ARTICLES “P” THROUGH “S”
At the stroke of midnight of Nissan 15 (1313 BC), God visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. Earlier that evening, the Children of Israel conducted the first “Passover Seder” of history, eating the roasted meat of the Passover offering with matzah and bitter herbs, and sprinkling the blood of the sacrifice on their doorposts as a sign that God will “pass over” their homes when inflicting the plague upon the Egyptians.
Pesach (Passover) is the first of the spring holidays and is celebrated on the 14th day of Nisan. Exodus (Sh’mot) 12:1-2 states, “Adonai spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; He said, ‘You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.”
When we praise God we express our acceptance of something that God is permitting to happen in our lives. So to praise God for difficult situations, as sickness or disaster, means literally that we accept its happening, as part of God’s plan to reveal His perfect love for us.
It’s the same story we hear all the time… or is it? Is it only a story? Is it just a great retelling of some past historical event? Or does this annual tradition of recounting this saga of God’s deliverance for His people have a greater purpose? Could it be that we need this reminder to learn and live each day in Adonai’s deliverance?
Many Bible believers and teachers are convinced that the Bible teaches that the “Rapture” of believers occurs at the start of the seven year “Great Tribulation” and that they therefore escape the coming wrath upon the earth. While it can be appreciated that this teaching would bring comfort to people, the question remains as to whether the Bible explicitly teaches such a doctrine. Consider the implications of how this teaching, if found false, would shipwreck people’s faith when they experience such tribulation and challenges.
Did you know that the Good News can be found in the Tanakh (commonly referred to as the Old Covenant or Testament)? When you speak about Yeshua with a Jewish person, there could possibly be a rejection of what you accept as Scripture.
Shavuot is an agricultural holiday set during the wheat harvest. It marks the day a new year’s wheat harvest may be eaten (Vayikra [Leviticus] 23:14, 16). Prior to that day, only the previous year’s crop may be consumed. The entire crop must be consecrated to Elohim first. The Firstfruits offering fulfill this requirement.
Yosef (Joseph) is this week’s WOW (Word of the Week). The Scripture contains God’s message for us. The appeal is addressed to the Shepherd of Israel, a title of God which appeared in Jacob’s blessing of Joseph—”the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel” (B’resheet [Genesis] 49:24). It was He who led Joseph like a flock from Egypt to Canaan.
Immediately after the break-fast for Yom Kippur, preparations are made for Sukkot. Sukkot is the last of the seven feasts. It falls on the last seven days of the seventh month, and we are commanded to observe it seven times. Seven is the number of completion, as seen in Genesis (B’resheet) 2:2 when God’s work was completed in seven days. The number seven has special significance in this, the final fall feast.