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 The Parable of The Leaven


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He (Y’shua) told them still another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33

What is Leaven?

1.)  What is Leaven?  Leaven is used to make bread dough rise.  It is a single celled microorganism classified in the fungus kingdom.  Also known as yeast, it creates a fermentation process that converts sugars to carbon dioxide gas and makes bread dough rise.

Pictured above, Sally Fields plays, The Flying Nun, in one of my favorite childhood T.V. shows.  Here she discovers the power of yeast in bread dough.

The Spiritual Meaning of The Leaven

“Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”  Luke 12:1

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?  Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, (Messiah) our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.…” 1 Corinthians 5:6

Y’shua explained several parables giving, those with ears to hear,  clues revealing Spiritual Truth, using physical examples.

“Watch out!” Jesus told them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Matthew 16:6

“How can you not understand that I was not telling you about bread?   But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Matthew 16:11

Then they understood that He was not telling them to beware of the yeast used in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:12

Hypocrisy, Corrupted Teaching and our Boasting is referred to as the old, bad leaven.  

At our Creator’s annually appointed Feast of Unleavened Bread we get rid of our leaven, Leviticus 23:5 .

“Therefore let us keep the (Passover/Unleavened Bread) Feast, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8

2.)  Who is The Woman?  The Spirit of God is a feminine Hebrew word, Ruach.

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit (Ruach) of God was moving over the surface of the waters.Genesis 1:2.

We Become One, Leavened in His Spirit of Truth

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears say, “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of Life drink freely. Revelation 22:17

YHVH’s (He Exists) named His people Israel, meaning the one who struggles/perseveres and overcomes with God, El.

Whether we call ourselves The Church, Assembly, Congregation, His Body, His Children, His Seed, His Servants or The Bride of Messiah/Christ, there is no division in Spiritual Israel.

YHVH is One, His Torah is Perfect and He Does Not Change:  Deuteronomy 6:4Psalm 19:7John 17:11John 17:21Mark 12:29James 2:19.  Malachi 3:6James 1:17Corinthians 10:171 Corinthians 12:12.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

The Woman is His Spirit

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into One body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given One Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

“So it is not the children of the flesh who are God’s (Spiritual) children, but it is the children of the promise (given to Abraham) who are regarded as offspring.”  Romans 9:8Galatians 3:16

“so in Christ/Messiah we who are many are One Body, and each member belongs to one another.”  Romans 12:5Ephesians 5:30

“…For I promised you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ/Messiah.”  2 Corinthians 11:2

And when the dragon (serpent) saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. Revelation 12:13;  Genesis 3:15.

And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, (that’s us) who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus...” Revelation 12:17

Like Yeast, (the Kingdom of Heaven) that the Woman, (The Ruach), took and mixed into three measures of flour.

3.)  Why Three Measures?

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” Genesis 18:6

Three measures of flour is a weight called an Ephah, which is approximately 92.99- 144 cups of flour, depending on which conversion table you google.  I also found Three measures, or an Ephah, of flour mentioned in these passages:  Judges 6:191 Samuel 1:241 Samuel 17:17; Ezekiel 45:11,12Ezekiel 45:24Ezekiel 46:5; Ruth 2:17.

Similar to the grain offering given at The Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost.  Two leavened loaves are offered as the First-Fruits of the wheat harvest.  Fifty days after Y’shua resurrected from the dead and ten days after He ascended to heaven, He instructed 120 people to wait, (unleavened) for the promised Spirit (Ruach), Acts 1:15Luke 24:49 .

The Giving of Torah and The Giving of The Spirit at Shavuot

Moses received the Torah at Shavuot, the third lunar month, Exodus 19:1; Leviticus 23:15.  The Spirit was also given to Y’shua’s disciples at Shavuot (Pentecost), Acts 2:1  Y’shua also referred to Himself as The Torah, saying “…These are the very Words that bear witness about Me,” John 5:39Matthew 3:11Ephesians 6:17.

Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, (Torah). No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6; 1 John 5:6;  Revelation 19:10

From Unleavened to Being Leavened with His Spirit

Passover/Unleavened Bread is celebrated on the 14th of the first lunar month at twilight. Physically we search our homes for hidden yeast and remove every spec of it from our homes.  Beginning the eve of Passover, only Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, Exodus 13:7.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;  And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the Everlasting Way.” Psalm 139:23

“Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”  1 Corinthians 5:7

The Kingdom of Heaven is like, a Woman, (The Ruach) who took yeast, (Torah) and mixed it with three measures of (unleavened) flour,  until All of it was leavened, (in His Kingdom).

