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Episode: “Days of Remembrance: Passover”
Filmed on location in Israel, Myles and Katharine demonstrate and explain the origin and significance of Passover while providing insight for Believers in Yeshua.

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  • 00:05 And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying... These are the feasts of the Lord, Holy Convocations which you shall proclaim in their seasons.
  • 00:15 In the 14th day of the 1st month is the Lord's Passover.
  • 00:27 Shalom, welcome to our program, I'm Myles Weiss And I'm Katharine Weiss and we have a program today about Passover.
  • 00:32 You know it says in Leviticus 23:1-2 it talks about how God told Moses to speak to the children of Israel and to tell them about a feast that he was wanting them to keep, keep to him.
  • 00:47 When I think about Feasts Myles people might think about eating but that's not what it says in Strong's.
  • 00:52 In Strong's it talks about a " moed ", an "appointed time" time that God has ordained on his calendar.
  • 01:00 And it talks about also that these are his Feasts not just the Jewish people's Feasts but these are his Feasts that he will do things on these dates and it does not change.
  • 01:10 Yes, it's fascinating isn't it that people assume that they are the feasts of the Jewish people but he says repeatedly these are my Feasts.
  • 01:16 In fact, he declares who he is early on in this story of putting the Feasts together he says,
  • 01:16 (Speaking Hebrew)
  • 01:31 What a picture of bringing the Jewish people up out of Egypt.
  • 01:34 But it speaks to us as well about bringing us out of the slavery to sin.
  • 01:39 What a blessing that God is going to use the Feasts, especially Passover to speak about redemption and the fact the death could pass over us.
  • 01:47 Amen, let's go hear more from Myles in Israel.
  • 01:53 Passover has been called the Crown Jewel of the Feasts.
  • 01:56 It's the first of the Feasts.
  • 01:58 And it comes in the Spring.
  • 01:59 In fact, Leviticus 23 we're mandated on the first month and the 14th day to keep the Feast of Passover, Why?
  • 02:08 Because the most important thing that has happened in the history of man has been the shed blood of the Lamb.
  • 02:14 And Passover is the picture, the story of redemption that comes due to the shed blood of Yeshua HaMashiach .
  • 02:22 This is how God says it in John 1:29 we see the cousin John the Immerser.
  • 02:28 It turns out he wasn't a baptist, He was an Immerser doing something that Jewish people have done for thousands of years.
  • 02:35 And when he saw Yeshua coming to the Jordan he said,
  • 02:35 (Speaking Hebrew)
  • 02:47 It's an offer to humanity from God pictured in the Gospel according to Moses because really the story of Israel is a story of a love affair between God the Creator of the heavens and the earth and the Israeli people, the Jewish people and by choice Gentiles that will knit yourselves to the people of Israel and to the story of Messiah.
  • 03:13 I mean really there are 3 aspects to every Feast.
  • 03:15 There's a Historical aspect, it speaks about the story of Israel the history of God's interaction with Israel.
  • 03:23 There's a prophetic picture in each of the Feasts.
  • 03:26 They each have a picture of Messiah.
  • 03:29 They look towards the finished work of Mashiach .
  • 03:32 And there's a personal meaning.
  • 03:34 If you watch, if you listen and if you participate in the Feasts I believe God will speak to you about your own life, where you are in your journey on this very brief time we have on earth and what it may mean.
  • 03:46 So there's a personal aspect every time we keep the Feasts, every time we teach about the Feasts there's something in it for you.
  • 03:53 Now, this love story began in the Garden of Eden.
  • 03:56 You could say all of humanity was bitten by a snake in Genesis 3:15.
  • 04:01 And because of that the Scripture tells us that the Promised Son, the One to come the Mashiach that would come would crush the head of the Snake and the Snake, the Serpent, the Devil, Satan the Adversary would bruise the heel of the One to come.
  • 04:18 This is very interesting because there's another meaning to the word " Pesach " which is Hebrew for "Passover" And the word means "to limp", " pesach ".
  • 04:26 You see it in the story of Mephibosheth before David.
  • 04:29 We see it in the story of Eliyahu asking how long will you halt between two opinions?
  • 04:33 Same Hebrew word "to limp".
