Sukkot Lulav Craft

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A Lulav includes the Four Species that Scripture mentions as part of the Sukkot celebrations.
From Wikipedia:
The four species (Hebrew: ארבעת המינים‎ arba’at ha-minim, also called arba minim) are four plants mentioned in theTorah (Leviticus 23:40) as being relevant to Sukkot.[1] Karaite Jews build their Sukkot out of branches from the four specified plants (see Other interpretations), while Rabbinic Jews take three types of branches and one type of fruit which are held together and waved in a special ceremony during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The waving of the four plants is a mitzvah prescribed by the Torah, and contains symbolic allusions to a Jew’s service of God.

The mitzvah of waving the Four Species derives from the Torah. In Leviticus, it states:

Leviticus 23:40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. English Standard Version

In Leviticus 23:40 the Hebrew terms for the four plants are:

  • ets hadar (עֵץ הָדָר) magnificent trees
  • tamar (תְּמָרִים) palm trees
  • ets avoth (עֵץ־עָבֹת) thick trees
  • arvei nachal (עַרְבֵי נַחַל) willows of the brook

In Talmudic tradition, the four plants are identified as:

This year, Father gave me the idea to create a Lulav with only paper, scissors or a straight edge, and a pen.
What follows are the instructions for making it yourself.  I took photos on my first time making it, so there are some minor improvements from the photos.  🙂

Sukkot Lulav Construction paper Craft for children, and those young at heart!

Needed:  8 sheets of Construction paper –  2 dark green, 2 light green, 1 tan/brown or beige, 1 yellow, 2 light blue
Scissors; a Pen, pencil or Markers
The finished product should look like this (except with a yellow Citron, not from plain white paper)
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1. Take each sheet of paper, and draw lines as you see them on the following photos, this will be enough to make 4 lulav’s  The dark green sheets are for Open Palm, and should match one another. The two light green sheets are for the willow and the myrtle and also should match one another:

Dark Green – Two sheets – for Open Palm:
Open Palm

Light Green, 2 sheets – Willow & Myrtle

Willow & Myrtle

Willow & Myrtle

Light Blue – 2 sheets – Closed Palm

Closed Palm

Closed Palm

Wrap/Bond – tan, cream, brown – this one really needs to be divided into four sections.  Rather than just 2.  A ruler makes it easy to do. The point is to create a long strip of paper to wrap the leaf stems with.  Half a sheet is really too much.

Wrap/Bond

Wrap/Bond

Citron – on Yellow paper – draw four on one sheet of paper
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You’ll notice the “leaf” details in the willow and myrtle in the pic above.  Obviously, you could add that with pen, markers or crayon. The the details are not to be cut.   Also, I snipped the tops of the myrtle, so that the tips were angled with the leaves.  You will have an open palm (dark green) and closed palm frond (light blue).The closed palm will double as the hanger.

2. All full lines are to be cut/torn, dotted lines are to be folded. Some folds aren’t  marked above, but will be included in directions.  Start with the closed Palm Frond:

Closed Palm & step 3

Closed Palm & step 3

3.   Cut the sheet in half, diagonally.  Fold into a closed frond, starting with the long edge, moving toward the corner, about 1’ folds. Once you get to the very end, and see where the corner is, make a small tear to tuck the 1/4inch of the corner into the frond body, so that it doesn’t come loose.  A picture of that will be included later, along with the myrtle after it’s been cut and folded.

4. When cutting the wrap pieces be very careful to not cut beyond the lines,  you will have one long strip of paper which is necessary to bind the entire thing together, in the pic here I had only two per page, but it was more than I needed, so I suggest four per page.

Wrap/Bond - step 4

Wrap/Bond – step 4

The next pic is of everything, once it is cut.  You’ll notice the bond/wrap pulled out in a longer piece above, and also the ends of the myrtle that have been cut diagonally, and how each piece of myrtle is separated, with about 1 1/2 inch at the bottom not cut.

Everything Cut

Everything Cut

5.  Fold Myrtle in a bit off symmetry fashion, so that the fronds spread out some as in the pic below  The myrtle stem is KEY to making this all fit together!

Closed Palm, and Folded Myrtle Step 3 & 5

Closed Palm, and Folded Myrtle Step 3 & 5

6. Lay a willow face down behind the Myrtle, and fold the stem, tucking it into at least 1 fold deep of the Myrtle stem. I made a little cut in the myrtle stem, to tuck it back thru, for added security, as you can see below.

Step 6a

Step 6a

Step 6b

Step 6b

7.  Lay open palm on the folded closed palm, with the tip of the open palm no more than 1 inch from one end of the closed palm.

Step 7

Step 7

8. Face up, lay the Myrtle and willow on top of the palms, so that there are at least 2  inches of the open palm stem which extend beyond the myrtle stem, and  3 inches of closed palm stem which extend beyond the myrtle stem.

Step 8

Step 8

Now, for the wrapping.  9. Fold the wrap so that it   is a symmetrical line – as pictured  below – step 9a  and  tuck the beginning of the bond into the center of the myrtle stem (you may have to fold it  small enough to do this)  and then using folds and even tension (not enough to tear it), wrap the bond around the entire bunch, covering no more than 2 inches of the myrtle stem, and leaving the end of the myrtle stem visible.  Finally, tuck the end into the bottom of the wrap (opposite the stem end).  The finished product below.

Step 9a

Step 9a

Step 9 completed

Step 9 completed

10  Fold the citron stem, and tuck into the stem end of the myrtle or wrap.

Step 10

Step 10

11 Fold the green palm stem down, tuck thru the cut tab in the Citron and then into the bond/wrap.

Step 11

Step 11

12. Finally, fold the Closed Pam Backwards to be slipped between the top of your sukkah and the frame,  or backwards and around, tucking into the bond to hold it on a rail, twig, branch, etc. On a child’s bunkbed sukkah, this could be slipped between the mattress and the frame, or could be hung over the rail of their bed.  😀  It may also just be used to gently wave it in celebration!

Step 12

Step 12

Again,  Here is a pic of the finished Lulav – for celebrating the  Biblical Holdiay of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles with!  Happy feast to you!!

Finished Lulav!

Finished Lulav!

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Considering Hell….

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The common belief is that Hell is an act of Yehovah. And that the cleansing fire, which cleanses the Earth is an act of Yehovah. I’m okay with that, however, I don’t think He will be superseding His own Laws to do that act. In fact, I’m more inclined to think He currently holds back His fire, which is un-natural for Him. (I can’t find the verse that states He does an un-natural thing… in one of the major Prophets I believe…)
Here’s what I’m thinking….
Yehovah is a consuming fire – right? (Heb 12:29)
Lucifer, a covering cherub, was on the Holy Mountain of Yehovah, and Walked amidst the fiery stones (Ez 28). Imagine that! Walking amidst, not just on, amidst… I’m thinking that’s got to be intensely hot – spiritually and physically!
Ps 24 says that those with clean hands and a pure heart may ascend the Hill of Yehovah, and may stand in His Holy Place.
Repeatedly we are told that those who Love Yehovah, the remnant, the Bride, the chosen will be refined in the fire… (Zach 13, Mal 3, 1 Peter 1)
I am coming to believe that when we submit to Yehovah, He slowly brings us into Himself, into Himself who is a Consuming FIRE, and Lovingly cleanses us, bit by bit as much as we can handle in any one instance, to the point that we will eventually ascend the Hill of Yehovah and stand in the midst of Fire. We submit to this, willingly, joyfully, and over time. The consuming of our sin includes Him bringing us to a recognition of it, our repentance, and our walking in newness of life, changing old habits, old thinking patterns, etc. His consuming doesn’t consume our bodies, it consumes our sin, the yuck and dross in our souls.  He does this with great LOVE, for He is also Love (1 John 4).

