That is: Our identity in the Messiah and the thing that ought to spring forth out of that.
How many of us have this mindset that the Good News was never heard of prior to the time that the Messiah came to earth?
Actually, as we look at the book of Hebrews, it says in Hebrews chapter 4, verse 2:
Hebrews 4:2 - For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard [it].
(The gospel — that is the Good News.)
("Them" — he is talking about Israel.)
Contextually there, he is speaking of the children of Israel when they came out of Mitsrayim (they came out of Egypt). Continuing reading (verse 3), it says: For we who have believed do enter that rest (talking about the Promised Land). So he is saying they did not enter that rest, and Yahweh had sworn in his wrath that they would not enter His rest.
So this Good News was preached to us as well as to them. So when was the Good News ever preached to the children of Israel when they were going through the wilderness? When did they ever hear about the Good News? Well, as we begin to study that, it is pretty amazing how they definitely did hear the Good News.
We should be excited about the thing that was done at that time when they were being brought out of Mitsrayim because the thing that they were experiencing is very, very much like what we as believers in the Messiah Yahushua also experience.
So the question is whether or not we are going to actually receive that. You know, it's sort of a hidden thing they were being demonstrated, but it's found there. We can actually find the entire plan of salvation written in the history of the Jewish people, of the Israelites, of which we are now.
We can find that plan of salvation in the Torah when Yahweh gives the Feast Days and how to observe them. So we have this picture as they were brought out of Egypt. We've been brought out of our own Egypt. We've been brought out of slavery to sin — to Pharaoh and his taskmasters, to Satan and his demons.
And then they were brought through the Red Sea and the cloud. It says in the New Testament, it says in 1 Corinthians, that they were baptized in the Red Sea and in the cloud. And so we are also baptized, as we become believers in Messiah Yahushua. And then they were led through the wilderness and they were taught the Torah.
And we are in this world that doesn't belong to us. It's a strange land we live in. We're looking forward to the time we will enter the Promised Land. And we are learning Torah just as they did.
And so it is important that we realize that what we have experienced on a personal level, it is something that the nation of Israel experienced on a national level. And that national salvation is something they also experienced — each one of them, individually, experienced. At least you would hope that they were willing to receive it.
And so, in that, the children of Yisrael heard and experienced this plan of salvation — the way in which Yahweh has mercy upon us, the way in which Yahweh is willing to save us.
And we know they were saved from death by the blood of the lamb, by the blood of the Passover lamb, and so are we. We are saved from death through the blood of Yahushua the Messiah.
Now most people when they think of this, they think — "Well, only the Israelites were the ones who came up out of Egypt, and none of the Egyptians joined them. They kind of went off, you know." But no, that's not true. There was a multitude of Gentiles (that is Egyptians) who went with the children of Israel.
Exodus 12:37 - Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.
Exodus 12:38 - A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds -- a great deal of livestock.
And so the people of Israel went up out of Egypt, but there was also a multitude of Gentiles who, obviously, would have seen the awesome works of Yahweh and said, "We want to go with you. We see that Yahweh is Elohim. We want to go with you."
You know, the same is true, or should be true, of all of us today if we were raised Gentiles, if we were born as Gentile, not as Israelites. We look into what Yahweh has done with Israel and we say, "Wow! I want to be a part of that."
And so, not only is Israel called out of the world, and not only was Israel called out of Egypt, but anyone who wanted to join themselves to Israel would become a part of the nation of Israel. They were considered to be grafted in in the same manner.
A lot of you might be thinking, "Well, the Old Testament. Isn't that about the Jews? And the New Testament — that's the Gentiles. The Jews rejected the Messiah and the Gentiles didn't. And the Old Covenant — that's the Jewish thing. And the New Covenant — that's for everybody."
But that's not what the Scriptures say. In Hebrews Chapter 8, Verse 8, he's quoting Jeremiah 31:31.
Hebrews 8:8 - Because finding fault with them, He says: "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 --
(He found fault with whom? with Israel.)
Hebrews 8:9 - "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says YAHWEH.
Now look closely at this. It says He found fault with them. Who? He found fault with them. He found fault with the children of Israel and because He found fault with them, He says, "the days are coming when I will make a new covenant." With whom? "With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah."
So He is planning on, as we see here, making a new covenant (this is an Old Testament prophecy). And who is that new covenant with? It is with Israel and with Judah. So how is it that Gentiles become partakers and participants in this covenant when this covenant is supposed to be with Israel and Judah?
In fact, He says it's "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt." (Talking about the same people here.)
This covenant is with the same group of people, this new covenant — "because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says Yahweh."
Hebrews 8:10 - "For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YAHWEH: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
Whose hearts? Israel. Whose Elohim? Israel's Elohim. Who will be His people? Israel and Judah. All right.
So in light of this (go back here, Hebrews 8:8), so if the new covenant is with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, how is it that we, if we are Gentiles, become one who receives the promises in here that, you know, that He gets His Law and He puts His Law (What law? His Laws), He puts His Laws in our minds and in our hearts?
How is it that we can get Yahweh's Laws in our minds and in our hearts? We all claim that, don't we? We all claim that. Have you ever heard — "Well, we are the New Testament Church. We don't do the old Law." Well if you read the new covenant, it says "My laws" will be in their minds.
What laws is He talking about there? Some new set of laws that totally disregards the old? No, this is a quotation from Jeremiah 31, verse 31, and Jeremiah is speaking here. So what law is He talking about? The only law that there was — the Torah, the one given in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
And so this promise is with the children of Israel. It says, "They will be My people." As if they weren't before? No, because He found fault with them. He needed to find some way to redeem them and bring them back again. And He did. He did bring them back again, as we all know through Yahushua.
But how are Gentiles able to get here? If we are a Gentile, how do we get there from here? That's an important question.
If we read the Scriptures, it says very, very plainly:
Galatians 3:29 - And if you [are] Messiah's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
You are Abraham's seed. That means you are a son of Abraham. So if we are Abraham's seed: Why is it through the Messiah we become Abraham's seed? How is it? What's the mechanism going on here?