 

 

 

 

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Prophecies Fulfilled By Y’shua (Jesus)

The day I realized every 1st century New Testament writer, was referring to the TaNaK, (a Hebrew acronym meaning Torah, Prophets, Writings), was the day I stopped calling it The Old Testament.  The word “Old” insinuates antiquated, but The New Testament writers referred to these Scriptures as The Living, Active Word of God;

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12Psalm 149:6.

Y’shua is The Word, He is The Torah, The Way of Truth and Life.  When God’s Word became flesh He revealed a Spiritual mystery;  These Scriptures testify About Him,

Prophecies written about Y’shua will match up to the plum line of His Word;

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1

You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,”  John 5:39

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He (Y’shua) explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.”  Luke 24:27

Jesus said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law (Torah) of Moses the Prophets, the and Psalms. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” Luke 24:44, 45.

Y’shua is The Prophesied “Seed,” of The Woman, The Messiah.

maryFrom the beginning, the promised “Seed” was given at the same time as the curse of sin and death; Genesis 3:15Fulfilled; Galatians 4:4Romans 16:20Luke 24:27.

The second promise of the Seed is given to Abraham; “through whom All families of earth will be blessed.”

The Promised Seed/Messiah was prophesied specifically to come through Abraham’s wife SarahGenesis 12:3Genesis 17:19Genesis 22:18.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1Acts 3:25Galatians 3:8Galatians 3:16.

The Promised Seed/Messiah would come through Sarah’s son IsaacGenesis 17:19Genesis 21:12.  Fulfilled:  Galatians 4:30Hebrews 11:18Romans 9:7.

The Promised Seed/ Messiah, through whom All families would be blessed, will come through Isaac’s son Jacob/IsraelGenesis 26:4Genesis 28:14Numbers 24:17.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2Luke 3:34

The Promised Seed/Messiah will come through Israel’s son Judah, (the tribe of Judah is called Jewish): Genesis 49:10;  Psalm 60:7Psalm 108:8.  Fulfilled: Luke 3:33; Hebrews 7:14.

The promised Seed/Messiah was prophesied to come through King DavidPsalm 89:3; Psalm 132:11; Jeremiah 23:5Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1Luke 1:32.

The Holy (Set Apart) Seed/Messiah was prophesied to sprout out of the stump of David’s father JesseIsaiah 11:1Isaiah 6:13.  Fulfilled: Luke 3:32.

Messiah will be Born of a Virgin in Bethlehem:

He will be Born in BethlehemMicah 5:2.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1Matthew 2:6Luke 2:4John 7:42.

He will be Born of a virginIsaiah 7:14.  Fulfilled: Matthew 1:18Luke 1:27.

There Will Be A Slaughter of Children.

Rachel’s children were no moreJeremiah 31:15.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16Matthew 2:18

Messiah Will Flee to Egypt and Be Called Out of Egypt:

He will flee to Egypt and be called out of EgyptHosea 11:1.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:15.

Messiah will be A Shepherd to His People:

He will Shepherd His peopleEzekiel 37:24; Isaiah 40:11Psalm 78:71.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:6;  John 10:16.

Messiah Will Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey:

“…He is Just and endowed with Salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey”; Zechariah 9:9.  Fulfilled: Matthew 21:5;  Mark 11:7John 12:15.

Zeal For YHVH’s House Will Consume Him:

My house will be called a house of prayer, you are making it a den of robbersPsalm 69:9Psalm 119:139Jeremiah 7:11 .  Fulfilled: John 2:17Romans 15:3;Matthew 21:13

Messiah will be an Everlasting Heir to The Throne of David:

Everlasting (Spiritual) heir to the throne of DavidIsaiah 9:7; Psalm 45:6.  Fulfilled: Luke 1:32.

His throne will last forever and Righteousness will be the scepter of His KingdomDaniel 7:14Psalm 45:6. Fulfilled: Hebrews 1:8Matthew 28:18.

Messiah Is The First and The Last, Pre-existent, No God is Before Him:

He existed before He was bornMicah 5:2Isaiah 9:6Isaiah 44:6Isaiah 48:12; Proverbs 8:27 .  Fulfilled: Colossians 1:17John 1:1John 8:58Ephesians 1:4Revelation 1:8Revelation 2:8Revelation 22:13.

Messiah Is A Priest Forever:

YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever (Spiritual) according to the order of Melchizedek”; Psalm 110:4; Genesis 14:18.  Fulfilled: Hebrews 5:6Hebrews 6:17; Hebrews 6:20Hebrews 7:17Hebrews 7:21John 12:34.

