REMEMBER THIS DAY!
(Passover, the 14th of Nisan, beginning this year at sundown, April 14, 2014)
“Remember this day.” (Moses to Israel, Exodus 13:3)
“Do this in remembrance of me.” (Jesus to His disciples, Luke 22:19)
Passover is one of “the Lord’s appointed feasts” (Leviticus 23:4) for all of God’s children, feasts that still have profound prophetic implications for us. Before you begin the meal, go outside and look at the full moon. The 14th day of the biblical month of Nisan (also called “Aviv”), is always a full moon, always a light in the sky. This Passover is the first of four consecutive “blood moons” on Passover and Tabernacles during this year and next.
Some may want to enjoy the “Seder” (meaning “order) with a “Haggadah” (meaning “the telling”), but Scripture, remembrance, and freedom in the Spirit are more important than style. This day is the most important anniversary date on God’s calendar, a remembering of Israel’s release from centuries of slavery, but also the anniversary of the Lamb of God, Yeshua’s execution – followed three days later by His resurrection.
Begin with the “woman of the house” reciting the following prayer as candles are lighted.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Kings of the universe,
Who has delivered us from slavery and brought us into freedom through the Lamb of God,
Jesus/Yeshua, the Light of the world. We honor You, O God, in the lighting of these festive candles. Amen
Read aloud or tell the story of Passover night from Exodus 12. (Abbreviated version – 12:1-14, 21-42)
Read or tell the story of Jesus as reflected in John 1:29; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 11:23-26
Like the annual Passover lambs, Yeshua was chosen on the 10th day of Nisan, examined for four days to be sure He was flawless. Pilate had the last word: “I have examined him… and have found no basis for your charges” (Luke 23:14). In other words, “He is a Perfect Lamb, ready to be killed.”
On traditional Passover tables: a lamb bone (you may want to serve lamb), “bitter herbs” (horse radish, also parsley to be dipped in salt water to remember the tears and suffering), “charoset” (a mixture of apples, nuts, & sweet wine) to remind us of sweetness & hope even in the midst of suffering, unleavened bread and wine.
Take the wine! Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the universe, who created the fruit of the vine! And
who took the Passover wine and said, “This is my blood of the new covenant.”
(In the traditional celebration, there are four cups: 1) sanctification-cleansing, often accompanied by a ceremonial washing of the hands; 2) suffering-slavery/plagues; 3) redemption-freedom 4) praise-restoration. We may want to remember all four as we take the wine.)
Take the bread! Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the universe, who brought forth bread from the earth
and from heaven (There are traditionally three “Matzah,” the center Matzah broken and hidden to be discovered at the end of the meal – for believers this tradition points to Jesus, who was broken, hidden and revealed)
Eat together! Enjoy the meal! Remember! Rejoice!
During the meal, lead conversations about
our own deliverance from slavery and bondage into the joy and freedom in Messiah
what it means to be “saved by the blood” of the Lamb, passed over by death
anything else the Holy Spirit stirs in you as you share the evening together
Some time during the evening read: “Remember This Day” (below)
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,
when you lie down and when you get up.”
“Remember this day!”
Passover – 14th Nisan
On this day, 3500 years ago, lambs were slaughtered throughout Goshen in Egypt.
Hyssop brushes stroked Jewish doorposts with lamb’s blood.
The children of Israel met quietly,
sequestered behind their bloodstained doors,
waiting to be delivered from 400 years of slavery.
On this night, 3500 years ago, the Lord went through the land looking for blood on doorposts.
There was a great deliverance, a pass-over.
Firstborn sons were slain in houses where there was no blood.
Wailing and mourning was heard when judgment came in Egypt.
On this night, 3500 years ago, freedom was proclaimed in Israel.
Firstborn sons of believing Israel were spared through the blood of the lamb.
The lamb’s blood painted on doorposts brought freedom.
The wealth of Egypt became the wealth of Israel.
Shouts of joy were heard as Moses led Israel out of Egypt.
On this night 3500 yeas ago, the exodus from Egypt came suddenly.
For 3500 years believers in God have remembered this night.
On this day, 2000 years ago, another Lamb was slain.
Human hearts were stroked with Lamb’s blood and freed from centuries of slavery.
On this day, 2000 years ago, the Lord began to look for Lamb’s blood on doorposts of hearts.
There was a great deliverance—a passing over.
On this day, 2000 years ago, wealth was restored to the sons of Adam,
Another Moses led another Israel out of another Egypt.
On this day, 2000 years ago, Lamb’s blood on the doorposts of hearts brought freedom.
Today…Lamb’s blood is still found on human hearts.
Deliverance is found behind a blood-stained door.
If the doorpost of your heart is stained with Lamb’s blood, have a glorious Passover season.
If not, grab quickly the hyssop and look for the Lamb’s blood.
The exodus will come suddenly and we will be ushered into a whole new glorious future.
