I am truly anticipating this year’s Pesakh. My hunger for it increases every year as we begin the Bedikat Khametz. While I LOVE ALL of the biblical customs, Pesakh is my most treasured of the Mo’edim [Appointed Times ofיהוה [ .
It is sad to me that so many believers miss out on the Pesakh Seder of Yeshua, in order to cling to a watered down feast riddled with pagan rituals and meaning. And more sad that so many true believers [versus papal loyalists blind to His Word] yet tolerate things Yeshua said we should NOT tolerate [Rev 2-3, 18:4].
Our Jewish people, even with as much error as they have buried themselves in, cannot but help to point to our Messiah. That is the goal of the Torah, [Rom 10:4] and that is the duty/role/purpose of the Jewish people [Rom 3:2], as custodians of Yeshua, The WORD of Elohim, until such time as He manifested in a body. [Rom 10:4 in the best translations, greek also being a translation, is very good: “Messiah is the goal at which the Torah aims”, NOT the way it reads in many/most English texts; Rom 3:2 shows us that our Jewish People were ENTRUSTED with HaD’varim, another word for Torah, another word for Messiah Yeshua]. The Pesakh Seder was indeed inherited from our Jewish people. While the Rabbis CLAIM to have custody of all the traditions, they do not. Yeshua showed up IN THE FULNESS OF TIME:
“but when the fullness of the time was come, Elohim sent forth His Son, who, born of a woman, became subject to the Torah, to
redeem them who were under the Torah, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
[‘under the Torah’ is NOT the ‘righteous’, but those who BREAK TORAH; NOT the Jewish people alone, per se, otherwise his next verse would not make sense: “and because YOU [galtians/gentiles] ARE sons”; so, he was speaking of EVERYONE who was breaking the Torah, Jews AND gentiles! Being under the Torah means BREAKING it, just like being ‘under the law’ in any society is because society’s laws were broken].
The ‘fulness’ of time was what, then? It was at the PERFECT time that Yeshua showed up: BEFORE TALMUD! BEFORE our Jewish people went into complete hardness of heart against Messiah Yeshua! And the Pesakh Seder was already WELL established, with its four cups, and 15 rites, and all the imagery of the testing of Yeshua as the Pesakh Lamb for FOUR DAYS, the TRIAL [final inspection], His execution, death, burial and resurrection, ALL DEPICTED in the JEWISH Pesakh Seder. Our Jewish people have largely preserved this ‘tradition’. They’ve added a couple of elements to the plate, in later times, SOME of which we as Messianic Peshitta Jews reject: [the egg]. But, they also added the Kharoset and Afikomen and ‘unity’ bag, and these cannot help but point to Yeshua! The unity bag is one which is one of the most compelling images of Messiah Yeshua coming OUT Of His Father, being, BROKEN, being hidden in the earth, and being given as a sweet gift and deposit, and as a promise of a greater gift, being sought by ALL CHILDREN!
But, the imagery of the LAMB, connected with the first Pesakh AND Yeshua’s Pesakh Seder [it was His last ‘supper,’ but His last meal was a PESAKH SEDER MEAL, lamb, herbs, and Matzah!] is the most compelling of all; we ‘see, hear, smell, touch and taste’ the execution and death of our Messiah. It is Tehillah 34 [Psalm] that compels us, “O TASTE, and SEE that יהוה is GOOD!”
So, yes, our Jewish people have erred, and have received hard hearts, FROM THE FATHER! For HIS purposes! And they’ve gone way beyond the Torah in their ‘reasoning,’ and have trusted in their own righteousness to save them. But, let’s not just pick on them! Pesakh is about JEWS AND GENTILES! It is about the REDEMPTION OF ALL PEOPLE, who will HEAR the WORD of G-d as declared in the B’sorah of Yeshua HaMashi’akh [ GOOD NEWS/BODY of Yeshua the Messiah] And our gentile believers are instructed NOT to cast off our Jewish people nor our Jewish customs!
Walk with me through these following verses, and see all my thoughts above spelled out in these difficult words, that most believers seem to ignore:
“And if some [NOT all] of the branches [Jews] were cut off, and you [gentiles], who are a branch of a wild olive tree, have been grafted in their [some Jews’] place, and you have become a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree [People of Yisra’el], do not boast over the branches [Jews]. For if you boast, it is not you who sustains the root [Jews], but the root [Jews] sustains you. Perhaps you may say “the branches [some Jews] were cut off that I might be grafted in their place.” Well, they were cut off because of their lack of absolute trust, but you exist by absolute trust. Be not high-minded, BUT FEAR! For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches [some Jews], beware, or He will not spare you [if you do not beware of boasting over them]! Consider therefore the goodness and severity of Elohim: on those who fell [Jews who rejected Yeshua, not all], severity; but on you [believing gentiles], goodness, if you continue in His goodness; otherwise you also will be cut off! And even they, if they do not remain in their lack of absolute trust, will be grafted in [to their own olive tree of Jewish BELIEVERS]; for Elohim is able to graft them in again. For if you who have been cut from the wild olive tree, which is natural to you, and grafted contrary to your nature into a good olive tree [Of Isra’el/Jews], how much more fruitful would they be, if they were grafted into their own natural olive tree? I am desirous, my brethren, that you should know this sod [biblical mystery], so that you may not be wise in your own conceits; for ignorance in heart has to some degree befallen Yisra’el, until the fullness of the Goyim shall come. And then all Yisra’el shall be saved; as it is written, “A Go’el [Redeemer] shall come out of Tzion [Jerusalem/Israel], and He shall turn away iniquity from Ya’akov [natural Israel/Jews], and then they shall have the same Brit from me, when I have forgiven their sins.” [He forgives ANYONE when they turn to Messiah; they will all turn to Messiah in ONE DAY, very soon] Now according to HaB’sorah, they are enemies for your sake. But according to election, they are beloved for the patriarchs’ sakes. For Elohim does not withdraw His gift and His call. Just as you were formerly disobedient to Elohim and have now obtained mercy because of their disobedience, likewise, they are also disobedient now to the mercy which is upon you, that there may be mercy upon them also. For Elohim has included all men in disobedience [ie, UNDER TORAH, as stated above], that He might have mercy on every man.”