Messiah Will Be Declared The Son of God, Firstborn from the Dead

You are my son….”  Psalm 2:7; Proverbs 30:4 ; Psalm 89:26Psalm 89:27Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 31:9.   Fulfilled: Matthew 3:17Mark 1:11Luke 1:32; Acts 13:33Hebrews 1:5Hebrews 5:5Colossians 1:15.

Firstborn from the Dead, Revelation 1:5.

Messiah Is One With Our Father, He is Our Maker:

YHVH is One:  Deuteronomy 6:4.  Fulfilled, I and the Father are OneJohn 10:30John 10:36; John 14:9;  John 17:11Colossians 1:15His people are One in Him, He is our Father and our Creator; Isaiah 63:16Isaiah 64:8; Psalm 100:3.   Fulfilled: John 17:21; Colossians 1:2Matthew 6:9 John 8:41,…

 Messiah Will Sit at the Right Hand of YHVH:

YHVH says to my Lord, sit at My Right HandPsalm 110:1Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 42:6Isaiah 45:24; Jeremiah 23:6.  Fulfilled: Matthew 22:43Matthew 22:44Matthew 22:45Matthew 26:64Matthew 1:23Romans 8:34Romans 10:9Philippians 2:11John 13:13; Matthew 28:18Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:3Hebrews 1:13.

He Will Be Anointed (Messiah) by The Spirit of YHVH:

The Spirit of YHVH will rest on Him, the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel and Strength, Knowledge; Isaiah 11:2,  Anointed/Messiah with Joy, Psalm 45:7.  Fulfilled: Matthew 3:16Mark 12:36Mark 14:62Mark 16:19Luke 4:18Luke 20:42Luke 22:69John 1:32John 3:34Acts 10:38Hebrews 1:9.

Messiah is our Judge, Judge of the Living and the Dead:

He will be Judge of the living and the dead; Isaiah 33:22.  Fulfilled: James 4:12;  John 5:30Romans 2:16Romans 14:92 Timothy 4:1Acts 10:42.

Messiah Will Be King of Zion (Spiritual Jerusalem):

He will be King of ZionPsalm 2:6.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:37; John 18:36; Luke 1:33Acts 10:36; Revelation 19:16 (His Kingdom is not of this realm, it’s Spiritual/Lasting, John 18:36)

Nomads (shepherds) will bow before himPsalm 72:9.  Fulfilled: Luke 2:8

Honored by great kingsPsalm 72:10Psalm 72:11.  Fulfilled: Matthew 2:1

The nations/peoples, (Goyim) and Kings, will come to YouIsaiah 60:5; Psalm 72:10.  Fulfilled: Romans 11:25,  “The fullness of the nations/peoples” continue to be grafted into to the Olive Tree of Israel, Revelation 21:26.  (See )

Our Creator, YHVH, King of the Universe, will destroy death forever, from Mt. Zion, in the re-newed (Spiritual) Jerusalem; Isaiah 25:7Isaiah 25:81 Corinthians 15:261 Corinthians 15:54Revelation 21:4,  His Kingdom is Spiritual/Eternal/Lasting.  Zion/The Spiritual Jerusalem will be on the renewed Earth, Matthew 6:10.

Made Higher than the kings of the Earth; Psalm 89:27.   Fulfilled: Revelation 1:5.

Messiah’s Way Will Be Prepared, (by John the Baptist):

A voice in the wilderness will clear the Way for YHVH… Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1Malachi 4:5.  Fulfilled: Matthew 3:3Matthew 11:14Mark 1:3Luke 3:4
Luke 1:17John 1:23.

Messiah Will Shine The Light to the Nations/Gentiles/Goy of Galilee…

by way of the sea, the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles/nations; Isaiah 9:1Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 42:1.  Fulfilled: Matthew 4:16; Matthew 15:24Matthew 12:18-21; Luke 2:32 .

The nations will come to Your LightIsaiah 60:3Isaiah 11:10 .  FulfilledRevelation 21:24; Romans 11:25Romans 15:12John 12:32Luke 2:32Acts 11:18Acts 13:47.

Messiah Will Speak in Parables:

I will open My mouth in a parable, dark (hidden) sayings of oldPsalm 78:2. Fulfilled: Matthew 13:35.

Messiah Will Be a Prophet Like Me, (Moses) From Among You:

I will raise up a prophet like Me, from among you, listen to HimDeuteronomy 18:15Deuteronomy 18:18,19.  Fulfilled: Matthew 21:11Acts 3:22; Acts 7:37.