The slain Lamb has risen and will return as King of kings and Lord of lords!
#LifeVerse 5: “The LORD said to Moses, ‘This applies to the Levites. Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting, but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers in performing the duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites” (Numbers 8:24-25).
This is a life-changing verse for some of us who are “maturing!”
Don’t get too carried away with the word “retire!” You notice that these 50 year olds still “assist” their brothers in performing the duties! This is an intergenerational scripture. The important message is not as much about chronology as it is life-purpose. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is a God of the generations, and wants us always to be interested in raising up the next generations. There should come a time in our lives when we are more passionate about the next generations than in our own personal performance.
In Bob Buford’s book called Half Time, he suggests that in the first part of our lives we are concerned with success, but then, like half-time in a ball game, we become more interested in significance than in personal success. We want to finish the game well.
Who are the younger men and women around you who need to be encouraged and assisted into the fullness of their destiny? (Even if you are only in your 20s or even teens, there are those younger whom you impact with who you are.)
#LifeVerse 4: “His master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:34-35
Scorching scripture! Turned over to torturers if we refuse to forgive others!
Jesus had told the story of a man who owed millions. He could not pay the debt, and begged for mercy. His master forgave him the entire debt, but that man refused to have mercy on one who owed him an almost insignificant debt. The first master found out about his lack of gratitude and his obstinate refusal to forgive, came back to him, had him jailed and tortured “until he should pay back all he owed” – an impossibility because of the magnitude of the debt.
We are the man who has forgiven multiple millions. God has had mercy on us through Jesus. Our debt is forgiven. But now our role is to forgive all those who sin against us – the big debts and the smaller daily annoyance-type debts.
If we refuse to forgive, according to Jesus’ words, we will be turned over to the torturers (Nightmares? Health issues? Demonic assaults?).
But how do we forgive?
Not with our emotions, but with our wills in the name and power of Jesus. “In the name of Jesus, I forgive ___.” We do not even check our emotions to see if we felt like doing or saying those words. We rest in His forgiveness and release those who have sinned against us, however great or small the offenses.
I learned about this scripture when learning how to release/forgive my dad whom I never really knew, and the woman whom he later married, but the message is far deeper than forgiving past grievances. This is a day-by-day release of the insignificant offenses from everyone around us.
I do not care to be turned over to torturers. I intend to keep forgiving!
Forgiveness is a basic ingredient of a life filled with joy and peace.
I heard Guy Cohen from Acco, Israel, the other day. He said, “Don’t invite Jesus into your mind, but into your heart!”
I thought, “Correct. Paul said, ‘With the heart man believes. He did not say, With the mind.” The mind gathers information, but the heart must take the step of faith.
Several years ago a prophetic brother told us we were to be producing “weapons of mass instruction.”
The “Your People Shall Be My People” book is now translated into Farsi and Arabic!
The Farsi translation was released last year and can be read or downloaded from the Internet without cost. The translator came to us through an Iranian brother now living in the Ukraine.
Through this same Iranian brother’s contact, the request came from Arabic-speaking pastors for the book in their language. That translation has now been completed and is ready for publication.
In the revision of the book, we have included additional information about the revival among Muslim background believers in the Arabic speaking countries.
In both cases we have raised the funds for the translations and the publications. If the Lord stirs you to contribute to the distribution, please see below.
Pray that we will fulfill that prophecy we received several year back!
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“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22
Let me give you a nice “holy land laugh!”
When Tod and I arrived (with Micah and Steve Allen), our phones were not working, because of a new ruling about foreigners’ telephone accounts in Israel. So we had to wait to get new Sim cards for the phones. As a result we could not get in touch with friends,nor they with us. On the day I got my phone updated, I sent out a short email to let some of our friends know that we were in the country for a few days.
The note I thought I wrote was very simple. “Tod and I in the country until Saturday. We had to get new numbers. Mine is …; his is….”
Just as I pushed the send button, I noticed that Spell Check had changed “Tod” to “God,” reading “God and I in the country until Saturday. We had to get new numbers. Mine is … his is…”
It was late at night; I had blind-copied everyone, so I could not even remember who all I sent it to, so I simply thought, “Oh, well,” and laughed myself to sleep, in anticipation of the emails I would get the next day!
Here is a sample:
From John and Una Gere, Wow! Can we give out God’s phone number to anyone, or is private!!!!! I remember His old number was JER333 (call unto Me and I will answer thee…..)
Gabriel Leonhard: I’m so glad that you brought God with you! 🙂 and Micah too…
Shira Sorko_Ram: Dear Don, I have ALWAYS wanted God’s direct line! Thanks for His and for yours!
Israel Pochtar: Wow… amazing to hear you’re here in the land with God J How did you get his personal number?:)
Have a blessed day! And laugh a little!
Don Finto (@donfinto)