Well, we look in Ephesians:
Ephesians 2:11 - Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh-- who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands--
Do you get that? At one time you were Gentiles in the flesh. You're not anymore. You're no longer Gentiles. The Greek does support that reading, by the way.
Ephesians 2:12 - that at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Elohim in the world.
"At that time" — when? Back when you were Gentiles. Back when you were Gentiles you were without Messiah. You used to be strangers and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. Back when? When? A long time ago, when you were Gentiles. You were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. You were strangers. From what? The covenants.
What covenants? Old Covenant, New Covenant, of promise "having no hope and without Elohim in the world." (Back then, when you used to be Gentiles.)
Ephesians 2:13 - But now in Messiah Yahushua you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.
When you were Gentiles over here (Eph. 2:11), you were once far off. That's what you were. At one time you were far off, but now you have been brought near. So, if you are brought near... brought near to what? Brought near to the covenants and brought near to the commonwealth of Israel. See?
So now we are brought near by the blood of Messiah to both the covenants and to the commonwealth of Israel. So now we are a part of the commonwealth of Israel.
Now the next two verses throw people off sometimes and has to do with (and we have a whole study on this) about the laws of men, the dogmas, that separated Jew and Gentile that have been done away with. But we are not going to get into that.
Go down to verse 19. My point is this:
Ephesians 2:19 - Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of Elohim,
Do you get that? You're no longer strangers and foreigners. No longer. Do not call yourself a Gentile or someone who is separated from the commonwealth of Israel. No longer strangers and foreigners. See, you used to be an alien, right? You used to be a stranger and a foreigner. From what? From the covenants of promise. From the commonwealth of Israel.
But no, now "you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of Elohim."
So you are a citizen now. You are a citizen of a nation. You are a citizen of Israel. That's who you are. That's what the Scriptures teach.
And with this, Romans 11 would also agree:
Romans 11:16 - For if the firstfruit [is] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]; and if the root [is] holy, so [are] the branches.
(Talking about the olive tree. The olive tree of Israel.)
Romans 11:17 - And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
You used to be from a different olive tree altogether. You used to be part of this wild olive tree. We're grafted in "among them" (among whom? among Israel) "and with them" (with whom? with Israel) "became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree."
So we are all partakers of that branch of Israel from which the root feeds us.
You see, olive oil is what we use for anointing oil. That is what Scripture uses. And olive trees, for all we know, never die. They just keep living and living, unless something kills them. They don't seem like they die of old age.
In fact, some of the same olive trees that were growing in first century Judaism, when Yahushua was alive on the earth and He was walking in His ministry, are still there in the Garden of Gethsemane (the Mount of Olives). They are still there.
Also, it says in Galatians chapter 2, verse 20:
Galatians 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah 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.
So, if you no longer live, whatever you were as a Gentile — as they say, "Don't judge me by my past. I don't live there anymore."
"It is no longer I who live, but Messiah 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."
One of my very, very favorite Scriptures right there — "It is no longer I who live." Those of you who know me know that is one of my most favorite Scriptures I quote almost every week.
But it is no longer we who live. It is the Messiah who lives in us. So we need to understand that we become part of Israel. We become partakers of the olive tree, the root and the fatness of the olive tree, because we are grafted in as branches and we become joined to Israel.
Now some would say we replace Israel. Not so. We are joined to Israel through the Messiah, Yahushua HaMashiach.
And so in light of that, we need to accept it. We need to believe it. And when our Heavenly Father says He brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, He brought the mixed multitude with Him and they became just part of the people.
We, also. We are Gentiles in the flesh. We should not feel as though that event that occurred with them only occurred to Israelites, or that's somehow some other people over there. Gentiles were a part of that process and joined in with them, and the same is true about us.
Now since it is no longer we who live, it is Messiah who lives in us, then we need to find our identity in Messiah. We need to understand who we are in the Messiah.
When we look at what happened to the children of Israel, we don't want to think of that as — "Oh, those people over there, those other people over there that lived a long time ago. I'm separate. I'm a Gentile now. I'm a Gentile. I'm not a part of that."
Wait a minute. You were grafted in to be a part of that. You were adopted. We are all adopted sons and daughters of Elohim. When you're adopted, you take on the identity of the family of which you are adopted into, right?
I have two little girls, very precious to me, who are adopted and they are every bit of a Martincic as anybody else, as my other two children who are birth children. I love them and care for them and treat them as I do children that were born into our family, and I don't look at them as any different.
And the same is true with Yahweh. When He sees us, He sees Yisrael. He sees the family that we've been adopted into. And if we can grasp that — when we look at the history of Israel, then what we are looking at is our own history, our own roots, what our people did back then (their good, their bad, their ugly, their glorious).
We need to take that to heart because that is the work of the Messiah who did that. Yahushua did that. It's through His death and His resurrection that we participate in. It is no longer we who live. It is He who lives in us. Therefore we are going to take on HIS identity. His heritage is our heritage.
If you don't accept that, in some ways we are actually denying the work that Messiah has done for us in grafting us in so that we can be partakers of the promises, the new covenant, so that we can be when it says — "this new covenant I will make with the house of Israel and Judah," we can be... "Okay, that's us," because of what Yahushua did for us.
What is amazing is that some out there will tell you, "If you cleave to that 'Jewish stuff' you are actually denying the work of the Messiah," and they say, "Oh, He set us free from all that 'Jewish stuff.'"
But isn't it amazing how the enemy has twisted everything around backwards and caused light to be turned to darkness and darkness to be turned to light, for sweetness to turn bitter and bitter for sweet and good for bad and bad for good?
I mean, it's amazing, because what I just read in the Scriptures was that He came to graft us into this nation of Israel, and we were once Gentiles in the flesh. We were once strangers and foreigners from the commonwealth of Israel.
But now, through the blood of Messiah Yahushua, we are brought near. And what I read in the Scriptures just now is we have a new identity.
