ANOTHER DIMENSION TO PASSOVER,  11.04.19

ANOTHER DIMENSION TO PASSOVER 

References:

“Let My People Go, Apr.2, 2017, BY FFOZ ISRAEL STAFF, http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/let-my-people-go.html

Toby Janicki, FFOZ, March 28, 2017, “Passover And Gentiles: A Universal Exodus,” http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/passover-and-gentiles-a-universal-exodus.html

“A New Moses For A New Exodus”, BY ZEEV RABINOWITZ, FFOZ, March 20, 2017, http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/a-new-moses-for-a-new-exodus.html

Rabbi Cal Goldberg, “The Beginning of Months, And God’s Appointed Times,” (Message from the Bema), March 24, 2018, http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/the-beginning-of-months-and-gods-appointed-times-rabbi-cal-goldberg/

Certainly, the Israelites were in bondage to Egypt, slaves living under oppressive, demoralizing, abusive conditions, who needed a Saviour. Yahweh performed a miracle, however, not only to set His people free, but also to show them all just who He was/is: “Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, because I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, so that I might show these My signs in their midst, and so you may tell your son and your grandchildren what I have done in Egypt, as well as My signs that I did among them, so you may know that I am Adonai.” It is important to the God of this universe for us to acknowledge just Who He is: “I AM WHO I AM.”  . . . the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and the Name by which I should be remembered from generation to generation” (Ex.3:14,15).

“The wicked king of Egypt may be compared to Satan, and the kingdom of ancient Egypt may be compared to the kingdom of darkness. In a messianic sense, Egypt represents this present world, which is in bondage to the “god of this world,” and the “prince of the power of the air” (“Let My People Go, Apr.2, 2017, BY FFOZ ISRAEL STAFF, http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/let-my-people-go.html ). In the same way, therefore, as the Israelites needed deliverance from the bondage to Egypt, a fallen world needed a Saviour to deliver the human race from bondage to sin. “More than just learning about and celebrating the concept of freedom from oppression and exile, for disciples of Messiah, the seder celebrates Yeshua’s atoning death and resurrection while remaining firmly grounded and centered on God’s deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt” (Toby Janicki, FFOZ, March 28, 2017, “Passover And Gentiles: A Universal Exodus,” http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/passover-and-gentiles-a-universal-exodus.html ). “The first half of seder is to commemorate what was previously redeemed; the second half of seder honours what is yet to come, the ultimate redemption” says Rabbi Cal Goldberg (March 24, 2018).  

Gentiles, no different from Jews in their need of a Saviour, for redemption, have been given the same opportunity to live in freedom through the deliverance from bondage to sin nature, thus no reason for Gentiles to abstain from partaking in Passover. Sharing in the same benefits should call forth the desire to share in the same celebrations, after all.

“So he got up, took the Child and His mother during the night, and went to Egypt. He stayed there until Herod’s death. This was to fulfill what was spoken by Adonai through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My son”(Matt.2:14,15). “Just as Moses escaped persecution from Pharaoh, so Yeshua escaped persecution from Herod. On the theological level, this parallel implies Yeshua to be a new Moses who leads Israel in a new exodus” (“A New Moses For A New Exodus”, BY ZEEV RABINOWITZ, FFOZ, March 20, 2017, http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/a-new-moses-for-a-new-exodus.html ). Just as  Adonai said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, and tell him: This is what Adonai, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘Let My people go, so they may serve Me” (Ex.9:1), Yeshua’s death on the Cross, had potentially defeated the enemy and brought freedom to those who would believe.

And just as Adonai impressed upon the Israelites that He wanted them to know Who He was; likewise, Yeshua/Jesus wanted His disciples to know Who He was, and to spread the word about Who He was/is: ““Who do people say that I am?”

Then He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”” (Mk.8:27,29).  To those who still have the audacity who question Yeshua’s divinity, the following statement leaves no room for argument: “I told you, but you don’t believe! The works I do in My Father’s name testify concerning Me. But you don’t believe, because you are not My sheep. My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life! . . . .  I and the Father are one” (John 10:25-30). Shortly afterwards, He instructed: “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to every creature. He who believes and is immersed shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned” (Mk.16:15,16). Much as the Father, likewise the Son – I AM . . ..

There is yet another exodus – the exodus from this life, this world, this present state – the ultimate deliverance, redemption, and final exit from slavery and bondage to sin awaits God’s people.  ““In the first exodus, God delivered Israel from the slavery and bondage of Egypt. In the second exodus, God will gather his people from among the nations and bring them back to the land of covenant promise (Isaiah 35, 40:1-5, 49:5).” (“A New Moses For A New Exodus”  BY ZEEV RABINOWITZ, March 20, 2017, http://ffoz.org/discover/passover/a-new-moses-for-a-new-exodus.html ). The third exodus occurs when Yeshua returns: “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed—He is worthy . . .” (Rev.5:5), to judge and to bring unto Himself those who belong to Him. The Great Day of the Lord will mark the final exodus, when God’s people will pass over from this life (or death) into the next, into the ultimate promised land.

© 2017, revised 2018, 2019 by Verna Crowther. All rights reserved.

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