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Yehovah’s Date Days

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Recently, I had the opportunity to write my personal summary of the beauty contained within Yehovah’s Date Days! Can’t wait till my next date day with Him!

The feasts are incredible prophecies, the spring feasts were fulfilled tho I’ve a hunch there is still a bit more to come as every feast had a now, intermediate, and long-term prophecy imbedded within it…, but the beauty is, observing Passover is the original “communionImage of Bride & Groom under Tallitn service” and celebrating it as believer in Messiah is in direct obedience to Yeshua’s words.  There is no “animal sacrifice” saying His death didn’t occur – only bread, wine, food, celebration, and a remembering of him, broken for us.  The week of Unleavened Bread is an incredible reminder to eat only of His sinless life, to take in HIS word and remove all leaven from the soul food that we eat.  The feast of First fruits reminds us clearly that he was the FIRST fruit, raised from the dead…  Shavuot, or Pentecost, celebrated on the day the 10 commandments were given and many centuries later when the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples reminds us that we are to worship in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.  This is the giving of the covenant, the marriage ketubah or contract! This is the Bride’s day to rejoice that her Husband, Yeshua has made a contract, a promise that He is and will keep!


The fall feasts on the other hand… Have yet to see their final fulfillment, tho they’ve had intermediate fulfillments already. Image of Shofar blowers -   The Day of Trumpets announcing “The Bridegroom Cometh!”, based on the word of Two Witnesses. The people, coming out of their fields of harvest, washing and putting on their prior prepared white linen robes to Sound the Shofar and announce the coming of judgment and the bridegroom.  The 10 days of awe between Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) and Atonement, the time of asking, is there any sin remaining? Is there anything that stands between me and the Father reminds me of EGW’s words regarding this rending of soul by the saints…  Atonement – the judgement day. The day when the names are final in the book of life. The day when the Jubilee trumpet sounds and announces the Sabbath year, the millennium.  The day that the Sanctuary of our hearts is fully cleansed.  It’s an awesome, terrible, beautiful day of fasting and praising Father for the Gift of his Son who makes us all worthy, whose life and death mean our names are in His book!
And Feast of Tabernacles.. The feast of “and the Word became flesh and Tabernacled among us”. The feast that lasts 8 days, where temporary dwellings are built, and we look back to when He lived with us in the desert and we look forward to the time when He will live with us, Tabernacle with us, not only in our hearts, but with us bodily.

Image of Bride & Groom under Chuppah

A Bride & Groom stand under a “Temporary Dwelling” called a Chuppah

 This is the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” – This is the culmination of the incredible romance that He, Father God has called us into. This is the restoration of all things.  And there is this neat little ceremony, the Water Libation when they pray for the Latter Rain (part of the intermediate fulfillment)… Yeshua stood, in the temple, at the moment of silence before the water was poured on the altar, and defined what they were doing, when his voice rang out, “I am the living water!! If any man thirsts let him come to Me and Drink”.. John says he was talking about the Holy Spirit… the true latter rain!
No, These feasts in no way make naught out of the Life, Death, Resurrection and soon return of Messiah nor are they dead bones of false religion or a “to do list”, rather, they are living rehearsals, a live drama of the Plan of Salvation, of incredibly infinite good things to come, the substance of those things being Yeshua – and our relationship of intimacy with Him! For we who were once foreigners are now brought nigh into the commonwealth of Israel, into the marriage relationship Yehovah intended for us to have with Him.

As Paul said, “”For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth” (I Cor. 5:7-8, NIV).   YES! let us keep the feasts! Even the spring feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover. Not with a sacrifice, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with Sincerity and Truth!!
For He is our Passover Lamb, He is our First Fruits, He is our Husband and He has given a new covenant to write his Ketubah within our hearts!  He is the Bridegroom yet to return! He will judge the quick and the dead and the sons of men and He will welcome us to the Wedding supper of the Lamb!  HalleluYah!

Image of the Bride of Christ caught up to meet Him in the air

 

For other posts from Beloved of YHVH about the Feasts of Yehovah, please follow this link:
https://shakamboqer.wordpress.com/category/our-creators-set-apart-days/

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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?!?!?!

The Month of Aviv & Passover

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Thank you for bearing with me in my absence.  I didn’t get everything read I’d hoped to, but I’m still working on it, and back online…

It’s an exciting time of year!  Almost upon us is the first month in YHVH’s calendar – the month of Aviv! Which means, Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits are coming soon!  There is such a richness in the feasts. I learn something new about the plan of Salvation, about the heart of God with every feast I attend, every study I embark on, every event I attend!
The downside, this year, is Passover/Pesach falls between now and April 15, which, means I have a LOT of work to do, so my posting isn’t going to be as thorough on the subjects most deeply on my heart as I would like…

Aviv Barley in the Northern Negev, Israel , March 19, 2012

First off tho – Aviv Barley was found in Israel yesterday, March 19! (Thanks to Nehemiah Gordon for making that sighting, and providing the pictures!)  Which means that in approximately 2 weeks, it will be ready to harvest in order for the Feast of First Fruits to be celebrated.  This is big news.  Just a week ago, it was looking iffy, which would have put an extra month into this year also (last year was a 13 mo year) and would have put the Karaite Calendar and the Orthodox Calendar off by an entire month.  Both have happened in history, but point being, the jury was very much out until just yesterday on whether the coming new moon would start the new year.

