," when the players have no true passion (pains of dying with Jesus within).
It is important to know that this story is not told so everyone remembers how Jesus sacrificed his life so others could be saved. It is told (one way or another) every year because those sitting in the pews are killing Jesus over and over again, never once stopping to think, "I wonder what true commitment like that feels like?"
Every true Christian needs to see just how much they play the role of Temple Jews ... the Sanhedrin … screaming at Pontius Pilate, "Crucify him!" More people calling themselves 'Christians' show up for church on this Sunday and the following Easter Sunday; so, they must prefer killing Jesus, rather than killing themselves so they can be reborn as Jesus.
For all the lazies that only have an hour or two a year for church things, I have made it easy to read each little section, one at a time, as your lazy leisure. Just click on the links
Don’t thank me. Enjoy! Eat all seventeen meals (over seventeen days or a lifetime) and grow into a true “son of Israel.”
Here are the first nine.
Part I, Divisions A through I (Luke 22:14-71)
B: Luke 22:24-30 [verses 24-30 also read on Saint Bartholomew – a Wednesday in 2022]