Understanding Passover – Part 2

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Understanding Passover - Part 2 - Study
Understanding Passover - Part 2 - Study
 
We are now ready to begin our study portion for today's broadcast. As we seek to be ones who are understanding Passover. The Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, the very first feast of Yahweh's New Year. Passover is technically not a feast, it is an observance. It's when they would kill the Passover lambs, so it was an observance certainly. And then that's when they would kill the Passover lambs and then the following day, the 15th of Aviv is the day that we observe as a holy day. And personally my convictions are that night on the night after Passover, we do partake the body and blood of Yahushua the Messiah. but you know, how many times do we read in scripture: Yahweh says, "I am Yahweh who brought you out of Egypt and into the land, right? How many times do we see that in scripture? Yahweh is like identifying himself as being the one who did this. It's a part of His identity, He is the Elohim of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. And he is the one that did this awesome, awesome act in bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of bondage and into the Promised Land. And it turns out that this awesome, awesome act pictures an even more awesome act, and that is Yahushua and what He has done for us. And we have dived just a little bit into it in our last segment. But we have now our second segment. So we're going to dive in just a little bit deeper. And see what the scriptures have to teach on this very thing. We're gonna begin with Exodus chapter 12 in verses 4 through 6. It talks about if the household is too small for a lamb; this is the instructions that Moshe is giving the children of Israel. Yahweh has given it to Moshe, Moses and he is giving it to the children of Israel. And he is saying if you can't all get a lamb. If the household is too small for a lamb, let him and his neighbour next to his house take it according to the number of persons; according to each man's need, you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it between the evenings. That's how the actual Hebrew reads there; Ben Ha Arbayim, between the evenings. and so they would take this Passover lamb and they would keep it until the 14th day. And so they take it on the 10th day, as we looked at last week, and they would keep it until the 14th day. Now, in this interim period, they are watching the lamb and they are seeing you know what it's doing. And it's kind of interesting; they are just kind of checking things out. Now if you believe like I do, that Yahweh has a
7000-year plan for mankind.
And the final 1000-year period would be what's called the millennium when Yahushua reigns for 1000 years and we reign with Him for 1000 years. We will see that on the 4th day, of the 4000-year
mark would be the time that Yahushua the Messiah

appeared on the earth.
Now I wanna show you something interesting about that very thing. If you look on Menorah, this is a Menorah on the back, backdrop here. And on this Menorah, you have a total of seven candles. I think it could quite be possible that each of these
represents 1000 years of that seven-day of that
7000-year plan. If that's the case, that would mean the fourth candle, one, two, three, four; or if you count this way, one two, three, four would be the centre candle. And actually what they would do is that this candle would be called the seventh candle. And it would be used to light the rest of the lamps. What does that tell you? Yahushua being that seventh candle, giving light to the rest of our time period here on the earth. And without him, we have no light. And the festival of unleavened bread also lasts a total of seven days. The same is true of the feast of Tabernacles.
It is a seven-day feast.
And then with the last great day after the seven days. So it's an interesting way of looking at a Menorah. And the appearance of the Messiah on this 4000 year period may actually be pictured in not only the time period he appeared but also the fact that you have 10 days on the tenth day, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth. That is when we have the actual Passover being slaughtered. So, interesting way of looking at things I'm sure. And we went over the 12th chapter of Exodus in our previous segment and we discovered that Passover day is also, it so happens to be the day that the Messiah Yahushua actually died for our sins. And actually it says; now this time between evenings is very interesting. Because in the 1st Century this time between the evenings was understood to be about the 9th hour of the day, the 9th hour of the day. And our Messiah Yahushua he was hanged on the tree
about the 3rd hour of the day.
And then it says in scripture, Luke 23:44 through 46 now it was about the sixth hour and there was darkness over all the earth until the 9th hour. Then the sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was torn in two, and when Yahushua had cried out with a loud voice, he said "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." having said this, He breathed his last.
And so he waited until this ninth hour.

What was He waiting on?
Why didn't He die sooner? Because He had to wait until the Passover lambs were being slaughtered in Jerusalem. When? Between the evenings. That's how I understand it. Between the evenings. And then he knew it was time, "Father into your hands, I commit my spirit." He says, "it is finished" and He breathed His last and that was it. And so, now when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified Elohim, saying "certainly this was a righteous man". And the whole crowd, who came together to that site, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. So Yahushua was this lamb without blemish and they knew it and they declared it, even those who were responsible for putting him there acknowledged he is a righteous man. The whole crowd, who came together to that site, beat their breasts because they knew He was a righteous man, He was pure and He was holy.
Now if you're looking for some historical evidence
that this ninth hour was the time of the Passover sacrifice, look at the book of Josephus, it says, now these high priests upon the coming of that feast which is called the Passover, when they slay their sacrifices from the ninth hour till the eleventh, but so that a company not less than ten belong to every sacrifice, (it's not lawful for them to feast singly by themselves), and many of us are twenty in company, found the number of sacrifices was two hundred and fifty-six thousand five hundred; which upon the allowance of no more than ten that feast together, amounts to two million seven hundred thousand and two hundred persons that were pure and holy. So, again, the ninth hour of the day is how they were doing it here in the 1st century when they were slaying the Passover lambs. And so that when they understood this between the evenings here to take place and that corresponds to the exact time Yahushua the Messiah our Passover was slain for us. I don't believe that is a mere coincidence. I think it's a powerful testimony of who our lamb really is. In fact, I would beg to say, Listen Yahweh has selected that time between the evenings the ninth hour of the day because He knew that would be the hour that Yahushua the Messiah would die for the sins of the world. And that's the whole reason why He said: "you must do it at this time," looking into the future and knowing this was the time when it would be done. Now in 2 Chronicles chapter 35, it says "So the service was prepared and the priests stood in their places and the Levites in their divisions, according to the king's command. And they slaughtered the Passover offerings and the priests sprinkled the blood with their hands while the Levites skinned the animals."
