Feast of Unleavened Bread – A Sign, A Frontlet? – full study

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Each year, each feast, without fail, I learn something new, I find something that just thrills my soul in a deep way as I learn more about my Creator, Redeemer and Lord! Last year, the Passover connections were heavy and beautiful and left me with goosebumps.  I also realized that the Feast of Unleavened Bread, on the surface, was a reminder to us to consume the sinless life of our Savior, to savor His life, His offering, for us!

This is My Body….

This year, in preparation for the Month of Aviv and all the Feasts held therein, my small group spent a lovely morning studying Passover/Unleavened Bread in the OT.   I summarized that in a blog post found here: https://shakamboqer.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/the-month-of-aviv-passover/

We had planned to also cover Passover/Unleavened Bread in the NT but the week of, we realized we were all a bit overbooked, and we postponed – looking forward to that study next Sabbath!
While reading and studying that day, we read a couple of interesting verses in Exodus 13, that triggered a question mark in my mind, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.
Then, During the week of Unleavened Bread, I listened to the Passover Message from Vineyard of Yahweh, up in NE TN, and the verse came up again. (found here:  http://www.sermon.net/thevineyardofyahweh/sermonid/119879704 )This time, the teacher, Matthew Miller’s words hit the mark, and I knew I had to do some research! I had to go back to the text, I had to learn more!!!

Before I got the chance to do that study tho, I realized, thanks to my many Messianic and Hebrew Roots friends on FB, that  the last day of Unleavened Bread, which, according to Lev 23, is just as the first day of Unleavened bread – designated to be a High Sabbath,  is also the anniversary of the Red Sea Crossing!!  In celebration of that, the boys and I watched the Documentary, “The Red Sea Crossing” found here ( http://www.theredseacrossing.com/main.php – if you want a hard copy DVD, let me know!  I have plenty!) which shows the evidence that Yes, there are chariots on the bottom of the red sea!! And, King Solomon marked the spot!

I wrote:

“Been pondering, since watching The Red Sea Crossing today –
So, the people came up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread. What grace for YHVH to to give a day of rest  in the High Sabbaths of the feast – on the first of Unleavened bread (after the travel, set up and busy-ness of Passover Preparation) and on the last day (before they traveled home).
How restorative for our hearts and bodies to rest a while, while focusing on HIS deliverance from bondage to sin in His Sacrifice as the Passover Lamb! As we look back at the Red Sea Crossing – Pharoah and his army COMPLETELY swallowed up in the water, it gives us a picture of the Rescue and REDEMPTION – complete and total, from our enemy, Satan, that is yet in store!!! Now that is some REST and Shalom!!! No wonder they broke out into song!!!”

I didn’t have it all pieced together, but I was seeing the big picture, and by the time I was done with my study last Sabbath, it was very clear and summarized below:

I realized that the very first Week of Unleavened Bread – from Egypt to the Red Sea – showed the entire plan of salvation… It starts with the Passover Lamb, deliverance from bondage, and the choice to follow Him in faith, into the Wilderness… where we travel, day and night, following His Cloud, His Pillar of fire. It’s a faith walk, it’s hard, it can be exhausting, but He provides.  The week comes to it’s climax with us “entangled in the land” with no where to go, and our enemy right behind us, and us waiting on the Lord for His deliverance to come… Finally – we cross over on dry land, and our enemy is ENTIRELY consumed.   Isn’t that the big picture?  Accepting the Lamb, walking by Faith, trials that test our faith, and eventually all evil consumed?!

So… the study…

The following verses caught my attention. I come from a background of “eschatological study”  that is, the study of end time events… the imagery reminded me of something from Revelation, and I had to take the time to learn more!

Speaking of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, YHVH says, in Exodus 13:16:
“It shall be as a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes, for by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.”

and, in Exodus 13:9,10
“It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt.  You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.”

Sign on hands, memorial/mark between eyes… sounds vaguely familiar… mark on the hands, mark on the forehead??? Is there a connection??

In both Texts, the word sign is:  אוֹת  transliterated ‘owth and meaning, according to Strongs:

    1) sign, signal
    a) a distinguishing mark
    b) banner
    c) remembrance
    d) miraculous sign
    e) omen
    f) warning
    2) token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof

It is used in most often in re to a miraculous type sign – The signs Moses was given in Ex 4 of leprous hand and a stick to snake and back; The Plagues – Ex 8; Aaron’s Rod – Number’s 17 and, after the Torah, almost all the texts are referring to miracles… the most notable being Isa 7:14 : Yehovah will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive…

Behold, A virgin will conceive!!!

Other uses include Circumcision in Gen 17;  Sabbath in Ex 31 & Eze 20:12 & 20 and the blood on the door post in Ex 12.

It’s connected with Yehovah’s Calendar in Gen 1:14 in which our Creator created the heavenly lights for “signs” and seasons.  The word Seasons, is mo’ed, which means, “appointed time or place” and when Scripture refers to the Feast of YHVH, mo’ed is always the word translated Feasts.    So, in this usage, the “signs” is connected with YHVH’s appointed times.