  • 04:35 There's something about the coming of Messiah that had to do with a bruise, a wound, a difficulty, a sacrifice that included something other than being a reigning king.
  • 04:46 So he came as the Lamb of God The picture in the Passover is this amazing story coming out of Egypt, the deliverance from Egypt and the blood of the Lamb needing to be put on the doorposts of each house, the Israelites coming inside that house and the Angel of Death passing over so the people inside would be spared.
  • 05:08 It's a picture for us of what could happen when we allow the blood of the Lamb to be placed on our hearts.
  • 05:14 Why? Why blood?
  • 05:16 What a dramatic way of doing this.
  • 05:19 Well the fact is that Leviticus 17:11 tells us, But none of us is worthy for that.
  • 05:29 There's no way that the blood of a normal lamb, no matter how perfect the lamb may be, cannot provide that complete redemption that came through Yeshua HaMashicah because he was, is 100 percent divine and 100 percent man.
  • 05:45 It's a mystery.
  • 05:46 I'm grateful that God's greater than my ability to completely understand him causing me to need to walk by faith.
  • 05:54 Passover has always been resisted throughout history sadly the history of the Christian Church has been one of resisting Passover, in fact, outlawing it.
  • 06:03 There was throughout history... All forbade the young believing community from participating in the Jewish Feasts, the Feasts of the LORD.
  • 06:21 Why?
  • 06:22 Because they point to the blood.
  • 06:24 They point to the Lamb.
  • 06:26 And they point to the incredible history of God's love affair with the Jewish people that continues even this day by restoring us to this land and beginning this work of restoration that will lead to the promise that we see in Romans chapters 9 through 11 where the Apostle Paul, Rav Shaul says all Israel will be saved.
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  • 07:26 You may wonder how does something as lavish as this come into being.
  • 07:30 There's a lot of preparation that goes into preparing this Passover meal It's called a " Seder " which means "Order".
  • 07:37 And sometimes the disorderliness that takes place getting it ready is humorous because it really does take some preparation.
  • 07:44 In fact, the beginning of this season is right after Purim the beginning of the Spring cleaning.
  • 07:51 I believe that may be where traditional western spring cleaning comes from is from the preparation of the home for a Passover Seder .
  • 07:59 The Seder is a meal, it's a very lavish meal.
  • 08:02 It has symbolic foods that are part of it.
  • 08:05 And it really begins with the cleaning out of leaven from the home, leaven that is a type of sin, a picture of sin in the Scriptures So we see in Exodus 12:15 Actually it's a picture of the consecration of ourselves, the separation of ourselves to the ways of God and to the things of God.
  • 08:32 There's a picture that continues not only from historically in the Passover of the Israeli people but also into the New Testament when Yeshua himself kept the Passover.
  • 08:43 The word that's used is called " bedikat khameytz " "to take the leaven out", to take out the leaven products.
  • 08:50 And I remember growing up in the old country, New York City where we would take all the leaven in the house and give it to our Gentile friends and neighbors so that everybody looked forward to Passover.
  • 09:00 We had this season of just a unique part of our lives.
  • 09:04 And our neighbors and friends got all the cookies and cakes that were in the home.
  • 09:09 In this cleansing of the home of all the leaven it's really a picture of the cleansing of our hearts that God is wanting to do, really changing us and dealing with what's called " yetzer hara " "the evil tendency that is within us".
  • 09:24 There's some wonderful traditions that secretly show the work of Yeshua .
  • 09:29 For example, in my family when we would gather the " khameytz ", the "leaven", from the home for the very last moment we would take a feather and a wooden spoon and my Dad or Mom would take the feather and scoop up a few symbolic crumbs of leaven, put them on the spoon and then we would take them out to the barbeque and burn them there.
  • 09:51 Well, listen - a feather, a picture of the dove, the Holy Spirit, " Ruach HaKodesh " coming and taking the sin and putting it on a wooden spoon picturing perhaps a wooden cross and the full sacrifice burning until nothing was left just as Yeshua made a full sacrifice for us when he went to the cross as our Passover Lamb.
  • 10:17 I think about this season between Purim and Passover.