So Yahweh had chosen Jerusalem to be the place
after the Exodus 12 event. It was the priests and the people who would come to Jerusalem who would sprinkle the blood of the Passover lamb on the altar and so that's why they were all coming to Jerusalem and they were all letting the priests handle the offerings and the sprinkling of the blood. No longer was it something you sprinkled on the doorpost of your house, it was sprinkled on the altar. Deuteronomy 16 verses 5 through 6 says "You may not sacrifice the Passover within any of your gates which Yahweh your Elohim gives you. But at the place where Yahweh your Elohim chooses to make his name abide, there you shall sacrifice the Passover between the evenings at the going down of the sun at the time you came out of Egypt." And so this is pointing to the command that we can't just sacrifice the Passover anywhere. There are some people who are actually doing the actual physical Passover lamb today and they think it's okay for them to do that. I disagree completely because he said you may only do it in the place where Yahweh chooses to make his name abide and that has to be done actually by the priest. In fact Leviticus chapter 17 says, "Yahweh spoke to Moshe, saying 'Speak to Aaron, to his sons and to all the children of Israel and say to them, "this is the thing which Yahweh has commanded saying 'whatever man of the house of Israel who kills an ox or lamb or goat in the camp, or who kills it outside the camp, and does not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of meeting to offer an offering to Yahweh before the tabernacle of Yahweh, the guilt of bloodshed shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood and that man shall be cut off from among his people. To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they offer in the open field, that they may bring them to Yahweh at the door of the tabernacle of meeting to the priest and offer them as peace offerings to Yahweh." So, Yahweh actually charges those who do sacrifices on their own in their own fields and their own places as having been guilty of bloodshed, serious, serious matter. And so the new instruction after Exodus chapter 12 is that you don't do it in your own dwelling place, they did it first, do it in their own dwelling place. But once the temple and the tabernacle was constructed no longer is it to be done, he had the Levites that he had set aside instead of the first born and the Levites and the priest would take care of those offerings. So, Exodus chapter 12 verses 10 through 11 says you shall let none of it remains until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. so you shall eat it in haste. It is Yahweh's Passover. o Yahweh told them, they were to leave none of it till morning, it has to be eaten that night likewise we see that Yahushua was not hung on the tree all night. It say John 19:30, so when Yahushua had received the sour wine, He said " it is finished' and bowing his head, He gave up His spirit. Therefore, because it was the preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and the other who was crucified with him. But when they came to Yahushua and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear and immediately blood and water came out. And who has seen has testified, and his testimony it's true and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, "no one of his bones shall be broken". Now, where can we find a prophecy which says not one of his bones will be broken? Well, we can actually see this in the Passover. It says Exodus 12:46 in one house it shall be eaten, you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house nor shall you break one of its bones.
And then also Psalms 22 verses 15 through 17 it
says, this is actually Yahushua is speaking here it says my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue clings to my jaws; you have brought me to the dust of the death. For dogs have surrounded me, the congregation of the wicked has enclosed me. They pierced my hands and feet. I cannot count all my bones; they look and stare at me. So truly Yahushua is our Passover and think about this, the scriptures we hold in our hands we read from every day, you know; when Yahweh gave this historical record in scripture about the children of Israel being delivered by the Passover lamb. And then we know that they were also baptized in the sea and in the cloud and they were in the wilderness and then it was a man named Yahushua who took them across the Jordan into the Promised Land. So it's a miracle, our own salvation is depicted in this entire event of the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. Out of the house of bondage likewise, we came out of Egypt we came out of the house of bondage to sin, to slavery to Satan. And we are likewise delivered through a miracle, the lamb dying for us. 1 Corinthians 5:7 says, therefore, purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Messiah our Passover was sacrificed for us. For, in the same way, the Passover lamb saved the children of Israel from death, the Messiah Yahushua our savior saves us from death.
And causes us to be unleavened that is without
sin. And we'll be seeing here also that just as the Passover lamb was eaten by the children of Israel, we also partake of the body and blood of the Messiah an act that is commonly called the Communion or Master's Supper or Eucharist. But since Yahushua is our Passover lamb, shouldn't we partake of him as our lamb as part of our Passover observance?
