No Leftovers From Passover

No Leftovers From Passover
By Kiley Sekulich
 
It has become my custom since I started to observe the Festivals of our Elohim to spend the first fourteen days of the biblical month of Aviv (the first month on the Hebrew calendar) leading up to Pesach (Passover), searching out spiritual leavening (symbolic in Scripture of the sin of hypocrisy) in my life. This year is somewhat different given the pandemic that is sweeping across the face of the earth. Because of this plague, everyone is looking to the Prophets in the Tanakh to see where we are on the Father’s timeline. However, I’d like to draw your attention to a prophecy hidden in plain sight within the commands given by the Father for our observation of Pesach.
 
“And they shall eat the flesh on that night, roasted in fire — with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. ‘Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire, its head with its legs and its inward parts. ‘And do not leave of it until morning, and what remains of it until morning you are to burn with fire”. Exodus 12:8-10 (TS2009)
 
So, when we partake of the Pesach meal, we are to eat the roasted lamb, the unleavened bread, and the bitter herbs. Pretty straightforward thus far, but then, in verse 10, “… And do not leave of it until morning, and what remains of it until morning you are to burn with fire.” It may just be me, but this command seems like an odd, maybe even out of place, command…unless there’s a specific reason for it that we’ve been glossing over for as long as we have been observing Pesach. Glossing over something so seemingly straightforward in the midst of something so utterly packed with symbolism is understandable. We are only human, after all. However, as we walk out the Commandments of our Elohim, I believe it is absolutely imperative for us to not get so caught up in the letter of the law that we miss out on the goodness the Father has packed into the spirit of the law.
 
I’d like to quickly look at one of the many parables that Yehoshua taught during His ministry. In Matthew 25, He taught the Parable of the Virgins. In this parable, there were ten virgins who were preparing for their bridegroom to come for them. Five of the virgins were foolish and went out with their lamps, but neglected to bring any extra oil. The other five were wise, and brought their lamps and a container of extra oil to keep their lamps filled. While they waited for the bridegroom, they slept, and, at midnight, the cry to go out and meet the bridegroom was heard. They all awoke, but, to the dismay of the five foolish virgins, their lamps were starting to go out. The foolish virgins pleaded with the wise virgins to share their oil with them, but there was not enough for all of them. The wise virgins told them to go buy more oil for their lamps, but while the foolish virgins were away buying their oil, the bridegroom came. The wise virgins who were prepared for his coming went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. The foolish virgins bought their oil and returned to find the door closed and locked.
“And later the other maidens also came, saying, ‘Master, Master, open up for us!’ But he answering, said, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, because you do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Aḏam is coming,” Matthew 25:11-13 (TS2009)
 
I can hear the question popping up in your mind now, “But what does the Parable of the Virgins have to do with Pesach?” Well, quite simply, it has everything to do with Pesach.
 
But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and has failed to perform the Pĕsaḥ, that same being shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of יהוה at its appointed time – that man bears his sin. Numbers 9:13 (TS2009)
 
Those of us who fail to partake of the Pesach Lamb will be cut off from the people of Elohim! If we do not partake of Yehoshua, our Pesach Lamb, now, while we have ample opportunity, we risk being cut off from the wedding feast of our soon coming bridegroom.
 
Brothers and sisters, my mishpocha (family), I believe that the reason we are to burn up what remains of the Pesach lamb at sunrise is that there is coming a day when the opportunity to choose to partake of the Pesach Lamb is gone. Those who are foolish and ill prepared for His return will be out scrambling around trying to make their preparations at the last minute, just as the foolish virgins of Matthew 25, and they will miss out on their opportunity to join Him at the wedding feast He has prepared for those who are in Him. During this Pesach season, look into your hearts. Be sure that you are not taking part in Pesach as a hollow gesture of fulfilling the letter of the law, but rather that you are striving to fulfill the spirit of the law and have fully partaken of our Pesach Lamb, Yehoshua Ha’Mashiach. It is not too late… yet. Truly He declares the end from the beginning.
 
“Remember this, and show yourselves men; turn it back, you transgressors. Remember the former events of old, for I am Ěl, and there is no one else – Elohim, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from of old that which has not yet been done, saying, ‘My counsel does stand, and all My delight I do,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a distant land. Indeed I have spoken it, I also bring it to pass. I have planned it, I also do it. Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from righteousness: I shall bring My righteousness near, it is not far off, and My deliverance, it is not delayed. And I shall give deliverance in Tsiyon, My esteem to Yisra’ĕl.” Isaiah 46:8-13 (TS2009)
 
 

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Covid-19 Prayer

Chief Rabbi composes special prayer to halt plague

The Rishon L’Tzion, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef composed a special prayer to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
The prayer should be said when the Holy Ark is opened on Shabbat, Mondays, and Thursdays when the Torah is read publicly:
May it be Thy Will our G-d and G-d and our ancestors, that You be overcome with mercy upon all the world’s inhabitants and upon the inhabitants of this land, and protect them from all the harsh and evil decrees that may visit the world, and rescue us from every sickness, disease, plague, and epidemic. May all patients infected with the disease be completely cured. To You O G-d is the Greatness and the Rigor, the Splendor and the Eternity and the Majesty, because all in Heaven and Earth to You do individually concede the Kingship and the Authority, and in Your hands is the soul of all living and the spirit within all flesh, and it is in your Power and Strength to grow and strengthen and cure humanity to the utmost, to the most minuscule reaches of the spirit, and nothing is beyond Your Ability.
 