Messiah Will Open Blind eyes and Deaf Ears.  Bringing Good News to Bind up the Brokenhearted:

The eyes will be opened…ears unstopped…to bring Good News, to bind up the brokenhearted; Isaiah 29:18Isaiah 35:5Isaiah 61:1Fulfilled: Matthew 9:35Matthew 11:5Mark 7:37Luke 7:22; Luke 4:18; Luke 4:29.

Messiah will be Rejected by His own, Despised, Hated and Not Believed:

He was rejected by His own people and not believedIsaiah 53:1Isaiah 53:2Isaiah 53:3Psalm 118:22.  Fulfilled: John 1:11John 5:43John 7:5John 7:48; John 12:37John 12:38Acts 3:14; Romans 10:16.

Abhorred and hated by the nations/peoples.  Because of My Name they will hate you tooIsaiah 49:7; Psalm 35:19Psalm 69:4.  Fulfilled: John 15:21John 15:25Matthew 10:22Matthew 24:91 John 3:13.

A stumbling stone, a rock of offence to both houses of Israel…to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; Isaiah 8:14;   Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:8Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11Romans 9:33.

Leaders will be against YHVH and His Anointed (Messiah), Psalm 2:2.  Fulfilled: Acts 4:26Revelation 19:19,…

Messiah Will Be Betrayed by a Close Friend for 30 Shekels of Silver:

Betrayed by a close friend, for 30 shekels of silverPsalm 41:9Psalm 55:12Psalm 55:13, Zechariah 11:12.  Fulfilled: Matthew 10:4Matthew 26:14,47Matthew 26:15Matthew 26:23Matthew 27:9Luke 22:21John 13:18.

The 30 shekels will be used to buy the Potter’s Field;  Zechariah 11:13.  Fulfilled:  Matthew 27:6Matthew 27:7; Matthew 27:8.

Messiah Will Be Falsely Accused and Mocked:

He will be accused by malicious witnesses. Sneered at and mockedPsalm 22:7; Psalm 35:11Psalm 27:12; Psalm 109:25.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:39Matthew 26:59Mark 15:29Luke 23:35Acts 6:13Mark 14:55,56.

Messiah Will Be Beaten, Scourged, Abused and Hung on a Tree:

He will be pierced, through hands and feet, bruised, flogged, beaten, beard pulled out, humiliated and spat uponZechariah 12:10Isaiah 50:6Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 22:16,17.  Fulfilled: John 19:37Matthew 26:67Matthew 27:26Matthew 27:30Mark 14:65Mark 15:19;Luke 22:631 Peter 2:24 Revelation 1:7.

Soldiers Will Cast Lots For His Clothing:

Soldiers gambled for my clothingPsalm 22:18.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24John 19:24.

Messiah Will Yield His Life, Bare Our Sin, and be Numbered with the Transgressors:

He poured out His soul to death, numbered with transgressors, He bore the sin/disease of the multitudeIsaiah 53:4; Isaiah 53:12. Fulfilled: Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27Mark 15:28Luke 22:37Hebrews 9:281 Peter 2:24.

He Bore our sin/blameIsaiah 53:4Isaiah 53:5Isaiah 53:11; Proverbs 20:30John 1:29.   FulfilledJohn 3:16Romans 5:6Romans 5:8 1 Corinthians 15:3Galatians 1:4Colossians 2:14

Messiah will be Buried With The Wicked, (those who retain their blame), in A Rich Man’s grave, Yet He is Blameless:

His grave assigned with the wicked, buried in a rich man’s grave,  He did no wrong nor spoke any deceit; Isaiah 53:9.  Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:22Matthew 27:57; and still to come, Revelation 14:5.

Messiah Will Be Given Gall Mixed With Vinegar Wine For His Thirst:

He will be given gall mixed with vinegar when He is thirsty: Psalm 22:15Psalm 69:21.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34Matthew 27:48John 19:28.

None of His Bones Will be Broken:

The Passover sacrifice is not to have any bone brokenExodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; He keeps all His bones, not one is broken, Psalm 34:20.  Fulfilled: John 19:33; John 19:36.

 That Day There will be Darkness Over the Land At Noon:

In that day, there will be darkness at noon, (the sixth hour): Amos 8:9.  Fulfilled: Matthew 27:45; Luke 23:44.

Messiah will Pray for His Enemies (Transgressors):

He will pray/intercede for His enemiesPsalm 109:4Isaiah 53:12; Isaiah 59:16.  FulfilledLuke 23:34;  Matthew 5:44; Romans 8:34Hebrews 7:25.