Exodus chapter 12 verse 11 through 12 says, thus you
shall eat it with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is Yahweh's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt both man and beast and against all the deity's gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am Yahweh. So it's all symbolic. Our desire is to have our hearts turned away from Egypt. It was demonstrated to us just as it was demonstrated to them, that all the idols of this world, all the things that the world values are nothing. And Yahweh is superior to all of these things. And so we repented and we received our Passover lamb to save us and our households from death. And so that we could become unleavened. Now, most people observe this as Communion and they don't know when to do it. They think "oh maybe once a month or once every week." They don't know where to put this communion thing. They can't figure it out, they can't come to an agreement as to when it should be done Why not do it, since he died on Passover day and then they would partake of the Passover lamb that night and if he is Messiah our Passover who was sacrificed for us, one plus one equals two, right? I mean, it's pretty simple that he is our Passover lamb the time in which we are to partake of him will be part of a Passover observance. Now they would eat their Passover with a belt on their waist, sandals on their feet, they are ready to go, right? And so we actually do that, we put the belt on our waist and sandals on our feet and the staff is in our hand and we eat it quickly, we partake of Messiah quickly. He is Yahweh's Passover. And the idea is we want to be quick, this is a symbolic thing saying, "I want to be ready to leave the world, my heart is not here, and my heart is where Yahweh is taking me. That's where my heart is". Now in order to partake of the Messiah Yahushua, the body and blood of Yahushua in a worthy manner; we must examine ourselves it says. As part of a New Year's resolution, examine yourself and resolve to make changes in your life in the areas that Yahweh directs you to make changes. 1 Corinthians 11: 18 they were not doing that. 1 Corinthians 11 says that; For first of all, when you come together as a congregation, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part, I believe it. For there must also be factions among you that those who are approved may be recognized among you. Therefore when you come together in one place it is not to eat the Master's Supper.
For in eating each one takes his own supper ahead
of others and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or did you despise the church of Elohim and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you. For I received from the Master that which I also delivered to you: that the Master Yahushua on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given his thanks, he broke it and said "take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same manner, he also took the cup after supper saying "this cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Master's death till he comes. When did he die? Passover day, right? And so when you partake of the bread and drink the cup, what are you doing? You're proclaiming that the Messiah died for you. How often does that happen? It's a once per year event, that we proclaim the Master's death, at the anniversary of his death, we are proclaiming the Master's death till he comes, right? Now it says therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Master in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Master. But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. So you gotta take a good look at yourself, make sure that you are not partaking of him in an unworthy manner. The Greek word translated "examine" means to test, to examine to prove, to scrutinize, (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), like metals. To recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, to deem worthy. We cannot partake in an unworthy manner, and if we neglect that, we can be in big trouble. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Master's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. Wow, they are dead because they are not discerning
the Master's body or they are weak or they are sick.
Because they don't take with appropriate seriousness this observance. For if we would judge ourselves we would not be judged. So if you examine yourself, prove yourself, scrutinize yourself, take a look at yourself in light of the word of Yahweh, then you don't face this judgement on your health. So it's a serious matter and we must be sure that we are taking a hard look at where we are spiritual. And so in preparation for Passover, you know, spend the next week and a half or so doing a self-inventory.
Mark the areas that you want to improve your
spiritual walk, maybe even write it down, make a note of it and then as this New Year approaches, as this time approaches I should say, then make your decision you are going to resolve to make those kinds of changes in your life. And so I encourage you to examine yourself so you're not judged by the Messiah, judge yourself. It will help your health situation perhaps as well. So, continuing here, this is about when we are judged we are chastened by Yahweh that we be not condemned with the world. Therefore my brethren when you come together to eat wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. So it's not something like when you are partaking of the body and blood of Yahushua and the emblems the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, then you don't do it because you are hungry, but because it's a symbol of what Yahushua has done for you. It's separate from a regular meal, it is instructed if you are hungry go eat at home. But the partaking of Yahushua's body wasn't to cure hunger in its physical sense, it is a spiritual sense a symbolic act which has very powerful meanings attached to it. So let's take a look here and see what exactly is going on when we partake of the fruit of the vine and the unleavened bread. 1 Corinthians again 11 23 through 25, I received from the Master that which I delivered to you; the the Master Yahushua on the same night in which He took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me." You know, it seems like a strange thing that you're partaking of His body unless we understood He is our Passover. Then, we're partaking of the Passover. "In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." Now His body was broken but His bones were not, right? Now interestingly aren't we also called the body of the Messiah? You know he has his body and yet aren't we also called the body of the Messiah? Interesting. Now 1 Corinthians 10: 16 says the cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Messiah? The bread which we break is it not the communion of the body of Messiah? For we though many are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. So, we are actually this body right? Now the word communion means fellowship, it means bringing us together into fellowship as the body of the Messiah. One bread, one body and we all partake of that one bread, it's very important. Now, notice when we partake of Yahushua we are one body and one bread. And so we are the body of the Messiah. 