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Passover – Pesach 2011

April 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel, Monthly Articles

Tonight at sundown, begins the Passover week, and I found some interesting tidbits to share.

When Jews celebrate Pesach, they drink four cups of wine with the Passover meal (Seder), to symbolize the four promises, or “I Wills” God made to Moses from the burning bush.

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.( Sanctification) I will free you from being slaves to them (Deliverance), and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment (Redemption). I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.”(Acceptance). This is from Exodus 6:6-7

God sanctified Israel. He delivered them. He redeemed them, and He has accepted them as His People and declared Himself as their God! He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever!

In Exodus 12, God commanded the Israelites to kill a perfect lamb without blemish or defect on the eve of Nissan 14, and to apply its blood to the doorposts and lintels of their homes. This was the night Adonai visited Egypt and killed all the firstborn males in the families whose homes were not covered by the slain lamb’s blood.

They were also instructed to purge the yeast or chametz from their homes. Yeast is a fermented product, and as such, represents sin. The commandment for Pesach is to eat unleavened bread for seven days. Their homes and everything in them are to be cleansed and leaven free. After Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey on what we call Palm Sunday, He immediately went to the Temple and drove out the moneychangers, thereby cleansing His Father’s house of sin! Though the religious rulers questioned His authority to carry out such an extreme act, He effectively silenced them with His answers…they simply could find no fault in Him. He went to the Cross as the perfect, blemish/sin-free Lamb of God!

Whether or not you celebrate Passover, I hope you’ll remember that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, Yeshua HaMashiach, can be found in every aspect of this Jewish High Holy Day. And I pray that as Jews drink the four cups of wine and partake of the Seder and Pesach traditions, their eyes will be opened to the truth about God’s Love for them, and that they will be able to “see” and accept Yeshua, as the Son of God, the spotless Lamb, who gave His life to redeem them from sin.

Hag Sameach ~ Have a blessed week celebrating our Risen Lord!

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