Don't let the enemy commit identity theft and cause you to think, "Here I am a dry tree, separated from the people." No! You are a part of this commonwealth of Israel — joined in, because in the Messiah Yahushua we are all the seed of Abraham. I didn't say that. The Bible says that. (Well, I did say it, only because the Bible did.)
So which is better to say, "Oh, I'm the seed of Abraham," or for you to say, "I'm an Israelite"? What's the difference? There is no difference. Wasn't Abraham the father of Isaac? and wasn't Isaac the father of Jacob? and didn't Jacob have his name changed to Israel by Yahweh Himself? and from Jacob came the 12 sons?
And so from Abraham's seed... what came next out of Abraham's seed? We know Isaac. Then what? Jacob. And Jacob was also called Israel, right? And then came what? Yahushua. So through Yahushua — because it is no longer we who live; it is Messiah who lives in us — we are a son of Israel. We are a son of Isaac.
And through that, we are also Abraham's seed. So we are of each. We are sons. We are the seed, the offspring, of Abraham. And so He is our identity. Now if we reject certain things simply because they are Jewish, then you are going to have to reject Yahushua because HE is Jewish.
I mean, how do you reject things on the basis – "Oh, that's Jewish" – when Yahushua Himself is Jewish? I don't know how you get around that one. But the fact is, the new covenant is with Israel and Judah, and we should embrace that identity.
So in light of these things, I want to talk today about the importance and understanding in looking at this Passover that is coming up with a fresh set of eyes and saying, "This is my heritage. This is what my people went through, what my ancestors went through."
So today's topic for discussion is: An Introduction to Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. That is what we are going to talk about today.
I felt like I needed to do that intro. I don't know why, but I feel I needed to. I think that when we really grasp this that we will begin to feel it in our heart. We will begin to soak it in. It will just soak right into our spirit when we begin to understand because we are Abraham's seed.
This is what the seed of Abraham went through, our ancestors went through, when we became adopted into the family of Israel. This is what happened. We identify ourselves that way. Can we do that? Can we identify ourselves that way? I hope so.
I don't mean can we biblically. I mean, can we take it from the written page and really bring that to our hearts and accept it? That's the work of the Messiah. That's the beautiful thing He has done for us.
For those of you who have kept Passover for years, some of what I'm going to share is going to be, maybe, a little tedious or repetitive, but I want to say, this will be my 22nd Passover, and every year I enjoy reading these Scriptures. It never gets old. Yahweh's Word doesn't grow old and have no value anymore. It doesn't.
It just keeps feeding me over and over again, and Yahweh wanted this Passover to keep feeding us over year to year the verses, the Scriptures, that are brought out, the story that is brought out. So many times Yahweh identifies Himself by this awesome act that Passover commemorates.
How many times do you read in Scripture — "Yahweh says, 'I am Yahweh who brought you out of Egypt and into the Land'"? How many times will we see that in the Scriptures? So Yahweh identifies Himself as being the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and being the One who did this awesome, awesome act.
And it turns out that this awesome, awesome act also pictures an even more awesome act — and that is Yahushua and what He has done for us. That is what we are going to get into more next week, but we've got to get the foundation. We've got to get: "What is Passover?" and "Where do we find when to observe Passover?"
We've got to get an understanding on this. If you, by yourself (without relying on everybody else), can't find when Passover is, then I would just encourage you to watch. Watch this broadcast and be able to understand when Passover actually is.
Deuteronomy 16:1 - "Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to YAHWEH your Elohim, for in the month of Abib YAHWEH your Elohim brought you out of Egypt by night.
So this month of Aviv. Now I'm going to say that there is some controversy as to when a new year begins. Some believe it would be the first month after the spring equinox.
Some believe that it starts when Israel (the land of Israel) has "aviv" growing in the land. And the month in which aviv (and that is barley, a harvestable barley) would be growing in the land would be the month in which they determine Aviv to be.
Now for many, many years I have gone by the condition of the barley harvest in Israel, and the reason why is because it's the closest thing I could find in Scripture to identify a new year. But there are some who also go by the equinox. Well, this year it's the same, whether you go by Aviv and Israel or whether you go by the equinox.
This is something I'm planning on doing in a more in-depth study here this year because next year it looks like we may have a difference. Basically, we have been relying on reports from Israel.
But this month of Aviv is when we begin to observe Passover. That is the month that Yahweh brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. It's an anniversary. So that's important. If Yahweh identifies Himself by this act, wouldn't that be important? I would think it would be. Absolutely!
Let's read about this in Leviticus chapter 23 and verse 9. It says:
Leviticus 23:9 - And YAHWEH spoke to Moses, saying,
Leviticus 23:10 - "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: `When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
Remember, the children of Israel — these are our "mommies" and "daddies" way back then, right?
Now that sheaf, that firstfruits of the harvest — what's that talking about? You're looking at the sheaf. What's a sheaf? Well, a sheaf is a collection of grain. It's like — you pull the stalk of barley up off the ground, and there is the sheaf of barley. It was a handful of barley. And this sheaf will be brought to the priest. And it says:
Leviticus 23:11 - `He shall wave the sheaf before YAHWEH, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
The day after what Sabbath? Well, that's a controversy by itself, but it's after the Sabbath that occurs during the week of Passover.
Leviticus 23:12 - `And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to YAHWEH.
Some people will look at this and say, "What does that have to do with me? There's no priest going to wave me any kind of a sheaf before Yahweh."
Well, it does have a lot to do with you and with me because Yahushua is the one who is pictured in this waving of the sheaf and this firstfruits. This is the firstfruits we're talking about here. "The firstfruits of your harvest," it says, right here (Lev. 23:10), right? So the firstfruits of your harvest is brought to the priest.
Yahushua, we know, was raised and then He was offered up to Yahweh as the firstfruits of those who had fallen asleep. He was raised up to Yahweh on that specific day — the day after the Sabbath.
So, what does it have to do with us? It has a lot to do with us. Yahushua is that firstfruits of the harvest that was offered up to Yahweh. Of course, the priest can only bring it up so far, but Yahushua ascended completely up into heaven on the first day of the week, the day some people would call "Easter."