1 Corinthians 12:27 you are the body of Messiah and members individually. And then this identification with Yahushua's body is so strong we can actually say, "I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of Elohim, who loved me and gave himself for me. "And the Colossians 2:3 says you died, you died and your life is hidden with Messiah in Elohim. So we regard our bodies as dead and Messiah Yahushua's body alive in us. Romans 8:10 says if the Messiah is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness. He is a righteous man. And that's why Peter's vision can actually make more sense. In Acts Chapter 10 verse 9 he had this vision. It says the next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city; Peter went up on the housetop to pray about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat, but while they made ready he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, "rise, Peter; kill and eat." But Peter said, "Not so Master! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean." And a voice spoke to him again a second time" what Elohim has cleansed you must not call common." This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. Now does it say Peter merely went to cook himself some pork chops? No, it says, while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant. He didn't know what it meant yet. So we can't conclude anything yet either. Behold the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house and stood before the gate. Then he said to them, "you know how unlawful it is. This is later in the chapter he had concluded. You know hoe unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one another nation. But Elohim has shown me that I shall not call any man common or unclean." Now the word translated unlawful here it simply means in opposition to deeply ingrained customs. So it's not necessarily forbidden scripturally but according to custom or unlegislated sense or public decency. So the Jewish people would not hang around with Gentiles. Because they were dirty, they were unclean; they were yucky, yucky, right? I mean they didn't want to hang around them. And so now what Yahushua told Peter was rise kill and eat. Interesting; rise, kill and eat. Did that mean to kill and eat the Gentiles? I mean is that what it means? Yes, yes it does. We eat Yahushua, right? Not literally but in a spiritual sense we partake of the Messiah Yahushua and we have His body symbolized in the unleavened bread go into our body and his blood symbolized in the grape juice or wine or whatever fruit of the vine and we drink right? His body his blood we are part of him, his members. So is he saying now "Peter go and murder the Gentiles and then eat them."? Remember who are we? Who are we? We are the body of the Messiah. So when we partake of the Messiah, we are actually partaking of one another also. Because we ourselves we are crucified with the Messiah, we no longer live. We died and our life is hidden with Messiah in Elohim. The body is dead. So we have been joined to a new body and that body is the body of the Messiah. So we died, right? So when he says "rise Peter kill and eat" remember when Peter was told, " go and be fishers of men, come with me I will make you fishers of men"? What do you do with the fish after you catch them? You clean them and you eat them, right? Fishers of men. So the analogy here in Acts chapter 10 is "go out teach the Gentiles about Yahushua so they can enter a condition where are part of the body of the Messiah and their own body is dead. Therefore they died, thy were killed like the fish die on the bank of the river.
So they are dead because they have come to the
Messiah Yahushua they are no longer alive, but Messiah is alive in them. And they become part of the body of the Messiah and therefore when we partake of the body of the Messiah at Passover we are actually partaking not only of the Messiah but also one another. And then the vision makes perfect sense, right? We partake of a sinless body at that time. We partake of Yahushua the Messiah, his body of which we are, we are joined to. and so arise , kill and eat had nothing to do with eating pork and bats rats cats and snakes, it was vision Peter did not know what it meant yet and when he went to the Gentiles he realized what Yahushua was trying to teach him. Peter needed to take his fishing expedition to the
Gentiles rather than just ignoring them and treat
them as dirty and unclean. Yahushua had told him in Matthew 28 "go to all nations" but Peter and the rest were only focusing on the Jewish people in Jerusalem. So rise, kill and eat had a symbolic meaning to it. And I know that killing and eating each other sounds a little bizarre in our minds. But this is not cannibalism, this is all connected to Passover. It's a powerful representation of Passover that just as Israel was saved by the blood of the
lamb and they put the blood on the doorposts of
their houses, their dwelling places. We are saved by the blood of the lamb, when his blood is on our dwelling place, right? Our house, this body that we live in. Which then because of the life of Yahushua, the life is in the blood. That Life of Yahushua is now in us and now we are part of his body. He said, "I am the bread of life, your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh which I shall give for the life of the world." They didn't understand. The Jews, therefore, quarrelled among themselves and they said, "how can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Then Yahushua said to them, "most assuredly I say to you unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you have no life in you." Now he wasn't talking literally but spiritually. "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh id food indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As the living father has sent me and I live because of the father so he who feeds on me will live because of me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven not
as your fathers ate the manna and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever." And they didn't get it; they thought He was "Looney Tunes." Verse 59 these things he said in the synagogue as
he taught in Capernaum.