Messiah Will Suffer, Die on a Tree and Be Resurrected on the Third Day:

His body will not decay. Raised on the third day.  Firstborn from the dead.  Made Higher than the King of earth; Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:9Psalm 49:15Isaiah 53:5Hosea 6:2 .  Matthew 17:23; Matthew 16:21Matthew 17:9Matthew 20:19Luke 24:7Luke 24:46John 20:9 .  Fulfilled: 1 Corinthians 15:4Acts 2:32Acts 3:15Acts 5:30Acts 13:35John 2:22Mark 16:6; Colossians 1:181 Timothy 6:15;  Revelation 19:16.

Messiah Will Ascend on High:  

You have ascended on HighPsalm 68:18Proverbs 30:4.  Fulfilled: Ephesians 4:8; Mark 16:19Luke 24:51John 3:13; Acts 1:9.

Messiah Will Send His Spirit:

I will pour out my Spirit on all fleshIsaiah 44:3; Joel 2:28, (3:1) .  Fulfilled: John 7:38John 20:22Acts 2:17

Messiah Will Establish The Renewed Covenant, Putting His Torah Within Our Hearts:

He will make/cut an Everlasting (Spiritual) CovenantIsaiah 55:3Jeremiah 31:31Jeremiah 31:33Jeremiah 32:40Fulfilled: Romans 11:272 Corinthians 3:31 Thessalonians 4:9Hebrews 8:10Hebrews 10:16

And All Peoples of the Earth Will be Blessed Through Him, Y’shua.

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Purging out the old Leaven and What it Represents

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What is leaven and Why remove it from our homes every year?

 

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We call the leaven used in bread dough, yeast, it’s what makes the dough rise or puff up.

Knowledge is something that puffs us up, 1 Corinthians 8:1.  In other words, the more we think we know puffs up our opinions.  Opinions cause divisions, disagreements, arguments, conflicts and even wars because the flesh desires to be right, James 4:1

What are we to do then, when we feel assaulted by some other “know it all” with a differing opinion?  As you may have already experienced, the moment we verbalize our disagreement our puffed up flesh become evident.   No matter how many times we try to punch the hot air out of inflated bread dough it continues to rise.

The Symbolism of Spring Cleaning

Spring is the beginning of months, the first month of the lunar year, Exodus 12:2.

In the days before the annual Seven Days of Unleavened Bread the search for hidden leaven begins.  I always looked forward to Spring cleaning, it’s like an inner time-clock that goes along with the nicer weather.  Now I know an even greater meaning for this time of thorough cleaning.

Keeping in mind there is a Spiritual parallelism between our homes and our bodies. As we begin our search for leaven in our homes, we also ask for our wrong thinking, anything that puffs us up, to be revealed, Psalm 139:23  .  We start remembering to check ingredients for foods that contain leaven.  Going through all those stored away containers in our pantries, cupboards and refrigerators.  Cleaning every crumb out of our toasters, our ovens, on our counter-tops and floors.

When every spec of hidden leaven is out of our home, and consequently clean just feels good, we are ready to begin eating Unleavened Bread for seven days.  Leviticus 23:6

There are no exceptions to the blindness we humans tend to have toward our own Haughty Pride, John 12:40.  We may even be able to recognize it in others and completely miss the way it looks in ourselves, Matthew 7:3.   The ego or pride of our flesh is attached to an inevitable fall and it is destined for destruction, Proverbs 16:18.   A puffed up ego also makes us unteachable.

Only the humble are able to perceive the wrong in their own thinking in order to (repent) turn and be healed, Matthew 13:15.

Unleavened Bread represents our humbled flesh.  The humble take every thought (opinion) captive and make it obedient to the knowledge of its Creator, 2 Corinthians 10:5.

Remember these appointed days are our Creator’s days, Leviticus 23:4.  His Name perpetual Name is YHVH (He Exists).  His people are those who keep, guard and remember His instructions perpetually.  He does not change, His Word is Perfect.  It will not be abolished until all has been accomplished and that is when heaven and earth pass away, Genesis 1:14Matthew 5:18.

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 We Went to Learn More About The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

We thought traveling to Israel and Palestine, to meet with people living in the midst of this conflict, would give answers.

“If we think we have answers, we may not even understand the question.”

Now I understand why we kept hearing this quote but I didn’t think it pertained to me until after I returned home.  Now I have a confession to make, I do think there’s only One answer.  Honestly, doesn’t everyone who believes in our Messiah’s covenant on the cross think; if only they knew the Prince of PeaceIsaiah 9:6Ephesians 2:14

 But I came home humbled by some pretty hefty questions.  These questions kept me up at night, or maybe it was jet lag, but either way, I had a lot of time to think.

“There are many sides to this Israeli Palestinian conflict.”

This was another quote we heard as we began our journey into Palestinian territory.  Although walking next to the thirty foot concrete dividing wall I could only see two sides, the Jewish and the Non-Jewish.

