Passover, the Jewish Passover, will commence on Wednesday evening, April 5. We place our sympathy for the people of Ukraine and our deep desire for their victory over the criminal Russian army as a modern example of Exodus, liberation and victory over the enemy. So also this year Ukraine is the sub-theme of our Pesach.
Pesach, the Jewish Passover, begins on Wednesday evening, April 5. We express our sympathy for the people of Ukraine and our deep desire for their victory over the criminal Russian army as a modern example of Exodus, liberation and victory over the enemy. Once again Ukraine is the sub-theme of our Pesach.
On the evening of Wednesday, April 5, the transition from 14 to 15 Nisan takes place. That is the biblical date of the beginning of Pesach, the Jewish Passover. Liberation from captivity. A new addition to our growth in purity and cleanliness has taken place. Wonderful to experience!
The first seven days of the Exodus went as follows. On Nisan 15, Israel traveled from Rameses to the settlement of Sukkot. The next day they traveled from Sukkot to Etam. On Nisan 17, they retreated slightly toward Egypt and encamped at Pi-HaChirot. The army of Egypt found out on Nisan 18 that Israel would not return. As a result, the army gave chase on Nisan 19 and 20. Finally, at a threatening moment, Moses, with the indispensable help of the Eternal, managed to divide the sea. Immediately after the crossing, the seawater flowed back. It engulfed the footsteps of Israel and the horsemen of Egypt.
The following evening, the counting of the Omer begins, preparing us for the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot. It says in Leviticus 23:15-16, “You shall count from the day after the Shabbat (that is, after the first day of Passover), from the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering (see verse 11). It must be seven full weeks that you count. Until the day after the seventh week you shall count: fifty days. Then you must present a new grain offering to the Lord.”
The count begins right after Pesach, the great Shabbat. If you celebrate Passover, as Yeshua celebrated it, you will begin your Passover feast on the evening of Nisan 14 to 15, the evening of Wednesday, April 5 to Thursday, April 6. In Yeshua’s time that was one night earlier. He was then apprehended by the treacherous fake priests, who were often not Jewish and in the service of the Romans. And because of their insistence, the Roman ruler had Yeshua crucified. And so the prophecies about Yeshua’s death came true.
On the third day of Pesach, so on Nisan 17, the same date as today, He rose from the dead. He had brought it upon himself, to make it G-d’s sacrifice, not just a Roman execution. He even put in a good word for the Roman executioners who had crucified Him. His sacrifice resides in the festival of liberation, which is called Pesach.
The Messiah is the Passover lamb, already made visible to Israel in Exodus 12:3, “one lamb per family”. And if the family is too small, then you share with each other, see verse 4. The whole of Israel is too small to contain the greatness of Yeshua as a sacrificial lamb. And so we, Israel and soul mates, share the one Yeshua, G’ds Pesach lamb, with all of us!
His words about the bread point back to the time when that lamb was eaten. His sacrificial blood as suffering Messiah in the role of Son of Joseph, is not His own barely lost blood during the brutal Roman crucifixion. It is the lambs’ blood during that first Passover night in Egypt. Last meal in Egypt just before the Exodus and Yeshua’s sacrifice are intimately connected.
Yeshua died and was laid in a tomb bought and owned by a certain Joseph of Ramatayim (“Arimatea”), who had become a follower of Yeshua. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 53:9, “They chose His sepulcher by the place where the wicked were buried. He was with rich Joseph in his death, though he did no wrong, and there was no deceit in his mouth.”
Three days and three nights He was there in that rock tomb. That is, at that time He visited the underworld and visited the souls of the people who were drowned in the flood, see 1 Peter 3:19-20. Yeshua did not lie dead in His tomb until the end of the third day.
His resurrection from the dead is foretold in Isaiah 53:10, “After He has presented Himself as a guilt offering, He will see descendants, followers, and have long, eternal life .” With that, Yeshua fulfilled the cosmic plan of Adonai, to lay down His life on earth and to take it up again.
He had done that before in heaven, before the creation had taken place, see Revelation 13:8, “All men that dwell on the earth shall worship the beast, themselves, the men whose names are not written in the Book of life, which is in the possession of the Lamb (reference to Exodus 12!), who was slain before the creation of the world.”
Let’s make sure we don’t worship the beast, but only the G-d of Israel and His Messiah Yeshua. The disciples of Yeshua faithfully counted the days of the Omer and thus arrived at the next great feast: Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). Click and listen to the national anthem of Ukraine, sung by opera singers in. the city of Lviv, Ukraine.
!פסח כשר ושמח (Pesach kasher vesameach), a kosher and happy Passover, with all much-needed liberation.
Click and listen to the national anthem of Ukraine sung by opera singers in. the city of Lviv, Ukraine. Pesach kasher wesameach, a kosher and happy Passover, with all the much needed deliverance.