So he is giving a sermon here "okay here buddy, you gotta drink my blood and eat flesh." Therefore many of the disciples when they heard this, said, "this is a hard saying, who can understand it?" When Yahushua knew in himself that his complained about this, not the twelve but others. He said to them," does this offend you?" "Are you offended?" "What then if you should see the son of man ascend where he was before? That's in heaven. It is the spirit who gives life; he clarifies it. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe." For Yahushua knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him. And then he said, "therefore I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my father." From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more. Then Yahushua said to the twelve, "do you also want to go away?" Verse 68, but Simon Peter answered him, "Master to whom we shall go "You have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that you are the Messiah, the son of the living Elohim." Peter understood what Yahushua was saying. We need his words. The flesh profits nothing, the spirit gives life. Just as the bread gives us life the spirit gives life. We have come to know also that you are the Messiah. So it is following these words of life and putting our faith in the Messiah Yahushua that actually brings us salvation. This is why he also understood the vision in Acts chapter 10. He understood that his body is the living bread that came down from heaven. Yahushua's body, the bread that Yahushua provided was his flesh, his body. Which was a representation of Yahweh's word? Because the word became flesh and that the flesh is the bread. Then the word and the flesh and bread are all one and the same. So, the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth. Now Yahushua is the word because he is Yahweh's agent through which we receive the word. And when we see him, we see the word of Yahweh being lived out completely, perfectly and fully, he never strayed even once, he was sinless and without fault, without blemish as a perfect Passover lamb that died for us. And all this talk about Messiah dying for us very,
very, very few times will you hear because he is our
Passover, he died at Passover. You got the pictures of the cross or whatever you know and all these things. And no one ever talks about this connection to Passover. Because traditional Christianity has divorced Passover from the Messiah saying "it's irrelevant, it has no value anymore. It's all that Jewish stuff there that doesn't have anything to do with us." Wrong! It has everything to do with us. If we understand like Peter did, the spiritual meanings behind these things, it can deeply enrich our faith in him. So when we partake of the body of the Messiah it's a representation of partaking of the word. And we need Yahweh's word within us, isn't that the new covenant? That the word will be inside us, written in our hearts, written in the minds. And so when we partake of the body of the Messiah, the word of the Messiah, we are partaking of this food. You know the food goes in to the blood right? And the heart muscle pumping the blood and nourishes the entire body. right? So when we are joined to the Messiah, Yahweh's word then becomes written in us because of Yahushua the living word of Elohim now, dwells in our hearts, in our minds. This is all interconnected in a beautiful symphony and one united word of truth going all the way back to the Exodus. They didn't know why they had to take a lamb and out the blood on their doorposts and eat the lamb, they didn't understand it. But when Yahushua came it all makes perfect sense. And that's why we partake of the lamb, we put the blood on the doorposts of our hearts our dwelling place. We partake of that, in that manner. That's the new covenant promise. Behold the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them says, Yahweh. I will put my law, his word in their minds and write it on their hearts. And I will be their Elohim and they shall be my people. No more shall every man teach his neighbour and every man his brother saying, "know Yahweh" for they all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. Now we are waiting for this time when Yahushua returns and makes this a reality when the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of Yahweh, right? But this promise right here is key, for I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will remember no more. How about that? So, the forgiveness of sin is promised and the placing of Yahweh's law in our hearts and our minds,
two promises.
So, the word of Yahweh is being written in our hearts, how does it get from Yahweh's throne to us, how does it get there? It's done by the spirit when the spirit is in us because the Messiah Yahushua is in us and he has the Holy Spirit. Then these things can become a reality. John 16:12 he says to his disciples "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them. However when he, the spirit of truth has come, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority but whatever he hears he will speak and he will tell you things to come." so, Yahweh's spirit can guide us to all truth and give us the things we need to know at a pace that we can bear. He says "I have many things to say to you but you can't handle right now. But the spirit will lead things, will show you and will reveal things to you." So Yahushua is holding back information because he knew they couldn't bear it all at one time. That's something that we have to be careful about too as far as leadership. We might assume we must tell everybody under our authority everything, but we gotta be sensitive to the spirit leading in that person's life. So, be sensitive and be patient. And so the spirit wants to write the Torah, the living word, the Messiah's example, which are all synonymous in our hearts and in our minds. And there are more promises about sin being forgiven, it says "I will forgive, I will not remember their sin anymore, and I will forgive them," right? And that's what we have in the second element of partaking of Yahushua the forgiveness of sin. 1 Corinthians 11:23 for I received from the master which I delivered to you. And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'take eat this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me." He took the cup after supper saying, "this cup is the new covenant in my blood." The new covenant, we just read about the new covenant. "This do as often as you drink it in remembrance of me." We don't just need to learn the way of righteousness and understand it, we don't need to have the law of Yahweh written in our hearts and our minds, and we also need the blood of Messiah to cleanse us from all sin. The forgiveness of iniquity, without the blood of the Messiah being shed for us, we are complete without hope, we need more than just the word, we need redemption. So the law while it's written in our hearts if we don't have blood applied we would be overwhelmed with guilt and we would be condemned. So we need the body and the blood of the Messiah Yahushua within us. The word and the blood of the Messiah within us. All throughout scripture, there's recurring themes-- mercy and truth, the blood of Messiah is the mercy, truth is the Torah. These two things run consistently from all the way back to Jacob saying I'm not worthy of the mercy and truth you've given me. And many psalms, many things talk about mercy and truth. It's talking about the body and the blood of Messiah; it's talking about the body, the Torah, the truth, the word and then mercy through the blood of Messiah. And so the two things are symbolising what our need really is. We need instruction we need correction, we need to recognize our guilt. But we also need the blood of Messiah Yahushua to forgive us for the cleansing of all sin. So the commandment which was to bring life, he says I found to bring death. Why? Sin, taking occasion by the commandment deceived me and by it killed me. So sin killed me. Therefore the law is holy and the commandment holy and just and good. The law of Yahweh is holy, just and good. The problem is I'm not. So I got the word, but I need more, I need more than just the word. He says, "Has then what is good become death to me?" Talking about the law, because it says here the law is holy, commandment holy just and good. So this thing that is good, has that become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death. So sin is the problem, not the law, the law was not the problem. The problem was transgression of the law, the problem was sin and that was producing death in me through what is good, that's the law of Yahweh, right? So that sin, not the law, but sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. The commandments reveal that we are sinners. And the law is spiritual, just like Yahushua said. "My words are spirit and they are life." It is spiritual; the problem is I am carnal, sold under sin. But through the Messiah Yahushua, we don't just have the law in our hearts. We also have his blood which causes our sins to be forgiven.