Why was this physical dividing wall so obvious when the Spiritual dividing wall had been abolished over 2,000 years ago, Ephesians 2:14-16?  The prophesy of the promised Seed was fulfilled through the line of Judah.  There is no more reason for division between Jew and non-Jew.  Our Jewish Messiah has made both into One, establishing peace …1 Corinthians 12:13Colossians 1:20Colossians 3:11 and 15.

Chrisy at the Wall

So why was there still a physical dividing wall growing?  What exactly has changed in the past two thousand years since Spiritual peace was established?

Peace Was Never Promised to This Temporary World of Death and Destruction

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now, My Kingdom is not of this realm.” John 18:36

Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.Matthew 10:34

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor/grace rests!”Luke 2:14

Re-reading the three verses above clarified three things: 1.) His Kingdom is not of this world;  2.) it is not observable;  3.) it is within those who rest in His favor/grace, Luke 17:20Luke 17:21.

Since Adam and Eve there has been a purpose for division.  And with the curse of death came a promise of hope, Genesis 3:15.  Our Merciful Creator did not permit them to eat from the Tree of Life and live in their fallen state forever.   No one will not be permitted to eat from the Tree of Life until they overcome, Revelation 2:7

   All that to say, “heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 this world, earth, land is as temporary as we are.

“The Land is Mine.”

Leviticus 25:23Hebrews 11:131 Peter 2:11Exodus 19:5Psalm 119:19.

 The land belongs to YHVH (He Exists) to give or take from whomever He pleases.

In reality we are all just renters with One Landlord, Matthew 21:41.  Our temporary bodies and this temporary earth will be made New, Isaiah 65:17Isaiah 60:212 Peter 3:13.

Both King David and Y’shua (Jesus) were referring to the New earth when they said, “the humble will inherit the earth,” Psalm 37:11Matthew 5:5.

I’ve discovered it wasn’t the answers but the questions that humbled me enough to re-think and search the Living, Unchanging Word of YHVH.

 

Has Isaiah’s prophesy about All people becoming righteous and “possessing the Land Forever” been accomplished? Isaiah 60:21

When this glorious mystery of The Good News is accomplished, who will inherit what Land?  Psalm 37:29Matthew 5:5

“but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of YHVH is accomplished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.” Revelation 10:7

“Surely YHVH God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets,” Amos 3:7

The Two Sticks becoming One

Regarding Judah and Ephraim, the Jewish and Non-Jewish, and the two sticks became One, “join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become One in your hand. Ezekiel 37:17

“And YHVH will be King over all the earth; in that day YHVH will be the only one, and His Name the only one,” Zechariah 14:9.

We still, hopefully, await the day YHVH brings His Kingdom to reign on the new earth.

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law, (Torah) or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  Until heaven and earth pass away not one yod or vav will pass from the Torah until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:17; Matthew 5:18

 All is not yet accomplished.  Physically we still live under the curse of “enmity” YHVH placed between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the Serpent,  Genesis 3:15.

We know Y’shua took the curse on the cross, Galatians 3:13.  He fulfilled that obscure Hebrew idiom, “He will bruise his head,”  meaning, to conquer.  He conquered death when He rose to New Spiritual Life, on the third day of First Fruits. At the pre-appointed time of Unleavened Bread, and proof that the rest would follow, (when all is accomplished),  1 Corinthians 15:20.

 “If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.” Romans 11:16

Unity in Him

From Adam to Judah, we are able to trace the linage of the prophesied Seed.  YHVH divided one people, from all the peoples of the earth, so all would recognize Y’shua as the promised Messiah.  Yet this physical division remains only because people failed to  search the Scriptures to see what they said about Him. John 5:39

Weather it is believed or not, the reason for the division between Jewish or non-Jewish has been fulfilled.  We are One in Y’shua Messiah, the promised Seed of Abraham, and heirs of the coming promise, Galatians 3:28,29.

From Genesis to Revelation, YHVH’s (He Exists) reveals His plan from the beginning was for All peoples to be blessed, Genesis 12:3Revelation 15:4

“The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles, non-Jewish, by faith, preached the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” Galatians 3:8

But try Explaining that to a Wall…

Back to our tour and the exceptional job our guides did of setting us up with informative meetings and meals with Palestinian Christians, Muslims, and Israeli settlers.

We were met with warm greetings, hospitality, kind faces and stoic stories of suffering, loss, forgiveness and perseverance.  Now I realize how little I understood about the cultural importance of the land. On both sides there are those who are willing to risk their lives for what they know is rightfully their land.