Actually, the very word "Easter" is the name of a pagan goddess, sadly, and all kinds of rituals like eggs and rabbits and things that have nothing to do with Yahushua but which have everything to do with demon worship and paganism, worship of fertility.
That's why rabbits are symbolized (because rabbits are very, very fertile animals) and the eggs and so on. So all those pagan things are brought in.
But this day of firstfruits, they would go into their fields and get a sheaf of grain (barley grain) and bring it, and it would be waved before the priest. So that was a tremendous thing that they would have to go to Jerusalem and offer that up.
So getting back to Scripture here:
Leviticus 23:13 - `Its grain offering [shall be] two-tenths [of an ephah] of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to YAHWEH, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering [shall be] of wine, one-fourth of a hin.
Now notice it says "of flour" and also "wine" (fruit of the vine). We actually partake "of flour" and "fruit of the vine" when we partake of the Passover.
Leviticus 23:14 - `You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim; [it shall be] a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
So it was not permitted to partake of this barley harvest until the firstfruits are given to Yahweh, and only then could they partake of the barley harvest. Yahweh had to receive that from them first.
Now in our "grocery store" and "concrete-and-suburban" lifestyles that we all live in (most of us), we don't think of harvesting. Even farmers. They have the barley out there. They don't yank it by the hands and then go through the process of shaking out the grains and so on.
No, basically, farmers nowadays, in many cases (most cases), are basically machine operators. I mean, machines go in and do everything, so there is this disconnect that we have. Technology has created a disconnect between us and reality. That's only the last 75-100 years that has even been true.
For the previous 58... 59... 100 years of mankind on the earth, the physical hand-harvesting was what you had to do. So we need to get our mind off of our technology... okay, you're on the internet... you're watching me.
Okay, you can't get your mind completely off of it, but think back for a moment to reality, which is — when people wanted to eat barley, they had to go out by hand and get it and shake it out and separate it from the shell and do all the things you needed to do in order to crush it, grind it up into flour and eat it.
You didn't just go to your grocery store, your Wal-Mart, and get yourself a loaf of bread in a bright and shiny little package. So, I think we've lost something.
So when we look at these Scriptures sometimes, we just think, "Oh, that's old, antiquated. We're in the 'new age' now. We're in the 'technological age.' That doesn't have any relevance to me at all." But even 100 years ago, barley farmers could connect with that a whole lot easier than we can.
He talks about how to count to Pentecost, which we are going to get to here coming up in the coming months or so. In a month or two.
Leviticus 23:15 - `And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.
Leviticus 23:16 - `Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to YAHWEH.
During the Shavuot — that is when the wheat harvest is complete. First you have the barley harvest, which is early spring. Then, finally, close to summer/late spring is when the wheat is ready. They both were planted in the fall. During Pentecost (or Shavuot) the bread from that wheat harvest is offered as firstfruits unto Yahweh.
But the time of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread — they occur on the first month and the fourteenth day of the month, and the fifteenth day of the month and on up to the twenty-first. And we are going to take a look at that. We are going to take a look at Passover. And these are Holy Days that are really Holy Days.
They are not "holidays" that the world invents. Theses are days that are rooted in Scripture, that are rooted in our heritage, which is Israelite heritage — not pagan heritage, not pagan roots of worship, not from idolatrous sources — but from Scripture, Scripture sources.
That's why I love the Feasts, because they are awesomely in line with Yahweh's plan for salvation, and I just think we can learn a lot from them.
Exodus chapter 1, in verses 7-9, we are going to get a little history here of our nation, of our people, right? This is a history of our people right here. Pharaoh of Egypt began to fear what might happen if the children of Israel, who were living in Egypt with them, had gotten too large in size.
He was concerned about the numbers that they were putting up there. Lot's of children. And they were being fruitful and they were multiplying and they were being blessed. And he was very concerned about them being blessed, so he wanted to do something about it. At least he tried... and we know the rest of the story.
We are going to get into that story in just a second.
Exodus 1:7 - But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.
Exodus 1:8 - Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
Exodus 1:9 - And he said to his people, "Look, the people of the children of Israel [are] more and mightier than we;
Exodus 1:10 - "come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and [so] go up out of the land."
Exodus 1:11 - Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.
I find that very interesting that Pharaoh's main concern wasn't that they would destroy them or do something terrible to them. His main concern, it says, is that they would go up out of the land. He was afraid that they would leave this land of Mitsrayim (this land of Egypt). He didn't want them to leave.
I have a sense that they knew they were being blessed because of Yisrael. That's the sense I'm getting just from reading this. I don't know about you. I find that very, very fascinating.
And when I look at the fact that they were growing in number (and he didn't like the fact that they were growing in number), and the reason why they were growing in number was because they were being blessed, then they would have had to have known — "Okay, these people are being blessed and maybe we're being blessed because of them."
And as a result, he didn't want them to leave. All right. Continuing on here:
Exodus 1:12 - But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.
Exodus 1:13 - So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor.
Exodus 1:14 - And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage -- in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve [was] with rigor.
Exodus 1:15 - Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one [was] Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah;
Exodus 1:16 - and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see [them] on the birthstools, if it [is] a son, then you shall kill him; but if it [is] a daughter, then she shall live."
Exodus 1:17 - But the midwives feared Elohim, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.
Exodus 1:18 - So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, "Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?"
Exodus 1:19 - And the midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women [are] not like the Egyptian women; for they [are] lively and give birth before the midwives come to them."
Exodus 1:20 - Therefore Elohim dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.
Exodus 1:21 - And so it was, because the midwives feared Elohim, that He provided households for them.
So the children of Israel are greatly oppressed. They are in bondage now to slavery to the Egyptians, and they are commanded by Pharaoh to throw all their newborn sons into the river. We know based on Scripture, and based just on human compassion, that Yahweh hates the shedding of innocent blood.
