MOSES OR JESUS?
Jehovah’s witnesses have just celebrated the memorial of the death of Jesus.
They certainly are a very mixed up people. Are they under the mediator Moses or the mediator Jesus Christ?
The old covenant under Moses was fulfilled by the death of our lord Jesus, when those under the old covenant killed God’s son. So, a new covenant was made through Jesus, that everyone exercising faith in him might have eternal life. All the laws of the old covenant are no longer in force, and the new covenant stipulates just one law, to “love”.
Do JW’s know this? Yes! Of course they do, so why are they such a mixed up people?
They hold their memorial of our lord Jesus as under the OLD covenant with Moses, starting the day at “sundown to sundown the following day”, starting the day with the night then followed by the daytime. Meaning in actual fact, their memorial DAY spans two days.
I would like to point out that in Acts chapters 9/10 Saul was chosen as a “special vessel” to be used by our lord to preach to everyone including the Jews. He was a persecutor of all those followers of Jesus from the Jewish community and he was on his way to gather them all together and bring them to justice. It is very interesting how he became Paul.
But, we know from John chapter 6v31-40 Jesus referred to himself as being “the living bread” that came down from heaven and anyone eating from this “living bread” from Jesus himself, will have eternal life.
He also makes reference to the “manna” that the Jews ate in the wilderness and baked into bread, which was unleavened, (no time to rise and mature) and the people still died. So the difference between the bread being, one is dead, unleavened, which gave a limited life and the other is the “living bread” full of leaven and mature which gives sustenance and life eternal.
So, who exactly are JW’s worshipping? Are they under Moses as their mediator or our lord Jesus Christ? They celebrate the memorial of our lord Jesus as Paul instructed us BUT they are following in the same pattern as the Corinthian’s did, by eating the “Passover meal, then the instructions from Jesus and mixing them both together, making a mockery of the occasion.
Thus causing the apostle Paul to say, in verses 17-34 of chapter 11. “But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you assemble as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and I partly believe it, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you meet together, it is not the Lord ’s Supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal, (Passover meal) and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not”. RSV
Here, they were meeting as a group of people and maybe with the Jewish influence, mixing the two covenants together, just as JW’s are today. “After sundown to sundown” the following day and eating “unleavened bread” instead of the “LIVING BREAD” of our lord and as Paul told them back in the 1st century, “When you meet together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat”.
Sadly JW’s do not know who they are worshipping, but this is not surprising considering their leaders are NOT inspired.