And so we are able to have eternal life because the
record that have of our sins is erased in the Messiah Yahushua. And so we need to be able to let Yahweh's spirit write the law on our heart and yet not feel condemned by it. Because we have Messiah dwelling there also, his blood, his blood dwelling on the doorposts of our hearts. And so the body of the Messiah, the living bread which came down from heaven, that word that became flesh and dwelt among us, we got that and we also need the cleansing of the blood of Yahushua to cleanse us from all sin. And that's why we read here, "In the same manner he took the cup after supper saying this cup is the new covenant in my blood." It was his blood that made the new covenant promises possible.
Now, what kind of bread are we talking about when
it says bread, took bread? There is actually a teaching out there that says that the Greek word "artos" is referring to leavened bread. Leavened bread. No, it's not leavened bread, it's unleavened bread. But the big argument to try to prove that artos is leavened bread; they got the Greek terms and lexicons and things like that. You know a lot of the lexicons and Greek don't understand the Jewish and Hebraic and Old Testament way of thinking. And so they might say leavened bread in some of those lexicons. But it is not. Luke 25:28 says, then they drew near to the village where they were going, the disciples on the road to Emmaus and he indicated he would have gone further. But they constrained him saying, "abide with us for it is toward evening and the day is far spent." And he went on to stay with them. Now it came to pass as he sat at the table with them that he took bread the Greek word translated bread is artos, blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew him, and he vanished from their sight. Now, he must have been having a good time there. He vanished from their sight. Now, this is still during the feast of unleavened bread, that this is going on. It's the first day of the week. And so they had to be eating unleavened bread at that time, it could not have been leavened bread. And so we know that artos can refer to unleavened bread. Doesn't mean it always does, but it can. So one cannot use this term artos to suggest that it's always leavened bread. It's interesting His body is the representation of the word which is made flesh you know. I know that when I read the word, it convicts me of my wrongs and I realize the things I have to do to change in a different area. But I also thirst for cleansing, I thirst for redemption. And Yahushua quenches that thirst and the whole thing is represented in this beautiful element connected deeply and ingrained permanently into Passover. Now this new covenant, it says in my blood, every covenant has some kind of blood that is connected to it and dedicated with it. Hebrews 9:18 says, Therefore, not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moshe had spoken, every precept to all the people, according to the law; he took the blood of calves and goats with water, scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people. Saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which Elohim has commanded you. Just as the old covenant was ratified with blood, so is the new covenant, the blood of Messiah. And that's different than the covenant of Egypt, we are partaking of a covenant, a new covenant which was made with their fathers, in the day he took them hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. It was not an old renewed covenant. It is a new one because it's not according to the covenant that he made with their fathers which is the old covenant. The word translated new, means a new thing, fresh new. Whereas the other word renewed means to be new, repair renew and so on and so forth. Now I the vowel points are very similar but there are slight differences there. But to me, the main point is its not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers so it's a new covenant. If it's not according to that covenant, it cannot be a renewal of the former agreement. A covenant is an agreement and the old covenant contained the law that was a part of that agreement. But the law was the agreement in itself. It was simply the law that Israel agreed as part of that covenant to keep. Now the new covenant which is with Israel and with Judah, right--we talked about that in our former segment. This new covenant also contains law. It says my law. Well, this is the book of Jeremiah, what was Yahweh's law when Jeremiah was uttering this prophecy? It would have been the law that was given through Moshe. So if that law is now in our minds, in our hearts by Yahushua dwelling in us then the law we are
supposed to be observing is the one given through
Moshe, through Moses. Now the idea of a law being in one's mind and written on their hearts is not a new idea. Deuteronomy 30 verse 11 this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, "Who will ascend into heaven for us and it to us, that we may hear it and do it?" Nor is it beyond the sea that you should say, "Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us that we may hear it and do it? But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart that you may do it. The intent of the law being in one's heart is to enable us to do it and he had placed his law in their hearts. All right. So having Yahweh's word placed in our hearts is key. See he understand that when the word is in our hearts when it's placed in our hearts it will give us the power to be an overcomer. Having the law in our hearts is not a New Testament only concept. It was already here. Right here in Deuteronomy 30, it was already there. So that's not a new idea. But what we have in this new covenant is the promise of forgiveness, along with the law being placed in our hearts. A promise that we will be forgiven and our sins will be remembered no more.
Now Paul actually quotes this scripture in
Deuteronomy 30 in Romans chapter 10 verses 6 through 98 he says; But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, 'do not say in your heart,' who will ascend into heaven?' (That is to bring Messiah down from above). Talking because the word is the Messiah and the Messiah is the word. Who will ascend into heaven and get it for us? The word is here. "'who will descend into the abyss?' "(That is to Messiah up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you in your mouth and in your heart (that is the word of faith which we preach). So they did preach the law of Yahweh, right? No, it's talking the word, what word? The Torah and the Messiah and the Messiah and the Torah, it's all one you cannot separate the two. He is the living word that dwelt among us, the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and it's beautiful. So the law of Yahweh is this word of faith that Paul preached. Faith comes by hearing the word of Elohim. So by hearing the word, we gain faith and the word of faith which they preached, was Yahweh's law, his Torah. Which would have included ordinances for Passover. So when you confess with your mouth the Master Yahushua and believe in your heart that Elohim has raised from the dead you will be saved. Why? Because you have the law in your heart guiding you, strengthening you, teaching you the way of righteousness because you are a repentant person. You are seeking to walk it out and you also have the blood of Messiah in your dwelling place. The Passover lamb is in your dwelling place. How can you divorce the Passover from all these concepts? You can't, it's all interconnected.