And here Egypt, a pagan-worshipping, idol-worshipping nation was trying to kill the children of Israel (the little babies) and have them thrown into the river and is oppressing the seed of Abraham. Scripture says:
Proverbs 6:16 - These six [things] YAHWEH hates, Yes, seven [are] an abomination to Him:
Proverbs 6:17 - A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18 - A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
Proverbs 6:19 - A false witness [who] speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
You read things like this. You see Yahweh is obviously very upset over what Pharaoh was doing at this point, and if you read the first part of Exodus, you see that Yahweh allowed one of the sons to remain alive and grow up in the household of Pharaoh. And that son's name was Moshe (also called Moses).
The reason why he's called "Moses" and not "Moshe" is because Greek has no "sh" sound and because all masculine names in the Greek end in "s," and so you have "Moses" instead of "Moshe." I like "Moshe" better. I guess that must be because of my Israelite heritage or something.
Anyway, Yahweh called Moshe to lead the children of Israel out of the land of bondage and slavery and into this promised land as we all know — this land "flowing with milk and honey."
Moshe's purpose was to lead them and show them the way into the promised land and to reveal to them the way of righteousness through the keeping of Yahweh's commandments. That's why Yahweh taught them His commandments... or I should say, taught us His commandments.
He wanted all of them to be delivered from bondage in the same way He wants us to be delivered from bondage. So Moshe through... (please fill in the blanks here, we don't have time to read the whole story), but Yahweh told Moshe:
Exodus 3:7 - And YAHWEH said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who [are] in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
So He chose Moshe, who really wasn't very fond of the idea of him being the one (he didn't feel worthy), but he eventually went.
And He sent down the plagues. He sent down frogs. He sent down lice. He sent down flies. He sent diseases on animals, boils on men, boils on animals, hail, locusts, darkness. I just encourage you to read that with your children, especially.
And the final plague is one that we all view as being particularly important, and that plague is exactly what Passover (or Pesach) is commemorating. This is it right here:
Exodus 11:4 - Then Moses said, "Thus says YAHWEH: `About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt;
Exodus 11:5 - `and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who [is] behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.
Exodus 11:6 - `Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it [before], nor shall be like it again.
Exodus 11:7 - `But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that YAHWEH does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.'
And so Yahweh makes this distinction between Israel and Egypt, just like He did with the other plagues. And He instructed the children of Israel: In order to be delivered from this plague of death upon the firstborn, they had to follow specific instructions. Those instructions are found in Exodus chapter 12.
Exodus 12:1 - Now YAHWEH spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exodus 12:2 - "This month [shall be] your beginning of months; it [shall be] the first month of the year to you.
This is the month of Aviv. So we have a new year. We actually have a new year coming up — the first month of the year.
Some of you may have already celebrated a new year. Sorry, you're a little early... a couple, three months early. The REAL new year has not yet come. We're almost there. Coming up here in a few weeks we'll be celebrating a new year. But on "new year's eve" we come and we look for the new moon.
Anyway, it says, "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you."
So based on when the new year starts (which I'm going to get you started on this), we need to look at the calendar. This is Yahweh's calendar. It's not man's calendar. It's Yahweh's calendar.
And if we are going to try to pinpoint Yahweh's calendrical dates on the dates of our own Roman calendar that we're following in this world today that man has invented, we're going to find the day of Passover to occur on the 6th day of the 4th month (called April). So that is going to be the day of Passover — on what the world calls April 6th.
Then on the 7th will be the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is a Holy Day. It is a day in which we are not supposed to work. It just so happens that that falls on a regular Sabbath. So we will do a broadcast that day because it will be a Sabbath day anyway.
Then the other days — the 8th and then the 9th and the 10th and the 11th and 12th — we can work on those days if we choose. There are no restrictions. We can work.
But on this day here, the 13th, which is the seventh day of the feast, then we should not work. So, on the 7th and the 13th. And this 13th, here, is going to be on what the world calls Friday. So if you have any work plans, make sure you take this day off work.
It will be the day before the Sabbath, so we will get to enjoy what's called a "double Sabbath" on that particular weekend.
So Yahweh is teaching the children of Israel this calendar. And we are going to take a minute here and we are going to look at Yahweh's calendar and how to arrive on the proper dates. I would hope that everyone knows how to do this.
But whether or not you start a new year with the spring equinox or the aviv, or the condition of the barley in Israel, we're going to both be on the same page this year because barley is going to be plenty ready. This is also the time when the equinox is (which I think is on the 21st this year, if I'm not mistaken).
Either way, here is our current month of March. Here we are on what everybody calls March 3rd. I'll tell you one reason why I don't like calling this month "March" is because this phrase here (March). "Mar" comes from the word "Mars."
The reason why it is called March is because that is the Roman god of war (Mars), and this particular month was the month in which they all called upon Mars to help them with their wars. In the spring of the year is when the Roman armies would go and destroy people and take peoples countries away from them and so on.
But anyway, this particular month called March, on the 24th, we're going to have the first day of the new year. As you see, that happens to fall on a Sabbath.
So on the night of the 23rd (if you're looking at your own calendar), on this particular night right here, you are going to go out and you're going to look for a new moon. That's on the 23rd of what's called March.
On that particular night, you're going to be looking in the sky for a small, little, thin crescent of a moon. It's a very, very, thin crescent of a moon. It will be very visible that night. It will be easily seen, unless you have clouds or something. That night will be the first month of the new year.
The new moon will not be able to be seen the night before, but it will be seen the night of what is called the 23rd, which in Yahweh's eyes is actually the beginning of the 24th, or actually the beginning of the first month of the new year.
So this 24 right here corresponds to the first day of the new year, which starts on the evening before (right here). It starts right here. After the sun goes down, we're going to look for a new crescent in the sky. And that will determine the new year.
Now there are some people who go by what is called a conjunction. They believe that when the moon is completely dark, that is when you start the new year (actually, just that moment of conjunction). And I respect people who have different views on the calendar. I don't put you down. I don't say you're not saved. I don't get upset about it.
I don't get excited about it. We all have to do what we believe is right. One thing that does bother me is when we know in our heart, we're convicted one way, and we intentionally do it some other way just to please other people and to be more in line with other people. That does concern me because then we're not doing what we really believe is right.
