14th of Nisan
Observance of Pesach opens our hearts to worship YHWH as our Life Giver and Deliverer. YHWH has continuously demonstrated that He treasures His people and seeks to deliver us from slavery, oppression and harm. YHWH has not withheld even His own Son to redeem and deliver us from the torment of the Adversary. He teaches us how to exercise the power of free choice and instructs us to what freedom is and how to choose freedom. Mashiyach is our Pesach, He is deliverance from bondage, the Right Hand of YHWH Saves and Delivers His people from the fallen world of sin and destruction.
On the 10th day of Nissan YHWH instructed the Israelites to bring the Pesach Lamb into their houses, this ensured that it would be kept without spot or blemish up until the day it would be sacrificed and eaten. The value of that Lamb suddenly became equivalent to the life of your own firstborn son, can you imagine what was going through a father’s mind as he watched his firstborn son interact with that beautiful little lamb. The father knew that without the blood of that lamb on the doorposts of his house, his son would die. Many people as I, have a weak spot for a plate of roast lamb, mint sauce, roasted potato in lemon, on a rice pilaf with Greek salad, pita, tzaziki along with a glass of dry red wine, if you’re a vegetarian you might not appreciate that. However, everyone appreciates sitting down at a meal together with those you love, especially with that person you love and are married to, or are planning to marry. There is a connect here. Life is dependant upon us nourishing our bodies with good food and we would not last long without hydrating or bodies. Food is very much connected to our survival, so it’s clear why YHWH used food to teach us about our spiritual survival as well, sometimes when we are eating certain foods we remember certain things.
Imagine the love of a father and what might be on his mind for those four days leading up to Pesach; my son. My son whom I have begotten. Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. My life would in an instant be traded for his life if necessary. The heartache of loosing my son would never be quenched, it would be far better for me to go to my grave than he. If something were to happen to me and that blood is not applied to the doorpost, I would loose my son forever. This blood at Passover is not solely about the firstborn son, but about his father.
On the 10th day of Nissan Y’shua road from Bethany to Jerusalem atop the foal of a donkey. Multitudes threw their garments before him, demonstrating their allegiance for a righteous King of Kings. Multitudes waved palm branches demonstrating the prophecy that the trees of the fields would clap their hands, at the coming of the King. The palms represented a righteous people who are full of delight, their joy that could not be contained had overflowed and was unrestrained. The hope of the common poor man, the hope of all Israel was making his way to Tsiyon, his Mountain, even Jerusalem his city. Life would and could not ever be the same when the Righteous King was soon to be crowned.
As the Pesach Lamb of the Exodus was examined for defect so was haMashiyach interrogated on every level. By what authority do you do these things? Where did you learn? Where did you study? The questions came fast and furious, but haMashiyach asked the final question while the P’rushim were gathered together, he asked; “What do you think of haMashiyach? Whose Son is He?” They said unto Him, “The Son of David”. Y’shua replied unto them, “How then does David in the Ruach HaKodesh call Him ‘my Adon’, saying, ‘YHWH said unto my Adon, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool?’ If David called Him ‘my Adon’, how is He his son?” Matthew 22:41-46
Everyone knows that fig trees don’t bear fruit during Rosh Chodesh (the Biblical New Year), regardless of this detail, one singular fig tree became an extraordinary universal landmark in geopolitical religious sociology. It follows that Adam and Eve transgressed against YHWH by eating the forbidden fruit, they sewed up fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Abimelech murdered 70 kinsman in a horrific bid to be king, 70 represents the counselors or elders of Israel, Ya’akov’s 70 offspring and 70 elders that served with Moshe and Aharon. The parable of the olive, fig, vine and bramble was given to clarify Abimelech’s vile deed. YHWH gives Yirmeyahu a parable of the good and evil figs, obedient and disobedient souls are depicted by figs, figs grow on trees, trees represent people. The fig tree has to do with people who are to judge between good and evil, Adam and Even needed to cover their shame, their consciences judged themselves naked.
Figs represented the fruits of obedience and disobedience. Y’shua showed us that the Sanhedrin represented the fig tree and the figs represented their deeds, whether good or bad. When Y’shua cursed the Fig Tree he judged the works of the Sanhedrin accordingly. But he never left us hanging without a Beit Din because he established his own Shlichim (Sent Ones or Apostles) as the rightful Beit Din that represents his government.