What if, perhaps, the fire of Hell is Yehovah himself, who does not withhold Himself Spiritually from the wicked (as He does now) and with nothing good in them, their evil is consumed as He draws them into His embrace. It will be torturous for them, as they will be brought to see their sin clearly; which, in my experience is not a comfortable revelation!!! – Just think about how you feel when someone confronts you with your sin, even when they do so lovingly!? Heart racing, flushed cheeks, a heaviness of heart, potentially even heart attack producing …  Eventually, the overwhelming horror of what they see will consume their souls and they will die.   Just as Nadab and Abihu were consumed when they entered the House of Yehovah unclean and with profane worship, Yehovah’s fire consumed their souls. They had walked into His very presence!    It was not un-natural to Himself, for a spiritual fire to flash and them to be consumed. It would have been un-natural for Him to hold His fire back, as He did when He passed before Moses, saying, “you may only see my backside, no one may see my face and live” (Ex 33) ….

Perhaps the cleansing fire upon the earth, which then burns up the bodies of the wicked (remember Nadab & Abihu were consumed, but their bodies still lay on the Tabernacle floor) and the rest of the earth is again, part of the Consuming fire which is Yehovah. The Natural, Hot Consuming Fire which burns and removes the physical effects of evil so that all things can be made new?

Point being, I’m much more inclined to believe that while Hell is an Act of Yehovah, it is not against His nature, nor Against His Laws of Nature. I believe the Fire which consumes spirit and body are both truly part of who Yehovah is.  I believe sin simply can not exist in the presence of Yehovah, it will be consumed…
Much better to submit to His refining process now!

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Grateful Lists – January till Yehovah’s New Year… or thereabout. :)

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My grateful lists… unedited, and directly from my FB status’… there are a lot of gaps. I’ve either been living in the midst of grateful, or working thru some hard things on the days that got skipped…

Jan 1
Morning down time, Afternoon at Grandma’s, simple good food – I’ll gladly eat blackeyed peas, cornbread, greens, salad and mashed potatoes any day of the year! Reports of answered prayers and Yehovah’s moving, Art with my niece, glow stick tag with everyone (5 children, 1 teen, 5 adults) in the dark, sharing and conversation with family till late at night, knowing that the changes coming to all of our lives as our time in this little mountain town (my childhood hometown) is winding down, are good, even if hard – that YHVH will lead us well, my boys handled a late night visit very well – with no tears, Baths and time to unwind, Yehovah’s love and arms to rest in as I sleep.
My grateful list for Jan 1, and yours??

Jan 2

Sleeping in, prayers with boys, foes vanquished, Oil changed in one car, the other, My tinker toy out of the shop, with heat! Quiet alone time for each of us till lunchtime to reset from several weeks of going, going and lots of people. Sharing with friends, Bathroom cabinet sorted and cleaned, short naps, items for an organized bathroom and travel procured, supper by Grandpa and spending time talking with him (my dad), blog post finished (to be posted soon),
An EXCELLENT teaching on the Bride of Messiah… “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth”!! (and all it means in the Hebrew). The bride as ezer, encircles 7 times, as He leads … confirmation. Yep, definitely hearing this one by the Spirit. 😀
Sleep that is coming (I think 😉 )
That Yeshua is my True Husband, that I can safely rest in Him, that the wonder He brings to my life doesn’t end, and that His plans for me are good and perfect!

Jan 3

A new day, Seeing the road ahead, Shalom that worship in song brings, Little ones righted, first day back to partial school successful, Yehovah’s shalom, following in Obedience and knowing I can trust Him, every step forward, that I was heard well, and YHVH’s hand in another’s life can be trusted; confirmations in big and little ways, on more than one subject, in one evening, How YHVH is moving in the lives of others,
Long baths, good music, excellent teachings.
Yehovah’s love and incredible sovereignty in all things which can be trusted.
Shalom & rest that is coming momentarily.
That His mercies are new every morning, and that includes when my alarm goes off tomorrow. 🙂

Jan 4
His mercies are new every morning, watching the light slowly creep across frosty landscape, conditioning workout to get me in shape, morning with my boys, naps, enough school done that we are ready for a new week, sharing life, a quiet Sabbath (it’s been 5 weeks since my last Sabbath alone with Him), muscles that I forgot exist which will NOT let me forget right now 🙂 , sleep to follow shortly (and before midnite).
Yeshua’s incredible love, calling to us to be His Bride, to truly enter intimate relationship with Him thru the Spirit. Breathtaking!

Jan 5
Little boy’s desire to be with Momma in the early morning (I’d really rather he had been asleep, but I’m still thankful for these precious years of wanting Mom around :D), Sunrise on the Sabbath, A day of rest, Epsom Salts and a big bathtub, Naps, Conversation on long walks in the waning light, Food I didn’t prepare – steak as tender as my cheese sticks! Worship and excellent teaching. So timely, and confirming on many fronts. One such front is getting to wrestle with knowing His voice of when to speak the Truth within vs when to follow Amos 5:13. 🙂 Stretching – both spiritually, and physically.
That when I chose to trust YHVH’s sovereignty with the most intimate of relationships, that trust carries over into all other relationships and situations, so that I can truly delight in and trust the Sovereignty of YHVH in all things.
Yeshua’s love and willingness to bring us as His Bride, into the Holy of Holies, into the most intimate of relationships with Him, as we walk in obedience and surrender to His Covenant with us. ♥
Sleep coming shortly, and a new day tomorrow, which He will give me the strength for!

Jan 6

Morning workout. I can still move. Good food. Much accomplished – there’s actually a piano under all the books and pictures, and childhood treasures! Long talks with friends, Boys hair is cut. Shalom. Faith that YHVH will provide, even during a very slow winter. The grace to walk in obedience and love. His Mercies are new every morning.
Yeshua’s love.

Jan 7

Waking with a song, Snuggle bug in the morning, School finished well for the day, Sharing Joy, Boys asleep before 8:45, Laughing with my Dad, Long baths, Good reading material – “Life emerges in mystery, splendor, and infinite diversity. The old dies away, the new is born. We grieve our losses and are renewed in the process. The process of life sustains life, generates life, balances life, nurtures life and protects life in an infinitely delicate, infinitely complex living system. … Life in this reality requires great self-esteem and great trust in the process of life itself.” ~Patricia Evans (and I would add, Great trust in the Creator of Life), Sleep that is coming, and friends coming for a visit tomorrow.
Yeshua’s incredible love and faithfulness, that I can trust Him implicitly!

Jan 8
Good day at CC, making paint, catching up after a break, phone calls, one of my “besties” here to visit, long walks on the lake bed, kids playing happily, doing life together with friends, sharing stories, others to walk this path with,
that obeying Him in surrender and trust always pays off – that our lives have proven that over and over again, His mercies are new every morning and will be present when my alarm goes off, Learning to walk in “taking every thought captive” and the Victory He Brings!
Yeshua’s love, forgiveness, and straight out power!