  • 10:21 It's very similar in a way to the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur where that introspection, that preparation, that turning to God takes place.
  • 10:31 The idea being here that we can't save ourselves.
  • 10:35 We cannot make ourselves sanctified.
  • 10:38 There's no amount of good deeds or right actions I can do that will change my nature.
  • 10:43 But when I believe into the finished work of Yeshua something begins to happen in my heart and life.
  • 10:49 I know for myself it was like night and day.
  • 10:52 Does that mean that I walk without sin, absolutely not.
  • 10:54 I am a flawed person in process just as you are.
  • 10:59 But something magnificent happens when we say yes to Yeshua .
  • 11:03 And it's a very Jewish thing to do.
  • 11:06 We see it pictured in Isaiah 53 a very controversial passage of Scripture.
  • 11:12 And we also see that we're to tell this story of the historical Passover to our children.
  • 11:18 In fact, Exodus 13:8 says, That's why we use the " Haggadah ", we use "The Telling", a book, that is part of this story.
  • 11:29 We tell the story from generation to generation so that never will anyone forget what God did for us.
  • 11:35 In fact, we're supposed to tell it as if we were there in Egypt.
  • 11:39 We tell it from the point of view of "I was there and God did this for me" And we do that from generation to generation.
  • 11:47 Traditionally you would say at the end of the Seder , " Lashanah Hab'ah bi Yerushalayim " "Next Year in Jerusalem" But thanks be to God from 1948 forward since the rebirth of the state of Israel many of our Jewish brothers and sisters can say we are here now, we're not looking forward to that.
  • 12:06 Now Yeshua kept Passover.
  • 12:08 Not only was he the Passover, he kept Passover as an observant Jewish person John 2:13 says, And in those days preceding the Passover and then the crucifixion he was inspected by all of Israel, just as the Passover Lamb was inspected by the House of Israel back in the desert.
  • 12:32 And year after year, decade after decade Yeshua was inspected.
  • 12:36 And what was the testimony?
  • 12:38 Well, one testimony came from Pontius Pilot who said, "I find no fault in this man" A perfect Lamb was on the horizon, on the scene and about to prepare himself as a sacrifice for you and for me.
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  • 13:45 Before a live audience Zola explains the significance of this Feast and how the Messiah is revealed.
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  • 14:05 Passover is a prophecy of our Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
  • 14:12 Here we are in Israel with our Seder meal before us sharing with you the miracle of Passover.
  • 14:18 There's so many wonderful little images that God has given to us.
  • 14:22 They're actually a foreshadow, a mikrah of what he does completely in himself.
  • 14:27 When he delivered the people out of Egypt Myles he said the "Great I Ams" right?
  • 14:30 He said that he would deliver them out of bondage and he would redeem them, he would rescue them with a strong right arm.
  • 14:38 And he would call them to himself and they would be his people.
  • 14:43 He would adopt them.
  • 14:44 He would make them his own people.
  • 14:47 It's true, and not only do we have that historical reality but we see it in the midst of the meal.
  • 14:53 Those four statements that Katharine mentioned, The "I wills" you might say, are symbolized in the four cups that are drunk during the Passover Seder .
  • 15:01 And a traditional prayer is said before each of them.
  • 15:04 I'll say it for you now.
  • 15:05 " Barukh atah adonai " " eloheynu melekh ha'olam borey pri hagafen " Four cups with four meanings.
  • 15:15 And really it's where the communion comes from isn't it?
  • 15:19 It's where the communion comes from and its reminding us of the power of the blood.
  • 15:23 The Israelites put the blood of the lamb on the door posts and on the lintel so that the death angel would pass over.
  • 15:32 I don't know how many times I prayed that when we have been in danger, when we have traveled in India or Africa or in Russia, I said the blood of the LORD is over our doorposts and death angel you have to pass over.
  • 15:44 There is power in the blood.
  • 15:46 Exactly right.
  • 15:47 And all of these foods have a symbolic meaning as well.
  • 15:50 You see the Feast that we are about to partake of.
  • 15:52 But these particular symbolic foods, we have the burnt sacrifice of the lamb pictured in that bone.
  • 15:59 We have the bitter herbs, The Maror .
