As Passover approaches, please pray for the salvation of the Jewish People
and help to bring the Good News of Yeshua to the Holy Land ...
Chag Kasher v'Sameach ! That you and beloveds have a joyous Passover ...
Pesach begins at sundown on Nissan 14, 5775 - Friday, April 3, 2015
Erev Pesach ('Eve of Passover') - First Seder tonight ...
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Passover Blood Moon Preceded by Exceedingly Rare Solar Eclipse !!!
Welcome to Vayikra (And He Called), our study of the portion of Torah that will be read
in synagogues around the world this Shabbat (Saturday). We know you will be blessed
as you study this Torah portion with us. Enjoy !
VAYIKRA (And He Called)
Leviticus 1:1–5:26; Isaiah 43:21–44:23; Mark 7:1–30;
Shabbat HaChodesh Ezekiel 45:16–46:18; Maftir Exodus 12:1–20
“The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting.” (Leviticus 1:1)
Last week, we finished the book of Exodus.
This Shabbat, we begin studying the Book of Leviticus. In Hebrew, Leviticus is called
Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called.
This Shabbat is the last of the Four Parashiot that have special Torah readings in
preparation for Pesach (Passover), which is only two short weeks away !
It is called Shabbat HaChodesh (Sabbath [of the] month), and a special reading is
added from Exodus 12:1–20, which details the laws of Pesach (Passover).
This Sabbath also marks the first of the month (Rosh Chodesh), head of the month
of Nissan, which God ordained as the first month of the Biblical calendar.
Nissan was made the first month of the year because it is the month in which the
Jewish People were freed from slavery in Egypt, the house of bondage.
In actuality, then, it is a new year. So in addition to wishing one another a
Happy New Year in the seventh month of Tishrei for Jewish people
(or January 1st for those who follow the Gregorian calendar),
we can wish people Happy New Year again today !
"God said to Moshe and Aharon in the Land of Egypt,
'This month shall be for you the beginning of the months;
it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.'"
The Lunar Calendar
In adopting a lunar-based calendar, Israel made a clean break from Egypt’s
solar calendar, which honored the pagan worship of the "sun god.”
One of the first issues that God had the people of Israel deal with just before
leaving Egypt regarded the marking of time.
Why did God choose that moment to set the Biblical New Year ?
The reason is that only a free person has need of a calendar by which to
order his life. A slave rises, works, sleeps, and orders his entire existence
according to his or her master’s whims. Thus, God was saying to His people,
“Now you are a free nation and have your own calendar!”
In traditional Judaism, it is believed that just as the month of Nissan
ushered in our redemption from bondage in Egypt, so too will the
Messiah return this month to bring our eternal redemption.
“In Nisan they were redeemed, and in Nisan they are destined to be redeemed in the future.”
(Rosh ha-Shanah 11a; Mechilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yochay 12:42; Tanchuma, Bo 9)
How true that is. Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) suffered for us in the month of Nissan.
So, too, may we reckon all time beginning at the point of our redemption from sin and death.
Nissan is truly a new beginning for Jew and Gentile.
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Yavoh ~ He is coming !
Yahweh - Yeshua - Ruach Ha-Kodesh
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה
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