Jan 10

Days of conversation, sharing life, joys, YHVH’s working, answered prayers with a friend. Kiddos playing with longtime friends; hugs, and cuddles from these dear children; brisk walks and someone to work out with if only for a day. The beauty & freedom that YHVH has brought to our lives as we’ve followed Him in obedience. The ministry of Be in Health, and those who have walked this journey before us. The Beauty of His timing, His plans, His direction – His incredibly divine orchestration which has brought so much healing and beauty… Shady V. YHVH’s deliverance. The Truth I know and the strength to hold it while walking in His way for me. That I can fully trust Yehovah and His plan for my life even on the “off” days. The Godly order He is moving me in for myself and my children daily.
Yeshua’s love, faithfulness, corrections, tender kindnesses, & incredible awesomeness which I can submit to in love as His Bride.

Jan 12 (morning)
Shabbat. A good week. A basically clean house. Time with other homeschool moms, The Healing that is being worked out NOW for myself and my family, that no weapon formed against us shall prosper, A Sabbath day ahead to rest, fellowship and be refreshed by YHVH – possibly in the midst of His Creation. That YHVH is ever faithful to lead us as we seek His face and are willing to obey and follow Him. His incredible love, gentleness and direction. I can trust Him with the details of my life. Shabbat Shalom.

Jan 12 (night)

Shabbat Shalom, A short nap, a long walk with my small group along a rushing stream, lunch creekside, knowing YHVH is doing a good work in all of our hearts, Fellowship and sharing life and the Joy of YHVH. Healing for my boys and their dad. Being able to name and stand in what is True. Talk time with my Mom. Rest and hammock time as the sun slowly dipped below the horizon, Phone calls with Joyous news, and also Shared life, encouragement, shalom and prayer. All that YHVH has done, is doing, will do. His incredible ability to orchestrate GOOD. Good teaching. The “Ache” – boy does that particular ministry seem to hit on it regularly. Steak and smashed turnip. Sleep coming shortly.
Yehovah’s love. That I can trust Him Daily with me.

Jan 13
11 hrs of sleep, catching up on news and reading, seeing the results of my hard work, dancing, being obedient YHVH’s directions to bring the spiritual into the physical, Andrew Peterson’s song – The Magic Hour, breezes coming thru open windows, the cleansing of fire & Mikvahs, Little boys showing off their muscles, playing games with them while talking about life, Playing board games with them, Answers to prayer for convictions, that YHVH will work out the details. Sleep coming soon, and a new week ahead.  What I know to be True.  Yehovah’s love and sovereignty that I can trust, daily, with every decision I make.

Jan 14

Waking to cuddly boys and rain on the window, Second full day of school for 2013 finished, Conversations about personal self-worth, love, and who is to captivate our hearts, and the gifts of YHVH in friendships with my boy, that the boys played well together today, It was warm enough for them to play outside in the rain, Nick’s testimony (posted earlier) and my cousin’s testimony, that His mercies are new every morning!
Yehovah’s love, and that I can trust Him with the details of my life.”

Jan 15

Extra, unexpected sleep, Slow Rainy days, Feeling like we did well with school today, Little boy hugs, Telling my boy about when the dam broke and flooded my childhood neighborhood (while on location), Watching two rivers collide, Signs of a boy growing up while out shopping, That he ate a huge salad for supper (I only dreamed of this day), Ice Cream – because we are healing and walking it out!! Board games circa 1977 – now that was a distant memory! Long baths. That His mercy is new every morning, and will be very present when my alarm goes off and I start my work out in the morning.
Yehovah’s plans for me are good, even if I have no idea what they are, I can trust Him, for He Loves me!!!

Jan 16
A good day of homeschool, stories from the Bible which lift our spirits, teaching my brother how to make matza, that our Messiah was striped and pierced for me, Soup, Salad, Breaking bread and communion with my fellowship, Sharing and receiving, reminders to consume the life of Messiah daily, Hope, Joy, Peace, Freedom from the devourer, Shalom.  Resting into His Plan for me, being able to Surrender to Him. That He gives perfect peace. Yeshua’s love.

Jan 17
Up and out the door on time. CC make up day today, so we don’t go longer into the spring. Our awesome tutors. Science & art projects. A box of citrus gifted us. A bit of downtime to recharge and go again. Cuddling with my boys during story time. That my boy is getting both his math and spelling – our persistence is paying off. Supper by Grandpa. Time to unwind with a book. Clear skies and the moon, with the smell of snow in the air (even if there isn’t any on the ground), Tomorrow is preparation day for Shabbat!!! Resting in YHVH’s arms tonight. Yeshua’s love and faithfulness to me as My true Husband. Knowing that He has all the details of my life in His hands!

Jan 18
Cuddling with my little one as the sun rises, the SUN!!!!, Hearing my oldest’s dreams as he sits on my lap, another good day of school – he’s doing well even with tons of wiggles, a house in order, the back porch livable again after a week of the boys making forts for the cat. That we have a cat, the boys have a closed in back porch space with lots of boxes to make forts for her, and she good-naturedly handles their toting her around, and stuffing her in boxes…, Sabbath’s sunset, Supper with my family – beginning Sabbath with my towheads & their grandpa, Night time cuddles and pillow talk with two bright boys, Your Story Hour, Ice Cream, long soaks, a good book – learning more about myself, good music; chatting with friends, sleep that is coming…
Yeshua’s loving arms… He’s got me.

Jan 19
Waking refreshed on a Sabbath morning, Clear directions for my day, Knowing YHVH has the details of the year and His provision in His hands, walking thru a door and knowing it’s a Divine Appointment, getting to be part of and to witness the walking out of conviction, open hearts, bridge building, shared meals, getting to bless, and be blessed, time with a childhood friend – sharing, receiving, encouraging… Divine appointment, The Joy of YHVH and dreams of His goodness as the sun hits my eyes in it’s last few moments before it sets, Dancing in praise to Him – that I’m stronger and can feel it, working out is paying off! 😀 Time to talk with my Dad when livestream faded, then thanks to information that it’s on my end, not livestream, and by prayer & faith of friends, I got to hear the entire message without any large interruptions. What a message!! The call to prayer, answering that call – His words, in my mouth – Wow. Chats & prayer & fellowship across the miles with dear friends.
Resting fully in Yeshua’s arms as I sleep.
His love, mercy, grace and direction – Heart so full!!!

Jan 20

Early wakeup call from YHVH, Sunrise, Prayer time to have a conversation with my best Friend, steady peace, music; that working out is having an impact on my body; Stacks of letters and cards of love and encouragement – memorials to a legacy of love and walking as best we know how, with Jesus; More music, Little boy hugs, Conviction to speak, His beautiful love and grace which calls us into the relational economy of His Kingdom, His faithfulness and everlasting Love.
Sleep that is coming and a new week to get to train my little Princes for His Kingdom.
Yeshua’s arms to rest in.

Jan 21
Morning sunrise thru the fog & prayer, little guy cuddles, Boys playing happily, despite our being completely out of synch with the clock school was actually accomplished today. Knowing He has the whole world, and our lives in His hands, and we can trust Him for the details. Yehovah’s provision.
Sleep coming soon in His arms.
Yeshua’s love and faithfulness.