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PassoverPassover or Pesach is a Picture of Salvation

From the beginning our Creator put lights in the sky to separate day from night and to be signs of His appointed days (moed) and years, Genesis 1:14.

Moses was given detailed instructions of YHVH’s (He Exists) appointed days and told they were to be observed as a perpetual memorial.

 Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate (observe) it as a feast (gathering) to YHVH; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.Exodus 12:14

The weekly Sabbath, (meaning Seventh day), is an example of a “set apart” day.  From the beginning mankind was instructed to keep the seventh day “Holy” from the other six days of creation, because The Creator of the Seven Days cycle had a reason, Genesis 2:3.

He also had a reason for “setting apart” one man, Abraham, to become the first Hebrew, Genesis 14:13.   Hebrew means to cross over.  The Hebrew people are those who have crossed over from the ways of the world.

Choosing the least or fewest of all peoples/nations, YHVH began to reveal the lineage of His Promised Seed, (Messiah),  Genesis 3:15

 The promise of The Seed that would be a Light to All nations/peoples and bring salvation to the ends of the earth, Isaiah 49:6; Isaiah 42:6Acts 13:47

The Light is Foreshadowed in The Passover Story

Origin: 13th century BC, Passover is a tradition lasting over 3,300 years.  The Passover covenant meal begins the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread, Exodus 23:14.

Passover is Celebrated the 1st month of the Lunar year (Aviv/Nisan) on the 14th day.

Preparation for Passover

The 10th day of the first lunar month begins the Physical preparation.  A lamb was to be chosen and observed.  The women began searching and cleansing their homes from all leaven/yeast.  

Spiritually, the search for hidden yeast in the home also represents cleansing the body of hidden sin.

Leaven represents every false way that puffs us up, hidden pride, boasting and hypocrisy;  1 Corinthians 5:6;  Luke 12:1

“Watch out! Jesus told them. “-Beware of the yeast (false teachings) of the Pharisees and Sadducees, (the religious leaders). Matthew 16:6 Matthew 16:12.

 Praying prayers to be Examined, Tried and Tested, like King David Example:

Examine me, YHVH, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.” Psalm 26:2Psalm 139:23

 1 Corinthians 11:17-26; 23-32, “examine yourself.”

On the 14th day of Aviv the Passover/Pesach is prepared

A loud blast from the Shofar (the rams horn), blown at 3:PM, the time the lambs were sacrificed at the Temple. This time of sacrifice lasted 1,200 years.  Numbers 10:10 ( the rams horn is symbolic of the ram caught in the thicket by his horns, Genesis 22:13.

“Blessed are You, YHVH, King of the Universe, Who sanctifies us with Your teachings and instructs us to hear the sound of the shofar.”

At twilight the woman of the house Lights the candles as a reminder to be a light to the nations. He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacoband to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  Isaiah 49:6

“that Christ (Messiah) would suffer, and as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim Light to our people and to the Gentiles. Acts 26:23

Jesus Began The Passover by Humbly Washing the Feet of His Followers.

The Foot Washing ceremony is a time of serving one another in the example of Y’houshua (Jesus): John 13:1-17; Matthew 20:28. This is done in place of the non-scriptural hand washing ceremony. Y’housha had a lot to say about the hypocrites who kept the hand washing tradition but did not purify their hearts.  Psalm 24:3-4; Matthew 15:2-20; Mark 7:2, 3,6; Luke 11:38.

The Pesach Seder or Order of Passover

(It’s a priority to involve the children by giving them the questions to read and making it as fun, creative and memorable as you can) Exodus 12:26; 13:14

Exodus 12:1-28, vs.14  “Feast of Unleavened Bread, a memorial forever, vs.15 why we eat it for seven days, vs. 19 cleanse house of all yeast, vs 24-27 this is a lasting memorial, keep it throughout your generations, when you come to the land that YHVH will give you as He has promised, you will keep this service.  And when your children say to you, “what does this service mean.”  You will say, “It is the sacrifice of the YHVH’s Passover, Who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He struck the Egyptians and we were delivered.”  Exodus 13:3; 34:18; Numbers 9:1-14; Deuteronomy 16 1-8.

Why Recline at the Table?

Because we are no longer enslaved to the curse of sin and death.  We are YHVH’s children and co- heirs with Messiah, Romans 8:15,16

*1st cup-Sanctification:  Exodus 6:6, I will bring you out;  fill a cup with red wine, symbolic of the grapes that were crushed and transformed into wine.  This represents the blood that is required when cutting covenant.  Isaiah 53:5 Jesus was “bruised” or “crushed” for our iniquities and by His sacrifice/wounds, we are healed/saved/delivered, made whole, Luke 22:17,19, 20.

