Keeping the Feasts?

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are […]

Easter tract

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In traditional Passover celebrations four questions are asked so that through the answers we may be reminded of the significance of this great formative event in the history of Israel. But perhaps the most vital question that should be asked is: “How will the LORD pass over me to save me from judgement?” At that […]

May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, ushers in a solemn ten day period of soul searching and penitence. The blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn), signals the call to repentance. According to Rabbinic tradition three books are opened on Rosh Hashanah. One records the names of the wicked who, on account of their wilful and defiant transgression of God’s […]

Judgment and Deliverance – the lesson of Pesach

Dies auch in Deutsch erhaeltlich “Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: perhaps you shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger” (Zephaniah 2:3) The consistent purpose of every true prophet was: to warn that judgment is inevitable to call sinners to […]

The hidden mystery in the Passover Seder

The New Ingredient The Law of Moses which gave the Passover to Israel carefully prescribed the manner in which it was to be kept. The outstanding feature of that feast was the Lamb offered by the Priests in the Temple of Jerusalem commemorating the Lamb slain in Egypt, and which alone was called “The Passover.” […]

Christ, Our Passover Lamb, Has Been Sacrificed

The celebration of the Passover, instituted by Moses under the Old Covenant, was in the first month of the Hebrew Calendar. The annual cycle of Feasts and holy days commenced with the celebration of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt and culminated in the feasts of the seventh month – the feast of trumpets, the […]

I Will Passover You

The story of Passover and the exodus is a timeless story that has become a powerful symbol of liberation, but Passover represents far more than just national liberation. YHWH set his people free from slavery in Egypt so that they could worship him. Passover represents liberation from bondage in order to worship God, which entails […]

Counting the omer – Part 1 – from Bondage to Revelation and beyond

The history of the Exodus is prophetic and contains many pointers to the later and ultimate Redemption. The events following the first Passover in Egypt were thus ‘codified’ in the Jewish festive calendar, serving as an annual reminder of this important history and establishing the ongoing significance of these events for future generations. At the same time, Israel’s failure to possess […]

The second omer – Daniel’s countdown from exile to Messiah

Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city … Daniel 9: 24 In a previous article, Counting the omer – part 1, we considered the history of the Exodus from the Passover to Shavuot (Pentecost) and saw how this history was “codified” in the Jewish festive calendar. We also saw how Israel failed to realise its […]