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|March, 2013 (5773)||Vol. 39 No. 3|
On the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan, which usually falls between March and April, The Passover celebration is observed by World Jewry according to The Scriptures for seven days.
This commemoration has been kept for nearly 3,400 years by religious and non-religious Jewish people.
What a beautiful testimony to God's Word. In Exodus 12:24 we read... "And ye shall observe this thing (Passover) for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons FOREVER."
And so, The Feast of Passover has been celebrated since the days of Moses, through the days of Jesus of Nazareth, and up to the present day. The Jewish people have observed and kept The Passover throughout the world, during times of peace and safety, and during times of great peril and strife.
It has not always been easy or convenient for Jewish people to observe the Feast of Passover throughout these many centuries in the various countries that they have lived in, especially when we consider the historical fact that oftentimes the penalty of death has been imposed upon them who were found celebrating Passover. We often forget that in past ages, and in other places, religious freedom as we know it has not existed, this is a relatively new phenomenon.
The first Jews that arrived on the shores of America looking for religious freedom were of Sephardic (Spanish) descent, and they arrived around the year 1674. As a memorial of this great event, the Shearith Israel Synagogue was established in New York City, and is the oldest Synagogue in North America. Shearith Israel stands today as a reminder that our country opened its arms to the Jewish people and allowed them the freedom to observe this ancient Festival without having to fear for their lives.
Thank The LORD that through all these many years the Passover Celebration has been commemorated on our shores as a beacon of hope and liberty for an oppressed people. I personally believe that this is one major reason why The LORD has blessed our country so very much. (See: Genesis 12:3).
Now, what does Messiah (Christ) have to do with this very ancient feast which is still being celebrated today?
It seems as if the two terms are contradictory, that is, Christ and Passover. Although in fact we know that they are complimentary one to the other.
The theme of The Lord's Passover is deliverance from bondage, which The LORD GOD provided through the shedding of the blood of a lamb specifically chosen to be slain on the 14th day of Nisan and its blood applied upon the lintel, and upon the two side posts of each house.
The destroyer was sent by The LORD upon the Land of Egypt to slay the firstborn; upon seeing the blood, He would then PASS-OVER that house, thus sparing the firstborn. Did you know that Y'shua (Jesus) was crucified at the time of Passover? He as The Lamb of GOD... "was cut off out of the land of the living" (Isaiah 53:8).
Y'shua (Jesus), Our Passover Lamb shed His Blood to redeem us from the bondage of sin unto the beauty of salvation.
During Passover, as the Seder (Service or Order) is celebrated, there are two ingredients that dominate the ceremony; the MATZAH (Unleavened Bread), and the WINE (fruit of the vine). We partake of each of these items during the observance (Seder) of Pesach (Passover).
Today, as El Shulchan (The LORD's Table) is observed, we are reminded that it originated as The Passover was being celebrated and observed by Jesus and His disciples, with the bread and the wine (the fruit of the vine) which are the integral parts of the Service in which we are reminded of The Broken Body and the shed Blood of Our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).
Yes, Messiah (Christ) in The Passover is the fulfillment of all that The Almighty GOD required for the Atonement of the sin of the world.
The Sinless Lamb of God, The LORD Jesus Christ has become our PASSOVER from death unto life, through His death, burial, and RESURRECTION, according to The Word of God.
For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I Corinthians 5:7-8
THE PASSOVER IN THE
By Dr. & Mrs. Elias E. Hidalgo
TWENTY-EIGHT TIMES PESACH (PASSOVER) IS MENTIONED IN THE BRIT HA-DASHA (NEW TESTAMENT) AS A TESTIMONY TO THE VERACITY OF PASSOVER AND IT'S GOD GIVEN ORDINANCE TO ISRAEL AND TO ALL PEOPLE THAT WILL OBSERVE IT ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD.
THE BASIC PRINCIPAL OF KEEPING PASSOVER FOR A CHILD OF GOD COMES FROM THE FACT THAT OUR LORD JESUS KEPT PESACH, AND HE SAW FIT TO LEAVE US THIS WONDERFUL HISTORICAL AND INSPIRATIONAL RECORD IN EVENTS THAT RECORD HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION, THAT IS, THE NEW TESTAMENT.