It is also, 4 times used in the phrase, ” ______ shall be a token/sign upon thy hand”
Exodus 13:9 & 16, which talk about Unleavened Bread &
Duet 6:8 & Duet 11:18 which both say that YHVH’s commands shall be a sign on the hands, and as frontlets between the eyes.

Next I looked at the word for eyes, transliterated ‘ayin and can also mean Fountain or Spring.

The Word for Frontlets is interesting.  In Hebrew:     טוֹטָפוֹת
transliterated : towphaphah
Yeah, have fun saying that one! 😀

Strongs defines it as: 1) bands, phylacteries, frontlets, marks

It’s only used 3 times in the OT – in Ex 13:16 found above, and in Duet 6:8 & Duet 11:18.

Because the verses are so similar to the ones of interest in Exodus, I’ll copy them here:
Deut 6:8 : “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. “
Deut 11:18 :  “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”

The last word to look at is the word “memorial”  used in Ex 13:9
Hebrew:  זִכָּרוֹן
Transliterated: zikrown
Strongs definition:
         1) memorial, reminder, remembrance
It’s most offen used in context of “memorial stones” both “altar” type stones as well as the stones on the ephad.
It’s occasionally used in context of a Book of remembrance – particularly the king’s book of remembrance.
However, in this case, and 3 others, the mo’ed (appointed times) are listed as memorials :
Ex 12:14 – Passover
Ex 13:9 – Unleavened Bread
Lev 23:24 – Trumpets
Num 10:10 – New Moons
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Next, I looked at anything in the New Testament, which is similar 😀
There are two ideas that come to mind…
First, the Mark of the Beast – recieved in the hand, and the forehead.
Second, the sealing of the saints by YHVH.
With the help of a friend who has some grasp of Greek, we tried to look at possible connections back thru the Septuagint (which is the OT that was translated by the Jews into Greek during the Babylonian exile).

No such luck on either word.

What we did find is the word for the “Sealing” of the Saints, by YHVH, does go back to the Hebrew.

In the NT it is found in Rev 7:3,4 – 144000 sealed as well as Rom 15:28, 2Cr 1:22, and Eph 1:13 & 4:30
The idea I took away from those 4 texts was that the Saints are Sealed with/by the Holy Spirit, unto the day of Redemption.
From my very helpful friend:
“The Greek word is sphragizo which speaks of a more literal seal, like perhaps a wax seal which would’ve sealed the scroll. It’s defined in the Greek NT dictionary as “seal, mark, imprint, inscription; instrument used to seal or mark; evidence, proof, secure with a seal, mark with a seal, set apart by a seal, affirm to be true, acknowledge, prove.
It’s root is found in the Septuagint: Songs 8:6 has the Hebrew word “chowtham” which is translated to a word with a sphrag root in the septuagint. The strong’s number is 02856 for the Hebrew. “chatham” is also that strong’s number. Looks like chowtham is the noun, chatham is the verb, same root. If you do a search for “seal” in the OT, you get mostly words with that root. Exodus 28:21 and 36 use it.”

It seems that it it most often used as Signet, which was often the sign of the King’s authority. So, following that thought out, those who are sealed are given His authority. For instance, the root, Chatham is used in Esther, when the decrees were put forth in the King’s name…
I found that to be a good crunchy nugget!!

Now, the word for the “Mark” of the Beast is Charagma, and is mostly used in Revelation,referring to  the Mark of the Beast, and one place in Acts which says that our God is not a god of gold, silver, stone or of things “graven” by art.
It means:
1) a stamp, an imprinted mark

    a) of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of the Antichrist
    b) the mark branded upon horses

2) thing carved, sculpture, graven work

    a) of idolatrous images

It’s not used anywhere in the Septuagint. Interestingly, It’s also from the same root as “charakter” or character, which comes up in Hebrews. It’s used to speak of the marking of a coin, where a coin is imprinted with an image of something.
The Branding upon horses connects it to a passage in 1 Tim 4:2, and may give us some clues about what the spiritual implications of a mark upon the hand or forehead would be… The word in Timothy is the where we get the word cauterize from, but it means to sear with a hot iron! (and is also, not found in the Septuagint)

” Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,  speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
1 Tim 4:1-3

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In summary, I found that what is present is a juxtaposition between the True sign/mark (looking at Exodus 13 & the Deut texts)  and a counterfeit mark … It shouldn’t surprise us that the enemy has a counterfeit!!

The connection to the word “mark” – charagma in Greek being the root for “character” is interesting to me, as 2 of the 4 places the “sign on hand and between eyes” is found in the OT is in Duet, talking about keeping, observing and teaching to our children all that YHVH had commanded us.