Jan 24

Morning hugs from little guys, homeschool accomplished, seeing the fruit of our labor as we succeed, our Classical Conversations community, date day with my little guy, answered prayers, hearing Him, small group fellowship in the middle of the week to recharge, better morning today than yesterday, great people willing to walk our kids thru their manufacturing facility and help them learn and hopefully apply what they’ve learned, not only to their robotics project, but to life, animals who love petting and attention, “You’re a comfort to me Momma” :), Sunset, good music to dance to while preparing supper, Winter childhood memory comfort food of lentil stew on rice, topped with salad and homemade lemon & oil dressing – YUM! (and that my kids liked it! and are asking for salad now!!), boys learning to “do church” even if that’s just at home, around the table, listening respectfully, and attentively to a Pastor/teacher, exchanged massages with Dad, Sleep coming shortly.
Yehovah’s love, plan for our lives, provision and best of all, the desires He lodges in our hearts and then grows us to the point of being able to handle those dreams becoming reality.
That I can trust Him fully.

My grateful list for the past couple of days, and yours??

Jan 26

Goodnight world…
I’ve a hot date with my Heavenly Husband & Messiah in the early hours. He’s pushing me in beautiful ways but hard ways (he’s like that, loves that iron sharpening iron stuff. 🙂 What is more important to me – slumber or time with Him? interaction with others in person or online, or entering into His presence and abiding there for a season? Which comes first? Will I agree with the spirits set against me, or kick them to the curb and rejoice in His Loving Embrace??
He will give me strength for the walk-out of obedience to His calling & instructions(torah) for me personally, for He is good, and His mercies are new every morning!!

and that’s my grateful list for the evening too. 🙂 What are you grateful for??

Jan 27 – not really a proper grateful list, but something I’m grateful for…

Having skimmed thru journals from childhood to current today, I’m struck by the shift that occurred in my spirit as I read Journey of Desire, back in 2002. Up to that point, nothing healed, or changed me quite as profoundly. Thank you John Eldredge and Ransomed Heart Ministries!!
Since then, I’ve been on an incredible journey. Thank you, Yehovah!!

In thinking about it further – that shift, and the reading of Desire also coincided with an intentional move from chaos to more simple – the the 8 laws of health – making sure that there was good Nutrition, Exercise, adequate Water, daily Sunshine, Temperance in all things, fresh Air, adequate and complete Rest, and Trust in God – time spent with Him – in my Daily life. Looking back over the last 10 years – I gotta say, that was a good choice  So glad to still be on the journey, and to be able to look back and see the change in my spirit thru my writing.

Jan 28

A quiet weekend, listening to Him, Full Moon, quiet time in “Shakam Boqer”, more processing, on time conversations, hearing & knowing as He ordains, lil Men cuddles, another day of school finished, Excellent scores on Math and spelling tests, That His Mercies are new every morning!
Yeshua’s love, and that I get to rest in His arms tonight.

Jan 29

Early morning time with YHVH, little guy falling back to sleep in arms, Good day at CC, short naps, Date day with my boy, Neat handmade items, Sharing a table at our local coffee shop – hot cocoa for him, chai tea latte for me, My tinker toy to go 4 wheeling in, Lego play – I’d asked him what would make him feel really loved :), Salad and Checkers, Sleep coming shortly, His mercies will be new in the morning when my alarm goes off. I get to rest in Yeshua’s arms tonight.
Yehovah’s Sovereignty, Forgiveness and Love!

Jan 30
Warm enough for my window to be cracked, The sound of rain at waking, a full day – complete with an impromptu emergency preparedness class including, what to do in case of tornado. That no tornado was seen in our neck of the woods, and that tho my aunt has debris from it in her yard, it was not on the ground when it passed her house in GA! Fun with paint making asymmetrical and yet symmetrical shapes (paint on paper, fold paint in half, open it back up…) capable of being divided exactly in half. Working out. Good food, Fellowship. Yeshua’s love shining thru Paul’s letter to the Phillipians. His mercies are new every morning. I can follow and obey Him tomorrow, on one of the most full days of my week to “make it happen”. His love and that He Holds me close! Sleep that is coming.

Jan 31

Early morning with my Redeemer. Moon peeking thru clouds flowing cross the sky, His timing in taking me back to the things I’ve written to remind me of my path forward – my calling as Momma, lil guy cuddles, those little things that bring a smile and confirmation, school done by lunchtime! Relaxed robotics, Chatting with other Mommas, cold winter air, stacks of pancakes ready for future breakfasts, that my boys are learning to enjoy coloring and being quiet at times, some Sabbath preparations are done, talk time with a dear friend, Epsom Salts :), anticipation of His Plans and hearing the beauty He’s placing in other’s lives. Midnite munchies filled.

Yehovah’s love, sovereignty and shalom. Sleep that is coming, Resting in Him…

Feb 1
Early morning prayer time, a little exercise before the day took off, spur of the minute childcare, good news from the optometrist – vision is no longer worsening! & I can see clearly now! thanks to not wearing very scratched glasses, No place to hide and no need to, prayer time with those I love, Yummy hot soup on a very cold day, the three R’s covered, Shabbat Shalom, a quiet candlelight supper, cuddling with my boys, getting to write a bit, even if it was just a summary of my days for a friend, Sleep coming soon in His arms.
The rest of a weekend to spend with Him, walking in His leading for me. Yeshua’s love and mercy and grace!

Feb 2
Shabbat! Early morning sunlight, Quiet time with Him, Good teachings, Beautiful Music, Snow, Walking with Him in the Snow, His incredible cleansing and moving me forward toward More of the Good He has in store, Confirmations, Moving in the Spirit not only changes my life, but gives me a place in a much bigger story, Beauty, His Mercies which are new EVERY morning,
That I get to rest in His Arms tonight. Yehovah’s infinite love!

Feb 4
A full weekend of rest, snow, processing, cleansing, letting go, moving in rhythm with YHVH, moving forward, healing… That even with way too little sleep for Momma, we made it thru the day with our sanity intact, Little boys stories about their weekend, their endless energy, laughter, hugs, thinking and learning bout life. Confirmation to my spirit that yes, I’m walking out His way for me. Reminders of what still needs a ton of His grace to enable me to walk well as I choose His Way. That I truly can Trust Him for all of my needs. Sleep coming in YHVH’s arms. His Love and Sovereignty. His mercies which are new every morning.
My Grateful list for the last two days. What are you grateful for??

Feb 5
Extra sleep, Good day at CC, visits with Mom, even if they are very short; being Yeshua’s bride, under His provision.  The smell frankincense; little nudges; cuddle time with my boy; lego creating; warfare prayers; a short but effective massage from my Dad; sleep that is coming before 10:30.  His directions and grace to keep walking out His plan for my NOW.  Yehovah’s love.

Feb 6

Early mornings, Cleansing FIRE, stories of victory, the truth the memory of our sins are cast to the depth of the sea and our sin nature is entirely erased by His Consuming Fire of HOLY LOVE. Beauty from Ashes. Purity of heart. Direction from Him, Prayer for blessing a complete stranger and knowing He will answer. School finished well. A gift from YHVH by way of one of His. Good food. Fellowship with friends and family. The freedom He brings!
Yeshua’s love and that I can trust Him fully!