Since Aviv Barley was found, when the crescent renewed moon is sighted in 2-4 days, it will begin the 1st Month in YHVH’s Calendar, and set in motion the feast cycle for this year..  (Added 3/24 – New Moon sighted in Jerusalem at 6:14 PM 3/23 from the Mount of Olives!  We also sighted it here atop our mtn! )   YAY!!!

Some friends and I recently watched the following message from Jim Staley of Passion for Truth Ministries. It gives a nice overview of why learning about the feasts would be something we’d want to do, as well as gives a brief overview of each feast.  The one thing to know is when he speaks of Israel vs Jews, he is referring to the fact that Jews are not all of “Israel”, but only from the Southern Kingdom tribe of Judah (as well as Benjamin & some of Levi). They are the only ones who returned from exile, and became the Jews we know today. The Northern Kingdom of Israel  (referred to in scripture as Israel, Ephraim or Joseph)  encompassed the other 10 tribes who were scattered amongst the nations where they still remain today. They became the literal “fullness of the gentiles”(multitude of nations) as Jacob/Israel, the man, prophesied over Ephraim, the child of Joseph. If you hear Israel and think Jews, or think the country of Israel, you may be a bit confused 🙂

This last Sabbath I participated in a small home church. We shared some favorite songs, and then read and studied some of the Passover references in the OT. Below is a list of all the OT references to Passover, with a brief summary beside each one.  I’ll then talk a bit about some of them in depth – sharing some of our observations.  I encourage you to take time to read thru each as we enter the month of Aviv, and head toward Passover – which starts on the 14th day of the month of Aviv – so it’s just a bit over 2 weeks away 😀

Here is the list of the larger references to Passover and Unleavened Bread in the OT, to get you started:

Exodus 12 – the first Passover
Exodus 34:5-27 – The giving of the 2nd tables of stone, God declaring who he is, and God’s instructions from Mt Sinai regarding the feasts, including unleavened bread/Passover
Leviticus 23 – the List of the Feasts
Numbers 9:1-14 – the Second Passover
Duet 16:1-8  A few more details added to how to celebrate the Feasts in the land, in the “place where YHVH will put His name”
2 Chron 30  Hezekiah the King of Judah invites Judah and Israel to celebrate the Passover in accordance to Torah instructions in Numbers 2 regarding what to do if the people are not “clean” in the first month. This celebration is so joyous & healing that the people continue it a second week!
(read on into chapter 31 to see what the result of this turning to the Lord provoked in the people)
2 Kings 23:21-25 After Josiah cleans up the land, both Judah and Israel of their idolatrous places and altars, he celebrates a Passover like no other.
2 Chron 35:1-19 More details on Josiah’s Passover
Ezra 6:15-24  Dedication of the 2nd Temple and Passover, following the Jews return from captivity in Babylon.
Ezekiel 45:18-24  More instructions for cleansing the Temple for Passover.  I believe this is part of the larger instruction for the building of the 2nd temple, following the return of the Jews to Jerusalem.
First, a song to get us started… Passover Us, by Andrew Peterson – presented by King Street Church featuring solo vocals by Bob Jones, with the King Street Kids Choir and Drama team

Exodus 12 – The first Passover.… Most of us know the story – so I won’t repeat it, but if you are unfamiliar, read thru Exodus 4-12 for the full story.  A few details jumped out at us…

1. Some variance or reference of verse 14 seems to be repeated almost every paragraph (4 times) :

“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to Jehovah: throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. ”

2. The lamb was to all be eaten – and if your family was too  small to eat a lamb then you needed to join with another family. (vs 4)

3. The lamb can be taken from the sheep OR the goats. (vs 5)

4. The blood formed the points of the cross on the door. (vs 7)

5. The entire lamb was roasted head, legs, inner parts and all… (vs 9) (doesn’t sound so tasty)

6.  Unleavened Bread only is to be eaten for 7 days… Leaven represents many things but can be summarized in Sin – it was to be completely cleaned out of the land, and we were only to eat unleavened bread … May our hearts be cleaned, refreshed & renewed, and may we eat only the unleavened bread of Yeshua’s sinless life and sacrifice!! (vs 15)

This is My Body, Which is Broken for You….