Anyway, when you are wanting to find out when the Passover is from this point, what you need to do is you need to count fourteen days — fourteen days from this month, from this first day. So the 24th right here is the first day (as we discussed). That's the first day.
So the second day is going to be where? It's going to be right here, right? On the 25th. So that's the second day. Then we have the third day, the fourth day, the fifth day, the sixth day, the seventh day, the eighth day.
Now we are going to go into the next month which is called April. Then we have the ninth day and then we have the tenth, the eleventh, the twelfth, the thirteenth, and then the fourteenth day of Yahweh's first month. And that particular month, April 6th they call it, that particular day is the day that the Messiah Yahushua died for our sins.
Now isn't that something significant? I mean, I would think that is. I hope we all see that as being significant.
It was actually at about 3 pm or so, depending on where you are in the world. I mean, He died at the ninth hour and paid for our sins right there. HalleluYah!
So on this fourteenth day of the month, the households of Israel were supposed to take an unblemished lamb (or a kid) of the first year, set it aside and keep it separated from the others, and then they would offer the Passover lamb.
It just so happens, Yahushua the Messiah died at the exact hour — THE EXACT HOUR — that the Jewish people in the first century were slaughtering their Passover lambs. That's why Yahushua is called the Lamb. That's the reason why He's called the Lamb.
Most people — "Oh, the Lamb! Worship the Lamb!" Well... what is it? What does that mean? Why is He called a Lamb? Because it is that very time He was offered that lambs — Passover lambs — were being offered in Israel, on the day of Passover.
Now, why wouldn't that be significant? It is significant! His resurrection is significant, also. But it was His death that gave us ransom for our sins.
We talked about there are seven days of Unleavened Bread that follows this day of Passover. That would be on the 7th. That would be the First Day of Unleavened Bread, which corresponds to a Sabbath.
Then the Second Day of Unleavened Bread is on the 8th... the Third Day... the Fourth Day... the Fifth Day... the Sixth Day... and finally the Seventh Day of Unleavened Day is on the 13th, and that is a Sabbath. It is a day of rest. We may cook on that day, but other than that, it's a day of rest. So that's going to be the timing of Passover this year.
Now if you were going to look at this on Yahweh's calendar, in His mindset, this is how He would see it. He sees the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st being the key days of the month — on the month of Aviv. Do you notice at the very top there I have Aviv mentioned? I did a little transition here.
So this is how He is looking at it. He is not looking at it the Roman way. He can recognize it. He knows what it is, but this is how He is looking at life here on the earth. This is how He is seeing things, which is different than the way we are accustomed to.
Now anytime Yahweh sees something different than the way I see it, it bothers me because we want our thoughts to be like His thoughts. We want our ways to be like His ways. And He established a calendar from the very, very beginning of Creation.
For instance, Noah's flood happened on certain days of the month. Was He following Julius Caesar's calendar? No, He had His own calendar.
And man, in rejection of Yahweh's calendar, at some point decided that they were going to make up their own based on man's ability to calculate and figure out how many days in a solar year there might be... 365... 360... whatever.
But the neat thing about Yahweh's calendar is you never find it losing season. I mean, it's when the barley is ready or if you want to go by equinox. Either way, His calendar never loses season. To me, that's just beautiful. I love it.
Once again, our Feast dates this year if you want to write those down, if you don't have them already. It's also available on: http://www.EliYah.com/calendar.
Now we are going to move forward here to what the day of Passover actually entails, what we are expected to be doing and so on.
Exodus 12:3 - "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: `On the tenth [day] of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of [his] father, a lamb for a household.
(That is the beginning of the months, the first month of the year.)
Exodus 12:4 - `And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take [it] according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb.
Exodus 12:5 - `Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take [it] from the sheep or from the goats.
This was Yahweh's command. So they would take for themselves a little lamb of the first year and they would slaughter the lamb.
I usually like to tell this story about the time that we actually held a Feast at our property back in the year 2000. We had a Feast of Tabernacles on our property, and a brother brought a couple of sheep — not for sacrifices, but we wanted to have some lamb meat.
So we went ahead and slaughtered the lambs (two of them). They were close to a year old. We actually cooked them up and ate the little legs (most of the meat is in the legs) and had some lamb meat.
It was my first experience of actually being a part of the process and watching the process. The funny thing was, we had just slaughtered the throat of the lamb, and the school bus came down the road and just right next to us turned around within 10 feet. And here we had just killed this lamb, and blood is coming out of it at the same time.
I don't know what they thought about us, but we kind of covered it up... made a wall of bodies to try to cover up what we were doing.
But here is the thing that I actually find to be most memorable was when he cut the lamb's throat and the blood came out. It just came out and poured out on the ground like Scripture says. And the lamb just stood there like nothing happened, just sitting around, and this blood is just flying out of it. And I thought, "Wow!"
Then the lamb began to get weak, and then there was something that happened that just sent a chill up my spine. The lamb moaned. I'm telling you right now, it sounded just like a human being. It was... ugh.. ugh. It was just so, I don't know... incredible.
I still get tears in my eyes thinking about it, because every year when the children of Israel would slit the lamb's throat, they would maybe hear that. It is so prophetic of the Messiah Yahushua who was slain.
So on this day of Passover they would kill this Passover lamb. And as they were slaughtering these lambs in the temple, the Lamb that came and took away the sin of the world was dying on the tree. And to me, brothers and sisters, that is just incredible. Just amazing.
I don't say incredible. It's credible. But it's amazing — the awesome work of Yahweh of how He, 1500 years prior to that and the festival of Passover, made all this picture ahead of time.
So there is a lot about Yahushua in the Torah if we have ears to hear and if we have the eyes to see that He is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.
And so, on this tenth day of Yahweh's month they would keep that lamb (as we read earlier)... on the tenth day of that month they would take that lamb aside and they would keep it, and they would set it aside until the fourteenth day of the month. He says:
Exodus 12:6 - `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 at twilight.
Now there is some controversy as to (of course, anything with Feast Days seems like it's controversy), controversy about when this "between the evenings" is. Some would suggest it's between sundown and dark. I don't believe that.
I believe it is the time that the Messiah Yahushua Himself, our Passover Lamb, died (which is between 3 and 6 pm – the last three hours of daylight, roughly, in ancient Israel). That's how they counted hours.
But "between the evenings" would be as soon as the sun hit the top (which is called noon). They would call that "evening" from that time on. And so, there would be an evening that occurred just after noon, another one that occurred in the evening when, actually, the sun went down.
But right in the middle would be about 3 o'clock in the afternoon if the sun went down at 6 o'clock. That's my understanding. If you want to read more about that, you can read it at: EliYah.com/15th.html. I don't even want to get into it. Some people believe 14th. You are free to believe that. That's fine with me.
Exodus 12:7 - `And they shall take [some] of the blood and put [it] on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.
Exodus 12:8 - `Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread [and] with bitter [herbs] they shall eat it.
Exodus 12:9 - `Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire -- its head with its legs and its entrails.
Exodus 12:10 - `You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.
Exodus 12:11 - `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.
Exodus 12:12 - `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 gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I [am] YAHWEH.
So whatever gods that Egypt thought that were real, they are going to find out that they are not anything like Yahweh, and there is no Elohim besides Him.
So that was an execution of judgment upon the gods of Egypt and the ruler of Egypt, who people believed was a god.
So the children of Israel would kill this Passover lamb. They put the blood from the Passover lamb with a lintel, using the lintel, on the doorposts of their homes, so the death angel would not enter that door and kill them. The death angel would see the blood of the lamb.
And then they would partake of that Passover lamb. They would roast it. Interestingly, they would tie that lamb to a stick. I don't know if, maybe, it was sort of like a rotisserie, that the lamb was tied to the stick and then placed on the rotisserie.
I've thought about that, you know, because if the Messiah — it says He was crucified or impaled on a tree — now, if He was impaled on a tree that was... I don't know if I can try to draw it... but if He was killed on a tree that was similar to... I am going to try and draw it for you.
All right. If He was killed on a tree that was shaped like this... and then you had this other thing like this... and then there was a cross member that went across like that (we're kind of looking at it from a diagonal perspective)... and this tree went up and split off into two.
Then there were two things that went up like this to kind of hold this cross member. That would make sense, I think, with all the Scriptures on it, which says, He was hung with nails, or multiple nails, and He also died on a tree.
Well, if you were to take a Passover lamb and put it on something similar to this and tie it to this and then roast it over fire, I mean, that would be very interesting — which in the case of a Passover lamb, you've got the rotisserie style.
Maybe a stick here... and then another stick here... (I can't draw straight, can I?)... and then the cross member going across... and, of course, the fire in the middle.
Anyway, I think that the comparison there is just one of those things that, I don't know. I can't preach it. I can't say it's a fact, but I do find that to be a pretty interesting analogy there.
Exodus 12:13 - `Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you [are]. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy [you] when I strike the land of Egypt.
So, to me, that is definitely all pointing to Yahushua HaMashiach. But when the death angel passed over, they would be spared from that death that was brought upon the firstborn of the Egyptians. So even though the children of Israel's lives would be spared, there would be a lamb that loses his.
That picture is being painted clearly — that lamb died instead of them. So Yahweh said this should be observed as a memorial of the event that occurred:
Exodus 12:14 - `So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to YAHWEH throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.
Exodus 12:15 - `Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
So there we are — seven days. That's why we looked on the calendar earlier. It's a seven day feast. And on the first day, make sure all the leaven is gone from your homes until the seventh day. And if you don't do it, it says you will be cut off from Israel.
Exodus 12:16 - `On the first day [there shall be] a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but [that] which everyone must eat -- that only may be prepared by you.
So on this day where no servile work is allowed, He does allow for cooking if you need to. This particular year, this day is going to fall on a Sabbath, so we will choose not to cook on that day. Anyway, those are the days (the seven days of the Feast, according to what people call April) from the 7th until the 13th.
And the day of the 6th — the night, right here, of the 6th — is going to be the night of which we are going to partake of Yahushua being our Passover Lamb (right here), just after sundown. Actually, anytime between sundown and midnight would be okay.
So there we are on Yahweh's calendar and what it looks like in the night right here (on the fourteenth day of the first month).
Exodus 12:17 - `So you shall observe [the Feast of] Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.
Leviticus 23:4 - `These [are] the feasts of YAHWEH, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
Leviticus 23:5 - `On the fourteenth [day] of the first month at twilight [is] YAHWEH'S Passover.
Leviticus 23:6 - `And on the fifteenth day of the same month [is] the Feast of Unleavened Bread to YAHWEH; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:7 - `On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.
Leviticus 23:8 - `But you shall offer an offering made by fire to YAHWEH for seven days. The seventh day [shall be] a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work [on it].'"
And we've seen this illustrated here in this calendar that we examined.
Back in Exodus 12:18:
Exodus 12:18 - `In the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
Exodus 12:19 - `For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether [he is] a stranger or a native of the land.
What is leavening? What kind of things would be leavening today? That's what we are going to look at. We want to get rid of these items. Get these items out of your home. We don't want to have these items in our home.
Leavening Agents — Baker's yeast (Yeast), Active dried yeast, Baking powder, Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate), Cream of tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sourdough, Ammonium carbonate, Ammonium bicarbonate, Potassium carbonate, Potassium bicarbonate, Dipotassium carbonate.
I will put this up on the screen and just leave it there. You can write it down if you want to. A good idea is to get these items out of our home because each of these items are capable of causing bread to rise. The main focal point here is yeast. And actually what it has in the Hebrew is "sourdough."
What they would do is they would leave a piece of bread out, and there is actually yeast in the air. The yeast would enter that bread and cause it to become very, very sour over a period of time.
Then whenever they wanted to make a new loaf of bread, they would put that sourdough ball right next to the other bread, and the yeast would transfer to the bread and cause the bread to rise. And so the main focal point was yeast or leavening. But today man has come up with other kinds of ways to cause bread to rise.
