Carmen Welker finds it hypocritical to sell Chametz (leaven) before Pesach only to buy it back again after Pesach. According to Carmen and the New Testament, leaven is equated with SIN and hey presto you have “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29, pesach finds its ultimate conclusion in Yeshu!
The problem with the above is manifold:
- Atonement of Universal SIN is solely a New Testament concept. You can find out about the whole Pesach/ Human sacrifice/ Lamb discussion by clicking here.
- The Pesach Lamb was never a sacrifice for atonement.
- The Lamb in Egyptian thought, custom and practice was one of the many gods of the Egyptians.
- Taking ‘Rabbi’ Welker’s logic to its logical conclusion, she should not be eating leavened bread all year round. After all leaven is sin!
- Evangelicals often claim the fact that Jews perform the seder with three sheets of matza is an ancient prophecy of the trinity. This claim goes as far back as Johannes Pfefferkorn (1469-1523), an infamous apostate who incited Christians to persecute his former people. This claim is still being repeated all over the internet. I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade, but three sheets of matza is not ancient Jewish custom. The Babylonian Talmud (b. Pesachim 115b) mentions only one sheet of matza. Rambam (hilkhot chametz umatza 8:6) mentions two. The current Jewish custom of three sheets of matza on the table dates back to the Middle Ages.
“Zevach” translates as slaughter.
“Zevach” implied a ritualistic slaughter of an animal for a meal. The Passover sacrifice is also a “Zevach”.
“Zevach” is an early precursor to the Shelamim/Peace Offering.
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a feast that is generally mistaken for Passover. Passover however is only one 24 hour period while Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days. How did Yeshu supposedly fulfill these seven days?
- Most importantly, the Jewish scriptures never make a connection between leaven and sin:
The festival commemorates the deliverance of Israel’s first-born from the judgment wrought on those of the Egyptians (Ex. xii. 12-13; comp. Ex. xiii. 2, 12 et seq.), and the wondrous liberation of the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage (Ex. xii. 14-17). As such, it is identical with the Matẓẓot (Ex. xii. 17; Lev. xxiii. 5-6) festival, and was instituted for an everlasting statute (Ex. xii. 14). Lev. xxiii., however, seems to distinguish between Passover, which is set for the fourteenth day of the month, and appointed for the fifteenth day. The festival occurred in Abib (Ex. xiii. 4; Deut. xvi. 1 et seq., where the New Moon is given as the memorial day of the Exodus), later named Nisan, and lasted seven days, from sunset on the fourteenth day to sunset on the twenty-first day; the first and the seventh days were set aside for holy convocation, no work being permitted on those days except such as was necessary in preparing food (Num. xxviii. 16-25). During the seven days of the festival leaven was not to be found in the habitations of the Hebrews (Ex. xii. 19, xiii. 7). Leaven was not to be eaten under penalty of “excision” (“karet”; Ex. xii. 15, 19-20; xiii. 3; Deut. xvi. 3), and the eating of unleavened bread was commanded (Ex. xii. 15, 18; xiii. 6, 7; xxiii. 15; xxxiv. 18; Lev. xxiii. 6; Num. xxviii. 17). On the second day the omer of new barley was brought to the Temple (Lev. xxiii. 10-16; comp. First-Fruits). (Passover, Jewish Encyclopedia)
In summary the equating of leaven with sin and a lamb to take away the sin is an invention of the New Testament. Moreover, the equating of leaven with sin and a lamb to take away sin is to miss out the context of scripture itself i.e. the liberation of G-d’s people from Egypt and their idols. The liberation of G-d’s people from Egypt all the more poignant when one considers that leavened bread is widely believed by scholars to have its origins along with beer invented by the Egyptians circa 4000 BCE! To rid of leaven is to remind us of our slavery [we had no time to wait for bread to rise like the Egyptians], instead we eat Matza to remind ourselves of our sharp exit from Egypt, humble origins and our afflictions as G-d has commanded us………. which is what we Jews do. In Egypt we said no to their gods, their lifestyle and their values. We rid ourselves of the restrictions and apparent ‘freedom’ Egypt had to offer us [hard work], the Germans were not the only ones’ to come up with the idea of ARBEIT MACHT FREI. The missionary antics of Carmen Welker is yet another facet of the same enemies which have tried to annihilate us.
In every generation, they rise against us to annihilate us. However, the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand.