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Where do you see yourself in this Passover, Seder @ tonight 14 Nissan 5769

April 8, 2009

As a child, I enjoyed the Easter holiday. We had private meal that was fit for a King. I still enjoy that quality time with my belated Mother, she was the best cook. As a child, ‘We were given gifts called Easter baskets.’ The Easter Basket was a chance to make arts and crafts and it was a wonderful time. I also watched people give money voluntarily to the lent envelopes; these were envelopes with quarters in it. As a Gentile, not in full realization of my Judeo-Christian heritage, I knew that Jesus was Lord and that whatever my short comings were that he could make it alright. I knew that shortly before he died, he felt like a sacrificial lamb at least that is what I was taught at my Baptist Church. I had learned that upon the throne of David, the house of David, that the Lord would not hide his face from the House of Jacob, in him my hope is that I will wait (Isaiah 9:6-7). We were taught that the ordinances was the Lord Jesus way of passing down the Passover to us, a better covenant of not just peace, but faith – the adoption into the Faith, of the spiritual seed of Abraham (Luke 22:7-13). The feast of the Unleavened Bread is the Passover (Pesach; see Luke 22:1; Exodus 34:16 and 25)

Where do you see yourself in the Passover, (the Parasha Bo)? I see myself as a Levite that did not volunteer to carry Pharaoh’s bricks. I also see myself as a person who knew that the Ark of the Covenant was reserved for my shoulders to carry, in a perpetual traveling Tabernacle – in the spiritual (oasis) desert or wilderness of my life, right here and right now (Leviticus 6 through 7). However, I see myself, in the year of 2009 in the 12th verse of Chapter 12 in the book of Exodus.

On the 14th day of Nissan (about 5,769 years ago), God conveys to Moses and Aaron a series of mitzvoth (divine commandments), only commandments that he can ordain and see to it that they all performed. God conveys to the Moses and Aaron the mitzvot because it helps them to get the people prepared for their Exodus from Egypt.

A great Rabbi wrote that Pesach is the festival of liberation, it celebrates a historical event: The exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Note Erev Pesach is the first Seder night, the next Seder night takes place on Thursday, April 9th, 2009. However, one of the tasks that the event lays upon us is that “in every generation, and every day, I must see myself as if I had that day been liberated from Egypt.” The implication is that freedom was not won once and for all. Freedom needs constant guarding; because every day and every environment carries its own equivalent of “Egypt”—a power to undermine the freedom of the Jew.

Therefore, I agree that Pesach is an ongoing process of self-liberation. Next, the great Rabbi also wrote that the festival and its practices are symbols of a struggle that is constantly renewed within the Jew, to create the freedom in which to live out his eternal vocation, i.e., festival of weeks. Lastly, it is the liberation of our people that enable us to do a good deed and that is to receive God’s word (the Torah) in our heart and minds.

We know that we read the Torah, then it is a good deed and we stay in the light. In the Torah, first mitzvah God commanded to Moses and Aaron was to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. Then the Israelites are instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to God…. The children of Israel are commanded: to consecrate all firstborn; to observe the anniversary of the Exodus; to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a remainder of the Exodus (Exodus 13:16; and Revelations 12:4); to remember their resultant commitment to God. All the leaven was to be removed from their possession for seven days, and to eat only matzah, and tell the story of their redemption to their children (Exodus 29:30). Then Moses took Aaron and his sons with him and the garments, the anointing oil, a bull as a sin offering, two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread (Leviticus 8:2).

Although the Israelites were commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to God, a great Rabbi wrote that after God acquired the Levites for the special role of the first born. The Levites were the only tribe that did not participate in this shameful act, of building the Golden Calf, was the tribe of Levi. At this time, the first born lost their special status, and it was transferred to the Levites (Psalm 106:16-17).

Aaron was charged with having a heart for Israel. I have a heart for Israel. Nevertheless, the garments of the priesthood are twelve stones according to the names of the sons of Israel: engraved like a signet each one with its own name according to the twelve tribes (Exodus 39:14). The sons of Aaron were commanded by God to be consecrated unto him and sanctified to him, and that they would be ministers to Me as priests. “It shall be a statute forever to him and his descendants after him (Exodus 28:43; Exodus 29:9, 28-30; 2nd Chronicles 13:9, 18; and 2nd Chronicles 29:21)

My favorite verse of this chapter is twelve. However, I encourage to read all of chapter twelve, here is a little for you now.