Truth be told, if we were following the command to love God, love neighbor as ourself, (which is how Yeshua defined the sum of the law and the prophets) it would show up in our character… and, likewise, if we are following our enemy. Both our actions (hands) and our thoughts (forehead) will be changed (SEARED) to what we are meditating on and beholding!!

However, the question remained, in my mind…

Why the Feast of Unleavened Bread..

Why would it be the true “mark” of YHVH?!

and, the answer, I grew to understand, goes back my summary, above:

I realized that the very first Week of Unleavened Bread – from Egypt to the Red Sea – showed the entire plan of salvation… It starts with the Passover Lamb, deliverance from bondage, and the choice to follow Him in faith, into the Wilderness… where we travel, day and night, following His Cloud, His Pillar of fire. It’s a faith walk, it’s hard, it can be exhausting, but He provides.  The week comes to it’s climax with us “entangled in the land” with no where to go, and our enemy right behind us, and us waiting on the Lord for His deliverance to come… Finally – we cross over on dry land, and our enemy is ENTIRELY consumed.   Isn’t that the big picture?  Accepting the Lamb, walking by Faith, trials that test our faith, and eventually all evil consumed?! What an incredible “sign” to be infused in our thoughts and deeds!!!

What is incredibly cool is the VERY WORDS of the Hebrew Text verify and confirm this truth!!!

Hebrew has changed thru the years, as one might imagine.  To begin with, it was in “Pictograph” form.  Next it moved to Paleo-Hebrew, which is strikingly similar to the Phoenician Alphabet.  It then moved to what we know today as modern Hebrew, depicted in the examples given above.  Interestingly tho, we can often follow the letters back to their pictures, and get a picture story of what the word means!

The above covers the basics, however in the examples below, I also used “Hebrew Letters & How They Grew” by AJ Cannon-Dalbey

The Hebrew word “Sign” looks like this, and is read Right to Left:

‘owth

Breaking the letters down to their beginnings, and Reading from Right to Left:

letter name – picture – meaning:
Aleph – Ox Head – Strong, Power, Leader, Yoke

Vav – Nail/tent peg, secure, pierce – can also mean hook, join

Tav – Crossed Sticks – mark, sign, signal, monument – can also mean covenant, ownership… and, of special note, just to repeat – the original picture was crossed sticks – Yes, the first “sign of the cross” pun intended!

So, the word “Sign” from Exodus 13, which is to be on our hands,  in pictures takes us directly back to the Passover Lamb – THE LAMB of YHVH !!!

The Strong Leader, who was pierced, on a cross, and by so doing secured the covenant and sealed us!!

do you notice that Aleph also means yoke? Reminds me of Someone who said His Yoke was easy 😉

And the Hebrew word for Frontlet??  Sorry, I can’t find a picture of it, This is as large as I can get it…

טוֹטָפוֹת


Breaking it down, reading from Right to Left:

letter name – picture – meaning:
Tet – Basket – Surround, contain, mud – can also mean snake, twist
Vav- Nail/tent peg – secure, pierce – can also mean hook, join
Tet – Basket – Surround, contain, mud – can also mean snake, twist
Pey – Mouth –  blow, scatter, Edge – can also mean to speak, to open, the beginning (think “in the beginning YHVH spoke and it was so”), enter, command
Vav – Nail/tent peg, secure, pierce – can also mean hook, join
Tav – Crossed sticks – mark, sign, signal, monument – can also mean covenant, ownership… and, of special note – just to repeat, the original picture was crossed sticks – Yes, the first “sign of the cross” pun intended!

Do you see it??  Red Sea Crossing??? Pharaoh, with his snake hat becomes secured in the mud, when YHVH blew a strong wind, then commanded the waters to fall again, thereby securing a sign, the signal and His ownership over His people that they were His and they were, truly, Free!  (that video I mentioned earlier – there’s a picture of a 4 spoke, Gold plated chariot wheel! It’s still at the bottom of the Red Sea, and it matches what we know of Egyptian chariots, the Pharaoh’s chariots from that time period!!!)

Looking forward… That great enemy of ours, the serpent, will be secured,contained, surrounded, in the mud (in the pit?), snake that he is, when YHVH opens His mouth and commands, whereby Securing His Everlasting Covenant of Peace, Securing His ownership, and giving us a sign, a signal that We are HIS and We are Truly Free and the Snake is completely and utterly destroyed, just as Pharaoh was on the bottom of the Red Sea!!!

Now that’s a promise I’ll keep before my eyes and thoughts anyday!!!

No more sin, sickness, disease, sorrow!!! Death, where is thy victory?!?!?!

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  1. After spending most of a day in front of my computer, with Bible Study helps, Lexicons, Bibles and journal laid out and or/in open tabs online, I am fully convinced that I need to learn Hebrew! and Greek! I love digging, and the things I found were incredibly interesting! Now to be able to find them more readily by being able to read the original language!!!

    Dear Reader – please feel free to test this, add comments, etc. I’d love to hear your perspective!

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