Our gentile believers were originally taught to keep the JEWISH CUSTOMS!
Shabbat – [Acts 13-15]
Havdalah – [Acts 21 17]
Pesakh – [ 1 Cor 5, 11]
ALL BIBLICAL, JEWISH customs [ 1 Cor 11:2, 2 Thess 2:15, 3:6]
Easter, Ishtar, the pagan feast of the vernal equinox that celebrates sex and ritual fertility given under the base of evergreen trees by a trinity of gods, whose babies are born on/about 12/25 are offered as a blood sacrifice, and their blood stained eggs for Ishtar in the spring, at which time they hoped to conceive, is ONLY in the scriptures as CONDEMNED by G-d! “Ashtaroth” is this deity, the “Queen of Heaven” is this deity. This is the great harlot: MIXING the rites of the world with the truth of G-d; watering it down and being content to worship in it in spite of knowing truth; this is the very reason G-d punished Israel; and in spite of warning our Gentile believers in the book of Romans AND Revelation, so many gentile and Jewish believers in Messiah are comfortable mixing His Truth with these HORRIBLE lies; and then they wonder why abortion runs amuck in a ‘christian’ nation. Why fornication and adultery run amuck in the ‘church’.
Sometimes I wish Abba had not asked me to bear this message to his people. It truly does cause people to turn on me, as they did the prophets of old, and as they did to Yokhanan HaMatbil [John the immerser], and Yeshua Himself, and all the Shlikhim [apostles]. It truly would be nice to keep every friend I’ve ever made, whether personally or digitally. But, I have indeed not only lost friends who did not like this message, but have also been ‘persecuted’ by many of those who rejected it. It’s not like I’ve ever had a great lot of ‘popularity’ to lose, either; I’ve been a believer since I was 10 years old. But, I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that G-d is yearning for ALL those who SAY they follow Him genuinely to DO SO, to leave behind the error of false religious teachings, and come into TRUTH… that of His Son, Yeshua, the Messiah, who RENEWED the covenant with Yisra’el through His blood, and then welcomed gentiles into that covenant.
Pesakh is the CELEBRATION, the REMEMBRANCE by DECLARATION of His death, UNTIL HE COMES BACK. It is a teaching tool for all, specifically given for children [Ex 13:14], but compelling for all, and uses all five senses in order to convey the Message of the Good News of Messiah Yeshua calling to the whole world in GREAT compassion, saying, ‘“This is my body, which is given for your sake; this do [partake of Pesakh’s Matzah] in remembrance of me.” And likewise also He took the cup, after they had eaten supper [the third blessed cup of the Pesakh Seder, the “Cup of Redemption” in Jewish tradition], and He said, “This is the cup of the Brit Khadashah [Renewed Covenant] in my blood, which is shed for you.” And Sha’ul tells us that THIS is how we ‘Declare His death until He comes [back]”. 1 Cor 11:26
So, I invite, and I even DARE you to come and ‘Taste’ and ‘See’ the Pesakh with us. It has been our great delight that several have come to a trusting faith in Yeshua for Salvation simply by partaking of this meal. Others have come to understand the purity and truth of Biblical, Messianic “Judaism,” of the actuality of being grafted into the Yisra’el of G-d, Jews AND Gentiles who trust in the Messiah OF ISRAEL, and obey G-d out of LOVE for Him, by doing HIS WORD.
Please join us at our Seder, from WHEREVER you are! There is still room, but probably not for much longer! We will finally affix the date tomorrow, 04/06, and you can make your preparations. It’s on a weekend, so travel should not be an issue! I would LOVE to see you all, old friends and new!
“For our Pesakh is Mashi’akh, who was sacrificed for our sake. Therefore LET US CELEBRATE THE KHAG!!![joyous feast]” [I Cor 5:7-8]
Congregation Bat-Tzion Pesakh Seder Reservations – Congregation Bat-Tzion
[PS: I will be writing less and less on my blog, trying to do twice a week; each post takes longer to write in my spare time, and to find time to post, as I am now writing my next novel again!]
Shalom in Messiah Yeshua!
“Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is His Son’s Name? For you will know it…”
מִי הֵקִים כָּל-אַפְסֵי אָרֶץ; מַה שְּׁמוֹ וּמַה שֶּׁם בְּנוֹ, כִּי תֵדָע