So we confess with our mouths that the Master
Yahushua and believe in our hearts Elohim raised him from the dead we will be saved. Why? Because Messiah the living word will come down and dwell in our hearts so when the father looks at us he doesn't see our sins, He sees the living Torah, the blood of Messiah dwelling in our dwelling place. And we will be passed over in Day of Judgment, right?
So what's this word supposed to do when it's
sitting there? It says your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you. What is sin? 1 John 3:4 says, "Whoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
Sin is the transgression of the law.
And so if the law is saying, "Hey do this" and I refuse to do it, if it says "hey do Passover and I refuse to do it, I'm sinning, as simple as that. I'm sinning, I don't wanna be a sinner, and I don't want to violate the law. Yahweh gave me a Passover lamb, Yahushua is my Passover lamb.
And some say, "Well wait for a minute in order to
really keep Passover, don't you need to have a priest and a real lamb and all these things?" Well, we can't do all these things because we don't have a priesthood in place, we don't have a temple there obviously. ut Yahushua left us with a way for us to observe Passover. When we recognize him as our Passover. So as part of the Passover we partake of the Messiah
Yahushua.
He said "do this in remembrance of me. As I have done for you so you shall do also", right? Walk as he walked, right? So he has left us with what we should do with
Passover in the absence of a priesthood and a
tabernacle or a temple and so on and so forth. And there is other things that we can do as well; we can take the leavening out of our houses at Passover, we can observe the holy days, the days of rest first and last days of the feast. Close your business, don't go to work, rest like the Torah says, otherwise you are transgressing the law. For sin is a transgression of the law. Now if there is some part of the law you can't do, then you can't do it. Yahweh can't charge you for that. It would be like saying you know, "son bring me a glass of grape juice when there is no grape juice in the refrigerator", and right, no, he can't do it. He comes back and says he can't do it. Now, what if I said, "son, please go up in the barn and feed the chickens and feed the ducks" and he goes up to the barn and he says: Hmmm, it looks like the ducks aren't here, what do I do now? I can't do what my father told me, I can't fulfill his commandment that says feed the chickens and the ducks." What does he do then, does he not feed the chickens? He comes back to me and says, "Well, Dad I couldn't fulfill your whole commandment which said feed the chickens and the ducks because there are no ducks.' And so I would say, "Did you feed the chickens?" "Well, no, because I couldn't fulfill your complete commandment there which said feed chickens and ducks. And I couldn't do that so I didn't feed anything because I couldn't do what you said." "Well. Son, shouldn't you do what you are able to do?
I mean why is your attitude like I can't do
it when you are able to do one part. If you can't do the other part, okay. But you should do the one you can do, right?" And so you look at Passover, maybe there are something's you can do right now, but there is lots of things you can do. There is plenty of chickens to feed, maybe no ducks but there is chickens. Do you get the analogy? We don't have to be rebellious and say" well, I can't do the whole thing; I just cross the whole thing out and not do any of it." So with Passover, there are things that we can do and it's very faith building when we understand the fullness of it. We have been delivered from the carnality of heart and the word now is hidden in our heart because Yahushua is there that we might nit transgress the law. And sin is still transgression of the law according to the New Testament, that's what I'm reading here. And Romans 8:5 through 7 says; For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit. Remember that the law is spiritual, right? For to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal is enmity against Elohim. Why? It is not subject to the law of Elohim neither indeed can be. So we need to be willing to be subject to the law of Elohim, a law of Elohim instructs us as to get the leavening out of our house as part of the Passover observance, the law of Elohim says to partake of the Passover. Well, the Messiah is our Passover, right? So we are gonna partake of him on the time that Passover will be observed. He was already offered on Passover day and we are gonna partake of him that night, we're gonna be subject to the law of Elohim, to the best of your ability, to the extent that we are able to do so. Right? That's what we are going to do. All right, so when Yahushua says he takes the cup and he had given thanks he gave it to them and they all drank from it. He said,"This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many.' Just as the Old Covenant, the
entry way into the old covenant was through the
children of Israel partaking the Passover. That's what caused them to exit Egypt and enter the Promised Land. First, they had to go through the Red Sea and get baptized right? Baptize in the sea and in the cloud and then they would be in the wilderness where they were being tested and tried and see whether they will complain. We are following the same pattern. The blood of the lamb, that they all drink from, they are partaking of, we are partaking of the Passover, the blood on our doorposts, the doorpost of our heart dwelling place. And we depart from Egypt, we depart from the world. And now we get baptized. This is where they were baptized in the sea and in the clouds scripture says. And then now we are in a wilderness and we are being led. And just as Israel was taught the law of Yahweh, so we also are being taught the law of Yahweh. So, we are on this journey, we all have our own Exodus. Where we have exited the world and now we are being led by the Holy Spirit. They were led cloud by day, fire by night and we are led also by the Holy Spirit. Israel did not know or really understand what they were doing and why they were doing it. There is no explanation given. Really completely. They were like "we will be spared from the death angel so, Yeah, we'll do this. But we are also spared from death by our Passover Yahushua the Messiah, it's beautiful. Scripture says the life of the flesh is in the blood.
