Have you ever felt like you’ve blown it and wish you could go back and fix your past mistakes? Have you longed for a second chance to fix a wrong and make it right? God has shown us in His Word that He offers that second chance when we’ve messed up, either when we’ve done it intentionally, unintentionally, or just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time (yep, there is such a thing as guilt by association.) Sin can creep in by any of these three ways and it’s good to know that God will allow us a do-over, making a wrong a right, when we have a repentant heart. Let’s look at one of the most important feasts in God’s Word showing us this exact scenario.
First, let’s look at chance # 1: God established His first feast of the year to be celebrated at the very first Passover, or in other words, at the exit of Egypt lead by Moses, to which God has asked us all, as His followers, to celebrate forever in memorial of what the Lord has done (Hint – this isn’t just Yashar’el (Israel.) God gives us the privilege of celebrating this feast when we come to be His sons & daughters, referenced as foreigners in the text. If you’ve accepted the Messiah, then you’ve been grafted into the Branch, or become part of the Yashar’el family. See previous post on that.) This feast is a very special feast, not only because it is the first feast of the spring of the year (the celebration of the first fruits harvest), but it is a complete picture of the future Messiah that Yahweh would send, Yahoshua (Jesus). I’ll add a few comments within the text…
“And Yahweh spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak unto all the congregation of Yashar’el, saying, In the tenth day of this month let each man take a lamb according to the families of the fathers, a lamb per family [This is the exact day that Yahoshua (Jesus) road into town on a donkey, what we call as Palm Sunday. He had to be ‘inspected for 4 days, per God’s laws before He could be counted worthy to be a perfect, spotless sacrifice. Another key note is that Yahoshua had to come in the 4,000th year in order to fulfill God’s perfect timeclock of a 7,000 year earth cycle]; 4 and if the household is too small and is not able to eat the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of persons; each one according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 The lamb shall be without blemish, a male of one year; ye shall take it out from the sheep or from the goats; 6 and ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month, and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it between the two evenings [We see the exact count of days for the Messiah. He was crucified during this exact time frame.].7 And they shall take of the blood and put it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses in which they shall eat it [Yahoshua’s perfect blood needed to cover the entire frame of the door as He is the door and all must enter through Him. Without His blood, we are not allowed to enter through Him, the door and gate]. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it [Yahoshua stated in the book of John, “Then Yahoshua said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Unless ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye shall have no life in you.” John 6:53]. 9 Eat none of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roast with fire, his head with his legs, and with the entrails thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remains of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it: with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is Yahweh’s passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both among man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am Yahweh. 13 And this blood shall be to you for a sign upon the houses where ye are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you [When Our Father, God, sees His Son’s blood, death will pass over us, and we will be free from its curse], and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it as a feast unto Yahweh throughout your ages; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread [Leaven represents sin in our lives, so this feast is as represented by the removal of our sin by the 7th day, or 7,000 years]; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, except that which every person must eat, that only may be done of you. 17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread, for in this same day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore, shall ye observe this day for your ages by an ordinance forever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, ye shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening. 19 For seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or born in the land. 20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations ye shall eat unleavened bread.” Leviticus 12:1-20 (Jubiliee 2000)
“9 ¶ And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 Let the sons of Israel also keep the passover at its appointed season. 3 In the fourteenth day of this month, between the two evenings, ye shall keep it in its appointed season; according to all its ordinance and according to all the laws thereof, shall ye keep it. 4 And Moses spoke unto the sons of Israel that they should keep the passover. 5 And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month between the two evenings in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the sons of Israel.” Numbers 9:9-5
We see specific instructions given by Yahweh for this feast. It was to start by bringing in the lamb on the 10th day of the 1st month (spring time), but the memorial celebration would start 4 days later, from the 14th to the 21st of that month. During this entire time, leaven was forbidden and God set a part two special “High Sabbaths” or “Holy Convocations” during this week to which no work would be done, the 1st day (14th day of the month) and the 7th (last) Day (21st day of the month). These were to be treated as a normal Sabbath, or Shabbat. No work shall be done. We see this as a highly desired feast to follow, and a requirement for the people of Yashar’el. One didn’t want to miss this feast, because truly it was the celebration of the Messiah dying for our sins, for without this celebration, one would not be able to enter through the Door by His Blood. And, in order to attend this celebration, you had to be considered both apart of the family and washed clean of your sin.
- “43 ¶ And Yahweh said unto Moses and Aaron, This shall be the ordinance of the passover: No stranger shall eat of it, 44 but every man’s slave that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat of it.” Exodus 12:43-44 – You had to be part of the Yashar’el family in order to partake in this.
- “And if a stranger shall sojourn with thee and desire to make the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and make this sacrifice; and he shall be as one that is natural in the land, but no uncircumcised person shall eat of it.” Exodus 12:48
But, what if someone qualified as part of the family, but then still missed chance #1? What if they had committed a sin intentionally, unintentionally, or just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Could they get a chance #2?
“6 And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day; and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day; 7 and those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man; why are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the sons of Israel? 8 And Moses said unto them, Wait, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you.” Numbers 9:6-7
We see that Yahweh answers Moses with the following:
“9 And Yahweh spoke unto Moses, saying, 10 Speak unto the sons of Yashar’el, saying, If any man of you or of your generations should be unclean by reason of a dead body or be on a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto Yahweh. 11 The fourteenth day of the second month, between the two evenings they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it; according to all the ordinance of the passover they shall keep it. 13 But the man that is clean and is not on a journey and forbears to keep the passover, that same soul shall be cut off from among his people; because he did not bring the offering of Yahweh in his appointed season; that man shall bear his sin. 14 And if a stranger shall sojourn among you and will keep the passover unto Yahweh; according to the ordinance of the passover and according to the laws thereof, so shall he do; ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger and for the natural of the land.” Numbers 9:9-14
So, we see above that God allowed chance #2 for His people to be a part of the passover celebration. Because they were unclean when the first passover came (they had either committed a sin intentionally, unintentionally, or just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time – guilt by association), they were not allowed to be a part of the first and greatest annual celebration, but Yahweh was merciful to them and after their realization that they could not attend the first, their desire was to please Yahweh, and they were washed cleaned and restored to their Father, they were then allowed to attend the second, but lesser celebration. It is far greater to realize your errors first, to be washed by the Blood of the Lamb and able to attend the first celebration, but God is merciful, gives second chances, and will allow you to still celebrate at at a later time. (In this case, it was exactly one month later than the first and grandest celebration.) This second celebration is what the Jews today call, Pesach II, the second passover. Note that while they were still allowed to keep the passover, one month late, they were not allowed into the one week long celebration and the two Holy Convocations (or assembly gatherings). They missed the big party!
After the second message from Yahweh to Moses about the Pesach, I find the next passage interesting. It was after the relay of this second message, that on that same day, the day also where the tabernacle was raised, that Yahweh’s presence consumed part of the tabernacle in a beautiful display of fire by night. And, thus started the journey of the people of Yashar’el, God’s chosen people, into the wilderness…
15 ¶ And on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle over the tent of the testimony; and in the evening there was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the appearance of fire until the morning. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the sons of Yashar’el journeyed; and in the place where the cloud abode, there the sons of Yashar’el pitched their tents.” Numbers 9:15-17
It’s a good idea to get in the habit of finding out when the Jews celebrate these important feasts. One way is to download a calendar app into your yahoo, outlook, or google calendar. Here’s a link for a google calendar download: https://www.hebcal.com/home/60/google-calendar-jewish-holidays Keep in mind that the Jewish calendar is still not entirely accurate as to God’s timing, but it will get us closer to where we should be.