Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fellowship Has Limitations (Laodicea - Canons 37 & 38)

It is not lawful to receive portions sent from the feasts of Jews or heretics, nor to feast together with them.

It is not lawful to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.

I bring these two canons together in one post because of their opposition to Jewish foods used in their festivals.  Accepting food from someone was a sign of fellowship.  The synod attendees reasoned that since the Jewish leaders had the Lord Jesus wrongfully executed (John 19:6, 15; cf. Acts 2:36), no food gift was acceptable as it would show receptivity to those who rejected and killed the Messiah.

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