Joshua 5:5 Circumcision
For all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised.
Joshua 5:10 Passover
While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho.
If you had to go back to the basics what would it be? For the Jews, circumcision and Passover were the basics. For Christians it would be baptism and the breaking of bread, the Lord's Supper. The four ceremonies are not the same, but they are comparable. Baptism is a public statement that God has taken a believer out of death and placed him in Christ; he is saved. Circumcision is a statement that a child has been removed from the Gentiles and placed in the body of Judaism with its covenants and privileges. The Lord's Supper with the bread and wine remembers the Lamb and His work on the cross. The Passover remembers the work of the lamb and looks forward to the work of the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. They are not the same, but they are comparable.
They are the same in one important way. They are the basics for Christianity and the basics of Judaism. Even a casual reading of the Old Testament and a casual reading of the New Testament would lead you to this conclusion.
Judaism tried to be Judaism while ignoring the basics, no circumcision in 40 years and apparently no Passover in 38 years. They celebrated on Passover during their first two years at Sinai.
Christianity for the better part of 2000 years has tried to be Christianity while ignoring the basics. Baptism had been repackaged as a way of salvation for some and a ceremony for babies for others. Baptism as the Bible teaches it has been lost to Christianity. It is the basics, and it is clearly understandable from the Bible. The church has simply ignored the Book. The Lord's Supper for the largest denomination of Christianity has been defiled and degraded into a magical pagain ceremony. The biblical symbol has become pagan superstition. For the minority of the church, the Lord's Supper is a once a month or quarter soulless ceremony for what was once the complete occupation of believers each Sunday.
How can you lose the basics when they are so "basic"? It happens every time you ignore the Book.
For me to live is Christ.