  • “Blessed are you YHVH our Elohim, King of the Universe, Who brings forth the fruit of the vine.” Drink the first cup called Kiddush meaning sanctification.

Retelling the Story of Deliverance (The Haggadah)

*The 2nd Cup of Remembrance by retelling:  Exodus 6:6 I will deliver you.The Hebrew word “remember” means to re-experience. The Egyptians drank deeply of the wrath of God as will those who follow bad.  We remember the 10 plagues; (have each child read 10 numbered 3X5 cards with visuals) 1. Nile River turned to Blood 2. Frogs 3. Lice 4. Flies 5. Livestock diseased 6. Boils 7. Hail 8. Locusts 9. Thick darkness 10. Death of the firstborn, (this parallels Y’shua).  Pharaoh finally ordered them to leave but once again his heart hardened and he went after them to bring them back. (The parting of the Red Sea parallels the Way made for us to cross over from death to life in Y’shua’s resurrection, we have victory over our enemies.)

Additional questions for the kids:  How did the Hebrews end up in Egypt and become slaves to Pharaoh?

 How long did YHVH’s people wander in the desert because of their unbelief?

Who fearlessly led the people into the promised land, conquering giants and cleansing the land of  it’s corruption?

When did they break the covenant and go into Babylonian captivity after prophesied warnings because of their unfaithfulness to God?

Connecting Everything in YHVH’s Word to Y’shua (Jesus), John 5:39

*This first Passover Lamb in Egypt foreshadowed our Passover Lamb in Jerusalem, The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

“Thank you, YHVH, for taking us out of the bitterness of bondage and bringing us into the Joy of Your Salvation/Deliverance.”

Even the Traditions point to Y’shua

Hiding the Broken Matza, Afikomen

Take three pieces of matzah and break the middle piece.  Appoint someone to hide the broken matza, wrapped in a cloth, then after the meal release the children to find it and give a silver coin to redeem it.  Exodus 30:11-16; 38:25-28; Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:26 .  As we have been redeemed by the death of our Redeemer.

The found half will be eaten during the third cup.

I Am the Bread of Life John 6:35

Eating The Meal

Blessed are You YHVH, King of the Universe, Who brings forth the fruit of the vine. (Drink the second cup)

*The Holy, Sanctified, Consecrated, Set Apart Passover Meal is a light meal, do not serve anything with yeast.

Deuteronomy 8:10 “Bless YHVH when you have eaten and are satisfied”

(Use the Afikomen, or hidden Matzah for the 3rd Cup)

*The 3rd Cup of Redemption or Blessing: Exodus 6:6, I will redeem you.  The Catholic Church changed the name of this cup to Communion.  YHVH’s instructions were removed and with their own religion was added.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 if you recall any pride ask Him to take it from you. “This is the bread of affliction/humiliation, Isaiah 53:5; Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:10.  (Try to stay awake all night, this begins our affliction or humbling time.  Our fathers did this in the land of Egypt at the first Passover and Y’shua did not sleep the night He was arrested).

Jeremiah 31:31-34- A Renewed Covenant; 1 Corinthians 10:16 when we participate we who are many are one body.  1 Corinthians 15:3, 20

Matthew 26:29 ‘I tell you, I will not drink this fruit of the vine again until the day I drink new wine with you in the Kingdom of My Father.’

Luke 22:16-18 The last Seder…I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, (Ex. 6:6) and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 Then he took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given on your behalf. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 Then He raised the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out on your behalf is the New Covenant in my blood.” Jeremiah 31:33  (When we participate we are saying that all we have is Yours, this is a Covenant Vow)

  • “Blessed are you YHVH, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth (and the grave) that we might eat this and become (humble) like Him.”

The 4th Cup of Praise-Exodus 6:7 “I will take you to Myself” 1 Corinthians 10:16 the cup of blessing; Philippians 2:16,17 Joy makes us lights that shine in a dark world.  *(Do Not Drink This Cup, we are still awaiting for the Messiah to return and take us to Himself).

Sing or read Psalm 113-118

(There are Five themes, Deliverance, Red Sea, Torah, Resurrection, Messiah) Hallelu Yah, Matthew 26:30 after singing the Hallel they went out to the Mt. of Olives;

(Additional praise songs:  Exodus 15:2 Mariam’s song; Revelation 4:8b-11 Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come…Worthy are You O Lord our God to receive glory, honor and power because you did create all things and by Your will they were indeed created.)

Malachi 4:5 Elijah’s cup, (the 4th cup) was not drank.  Now we say next year in Jerusalem at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! Revelation 19:6-9 

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