  • 16:01 We have The Kharoset which is a picture of the work and the labor of being in the land of Egypt and the deliverance God brought from the building of the bricks and making the pyramids and the other structures.
  • 16:14 We have the Karpas , the fresh new life of being delivered out of Egypt, out of the bondage of slavery And then some time in the middle ages we believe they added a roasted egg which some people say looks back to the burnt temple and the mourning for us to be back in Yerushalayim and back to the Temple.
  • 16:33 Some people think it might be a picture of the pagan sneaking in of a fertility symbol.
  • 16:41 But I have good news for you.
  • 16:43 The Easter Bunny cannot save you.
  • 16:45 It is the blood of the Lamb that saves.
  • 16:48 And that's why we have these foods that are partaken of during the Seder as we move the story forward as we tell the story.
  • 16:55 Now one of the most important, in fact Rabbi Gamaliel said that the two most important parts of this Seder are the Matzah and the Bitter Herbs.
  • 17:04 The bitter herbs remind us of what we've been delivered from but the Matzah also.
  • 17:09 Typically there would be three Matzot that would be taken and put inside of a Matza Tosh or Matza pocket.
  • 17:16 Now some people say, well why three?
  • 17:18 Is it the Levites, the Priests, the people?
  • 17:20 Is it Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
  • 17:23 Well, first of all there are 3 that go into the Matza pocket.
  • 17:29 But the middle one, the middle one, the second one I believe that you can see that what this represents are the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh the Holy Spirit because the middle matza is taken and you can see even today these are striped and pierced speaking of Isaiah 53, the sacrifice of Yeshua who substituted Himself for us.
  • 17:53 He was whipped, he was pierced at the cross, that full sacrifice, that full burning of that life for you and for me.
  • 18:02 Here we have a Matza, the Middle One symbolizing the Son is broken.
  • 18:08 And then the broken part is put inside of a white linen and then the Father of the family, the Abba will take the white linen and bury it somewhere in the room.
  • 18:20 It's called the Afikoman , That which comes after, that which comes later.
  • 18:25 And during the course of the service at some point the Father will tell the little children to go out and look for this "Hidden One".
  • 18:34 And then the child who finds it will come excited and just thrilled and bring it back to the Father of the family.
  • 18:41 And here's the picture.
  • 18:43 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Son broken for you and for me wrapped in white linen, buried but then brought back before the Father as the perfect ransom.
  • 18:55 And then the Father of the home will give the little child a gift.
  • 18:58 And it's a picture for us that we need to become like little children in order to see the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • 19:05 There's something about this perfect Sacrifice that when presented to the Father, paid the price for you and for me.
  • 19:12 There's another wonderful secret in the four cups, and it's the third cup which is when Yeshua said, "This is my Body and this is my blood which is spilled for you."
  • 19:23 We say the prayer over the Bread, Barukh atah adonai eloheynu melekh ha'olam hamotzi lekhem min ha'aretz .
  • 19:29 Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.
  • 19:34 And we know the Bread of Heaven went into the earth, came back for us, and is presented to the Father.
  • 19:41 But what about that 3rd cup?
  • 19:43 Right, the Redemption Cup.
  • 19:44 Yes The Bride Cup Yes, the Bridal Cup.
  • 19:48 Folks, this is so important.
  • 19:50 The Bridal Cup pictures that transaction that would take place when a young man would desire a bride he would go and present a cup, a silver cup usually, a silver cup picturing redemption.
  • 20:03 And if the Bride to be drank from that cup they were betrothed which is as serious as a wedding.
  • 20:09 And I want to say to you today that when Yeshua said, This is my blood which is given for you he was inviting you to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
  • 20:18 He was inviting you to drink of that cup and be forever betrothed to him and wed to him.
  • 20:25 And we want to say to you today that we want to invite you as well.
  • 20:29 If you have never given your life, your heart to Yeshua HaMashiach , it is the most Jewish thing you can do if you are a Jewish person.
  • 20:37 It is the most wonderful, eternal thing you can do for anyone who's watching this.
  • 20:43 Katharine and I want to invite you to say yes to the Bridegroom of heaven, in Yeshua 's Name.
  • 21:03 ♪ Background Music ♪ Katharine and I would love to host you in Israel.