If we want to have life, we must have the blood of
the Messiah to make atonement. He says I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. So the life is in the blood, Yahushua's life needs to be within us if we want to be cleansed not just his body but his life. It's his life he gave to us so that we might have life. So as we read the Torah, we thirst for cleansing and forgiveness, we read the word of Yahweh and recognize our need for redemption for cleansing. Yahushua provides us with his blood, he shed for us and it all happened at Passover. And we have to partake of it; we have to partake of the Messiah Yahushua. You can't get away with not doing it, you have to do it. He said, "Most assuredly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you have no life in Him. You can't sit on the fence, Yahushua is not into lukewarmness. He said if you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth." He will separate you from his body.
And once you understand it, you realize
we're commanded to partake of him, you can't just pass over Passover. You are either with him or against him. There is no middle ground. Yahushua said if you are not with me, you're against me. "He who does not gather with Me scatters." If you are not with Him, then you are already against Him. whether you realize it or not, there aren't three camps. You decide. Some are with him and some are against him and there is this nice little group balancing in the middle teter-tottering. If you are not with him full bore, you are already against him. So we gotta make our decision, whether we are with him or not. If we decide that we are not with him, we don't partake of the Passover this year, and then we are essentially against him. So you gotta partake of him or there is no life you. When the children of Israel in Egypt the fence setters those who didn't partake of the Passover were among those who were judged. We have to partake of the Passover.
So what is Passover?
1) We are Israel- we covered that in segment one(Ephesians 2, Romans 11, Galatians 3) We identify with this Passover observance. 2) We were in bondage to Pharaoh also. In this case, Pharaoh was representing Satan, task masters were demons afflicting us. 3) Yahweh demonstrated his superiority over the idols of this world/Egypt when he judged Egypt. (Likewise, we also realize that the superiority of Yahweh over anything in this world. There is nothing more important than Yahweh, nothing greater than him) 4) We were offered grace/ deliverance just as Israel was offered grace/ deliverance through the blood of the lamb. He offered them deliverance, a way to exit Egypt through the blood of the lamb. 5) They set aside an unblemished lamb on the 10th day of the month of Aviv, Nisan 10 and our lamb Yahushua was also revealed to be an unblemished lamb in Israel. 6) Their lamb was offered on Passover day, and our lamb Messiah Yahushua was also offered on Passover day at the exact hour Passover lambs were being sacrificed in Jerusalem. 7) They placed the lamb on a pole and Messiah was also hanged on a pole. 8) Bones were not broken; it was not left out overnight. Neither was Yahushua's bones broken, he was not left out overnight. 9) They ate with belt on their waist, sandals on their feet and staff in their hand representing a repentant heart. They didn't want Egypt to be a part of life anymore. They wanted to go where Yahweh would lead them. And so they were dressed and ready to go. So when we partake of Messiah we have our waist girded with truth, feet shod with good news and bearing our stake, ready to follow the spirit. 10) Their Passover lamb was the door to a covenant; likewise, our Passover is for us. 11) We must examine ourselves before we partake of him. Look at yourself. Realize any sins that you need to get dealt with, especially if you're not yet a committed believer and then partake of the cup 12) Eat a regular meal before partaking Passover because we don't wanna go for the purposes of that we are hungry and we want something to eat, this is a symbolic thing, we don't tread lightly. We take things seriously.
13) The bread must be unleavened bread not
leavened bread, no yeast, leavening, no baking soda, or other yeast substitutes. 14) The bread represents the word; the fruit of the vine represents the Messiah's sacrifice. We need both. The ministry of Moses which tells us what Yahweh's standards are and the ministry of the Messiah which cleanses us from our failures to walk out those standards and empowers us to walk out the word of Yahweh. Because the word of Yahweh is now here. So, everything that Messiah did for us, is deeply, deeply connected. When he died for us it's all deeply, deeply connected to Passover. It's not divorced from the concept at all, it's beautiful. So, let's pray; Oh father Yahweh, thank you for this Passover observance, thank you for the symbology that's here in the imagery you are trying to teach us. We love your object lessons. We love that our own plan of salvation is mirrored and seen in what you did for Israel
when they were in Egypt and you brought them out
of bondage. Out of the house of slavery, we were in slavery to sin, and we were delivered from Egypt by the blood of the lamb. And for that thank you. We thank you for the separation now after baptism, no more can Egypt affect us. Because we have entered the baptismal waters as they went to the Red Sea and came out on the other side. And the old man was dead, the old people were dead, the ones they were connected to before Egyptians the world and likewise our old man is dead. We love what you have done father. This whole picture is just beautiful and amazing. Only your hand and your outstretched arm that arm
of Messiah Yahushua at your right hand could have
performed such an awesome thing. As writing our plan of salvation in the history of a nation. Father, we identify with Israel, deeper than we ever have before. Continue to lead as we are in this wilderness, this strange that we do not belong to. We belong to the Promised Land and we look forward to the day when Yahushua Ha Mashiach will take us across the Jordan and we will dwell with him forever. For we know and we are sure that truly yours is the kingdom and power and glory and majesty. And all praise honour and worship belong to you, Yahweh Elohim, Yahweh our mighty one, Forever and ever in Yahushua's name.
Amein.
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