Feb 10 – mid-day

Safe travels, time to meditate and pray while driving, Shabbat Shalom, Beginning Sabbath with friends and good food, Fellowship with other believers, that YHVH uses so many to speak His truth to me, to bring me further along in His process of refining me, that He answers prayers, Getting to know a new friend; the shared joy of planning a surprise to bless, Excellent food & Fellowship. That Darda Lyn came into my life this past year and has another year of life ahead full of Blessings from YHVH! Happy Birthday Mama Darda!! I praise Yehovah for you!!!
Talk time and shared prayers, sleeping in, and a day ahead to spend with Him.
Yehovah’s love, timing, presence and word to me to trust the He in me. He is so very good!

My grateful list for the past couple of days, and yours??

Feb 11

Weekend full of fellowship, community and profitable midrash. (and very little sleep.) It’s cool when you come to the same conclusion from three different and equally applicable & Scriptural perspectives. Water lapping, shared dreams, geese landing. Just on time Divine appointments, Seeing YHVH’s incredible orchestration of life. That beauty does come from ashes. Good food, card games played in fun, On time/Oh MY Wow! teachings, being gifted by Him with seeing the big picture of what YHVH is doing within His Body & Bride.
Safe travels in the rain, little boy cuddles and creativity, long epsom salt baths, dead sea salt scrub.. Sleep that is coming very soon!
Yehovah’s incredible love and his wooing me to repentance and deeper relationship with Him, to trust what I know, what He is speaking thru the gift of the Holy Spirit to me. Beautiful!

Feb 12

Having another car to drive when mine wouldn’t start, A good day at CC, a long hard nap, warfare and believing that YHVH is healing this head drainage, little boutiques full of pretty baubles, Italian ice cream, knowing my taxes will be taken care of, Good food, boys in bed, a neck massage, rain on my window and the tin roof, sleep coming very shortly.
Knowing He is in me and is faithful to take care of all my needs, and to walk with me thru all He brings me to face.

Feb 15
A little boy’s glee over his 100% Spelling test, Yehovah’s provision is sure, Chiropractor’s and massage therapists, surreal moments when mental picture, smell and Him all collide; lots of drive time to spend in prayer, praise and chatting with a couple dear friends, AWD and snow – beautiful snow in the dusk blanketing one of my favorite valleys to drive thru, Hanging out with family in Snowy WV – worship, food, sharing life with two of my favorite women in the world, Soft tissue to catch my nose, Crisp frosty air and moonlight, that tomorrow I get to ski – or try to remember how 🙂
Yehovah’s love and perfect timing that I can always trust!
My grateful list for the last few days – What are you grateful for??

Feb 21

Safe travels along country roads, The Psalms set to music by Sons of Korah, catching up with friends, the innocence of my children; slow days of “spring break part 1”, help with emergency roof repairs, date days with little boys; Long baths, that Yeshua became our Sin Eater, That His Spirit lives and moves in those who look to Him, that He sets some Apart for such a time and place, that we all get to choose to work in cooperation with Him in the time and place we are called to (lessons from life… and “The Last Sin Eater” Francine Rivers – great read, worth giving up sleep for. 🙂 ), that my eldest’s first book to pick up and read, and say he enjoyed reading, was Scripture (Yehovah will you please give me all I need to raise this man-child to step into the time and place you call Him to, with the Integrity & Strength he will need to Stand) ; All Yehovah is doing in the world, in His people, in those I know or know of from afar, and those I walk with up close and personal. His incredible Orchestra. Provision that I know will come by His hand. That He rewards the obedience of His Chosen ; Days when the physical calls the spirit and soul to go deep, to be set apart into the waters of cleansing of the Him Space – He in Me.
Yehovah’s love, calling. That Yeshua is the True Shelter that Boaz, the kinsman redeemer points to. The protection He provides both “in the field” and in response to the scandalous risk of incredible intimacy in “uncovering His feet” – there is safety there, for “His left arm would be (is) under my head and His right arm around me.” Sngs 8:3
wow… :’-) ❤
Healing tears. I was born for THIS.
My grateful for the last four days… What are you grateful for?

Feb 23 (Sabbath morning)

Slow days of grace, tears of healing, pondering, catching up with friends – community even at a distance, Laughter – tears streaming laughter, taking the risk of deep vulnerability and the beauty which follows in further conversation, the gift of the written word, that my wakeful dreams have changed over the years from dark to light, The nudge to look into the eyes and truly see, The gift of singing with others, colors swirling,
Preparation day, boys helping with those preparations, Shabbat Shalom! Yes – we really are born for this! The hope of YHVH’s redemption & deep healing when I pray for my friends, Physical reminders of Spiritual realities, Sons of Korah – I know, I’ve mentioned them several times, but man the Psalms have been a huge blessing this week!! Purim and all it reminds us of…
Drizzly Sabbath Mornings and the voices of my little boys playing happily. Yehovah’s unending love, His healing, His Shalom. That I can wait safely in the crook of His arm, in His Shelter… His green “shelter”.
Shabbat Shalom!!!

My grateful list for the last few days, What are you grateful for today??

Feb 24

Sabbath rest, Time with my mom and her family, sharing life, love, food and a friendly game, Worship and teaching online, Beautiful sunsets, The sound of the dove and spring peepers in the valley below, Creative writing, Yehovah’s redemption and healing in surprising ways. One last “slow day” before we hit the ground running again. More time to write. Music. Little boy laughter, cuddles and games. Full moon rising opposite the sunset. Rushing river, a small fire, the smell of wood smoke lingering. “Shadow tag” with my boys. Boys sleeping soundly. Sharing life with a friend via chat. Watching others see Him in a new way. The truth that I know. The joy of Waiting upon the Lord. (Yehovah). His incredible love, healing and plans for good.
My grateful list for the last day and a half, and yours??

Feb 25

Living a life that’s flexible enough to pick up and do school on the go; drive time thru for thought, prayer and conversation, Yehovah’s right on time provision – and knowing that He’ll provide for the transportation needs, in the midst of musical cars; That the boys’ dad got to see their spelling curriculum in action today – it’s a learning curve, but he needs at least a working knowledge for those times when the boys are reading to him, or he is dictating something to them. Walks to Waterfalls to run off energy from boys sitting in the car for several hours. That they did sit in the car a lot today, and did well, with very little complaining. Conversations with the boys about the things YHVH has given their mother and father to teach them. A teaching moment of Daffodils “rescued” from down a hill and thru brambles to make their Momma feel special. Supper I didn’t have to fix. Purim “play” done by friends and acquaintances and streamed online. That my “Mommy Diagnostics of health related issues” works via txt too. 😀 Talking with a friend.
Laughter at the end of a long day. Sleep that is coming. Yehovah’s love.

Feb 26
A good day at CC, Pink and Purple and dressing up, Little one’s love for shiny/pretty, Fun celebrating Purim with my boys and Mom, Esther’s story of calling and walking in Him, the child of a dear friend, Sleep coming before 11 pm, Yehovah’s love and provision.

Feb 27
A good day of school. Short naps. Catching up with friends. Abiding hope that YHVH’s dreams give. Beef/Lentil stew and cornbread. Spending time with friends celebrating the coming of a wee one. Pedicures. Boys in bed when I got home. Long baths. Sleep that is coming momentarily.
Yehovah’s love and provision, and perfect timing.

March 1

Shabbat is here, school done this week, my Boy is READING! on his own choice and likes it :), Time with the Robotics Moms, A ride provided. Hope from HIM for those who are hurting and in the midst of stuck. Chiropractors. Answers. A clean house! Boys hugs. White stuff falling outside. Catching up with Friendships near and far.
Shabbat Shalom!
Sleep that is coming very soon.
Yehovah’s incredible love.

