Passover – Scriptures to Ponder – a parting gift for your seder guests

SCRIPTURES TO PONDER

UNCHANGING GOD

Mal 3:6; Num 23:16; Psa 89:34

PASSOVER

Exo 5-12        Instructions for Passover

Exo 12:14      To be kept throughout your generations for ever

Lev 23            Regarding Passover

FEASTS STOPPED AT THE CROSS?

1 Cor 11:23-26  Describes the Last Supper, which we know from the Gospel accounts was a Passover seder.  Yeshua is quoted as saying “as oft as ye do this, …. do in remembrance of me”. The “this” Yeshua is speaking of is the Passover memorial, not a communion service.  It seems apparent that He expected them to continue to memorialize His death and resurrection each time they celebrated Passover.

Zech 14:16; Eze 46:1; Isa 66:23-   Feasts and sabbaths will still be kept after Yeshua’s return in the Kingdom Age.

PERPETUAL

Exo 12:14,17,24           Passover memorial to be kept throughout generations for ever as an eternal decree

Matt 5:17-20                                Yeshua states law is eternal.

 

Isa 40:                                          His word stands forever

Luke 16:17                                   Are heaven and earth still here? : )

UNLEAVENED:

Exo 12:18,20 Not only shall you not eat anything leavened, but you shall eat unleavened bread.

GRAFTED IN/ADOPTED:

Rom 11:17- ; Num 15:15; Eph 2:11 –   ; Rom 2:28 – ;

BY WHOM ARE WE ENSLAVED:

Scripture is replete with evidence that it is the satan/sin that enslaves us. A close reading of Exodus 5 and 6 reveals just who it is that enslaves us… and who it is that sets us free. Read it with an eye for who or what Moses and Pharaoh represent.  Look for the words “work”, “labor”, “burdens” and see what/who they are attached to.

COVENANT COMMANDMENTS FOR ME?

Jer 31:31        God makes a “new covenant” with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In this new covenant, the commandments are not only read with the eyes, but with the heart as well.

Eze 36:26-27  Your “new heart” will cause you to walk in His statutes & commandments and do them.

Rev 22:14; Isa 24:5; Rev 14:12; 1 Jn 2:3-6; et al

WHO IS RELATED TO YESHUA?

 Luke 8:21   “My mother and my brethren” (How do you know if you are as His mother and brethren?)

GOSPEL ACCOUNTS OF THE PASSOVER:

Matt 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30

YESHUA INSPECTED AND FOUND TO BE A PERFECT “LAMB”

        John 18:38; 19:12 – Pilate inspects and finds no fault

        Luke 23:14-15 Herod and Pilate inspect and find no fault

 WHO SETS US FREE AND SCRIPTURE ALGEBRA:

Scripture also describes a redeemer sent by God to set us free. God chose Moses – the law giver – for one of  the most vivid “types” of our Redeemer.

John 8:32       And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free

John 8:36       If the Son, therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

John 17:17     Thy word is truth

John 1:1-3,14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among men

Psa 33:4; Psa 119:142, et al – Thy law is truth

ALGEBRA:    Word = Truth (John 17:17)

                       Law = Truth (Psa 119:142)

                       Yeshua = Word (John 1:1-3,14)

        Look at the above as an algebraic equation.  If A = 20 and B = 20 and C = A, then C = 20.

Therefore….if Word = Truth (A=20), and Law = Truth (B=20), and if Yeshua= Word (C=20)…. then Yeshua = Law…They are interchangeable words. (However, a more accurate translation of the word “law” would be “teaching and instructions”, which as Deut 32:46-47 relates….is your very life.

If Yeshua is my delight….then the Law/Word/Truth is my delight.  He cannot be altered, changed, or annulled. He is not burdensome (“burdensome” describes “sin”).  He is my delight and my life.

FROM WHAT ARE WE SET FREE

If we are set free from the “law”, then Yeshua died for nothing. He could have simply annulled the law, and therefore the penalty thereof, and not needed to suffer and die.  What He set us free from is sin. With the Lamb inside us, we have the ability to resist sin.   We were also set free from the “law of sin and death.”   He died the death required by the law (therefore it must still be in effect).  If there is no longer any law, there is no longer any sin, for “sin is the transgression of the law” ( 1 John 3:4); Rom 6:18 – Being then  made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 

DID YESHUA BREAK THE LAW? WHAT ABOUT FALSE WITNESSES:

Acts 6:13-15  False witnesses were called claiming that Yeshua spoke against Moses and the law.  That they were “false” witnesses would indicate that He did not break the law.

IS “EASTER” IN SCRIPTURE?

The word “Easter” appears one time in Scripture; Acts 12:4. A word study of this verse, however, reveals that the Greek word translated as “Easter” is #3957 – pascha – Passover

JERUSALEM COUNSEL

Acts 15 – The subject of discussion at the Jerusalem counsel was what to do with the Gentiles who were believing in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead of discussing how the Gentiles should be incorporated into the “Christian” believers… the question is how to incorporate them into the believing Jewish community.  Though the conclusion at first glance seems to be that these Gentile believers need only keep four of the laws of Israel…a closer reading will reveal that they were expected to learn each week as “Moses” was taught in the synagogues. They could then begin to incorporate it into their lives, lest they be overwhelmed.

WHAT’S IN A NAME:

SATAN’S NAME:

You may have been puzzled by noting that the word satan is not capitalized in this Hagaddah.  This is because the word “satan” is not a name but a description.  The word “satan” means “opponent”, “adversary.” In the original texts, often denoted as “the” satan.

WHAT ABOUT CHRIST: The word “christ” is a title, not a name; and means anointed.

WHY DO WE USE THE NAME YESHUA AND NOT JESUS? The name Jesus is the product of translating our Savior’s Hebrew name through different languages, some not having letters corresponding to the one from which it was translated.  In this case, the Hebrew language does not now, nor has it ever had, a letter symbolizing a “J” sound. Also of note, Hebrew names always have meanings.  Yeshua means “salvation” or “salvation of God.”   The Son of God, born to Miriam and Yosef (Mary and Joseph) was born into the Hebrew race (circumcised the 8th day), raised as a Hebrew (found in the temple at age 12), and died a Hebrew (with a sign over his head stating “King of the Jews”.  He would have been given a Hebrew name. A quick look at the Strongs Lexicon will direct you back to the Hebrew, and reveals that His name is the same as Joshua (yehoshua), and indeed the two names are comprised of  the same Hebrew letters, although the Strongs suggests the names begin with a “J”, which again has never been a part of the Hebrew language.