7. The first and last day’s were “High Sabbath’s” kept as Sabbath would be except that meals could be prepared, these days were Holy Assemblies. (vs 16)

8. I noted that as the Hebrews were fleeing Egypt, they stopped in Succoth (which means tent/tabernacle)… A place which now has ruins which seem to be capable of holding vast amounts of grain, and was next to an immense open space capable of holding many tents of travelers.  Potentially where Joseph had stored the grain, and distributed it, and was eventually entombed. They stopped to pick up his bones which were carried to Canaan, in accordance with his request. (vs 37) (See Michael Rood’s presentation  “The Sinai Connection” – Episode 1 found here (be sure to watch them all, but the first 2 or 3 cover the Exodus from Egypt):  Sinai Connection, Episode 1 for more on the archaeological finds in Succoth)

9.  A foreigner, if they were circumcised, could partake in the Passover Seder.  The New Testament says we must be circumcised of heart.  Interestingly, vs 49 says, “One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you,” which, frankly sounds remarkably like the NT idea that we are “grafted in” to the promises of Abraham! 😀

10. We also talked abit about the first born, the one’s who were saved by the lamb’s blood. Of interesting note is I Chapter 13:12-15  where YHVH says,
 “thou shalt set apart unto Yehovah all that openeth the womb, and every firstling which thou hast that cometh of a beast; the males shall be Yehovah’s.
And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck: and all the first-born of man among thy sons shalt thou redeem.
 And it shall be, when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand Yehovah brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:
and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that Jehovah slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast: therefore I sacrifice to Yehovah all that openeth the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.”
Next up is:
 Exodus 34:5-27 – The giving of the 2nd tables of stone, God declaring who he is, and God’s instructions from Mt Sinai regarding the feasts, including unleavened bread/Passover…
This is just an incredible chapter – I love it! Here,  YHVH shows Moses His backside AND He Proclaims who He is:
vs 6, 7, 8
“Yehovah, Yehovah, an Elohim (a God) merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.”
 The last verse gets me every time… You’d think, if Moses was in the presence of Almighty, that he might be bowed to the earth already, but once YHVH declares and proclaims His Character, Moses wastes no time in hitting the deck in worship.
He then asks for forgiveness for the people, and begs YHVH to take “us for your inheritance.”
YHVH replies, “Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been wrought in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of Jehovah; for it is a terrible thing that I do with thee.  Observe thou that which I command thee this day:” (vs 10,11)
He goes on to command them to remove the false worship practices and articles from the land, and, instead, to keep the feasts… Unleavened Bread/Passover, Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) and Tabernacles (Ingathering)….

And, in coming away from this meeting, Moses’ face shines…


2 Cor 13:15-18

“But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.  But whensoever their hearts shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.”

Leviticus 23 – the List of the Feasts
The largest point of interest here is a bit of news to SDA Sabbath keepers… at least it was to me when I first saw it, and to those I was fellowshipping with on Sabbath..
See if you can find it:
“2 ….  The set feasts of Jehovah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts.

3 Six days shall work be done: but on the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of work: it is a sabbath unto Jehovah in all your dwellings.

4 These are the set feasts of Jehovah, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed season.”

Sabbath is the first feast mentioned. It is a mo’ed, a set apart time, date, feast, convocation.

I always knew Sabbath was special… it was instituted in the Garden, at creation, and found itself firmly in the 10 commandments… but, here we find it at the head of the list of Feasts of the Lord, at the top of His List of Celebrations. 😀

Numbers 9:1-14 – the Second Passover
This discusses both the second Passover that the Hebrews observed, AND a potential 2nd Passover, for anyone who was traveling, or had been made unclean due to a death in the family, and therefore unable to keep Passover in the first month. The ruling from YHVH allowed such a person to be able to observe Passover in the same manner, but in the 2nd month of the year.  There was grace….

Passover Lambs sacrificed in the Temple - Potentially what this looked like in the Temple at the time of Yeshua's life, as well as in the centuries before.

2 Chron 30  Hezekiah the King of Judah invites Judah and Israel to celebrate the Passover in accordance to Torah instructions in Numbers 2 regarding what to do if the people are not “clean” in the first month. This celebration is so joyous & healing that the people continue it a second week!
(read on into chapter 31 to see what the result of this turning to the Lord provoked in the people)
2 Kings 23:21-25 After Josiah cleans up the land, both Judah and Israel of their idolatrous places and altars, he celebrates a Passover like no other. 
2 Chron 35:1-19 More details on Josiah’s Passover
We didn’t read these verses at all, just briefly mentioned them….
What I find very interesting is that both Josiah and Hezekiah’s Passovers are HUGE events – Passover’s like non other. The people in Hezekiah’s time extended Passover an extra week just because they were so moved and enjoying the Passover!
I also found it striking that both came simultaneously with a cleansing of the Land from idolatry. Josiah did it before hand, and in Hezekiah’s reign the people were so moved that they went out from Passover to cleanse the land.  It makes me think that fully appreciating the feasts, so that they are as No other in history, personal or corporate, requires the cleansing of our hearts and lives of idolatry, and false worship models…. It seems to require a return to the Word of YHVH, to His Heart for us. In that return, we find ourselves drawn into a worship and praise like none other!
We find the Lover of our souls in deep and new ways!!

I pray that you are deeply blessed, this Passover season, in the month of Aviv!

The following song is by Andrew Peterson. Click the hyperlink to hear it sung by him from his Album, “Behold the Lamb of God” or listen below to a great live rendition by Jason Handy & James Keith Posey

Deliver Us, by Andrew Peterson, Behold the Lamb of God album