March 5

YHVH’s timing. In Yehovah do I trust. His deep healing. Altars of sacrifice. Freedom. Confirmation. Prayers of others. All the Way, my Savior leads me. Yeshua. His Love. Faith.My grateful list for the last few days – What are you grateful for??March 7Shabbat. Be in Health™ . Processing. Yehovah’s work in my life. Freedom. Long walks with Him. Physical real world ways to walk out spiritual realities. Total Surrender to Him. That I can trust Yehovah, He is trustworthy. Wholly His. Slow days for resting. Quiet Knowing. Confirmation. Shalom. Schoolwork getting done even in the midst of recuperating and slow. New Legos and 30 year old toys and games to keep boys occupied for hours. Picture of Aviv barley – wondering if there will be enough to declare the new year and the First Fruits celebration. Yehovah’s plans, yet unknown, for our Passover. The small weight of infants in arms. Snow. Little boy hugs. Hearing my boy read. Stories that build our faith.
Dishes done. Watching History in the making. Sleep that is coming.
Yehovah’s incredible love, timing, plans. I put my Trust in HIM!
My grateful list for this week so far – What are you grateful for this week?March 15Much to be grateful for this week. Shabbat is here. I survived the time change. Healing and freedom walked out. Being part of Yehovah’s Plan for Good. Incredible timing – His timing that I get to see in the world around me. Our Homeschool community. Conversations with Friends. Time with family, my small group, my boys. A boy who has a smile on his face when I tell him it’s time for Reading. Math class cookies. Wheels that will be dependable according to His Plan. Yehovah’s provision and bills paid. Having visitors from Germany – the boys are looking forward to time with them. A liveably clean house. Picnics with little boys. Sunsets and storm cloud glow. New Moons – Yehovah’s Calendar. A mind to wrestle thru the questions, and The Spirit who leads into all truth. That I have the privilege of celebrating the dedication of a little one’s to the Lord by her parents tomorrow. The ways in which He holds us thru the midst of Hard. Sleep that is coming shortly. Yehovah’s love, patience, timing, direction, healing!!

Some things I’m grateful for in this very long week, What are you thankful for??

March 22
Shabbat is here! Spending late nights catching up with dear friends while little ones drift to sleep, Yehovah’s timing – so perfect. Being willing to wrestle and hold loosely; that with YHVH I can face Fear squarely and not run, or compromise. That YHVH is healing me as I continue to Walk Out His way. The Grace of fellowship and Yeshua’s Love in the midst of seeing things differently.
Answered prayers. Catching up with friends. A straightened house, and a clean back porch. Direction for my weekend. Myrrh and Epsom Salts. Unending Hot water. Candle light and Shalom.
Sleep that is coming in Yeshua’s arms.
That I can walk in patience and total trusting, knowing that Yehovah is Good, and Has Good for me and mine. Shabbat Shalom!!

A few of the things I’m grateful for this week. What are you grateful for??

April 5

Wow… Two weeks that I’ve been living in the midst of grateful, and not writing it down… Some highlights:
A young friend who became a brother in the Messiah
Late night talks with His dear Momma
Days to prepare for Passover
A Beautiful Passover celebration – Music, Food, Yeshua’s Life and death, Scripture, Dance, The beauty of knowing another even when the language He spoke & sang was not our own, slow meals, and celebration
High Shabbat of Unleavened Bread – a slow day with my boys, perfecting my aim, Sunshine and flowers from my little guy
Preparing for friends to arrive.
That they arrived just before Shabbat did, and oh what a beautiful weekend! Yummy Food, Delightful Fellowship, Fresh Air, Beautiful spring Flowers, Fire and Rain, Long talks, Ministry, a touch of sleep, A slow Feast of First Fruits (bikkurim) morning, Celebrating His Resurrection, Waving “first fruits” and the Shofar echoes, Long afternoons of rest and slow walks, Help in the morning with cleaning, lots and lots of hugs from big and little…
A slow week to be had… sometimes even a tummy bug is a bit of a blessing in disguise.
Long talks and being heard. That Yeshua has us all in the midst, and that the work He started will be completed, even if it looks far different from what we might have imagined.
Time Will Tell!! Remembering, on the Last High Shabbat, the Exodus adventure on dry ground thru the Red Sea.
A little school done
Rest, sunshine
Prayers with friends, for friends. Sharing life with others, what pure gift!
Shabbat is Here Again!!!
Yehovah’s love, that He is faithful to refine us, that we can trust His fire, That we can face all He has for us to face. That He is gentle, and loving and Beautiful!!!

just a few things I am grateful for… What are you grateful for??

Unleavened Bread – A Sign? A Frontlet? – Cliff notes

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Each year, each feast, without fail, I learn something new…  The following are the cliff notes from what I learned last year (look here for the long version) , which is still very precious to me and has to do with the following verses:

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 of the beast on the hands, mark on the forehead??? Is there a connection??

This is My Body….

In my study, I found no direct connection between the word origins, however, there is a clear juxtaposition between the True sign/mark (looking at Exodus 13 & the Deut texts)  and a counterfeit mark (mark of the Beast) … It shouldn’t surprise us that the enemy has a counterfeit!!

My next question is, Why is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to be a sign on our hands, a mark between our eyes?

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

and, the answer, I grew to understand, goes to this

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, on the Last Day, the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread – 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:

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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! 

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!!!

And that’s why the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb is our Song!!! (Rev 15)

Now that’s a promise I’ll keep before my eyes and thoughts anyday!!!  That’s why Unleavened Bread is a Sign, A Frontlet – Because, in one week, it tells Our story – both our individual stories of redemption, and the Epic Story of the entire World’s redemption, in an unfolding live drama of Shadow pictures!!!

Passover Notes 2013

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This Passover was my first to “lead” the Remembering the Story.  Here are my notes for our Celebration:

[Shofar]

Tonight, we tell a story.  Tonight we tell not just A Story, we tell our story.  We tell it with words, we tell it with actions, we tell it as we taste, as we search, as we walk free, as we  rejoice.

We all know the story, but on this night, we remember, for Yehovah told us to remember and we know that as we do, we are drawn deeper into Him, and the Story He is writing in Us.

There are several parts of this story, and we will tell bits thru the evening.  The meal isn’t a sit down and eat it all at once, it’s part of the story and it comes in courses.

[Prayer]

We’ll start with remembering that Yehovah desired relationship with someone in His image, and so he said, “Let us make Man in our image”.  He took the earth from “without form and void” to lush, vibrant, living, moving – with the sun, moon and stars to determine days, and years and “seasons” which in Hebrew is the word mo’ed usually translated as Feasts or Set Appointments. He filled the earth with good things to eat, beauty, animals, and finally, on the final day of Creation, He made Man in His image, and in the cool of the evening, at the beginning of each day, He walked with Man and they began to Know one another.  He also ordained the first marriage, and likely, on that first Shabbat celebrated their union, and His union with them.  He filled them with His Other Centered, Unconditional Love and they walked, and talked, and loved and laughed…

But we know, that we have an enemy, who comes to steal, kill and destroy.  That enemy is a liar and a thief of the worst sort, and he tempted the Man and Woman, Adam and Eve, and they believed his lies, and disobeyed their Creator…  This severed their relationship with the Father – not because He was punitive, but because they no longer trusted Him or His beautiful Love, for they trusted the Liar instead.