Exodus 12: The Passover

1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 \”This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb [a] for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD\’s Passover.

12 \”On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

14 \”This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD -a lasting ordinance. 15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat—that is all you may do.

17 \”Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.\”

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, \”Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. 23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

24 \”Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, \’What does this ceremony mean to you?\’ 27 then tell them, \’It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.\’ \” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.

29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

Here is a rare post on NPR:

Good for the Jews: A Little Passover Music

Passover begins Wednesday at sundown, which for many households means rousing renditions of the traditional Passover song \”Dayenu.\” But for those looking to add something new to their Passover playlist, look no further than \”They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let\’s Eat\” by Good for the Jews.

Abijah, King of Judah (in the 18th year of King Jeroboam, the King of Israel), sat the battle in order and stood on Mount Zemarim (Ephraim) and in 2nd Chronicles in Chapter 15:4 said, “Hear me, Jeroboam and all Israel. Next in verse 5, he said, “Should you know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt? In verse 8, he says that “And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hand of the sons of David; and you are a great multitude, and with you are the gold calves which Jeroboam made for you as gods. In verse 9, he goes on to say that have you not cast out the priest of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of the other lands, so that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young a bull and seven rams may be a priest of things that r not gods. Finally in verse 10, he says “But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the priests who minister to the Lord are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites attend to their duties (2nd Chronicles 13:4-12; Leviticus 2:13).

Even before Jesus died on the cross, at Calvary (Luke 22:14-21), he had taught about the worth of salt (Luke 14:34-35; Mark 9:49-50; Matthew 5:13 and Colossians 4:6). To me, although I was not there salt means a value of something. It is as if I could take money and replace it with salt, or vice versa. Even though different religions value something it is important that whatever we choose we should choose a Godly lifestyle and maintain a healthy well being. We shouldn’t settle for less and let our guards down or our self-esteem. If someone asks me to do something then I would do if I think that it will bless them. I won’t ask you do anything that I won’t do; I don’t esteem the poor man or the rich man. I only want to bless you. That is why it is so important that you stop asking me to use my camera when you don’t appreciate anything. You are not going to get a word in otherwise, although there is no conclusive proof that I descend from slaves, I am just another slave exiting out of Egypt. That is what you look at me as… not just because of my color but my history, it is you that does not value me, but you emulate me all the time. I looked at you this past Sunday and you totally destroyed the Passover in the 22nd Chapter of the book of Luke in the New Testament of your bible. I say to you, identity does not necessarily mean that a person Godly lifestyle will lead you to a religion and that religion will lead you to God. There are so many people who are do not read the Torah or have any of the endowments’ from the Judeo Christian experience, and I admire them so much, and it is with the grace of God, that I do. Because I know that there character and their lifestyle is the beneficiary of something…. Nevertheless, with the politics and the in-fighting that goes on it would be hard to lead anyone to God, the bible or religion. I say to you, leave my heritage and my identity out of your dirty filthy (anti-Semitic) mouths because if I can help then I will, and If you can help me then I hope that you will, but do not waste my time with your games (prose of politiks). Just because a person doesn’t believe in your religion that doesn’t mean that they are going to burn in hell or that they do not have a knowledge of God and understanding to seek him.

In closing God, we pray that you will allow us to renew our covenant spirit with you. We thank you for your many blessings and mercies. We pray that our acts and deeds of conscientiousness’ that we ascend to you will go up and result in righteous judgment. We pray that you will prevent us from missing the mark and come into a better understanding and knowledge of you. We pray that those that believe that your Son walked the earth that it will lead to a better relationship with you (Ezekiel 16:8). Most of all we pray for those who uses the son of Man’s name in vain to hurt and oppress people and to justify their evil and wicked doings. We know that you have not hastened to perform your word that you would not destroy that which you made a covenant with, because your word be a lamp unto their feet and guide until their path (2nd Chronicles 21:7; 2nd Kings 8:19). We thank you for the spiritual and special purpose of the Levites, the Priestly Class that carried the Ark of the Covenant on their shoulder.

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