  • 21:33 It is a life changing experience.
  • 21:34 Every time I go I learn something new.
  • 21:37 I see new things in the Word.
  • 21:39 And it's such a blessing to be there and to support the Israeli people especially at this time.
  • 21:43 So we invite you to come with us.
  • 21:45 It's a statement of your faith.
  • 21:47 It's a statement of your love for the Bible, for his people, for the Book.
  • 21:51 And it's a wonderful experience.
  • 21:53 And we would love to be your host.
  • 21:55 We're going to talk more about Passover Myles.
  • 21:58 I love talking about the Feasts because they're God's appointments with us.
  • 22:03 He has a Daytimer up in heaven.
  • 22:05 And he's like, Okay, on this moed , on this appointed time I'm going to institute my Covenant with the people that if they receive me, receive the blood, I'm going to cause the death angel to pass over.
  • 22:18 There's so many layers to the Feasts and there's also a lot of names.
  • 22:22 It can be confusing at the same time.
  • 22:24 You know it's so wonderful to see the Church now is understanding something of the Biblical calendar and beginning to come to terms with these are set times, appointed times, they're called a mikra , which is a rehearsal because they point to the coming of the LORD.
  • 22:38 They point to the Messiah.
  • 22:40 And especially Passover, such a revelatory experience when we host them at churches or in different congregations.
  • 22:46 It's just amazing to see how people respond, how they see Yeshua in the Passover.
  • 22:51 And so we are just blessed to speak about Passover and to keep it every year as well.
  • 22:56 Absolutely.
  • 22:57 We have a guest with us from Israel.
  • 22:59 She lives in the Galilee.
  • 23:02 She's a lovely lady.
  • 23:03 Her name is Carolyn Hyde.
  • 23:04 So let's go now and hear her song.
  • 23:17 ♪ And there she will sing as in the days of her youth ♪ ♪ As in the days she came out of Egypt ♪ ♪ And there she will sing as in the days of her youth ♪ ♪ As in the days she came out of Egypt ♪ ♪ So will I draw her, ♪ ♪ I will lead her into the desert ♪ ♪ I will speak to her gently ♪ ♪ I will open a door of hope ♪ ♪ And there she will sing as in the days of her youth ♪ ♪ As in the days she came out of Egypt ♪ ♪ And there she will sing as in the days of her youth ♪ ♪ As in the days she came out of Egypt ♪ ♪ I will betroth you ♪ ♪ In love and compassion ♪ ♪ I will always be faithful ♪ ♪ And you will acknowledge the LORD ♪ ♪ Background Music ♪ ♪ And there she will sing as in the days of her youth ♪ ♪ As in the days she came out of Egypt ♪ ♪ Background Music ♪♪ I know you enjoyed Carolyn's music.
  • 26:12 It's so wonderful.
  • 26:13 You know, God is the God who brought the people of Israel out with his strong right hand.
  • 26:18 Yeah, I love the Hebrew language, you know.
  • 26:20 It's so amazing to understand that the Hebrew word for Passover is " Pesach " The root word is " Pesa " which means "to limp" And it points to the blood of the Lamb, the limping, the broken, the Suffering Servant Messiah whose blood would be spilled on behalf of his people.
  • 26:36 It's and amazing picture that's hidden in the very word for Passover.
  • 26:41 It goes back to Genesis 3:15 where we see that the prophecy about Messiah would be that he would crush Satan's head but Satan would bruise his heal.
  • 26:50 And that is the picture of the cross that Yeshua was broken and he was bruised, and it please the Father to bruise him on your behalf and on my behalf as well.
  • 26:59 WOW, I'm so glad God made a way for us to have eternal life through His Son.
  • 27:04 He gave the full ransom price.
  • 27:06 He paid it all Myles.
  • 27:08 You know, as we close our program we always tell you to look into the goodness and inquire about the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 27:15 We'll do that, but before we do let's also tell you what we say at the end of every Passover " Lashanah Haba'ah bi Yerushalayim " "Next Year in Jerusalem" And with that we remind you Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem Our monthly newsletter the "Levitt Letter" is free and full of insightful articles and news commentary from a Messianic perspective.
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