I believe, some people don't agree with me, but I could just as easily if I wanted to, have some bread and make it out of, you know... I could use baking powder.
I could use baking soda to cause the bread to rise, even cream of tartar, any kind of sourdough or these other ingredients which are typically used in processed foods — Ammonium carbonate, Ammonium bicarbonate, Potassium carbonate, Potassium bicarbonate, Dipotassium carbonate.
I could use any of these agents to cause bread to rise. And so it seems to me that I would want to get rid of these, too, just because they are leavening agents. If it's a leavening agent, then I should do whatever I can to try to remove these items from my home.
He says no leaven bread shall be found in your homes — so, no leavening. No leavening is to be found in your houses.
A good idea is: Prepare a month ahead of time, which we are coming up close to being a month ahead of time now. Go throughout your home and look on the boxes of all our processed foods that we buy (little boxes of food from the stores and bags of food in the refrigerators, freezers) and look at the ingredients.
If you see any of these ingredients, set it aside. Put it in a box, and then that box will be the focal point for the next month for you and your family to eat items from that box.
Or when you're making up your recipes, try to use up these items so that by the time Passover comes you really won't have much to throw out, and you can not feel like you are wasting things.
What I do sometimes is if I have an overabundance, I will go to the thrift store or food pantry in town. I won't give it to them on the night, you know, five minutes before Passover or Feast of Unleavened Bread. I'll give it to them a few days... 4 or 5 days before... 3 or 4 days. Then I feel like, "Okay, now it's their responsibility."
Otherwise, I am basically passing my leavening, my sin, to somebody else in a spiritual way. So that way I don't feel bad about it. But leave it to your conscience into what you believe is the right thing to do, according to your understanding. That's what I do.
During this time we eat no leavened bread. It's a very awesome representation of the way sin operates. It starts in one person and transfers to another and to another (which we are going to get more into that next week).
We identify ourselves with all these things as being commemorations of our nation's history, because we are the seed of Abraham through the Messiah. So since we are the seed of Abraham through the Messiah, this is what happened to our ancestors when they were in Egypt, right? So we commemorate that act.
Why do we commemorate that act? Because in so doing, we also commemorate what Yahushua has done for us. It is at this time of the year that we actually partake of the fruit of the vine and the unleavened bread that the Messiah is represented in, and we partake of Him.
We are brought near to the commonwealth of Israel. We partake of the Israelite Messiah. So let's get back to Exodus here:
Exodus 12:21 - Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover [lamb].
Exodus 12:22 - "And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that [is] in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.
So they would strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the hyssop of blood.
Exodus 12:23 - "For YAHWEH will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, YAHWEH will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike [you].
Exodus 12:24 - "And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.
It is perpetual.
Exodus 12:25 - "It will come to pass when you come to the land which YAHWEH will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service.
Exodus 12:26 - "And it shall be, when your children say to you, `What do you mean by this service?'
Exodus 12:27 - "that you shall say, `It [is] the Passover sacrifice of YAHWEH, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'" So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
So this particular observance, Yahweh wanted to communicate the works that He had done for Yisrael on a yearly basis. He wants us to communicate them to our children, and that is one of the reasons why He created this Feast — to instruct the children. And I think it's very beautiful.
So when we are keeping this Feast Day and we are observing these things, we understand that Yahushua is our Lamb and we can't take a lamb to the priest (which I'll be getting more into next week), but we do have a Passover Lamb in the Messiah Yahushua. And He had this whole thing memorialized when Yahushua said, "Do this in remembrance of Me."
If you continue reading to the end of the chapter, you will find that... well, I'm running out of time here, but I will go ahead and read to the end of the chapter.
Exodus 12:28 - Then the children of Israel went away and did [so]; just as YAHWEH had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
Exodus 12:29 - And it came to pass at midnight that YAHWEH struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who [was] in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock.
Exodus 12:30 - So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for [there was] not a house where [there was] not one dead.
Exodus 12:31 - Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve YAHWEH as you have said.
Exodus 12:32 - "Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also."
Exodus 12:33 - And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, "We [shall] all [be] dead."
Exodus 12:34 - So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.
Exodus 12:35 - Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.
Exodus 12:36 - And YAHWEH had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them [what they requested]. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
And Yahweh got all the glory for it.
Exodus 12:37 - Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children.
Exodus 12:38 - A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds -- a great deal of livestock.
So there were more than 600,000. There was a mixed multitude of Egyptians (foreigners), who went with them. If we are Gentile heritage (we don't know), then either way, we go with them in spirit, don't we?
Exodus 12:39 - And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves.
Exodus 12:40 - Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt [was] four hundred and thirty years.
Exodus 12:41 - And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years -- on that very same day -- it came to pass that all the armies of YAHWEH went out from the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:42 - It [is] a night of solemn observance to YAHWEH for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This [is] that night of YAHWEH, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.
Are we children of Israel? That's what we said. Yes, we are children of Israel. So we do recognize that as being something significant for us.
And the way in which we observe Passover we are going to be covering next week, and we are going to go over in detail. But until then, I encourage you to read these Scriptures dealing with Passover and get some familiarity with it and prepare your family ahead of time for at least getting the leavening out of your houses.
But most importantly, we have to understand what all this represents is: We are going to get this sin out of our life. We are going to get the "yuck" out of our life. And when we partake of the Messiah, then we become unleavened. We become cleansed. We become without sin in the eyes of Yahweh.
It's a very, very, very significant Feast. It's a very solemn observance. It may not have the joyous celebration that we see happening at other Feasts, like the Feast of Tabernacles and so on. This is a time for seriousness. This is a time for reverence. This is a time for sincerity.
You are going to see that next week, also, that we need to take this very seriously. We need to get the leavening out of our lives, even as we remove it from our homes. HalleluYah!
All right, brothers. May Yahweh strengthen you and guide all of us as we seek to find our heritage in Messiah, and as we seek to do His will. And may Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh have mercy on us all!
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