THEREFORE, WE AT SHALOM SCRIPTURE STUDIES ENJOY AND RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT JESUS DID LONG AGO, AS RECORDED IN LUKE 22: 15, 'WITH DESIRE I HAVE DESIRED TO EAT THIS PASSOVER WITH YOU BEFORE I SUFFER'.
In The Book of Matthew
Matthew 26:2 Ye know that after two days is [the feast of] the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Matthew 26:17 Now the first [day] of the [feast of] unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
Matthew 26:18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
Matthew 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
In The Book of Mark
Mark 14:1 After two days was [the feast of] the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put [him] to death.
Mark 14:12 And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
Mark 14:14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
Mark 14:16 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
In The Book of Luke
Luke 2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
Luke 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
Luke 22:8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
Luke 22:11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
Luke 22:13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
Luke 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
In The Book of John
John 2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
John 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast [day], many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
John 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
John 11:55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
John 12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.
John 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
The Epistle of I Corinthians
1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
The Book of Hebrews
Hebrews 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
WISDOM - UNDERSTANDING - KNOWLEDGE
Proverbs 30: 2-3 'Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy'.
There are certain things in life that seem to astound us and even have us in a state of perplexity, especially issues that we have no control over. Have you found yourself in that dilemma?
The above cited verses, give us a clue as to how we can obtain answers that normally speaking would be illusive to the average individual. Here are three wonderful items that will help us, and they are, Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge.
James 1: 5-8 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways'.
We are also reminded in Scripture that, '' a threefold cord is not quickly broken' (Ecclesiastes 4: 12). And that cord for us is, Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge.
So, let us continually ask the Lord for this W.U.K., from the W.O.G., (Word of God), in order for us to understand the complexities of life and the answers to them.
When reading the Holy Bible, it seems as if there are some verses that are very easy to understand, while others are much more difficult, and in fact, there are yet still others that are impossible to grasp in their true meaning.
One of these can be found in the book of Proverbs, chapter 30 and verses 4-5, where we find six questions that are presented to the reader.
Proverbs 30: 4-5 'Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him'.
Now, let us take a moment to ask the Lord for help in answering these six questions.
1) Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended?
The Lord God
2) Who hath gathered the wind in his fists?
The Lord God
3) Who hath bound the waters in a garment?
The Lord God
4) Who hath established all the ends of the earth?
The Lord God
5) What is his name?
The Lord God
What is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
Now, this last question has stumped most of humanity over the ages, and yet, its answer is within reach, as well as its obstacle.
How many individuals do you know that will speak of 'God', 'the Lord' and even a 'higher power' etc., while never once speaking of or mentioning the fact that the Lord God has a 'Son'?
Many known religions of the world speak of 'their' god, but absolutely never is there a mention of 'a son' in the sense of being one with their god.
Except Biblical Christianity.
Both the Old and New Testament have statements that deal directly with the Almighty God and His Son, for example:
Psalm 2: 1-12 'Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him'.
Isaiah 9: 6-7 'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this'.
And lastly, we turn to the New Testament:
John 10: 28-30 'And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one'.
We can also refer to many other Scriptures that directly speak about or insinuate that the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has a Son and His Name is, The Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 4: 8-12 'Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved'.
What we know is that the Lord God is the Creator and Maker of all, and that He has a Son, and together they brought into existence all that we know or ever will know.
Genesis 1: 26-28 'And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth'.
Did you notice in our text that it says, 'Let us make man in our image', the last creative act performed by the Godhead was man, from the dust of the earth that He had previously created. Not, 'I will' make, but rather, 'Let us', and 'our image'. How beautiful it is when we finally begin to comprehend the beauty and scope of our Creator-Lord.
Finally, we would like to encourage each one of you to ask the Almighty God for help, so that you also can fully have a sense of blessing in knowing what you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:3 'Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not'.
Now, as the Lord gives you, Wisdom to Understand and the Knowledge to practice your new found revelation in the Word of God, please remember this last Scripture:
James 4:17 'Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin'.
May the Lord God help us always to love Him with all of our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves, and may we always look to Him for guidance.
Shalom (Peace) in Messiah's Majestic and Marvelous Name,