“THE BINDING OF SUNDAY GIVING”/
section 2: “Fellowship”
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Review: Jesus' New Testament came in force after His death on the cross.
“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth” (Hebrew 9:15-17).
According to the Jewish historian, Josephus, Jerusalem would accommodate millions of pilgrims during one of their three national sacred feasts.i
The Feast of Weeks. The first 3000+ members of the newly established church of Christ were from the Pentecost visitors to Jerusalem following the crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47). These that had repented and had been baptized in “immersion pools”ii “were attending constantly in the teaching of the apostles, and in the fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (Acts 2:42, ABPen). The new converts stayed in Jerusalem and were guided by the apostles to observe “all things [that Jesus] commanded of [them]” (Matthew 28:30; Acts 2:42). In fact, the obedient, who had visited Jerusalem for Pentecost (Greek name for this section of Feast of Weeksiii) as instructed in the Law of Moses (Leviticus 23:10-39), abode in Jerusalem to be with the apostles to hear their teaching.