Therefore, may it be Thy Will O Faithful G-d, Father of Mercy, Healer of all ills among His People Israel, You Who are the Faithful Healer: Send healing and cure, and act with utmost kindness, pardon, and compassion to all patients infected with this disease.
 
Please O G-d, may Your Mercy awaken upon all inhabitants of the world and all Your People Israel. Please alight Thine Throne of Judgement and sit upon the Throne of Mercy, and go beyond the letter of the law to abolish all harsh and evil decrees. “And Pinchas arose and prayed and the plague was halted.”
 
And decree upon us good judgments, salvation, and consolation for the sake of Thy Mercy, and tear up our evil decree, and may our good points hold prominence before you; Arise, help us and redeem us for the sake of Your Kindness.
 
Hear now please the voice of our plea, for You hear the prayers of all; Blessed is He Who hears prayer.
 
May the utterances of my mouth and the reasoning within my heart find favor before You, O L-rd my Rock and Salvation.
 
And may it be fulfilled within us the Bible verse that says: “All the sickness I placed upon Egypt I shall not place upon you, for I am the L-rd your Healer,” Amen. 
The Rishon L’Tzion, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef composed a special prayer to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
The prayer should be said when the Holy Ark is opened on Shabbat, Mondays, and Thursdays when the Torah is read publicly:
May it be Thy Will our G-d and G-d and our ancestors, that You be overcome with mercy upon all the world’s inhabitants and upon the inhabitants of this land, and protect them from all the harsh and evil decrees that may visit the world, and rescue us from every sickness, disease, plague, and epidemic. May all patients infected with the disease be completely cured. To You O G-d is the Greatness and the Rigor, the Splendor and the Eternity and the Majesty, because all in Heaven and Earth to You do individually concede the Kingship and the Authority, and in Your hands is the soul of all living and the spirit within all flesh, and it is in your Power and Strength to grow and strengthen and cure humanity to the utmost, to the most minuscule reaches of the spirit, and nothing is beyond Your Ability.
 
Therefore, may it be Thy Will O Faithful G-d, Father of Mercy, Healer of all ills among His People Israel, You Who are the Faithful Healer: Send healing and cure, and act with utmost kindness, pardon, and compassion to all patients infected with this disease.
 
Please O G-d, may Your Mercy awaken upon all inhabitants of the world and all Your People Israel. Please alight Thine Throne of Judgement and sit upon the Throne of Mercy, and go beyond the letter of the law to abolish all harsh and evil decrees. “And Pinchas arose and prayed and the plague was halted.”
 
And decree upon us good judgments, salvation, and consolation for the sake of Thy Mercy, and tear up our evil decree, and may our good points hold prominence before you; Arise, help us and redeem us for the sake of Your Kindness.
 
Hear now please the voice of our plea, for You hear the prayers of all; Blessed is He Who hears prayer.
 
May the utterances of my mouth and the reasoning within my heart find favor before You, O L-rd my Rock and Salvation.
 
And may it be fulfilled within us the Bible verse that says: “All the sickness I placed upon Egypt I shall not place upon you, for I am the L-rd your Healer,” Amen. 

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Redeeming the Times

Redeeming the Times for the Days Are Evil

By Rabbi Brian Hawkins

In light of Daylight Saving Time, Purim, Mardi Gras, and the many holidays this month which bring about revelry, let us remember to redeem the times for the days are evil.

 
Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely. Use your time well, for these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is. Don’t get drunk with wine, because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit — Ephesians 5:15-18

In these last of the last days, we REALLY need to pay careful attention to how we are living, for we have so many distractions that can lead us away from Yeshua. We have to be wise and walk according to Torah and not according to our own thoughts and opinions because our opinions will only lead us to ruin and confusion.

We live in the most evil of times that we have seen, since the time of Noah and that is no exaggeration. In a world where we call evil good and good evil, it is hard not to be tempted to “slip” or “backslide”.  These are but mere excuses for we have the Ruach Ha Kodesh living inside of us, therefore, we do not have any excuse to slip or backslide. We choose to do so! We have sanctioned homosexuality, abortion on demand, and drug use as acceptable and the norm. As believers, we’ve sanctioned gossiping, slandering, divisiveness and maliciousness as tolerable within the Body of Messiah. We have also adopted Pagan Holidays, such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter to name a few, as fun, exciting and entertaining. When we slip into these lifestyles of darkness, we are being foolish and are not understanding the will of YHVH. What exactly is the will of YHVH? His will is for us to follow His Word…ALL OF HIS WORD! Not just to Eeney Meeney Miney Moe, catch Yeshua by His toe! We pick and choose what we want to do in the Word of God and then those things which we do choose, we only do half heartedly.

We also need to remember not to get drunk on wine or any other substance for that matter which can lead to addiction and open up the door to the enemy. Rather, we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit, for it is a scriptural command. When are we going to start living in the fullness of the Spirit? When we decide that we are going to live a life full of His Spirit – by following His commands, walking in love, remaining in His word through prayer and fasting… then we will start seeing miracles and revival among the Body of Messiah once more. So let us redeem the time for the days are evil! 


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