PASSOVER, A TIME OF NEW BEGINNINGS, 10.04.19
Rabbi Cal Goldberg, “Purge Out The Old Leaven,” 01.04.17, http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/purge-out-the-old-leaven-rabbi-cal-goldberg/
“The Mitzvah of the Matzah,” Message from the Bema, by Rabbi Cal Goldberg, 24.03.18, http://www.bethshechinah.com/learn/sermons/
PASSOVER: the time when the angel of the Lord “Passed Over” the households that had the blood of the lamb on the lintels: “Your lamb is to be without blemish . . . .take the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the crossbeam of the houses where they will eat it . . . . With matzot and bitter herbs. . . . It is Adonai’s Passover” (Ex.12:5,7,8,11). And when they followed these instructions, Yahweh promised that “The blood will be a sign . . . When I see the blood, I will pass over you. So there will be no plague among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Ex.12:13,14). The Israelites would have a new beginning, as they would now be set free from slavery.
Upon believing that Yeshua Ha-Mashiach/Lord Jesus Christ became our PASSOVER LAMB by sacrificing His life for us, we also have a new beginning. Because of Him “Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood” (Rev.1:5), we can
“count (y)ourselves both dead to sin and alive to God in Messiah Yeshua” (Rom.6:11). Just as Rabbi Cal Goldberg, in His message on
April 1, 2017 (http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/purge-out-the-old-leaven-rabbi-cal-goldberg/ ) states, “Passover is all about change; about a New Season; a time of planting, sowing; a time to shake off the old and put on the New . . .. a time to get rid of spiritual clutter.”
God desires a people who are walking in holiness and righteousness, a people who are overcomers: “To the one who overcomes, I will grant the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of God” (Rev.2:7); “To the one who overcomes I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I myself overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev.3:21). Many are under the impression that all who are “saved” qualify as “overcomers.” That is a misnomer, so rarely preached, confronted, or taught. So who does qualify as an overcomer? “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even in the face of death” (Rev.12:11). There are three qualifications included in this one statement: (1) the blood of the Lamb (everyone is real quick to latch onto that one); (2) one’s testimony (that one’s not too difficult, either); (3) not elevating one’s life above the call of death for Christ’s service, even after He died for us, somehow seems so unacceptable (I’m not sure why). When I have heard this Scripture referenced, only point 1 or maybe points 1 and 2 are mentioned but never point 3. And I mean never. . . . . No wonder we have so many lukewarm “Christians” who gasp at the thought of being expected to do anything, never mind entertain the possibility of being called to die . . . .
Back to Passover, and new beginnings. Just as the blood on the doorposts gave the Israelites a new start, so the Blood of Yeshua, the pure spotless lamb who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) provides a new beginning for those who will lay hold of Messiah’s offer of redemption: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Purified, cleansed, delivered, and off to a new start, that is, if we will partake of the bread of life on a daily basis, for Messiah Yeshua said: “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matt.4:4); and “The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:5-7). Seems like
“abiding in Him” might have something to do with being an overcomer . . . .
If one is to make a new beginning, one must also need to do something. In this situation, the thing that needs doing, is to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua Messiah, and that cannot be done glibly. Intrinsic to such a walk is the death of self, total obedience, faithfulness to God’s Word, which in and of itself requires daily study, for the Lord wants “to make her holy, having cleansed her by immersion in the word. Messiah did this so that He might present to Himself His glorious community—not having stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but in order that she might be holy and blameless” (Eph.5:26,27). Participation in the daily practice of surrender is a necessary component; and, although we cannot in this brief focus, include all aspects of what is involved, these are some basics.
“We need to be a people of passion, a people of the Word. . . . . . do a spiritual housecleaning – clean out the dirt in our lives . . . Don’t be entangled in the things of this world. Hold onto the right things and let go of the wrong things. Removing leaven represents the removal of sin, false doctrine, hypocrisy. We need to purge out leaven from our hearts – pride, arrogance, haughtiness. . .. God wants us to be a people of warfare, guarding our hearts against the Enemy” (Rabbi Cal Goldberg, http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/purge-out-the-old-leaven-rabbi-cal-goldberg/ ). If we want, not only to be passed over, but overcomers as well, we must take responsibility for our walk.
Yes, PASSOVER, is a time to celebrate new beginnings. “This is the season to dedicate your hearts afresh . . . . Remove the leaven of sin in your hearts . . . . He will restore . . . .” (Goldberg, 24.03.18, http://www.bethshechinah.com/learn/sermons/ ). Even when we err, we have a Saviour Who is quick to forgive upon our ongoing confession and repentance of our failures and wrong-doings. He is a God of second chances, longsuffering, and slow to anger. Let us rejoice and be grateful that we have a Messiah Who has provided us the opportunity for a new beginning, and look forward to eternity with Him. What could be more glorious than that!
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