Y’shua taught that wherever two or three are gathered in my Name, he would establish his authority through them on this earth according to heaven. Ya’akov haTsaddiq became the Rosh Beit Din, but he was martyred by the P’rushim who didn’t approve of him verbally endorsing Y’shua as haMashiyach according to the Name of YHWH. Two prophetic notes to keep in mind are what Y’shua said about the fig tree, when his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves and what John said about “the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” We see there are boy and a girl fig trees, which is an extremely important prophetic insight at the “heart” prophecy regarding haMashiyach.
Netzari Yehudim do not not always celebrate the Chag at the same time as the Prushim, nor do Netzarim celebrate Pesach and Chag HaMatzah as one feast per se. These are two separate feasts which combined are eight days not seven days. Netzarim do of course celebrate the Torah based Pesach Seder much like traditional Jews, however Netzarim are eager to remember Y’shua as haMashiyach as our Pesach and make him the focus.
Pesach is an occasion where all these religious, political and social factors meet within the Government of YHWH and His Mashiyach, this is a time of entering in, it is not solely about one aspect or another, but all elements combined together.
You may also see a boiled egg on a Netzarim Seder plate for the purpose of illustrating how “Jewish Tradition” can easily bunny hop into Ishtar eggs, this brings us back to “authority” and the Sanhedrin. Beware of peer pressure to conform to traditions which make void the Torah or the halakha of Y’shua. All reductions of Torah commandments and principles must be viewed as anti-Mashiyach. As we stand for Y’shua and Torah we invariably become marginalized by religious Jews and Christians who uphold tradition rather than truth. Here’s one quick example, I just replied to an email that stated that one should not pray while on their knees because “it’s not Jewish”. But Ezra said, “And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto YHWH my Elohim.” Also, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his Elohim, as he did aforetime. Paul said, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Adon Y’shua Mashiyach. YHWH said, Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am Elohim, and there is none else. I have sworn by Myself, the Word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.“
If billions of people from thousands of different sects, religions and ethnicities have decided to kneel when they pray, so then we as Jews shouldn’t do this? It’s now become the practice of the pagans? Being a Jew doesn’t mean one must play ostrich to the rest of the world. What would you give to bow your knees next to the prophet Daniel and pray with him? or next to Ezra when he made that wonderfully blessed and Holy prayer unto YHWH? When YHWH says that unto ME every knee shall bow, do you need an engraved invitation? do you need to ask your Rabbi if it’s ok? NO, we must be free of bondage of religion and pursue a personal relationship with YHWH and His Mashiyach! By accepting the authority of man against YHWH the result will always be corruption, turmoil and war from which we need deliverance therefore Pesach is always current, always vital and of contemporary need.
The events that transpired during those days leading up to the Pesach and then the torture and death of Mashiyach thoroughly undressed the religious traditions of men. All forms of corrupt religious ideas that marginalized the Word and Authority of YHWH were judged by Mashiyach. Thousands upon thousands of souls had come up to Yerushalayim to observe the Chag, many remembered Y’shua from attending other Moedim and they quickly became convinced he was haMashiyach. As we prepare for Pesach we must also each distinguish between what pleases YHWH and what does not. We must look for the leaven in our own lives. Y’shua said beware of the leaven of the Scribes and Pharisees that we don’t buy into false religion. Leaven puffs up, it represents pride, pride is an abomination unto YHWH, pride is one of haSatans biggest weapons to enslave man.
As we observe Pesach let us be prepared to meet with YHWH in the Name of His Mashiyach and ask Him to help us purge out the old leaven, even the old, old leaven that has lingered over the years but we never troubled ourselves about it. For those new to experiencing the Pesach Seder click on the Haggadah and Leaders Guide that covers the needed basics to get started. The goal is to have the most participation during the Seder by the children and young adults. YHWH commands in Torah that we teach our children and teens, they are well capable of doing the entire service if provided the right tools. Our children and young adults are our future. Yes, it’s a bit more work to tutor the younger generation in the responsibility of the Seder but the fruits are self evident. The materials provided are only a rough outline, add your own graphics, sketches etc, put the name of your congregation on it and edit it as you desire.
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Baruch Ben Daniel