Torah Teacher Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy
(Note: all quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, translation by David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., unless otherwise noted)
"ADONAI said to Moshe, "Tell the people of Isra’el: 'The designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.'"
"Pesach - Season of our Deliverance"
"In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between sundown and complete darkness, comes Pesach for ADONAI."
"Yeshua said to them, "This is what I meant when I was still alive with you and told you that everything written about me in the Torah of Moshe, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled" (Luke 24:44, CJB)
Next to Isaiah 53, nowhere else is this statement of Yeshua’s more vividly demonstrated than in the Holy Convocations of Leviticus Chapter 23. The opening few lines of that chapter clearly teach that the Biblical Feasts, including Pesach (Passover) to Sukkot (Tabernacles), are "designated times of ADONAI " (verse 4). Historically, the Nation of Isra’el was to act as a repository of the wisdom and Word of HaShem. With his Called-out Ones acting as a "fishbowl", the surrounding nations were to learn about the Creator, the One True God of the Universe, from the everyday activities of the offspring of Avraham. This is one of the primary reasons that the Torah was graciously given to Isra’el.
In both Biblical and Modern Hebrew, the word for "appointed time" is "mo-eyd". Interestingly, this meaning conveys the sense of the "dress rehearsals" that occur before an actual play. In this way, HaShem masterfully designed the mikra’ey kodesh to act as dress rehearsals for his children. "Of what?" you might ask.
The Feasts of ADONAI are dress rehearsals of Messianic Redemption.
Our LORD Yeshua has literally and prophetically fulfilled the first four of the seven feasts mentioned in Leviticus 23; it is my belief that the Torah teaches that he will, likewise, literally and prophetically fulfill the final three at his soon to be second arrival. As the children of Avraham willingly and faithfully lived out HaShem’s yearly cycle of "mo-eydeem", the Spirit of the Holy One graciously opened their hearts to understand that, as his treasured possession, they were responsible to actively pursue a genuine, loving relationship with their "husband". It is this type of personal relationship that HaShem desired from his children, and to this end, the surrounding nations might also see the goodness and mercy of ADONAI, and seek to become one of his treasured possessions. Today, our responsibilities to our Holy God have not changed any more than he himself has changed.
History has demonstrated that in the fullness of HaShem’s timetable he sent his Only Begotten Son Yeshua into the world, to redeem fallen man, and make it possible to have a right relationship with our Heavenly Abba. This Messianic Redemption of ours, which was accomplished through the sacrificial death, burial, and miraculous resurrection of Yeshua our Savior, has been prophetically and historically displayed through the teachings of the Holy Convocations of Leviticus 23. It is, therefore, HaShem’s desire that these teachings become an integral part of our everyday lives, as we walk out the truths of our new identification in Messiah. To be sure, the Torah has demonstrated,
"Then he opened their minds, so that they could understand the TaNaKH"
Shabbat notwithstanding, Pesach is the beginning of the biblical feasts of Leviticus chapter 23. The actual feast known as Pesach spans three separate, yet inextricably-inked feasts: Pesach ,observed on the fourteenth day of the Jewish month of Nissan, HaMatzah (Unleavened Bread), observed on the fifteenth day of Nissan, and Bikkurim (Firstfruits), observed the day after the Sabbath of HaMatzah.
From this point on, a good friend of mine from South Africa has contributed directly to this particular commentary, and I wish to acknowledge his profound authorship. While he wishes to remain anonymous, my prayer is that the Holy One will continue to bless him abundantly as he seeks to be a blessing to others through his writings.
According to this prophecy, Jeremiah foresaw a time that the re-gathering and resettlement of Israel would be a great talking point - an even greater topic than the ancient Exodus.
The Exodus depicts the great historic event of the liberation of the whole Nation of Israel, after four centuries of slavery in the Land of Egypt, in approximately the year 1250 BCE. After successive approaches and pleadings to let My people go, accompanied by Signs and Wonders‚ (the Ten Plagues), the ruling Farao still refused. God then intervened and led this nation out of Egypt by way of many natural disasters. Under miraculous Divine Guidance more than a million people, with their cattle and their sheep, wandered in the barren Sinai desert for 40 years on their way to the Promised Land, Israel. Their shoes and clothes never wore out and food, in the form of manna which rained from Heaven, was provided daily.
This great epic, to this day, is commemorated annually in the Jewish festival of Pesach, which to the Christians became Easter - the festival during which their Jewish-born Savior was crucified as a sacrificial Paschal Lamb Offering, to release them from the bondage and slavery of sin.
However great and universally popular the Exodus may be, Jeremiah, in the above quoted prophecy, predicts that it would be transcended by the re-gathering of Israel. And 3000 years after, we in our generation have witnessed the profound results which would define the course that Israel would tread in the aftermath of two devastating World Wars. These wars were the prelude to modern day Israel's Return from countries all over the world, and their resettlement and rebuilding of their ancient Homeland.
By comparison with the thousands of millions of people inhabiting planet earth today, those that acknowledge the profundity of the divine act of re-gathering Israel from its universal dispersion, are but few. This certainly does not diminish the immensity of this achievement. Daily we are still beholding the miraculous fulfillment of the above mentioned Prophecy of Jeremiah. Miracle upon miracle supersedes even that great historic miracle event of the liberation of the entire nation of Israel in the Exodus from Egypt to the 'Promised Land'.
The time has now come for "Israel" (the scattered Ten Tribes, who are starting to realize and discover their true Identity, as the "Lost Ten Tribes of Isra'el", in what is called the Hebraic Roots Restoration Movement across the earth) to testify to this modern-day miracle, so that many voices may be added to those who, in fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy, call out in wonder and admiration to "YAHVEH Who lives and led back and brought home the descendants of the House of Israel from all the countries to which He had dispersed them, to live on their own soil," As the realization spreads, worldwide exhilarating joy is expanding, as more and more voices join the extolling call:
- For the miracle of the rebirth of Israel as a modern State in 1948 after 2000 years of dispersion of the Israeli nation to every corner of the earth.
The list of miracles is endless - each of which unveils an inexplicable and intricate PARADOX - paradoxes which are unique to Israel only.
In this intricate and indisputable way of Paradox and Miracle, the Almighty God has procured unequivocal proof of His existence and of His infallible Promises to sustain the nation and country of Israel. It is His Divine Purpose, through this nation and this land, to display His Power, His Integrity, His Truthfulness and Compassion to and for all humanity, but also His righteous Judgment of the rebellious and unbelieving masses.
May the testimony of this Return to the Land of Promise, as in the Exodus from Egypt, contribute to the fulfillment of Jeremiah's Prophecy.
Blessed are those who acknowledge the Miracles which are taking place right before our eyes, but which though, are yet unseen and unbeknown to the majority of today's generally Godless, materialistic and unbelieving mankind.
"Chag Sah-meach Pesach!"