And in trusting the Liar, We became his slaves, his captives. We were transformed into his image of self centered existence.  We had no hope of living in the Love, that Beautiful Love again…  We were stuck. Hopelessly stuck.

Many, many years later, there was a chosen family – who’d been promised they would become as the sands of the sea, Whom Yehovah had claimed for His own, Whom Yehovah had covenanted with. They were stuck in Egypt, working for a human slave owner by the name of Pharoah.  We were his captives, we were stuck, and we cried out to Yehovah for Mercy… We cried to Him to deliver us.

Just as “We” – our forefathers, were captives, in need of rescue, so We – you and I, are, daily in need of rescue, for our enemy still prowls the earth, looking for those to devour, doing all he can to keep us in the space of self centered life, of being spoon fed lies that delude us.  And so, tonight, with the Hebrews of Old, we sing:

“Deliver Us” – Andrew Peterson

Yehovah made a way for us then, and He has made a way for us now.  He gave us instructions that we carried out then, and which pointed to the Way which was to come.

Let’s read them now:
Ex 12:1-27

12 Yehovah spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you. Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household — except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it. Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, and you may choose it from either the sheep or the goats.

“‘You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame at the entrance of the house in which they eat it. That night, they are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire; they are to eat it with matzah (unleavened bread) and maror (bitter herbs). Don’t eat it raw or boiled, but roasted in the fire, with its head, the lower parts of its legs and its inner organs. 10 Let nothing of it remain till morning; if any of it does remain, burn it up completely.

11 “‘Here is how you are to eat it: with your belt fastened, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand; and you are to eat it hurriedly. It is Yehovah’s Pesach [Passover].12 For that night, I will pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both men and animals; and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt; I am Yehovah. 13 The blood will serve you as a sign marking the houses where you are; when I see the blood, I will pass over [a] you — when I strike the land of Egypt, the death blow will not strike you.

14 “‘This will be a day for you to remember and celebrate as a festival to Yehovah; from generation to generation you are to celebrate it by a perpetual regulation.

15 “‘For seven days you are to eat matzah — on the first day remove the leaven from your houses. For whoever eats hametz [leavened bread] from the first to the seventh day is to be cut off from Isra’el. 16 On the first and seventh days, you are to have an assembly set aside for God. On these days no work is to be done, except what each must do to prepare his food; you may do only that. 17 You are to observe the festival of matzah, for on this very day I brought your divisions out of the land of Egypt. Therefore, you are to observe this day from generation to generation by a perpetual regulation. 18 From the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day, you are to eat matzah. 19 During those seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses. Whoever eats food with hametz in it is to be cut off from the community of Isra’el — it doesn’t matter whether he is a foreigner or a citizen of the land. 20 Eat nothing with hametz in it. Wherever you live, eat matzah.’”

 21 Then Moshe called for all the leaders of Isra’el and said, “Select and take lambs for your families, and slaughter the Pesach lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop leaves and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame. Then, none of you is to go out the door of his house until morning. 23 For Yehovah will pass through to kill the Egyptians; but when he sees the blood on the top and on the two sides, Yehovah will pass over the door and will not allow the Slaughterer to enter your houses and kill you. 24 You are to observe this as a law, you and your descendants forever.

25 “When you come to the land which Yehovah will give you, as he has promised, you are to observe this ceremony. 26 When your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this ceremony?’ 27 say, ‘It is the sacrifice of Yehovah’s Pesach [Passover], because [Yehovah]passed over the houses of the people of Isra’el in Egypt, when he killed the Egyptians but spared our houses.’”   The people of Isra’el bowed their heads and worshipped.”

There was a Lamb, there was unleavened bread, there were bitter herbs…
Maybe not the best meal in the world, but it all had a deeper meaning.

First lets deal with the Leaven – which we are not to eat, nor even have in our homes…
What are some “yeasty” foods that are to be removed??
[discuss]
We all have been told that Leaven is equal to sin, and well it may be, but our Messiah repeated several times that we were to beware of the Leaven of the Pharasees.
Will someone read Luke 12: 1-3?

1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

The Rabbis created a tradition called the Bedikot Hametz to be performed last night the beginning of the 14th day of Aviv, in the home.  The Mother of the house would clean out all the Leaven, save a few crumbs, which she hid.  The Father would take the children thru the house, with a candle, and a feather, and a napkin and would search for the leaven, till they found it, and used the feather to sweep it into the napkin to be burned.   I hear Yeshua’s words re-interpretting this tradition.  He tells us that the leaven of hypocrisy which is hidden, will be found.  What was hidden in the dark closet will be found… Beware.

So, with our physical actions on this day – we clean our home of the leaven and leavening products, but as we do this, we also search our hearts, for that is what this all points to, and we remove the leaven of hypocrisy and evil from our hearts.

1 Cor 5:6-8

6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Messiah our passover is sacrificed for us:

8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

We are going to take a few moments to think about, and write down the “leavened products” still in our life. Where do we still agree with our enemy? where is our hypocrisy?   What do we want Yehovah’s consuming fire to destroy? We will put them in this box, and will burn it as a physical reminder of the Spiritual Reality that He will refine us and continue to complete the work in Us that He started!! I know, this is tough… it’s a hard thing to allow the Spirit’s Light penetrate the dark corner’s and expose what needs to go, and I know that takes time, but I encourage you, this week of Unleavened Bread, to be willing to submit to His Refining Fire.

Next, we’ll talk about what we are to eat.

Bitter Herbs – These bitter herbs remind us of the bitterness of slavery from which we are delivered. They remind us of the bitterness of the pagan gods and worship from which we were rescued from.  They remind us of the bitterness of our choices, when we choose to believe the Liar, rather than our Lover.  Let’s take a few minutes to consider what are our “Task masters”?  What are we crying out to Yehovah to be delivered from?  What external forces are to be drowned in the sea?  Write it down, and later we will “drown” them by fire also.

Unleavened Bread – This is a proactive command. We aren’t to fast from Bread! We are to eat, consume, live on Unleavened Bread this week!   We know from our instructions in Exodus, that this reminds us of the haste in which we had to leave Egypt, having had no time to allow our bread to rise.  We also know that Paul reinterprets that to mean we are to walk in Sincerity and Truth.  In addition, I believe the biggest reminder of the Unleavened Bread we eat is that we are to consume our Savior’s words, actions, life, salvation.   What does it mean to consume Him?? What does it mean to “Take, eat, this is My body, which is broken for you”??

[discuss]
[At this time, while standing, go and eat a bit of the matzah and bitter herbs.]

“Behold the Lamb” – Andrew Peterson

Lamb.  We have several Lambs in Scripture to look at – each one tells us a bit about our Messiah.

The first Lamb in our story was the one Yehovah killed in the Garden, in order to clothe Adam and Eve.  The word used in Genesis is “Labash” and means, to dress, or to clothe.  Did you know that in Judges 6:34, the same word is used…”But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet;”   The Spirit of the Lord “Labash” Gideon.  He Clothed Gideon.  Just so, our Passover Lamb clothes us.

The next Lamb in our story is the ram, caught in the bushes, when Abraham was asked to sacrifice His son on the very mountain where Our Messiah was crucified
[Children act it out as it’s read]

Gen 22:1-14 CJV

1 After these things, God tested Avraham. He said to him, “Avraham!” and he answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Yitz’chak; and go to the land of Moriyah. There you are to offer him as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will point out to you.”

Avraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, together with Yitz’chak his son. He cut the wood for the burnt offering, departed and went toward the place God had told him about. On the third day, Avraham raised his eyes and saw the place in the distance. Avraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. I and the boy will go there, worship and return to you.” Avraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on Yitz’chak his son. Then he took in his hand the fire and the knife, and they both went on together.

Yitz’chak spoke to Avraham his father: “My father?” He answered, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “I see the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”Avraham replied, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son”; and they both went on together.

They came to the place God had told him about; and Avraham built the altar there, set the wood in order, bound Yitz’chak his son and laid him on the altar, on the wood.10 Then Avraham put out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

11 But the angel of Yehovah called to him out of heaven: “Avraham? Avraham!” He answered, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Don’t lay your hand on the boy! Don’t do anything to him! For now I know that you are a man who fears God, because you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 Avraham raised his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. Avraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Avraham called the place Yehovah Yir’eh [Yehovah will see (to it), Yehovah provides] — as it is said to this day, “On the mountain Yehovah is seen.”

This Lamb was a substitution for Isaac through whom the blessing and covenants made to Abraham would be passed on.  Just as Yeshua is the substitution of the wages of sin is death, for us, the remnant to whom those blessings and covenants were made. This Lamb was the “lamb which God Himself will provide”.

Lastly, we have the Passover Lamb.  The death angel is on his way and has claimed the firstborn.  But there is a way, there is a sign, there is safety under the Blood.
On the 10th day, the Passover lamb was brought into the home, and inspected. It was to be without spot or blemish.  Our Messiah rode into Jerusalem on that day, on the back of an donkey, which had never been ridden, and spent the next few days, in the Temple – being inspected and questioned.  Was there a spot? Was there a blemish, on this, our Passover Lamb??
On the 14th day, before sunset, we were to sacrifice the lamb, drain it’s blood, and, using Hyssop, paint the door posts with the blood.  Across the top, on the sides…
And, on the 14th day, of the month of Aviv, Yeshua was crucified.  His blood ran and painted the “door” at his head, dripping to the base and on either side. It renewed and sealed the marriage covenant He’d made with us, but which we had broken.  He drank the bitter cup of jealousy, for our God is a jealous God, and we had committed adultery against Him.  That cup was ours to drink, but Yeshua drank it instead.   (see Num 5:11-31)

The Lamb was to be eaten that night, totally, on this, what was now the First day of Unleavened Bread.  Nothing was to be left till morning and Numbers 9:12 tells us that no bone of it was to be broken even after it was roasted.
So, Yeshua, was consumed by death that day. Totally.  No bone was broken.  And he was laid in a tomb…

“Passover Us” – Andrew Peterson

Remember – the first time this meal was eaten, it was in haste, with sandals on, staffs in hand.  There will come a time, when another “exodus” will occur, when Yehovah gathers his Remnant from every corner of the earth.  Scripture says that it will be such a great event that people will no longer remember Yehovah by the first Exodus but by the Second one. (Jer 16:14-16)  This is why earlier, we stood to eat the matzah and the bitter herbs, why we stood to taste the meal.  May we always be prepared for Him to call us from the lands in which He has scattered us!

Now tho, we will sit, recline, and be comfortable Resting In Him, our Messiah, Knowing that He is our Deliverer as we eat and talk of His Redemption.
Let’s Eat this meal, and with our bodies remember our story as we taste and feel and see and smell these things which remind us of our Deliverance, of our story!

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[Potentially Discuss during supper Tradition vs Scripture.]   There were many Traditions observed by the Priests and people of Yeshua’s time, which we don’t find in Scripture,  some of which Yeshua defined… others, he condemned.  It takes walking by the Spirit to know what is good to be kept because it was Spirit inspired, and what is not…
A few traditions include the Afikomen or “dessert” – a piece of matzah broken from the middle of three loaves of matzah held and hidden until after the meal. Many believe this tradition pointed to Messiah being broken and buried.
Another is the charoset a spicy sweet apple mixture said to remind us of the morter  of the brick, and the sweetness that comes in hard work.  It is particularly tasty in a ‘Hillel Sandwich’  – cracker matzah, horseradish bitter herb and charoset, all in one bit.

[Potentially  talk about the traditional 4 cups???
In Judaism, there are 4 cups that are drank with this meal
The first is the Kiddish – which is the “Bring You out” cup, reminding us that He promised to Bring us out of slavery and Sin.

The second is the Cup of Wrath, or Plagues – It is not drank.  In the same way, we do not drink the cup of plagues or of Death, Yeshua drank it for us!!  Neither did the Hebrews experience the Plagues – can anyone tell what those plagues were??
1. Blood 2. Frogs 3. Lice 4. Flies 5. Diseased Livestock 6. Boils

7. Hail 8. Locust  9. Darkness 10. Death of the Firstborn
Matt 20:22
Matt 25:36-39, 42
John 18:1120

8.   The Third cup is called Redemption – He has Redeemed us!!
Luke 22:19-20,
1 Cor 11:22-25

and the Fourth Cup is called – Hallel (Praise) or “I will take you as my people”.  ]

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Finishing up the evening….

That Marriage Covenant we were talking about earlier?  It was shadowed in the marriage of Adam and Eve, as they celebrated their first day together on Sabbath (which Exodus 31:13, and Ez 20:12 & 20 say Sabbath is a sign of our covenant with Him, that He is the one who sanctifies us)
Yehovah began that Covenant with Abraham.
He confirmed it with His people, at the base of Mount Sinai, 50 days after the Red Sea Crossing on the day we call Pentecost (you can find that story in Ex 19-24).
We, of course, broke that marriage covenant, and Yehovah tells us by way of the prophets, Hosea, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, that he Divorced us, respecting our choice of other lovers.  But that He would marry us again, He would renew the Covenant of Love.  It was that Covenant which Yeshua / Jesus was talking about when he offered the cup to his disciples and said, “This is the cup of my Covenant”.  It was that Covenant that He confirmed at Pentecost when He Poured out His Spirit upon He disciples, and it’s that Covenant that will be consummated during the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.
What a day that will be!!!

Lastly, let’s talk a bit about the Feast of Unleavened Bread, one of the mo’ed, or Set Appointments or Feasts of Yehovah. It started tonight at Sundown, and ends 7 days from now, at Sundown.

YHVH says, in Exodus 13:16: Have someone read…

“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??

Last year, as I thought about this Feast, I realized that it begins with the Death of the Passover Lamb, and the Last High Sabbath is the day that Jewish historians say the Hebrews crossed over the Red Sea.
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?!
The Hebrew word “Sign” is

אוֹת

‘owth

Breaking the letters down to their beginnings to the Pictograph meanings, 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!!

Let’s consider  the Hebrew word for Frontlet??

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!

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 any
day!!! And that’s a reason to praise Him, to Dance, to worship, to sing!!!
Moses sang a song, Revelation tells us it’s our song!!  Now I know why!

“Song of the Lamb”  Michael Card

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There is another Feast this week, aside from the weekly Sabbath, and that is the Feast of First Fruits.  We will be celebrating it, on Sunday for it is to be celebrated on the first day after the Sabbath in the Week of Unleavened Bread.
It is a celebration of the First Fruit of the Resurrection, our Lord and Messiah!!