Thursday, April 17, 2008

As a Sheep Before Her Shearers is Dumb

A documentary presentation with Ron Cantrell about the Modern-day Samaritan community celebrating Passover April 30, 2007. Filmed on location at Mt. Gerizim in Samaria Israel with 4,000 observers, Ron walks you through their ancient customs and sacrificial ceremonies as was done in the Temple Period times.
An American evangelical pastor and his wife who have lived in Israel for nearly two decades were told to leave the country over suspicion of mission activities.
The couple – Ron Cantrell, 59, and Carol Cantrell, 54 – was told that they have two weeks to leave after their application for permanent residency was rejected,
Interior Ministry officials say the decision resulted from suspicion that Cantrell was participating in missionary work – which Israel bans. However, the pastor has denied the accusation.The evangelical pastor said he could continue to live in Israel under the tourist visa

At the conclusion of this service seven lambs were brought. They were all males of the first year. All were carefully examined by two men, one a priest and one a layman. One lamb was found to have a torn ear, and was rejected. Then at a given signal the six lambs were killed by having their throats cut, the people shouting in unison, "There is but one God!" One priest and one layman did the killing, and a third man caught the blood in a vessel, and p. 200 hastened to the camp, where each of the forty tents was smeared with the blood. The photograph shows the blood on the door posts; it was smeared also on the lintel. A bunch of hyssop was used in this service, and the whole proceeding was as commanded in Exodus xii. 22: "And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason."
A pathetic curiosity held the spectator's attention as the lambs were killed. Not one of them made a sound. They were led as lambs to the slaughter, and they opened not their mouth. The Samaritans do not recognize the Hebrew prophets, but the visitor was forcibly reminded of Isaiah liii. 7: "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."

From "The Samaritan Passover" Written by William E. Barton and published in 1908.

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