Passover Reveals The Good News for All Mankind
Have you ever been at a loss for words when it comes to proclaiming the Good News?
As a Christian I grew up hearing people refer to the Good News but never explain what it was. I heard inspiring messages motivating me to proclaim the Good News but all I really knew was that it had to do with our salvation in Jesus.
What Exactly is the Good News?
Abraham knew the Good News, “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall All the nations be blessed.” Galatians 3:8 ESV; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4; Jeremiah 4:2
When Jesus was born an angel announced the Good News, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you Good News of great joy that will be for All the people. Today in the City of David a Savior has been born… Luke 2:10 ESV
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people, Matthew 4:23
Good News Refers to Victory
Victory over what? From the beginning of the Bible to the end, there is one theme, the Victorious “Seed,” “Messiah,” “Eternal King,” Who will have Victory over satan, meaning His adversary, the serpent, who represents sin and death.
It wasn’t until I began keeping Passover that I discovered how our Creator has revealed the Good News through a specific lineage and even instructed us to remember it by proclaiming Israel’s bondage and freedom on the 1st and 7th days of Unleavened Bread.
Passover/Unleavened Bread is one of our Creator’s Holy Appointed Times.
Leviticus 23:4 These are
the LORD’s YHVH (יְהוָֹה #3068) appointed times, (מוֹעֵד moa’ed #4150), the Set-apart, (קֹדֶשׁ qodesh #6944) reading, (מִקְרָא miqra #4744 from qara) you are to proclaim, (מִקְרָא qara #7121) at their appointed times, (מוֹעֵד moa’ed #4150).
YHVH Is our Creator’s Eternal Name, meaning He Was, Is and Always Will Be, and His appointments with mankind were set at creation.
Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for Appointed Times, (מוֹעֵד Moa’edim #4150) and for days and years.
Beginning in the Garden of Eden, where the Victorious “Seed” was first promised, we can trace it from Adam and Eve to their son Seth, then to Noah’s son Shem and then Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham was given a very specific promise, His “Seed,” would Bless All Nations.
The Promised “Seed” was then to come through Jacob, who’s name YHVH changed to Israel. Israel had 12 sons and it was through the lineage of his son Judah, Shiloh (a Messianic Title) would come, Genesis 49:10 ESV
The tribes of Judah are called Jewish and even though the Jewish religion has become synonymous with Israel, we need to remember they divided about 930 B.C.
The 10 Northern tribes kept the name Israel. When they rebelled from YHVH’s instructions they were conquered by the Assyrians about 722 B.C. and dispersed into the nations. Ezekiel 36:19
The Southern tribes were called Judah. They also began to rebel, like their sister Israel, and they were conquered by the Babylonians about 605 B.C. But the Jewish people were returned to their allotted land after a prophesied 70 years; Jeremiah 29:10.
What was so special about the tribe of Judah? Remember, it was through the lineage of Judah we trace the prophesy of the promised “Seed”/The Anointed (Messiah)/The Eternal King,” Genesis 49:10 ESV; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you, (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed, (the serpent) and her seed. He, (Her Seed) will crush your head, and you, (the serpent) will strike his heel.” Compare with Romans 16:20
This ancient Hebrew metaphor shows us the “The Good News.” The “Seed” of the woman, promised from the beginning, has Victory over the serpent/satan/death.
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV
This is the same “Seed” that will bless All nations/families/peoples.
Galatians 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Seed. It does not say “and to seeds” as of many but “and to your Seed” as of One, who is Messiah/Christ.
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Passover Reveals YHVH’s Appointment With All Mankind
Passover is YHVH’s first, of seven, Appointed Times (Mo’edim), all pointing to the Spiritual Good News for All mankind. The physical comes first and then the Spiritual;
1 Corinthians 15:46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
Physical Covenants Reveal Spiritual Covenants
YHVH commanded Israel to remember the Lamb. When Jesus/Yehoshua, (YHVH’s Salvation) revealed Himself as the Lamb, He said, Do this in remembrance of Me.
1 Corinthians 11:24 “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after they ate He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Why Would We Proclaim The Lord’s Death at Passover?
Jesus is referred to as The Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. Like the Lamb whose blood caused death to Pass over the Firstborns of Israel, death Passed over the Spiritual Firstborn.
The Bible is loaded with physical examples revealing Spiritual Truth. Life after death is likened to a Seed buried in the ground.
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
A “Renewed,” “Spiritual” Covenant
Understanding the original Hebrew clarifies some translations. The word “New” is translated from the Hebrew word Qadesh #2318, which has a meaning of Renew/Repair. “New” can also mean “Renew.”
Most people know the Hebrew meaning of the Name Jesus is Salvation, but His full Hebrew Name reveals Who He Is. Yehoshua is transliterated into English is Joshua, meaning YHVH Is Salvation. The name is one and the same as the Greek transliteration Jesus.
Our Spiritual/Eternal Creator Is Salvation
Both Jesus and the Torah are revealed to be the Way of Truth and Life, Psalm 119:142; Proverbs 13:14; John 14:6. He Is the Word of Truth/Torah, John 1:1. Both the Torah and Jesus are Spiritual/Eternal, Romans 7:14; Romans 1:4.
Only those who know the words of Torah will recognize the false prophet (deceiver), as one who adds to, or subtracts from, what Is, Was and Will Always Be Perfect and Complete from creation, Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Psalm 19:7; Psalm 18:30; James 1:25.
Torah Reveals Jesus/Yehoshua meaning YHVH Is Salvation
Moses’ was given YHVH’s instructions, called Torah in Hebrew, but they were only a copy and shadow of the Heavenly/Spiritual, Hebrews 8:5; Exodus 25:91; Corinthians 15:46; Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 10:1
Why Such an Emphasis on the “Firstborns”?
Exodus 4:22 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says
the LORD YHVH “Israel is My son, My Firstborn.”
Exodus 13:2 Sanctify unto me all the Firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine.
Psalm 89:27 I will indeed appoint him as My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth,
Hebrews 12:23 gathering The Assembly of the Firstborn, whose names are written in heaven, and God the Judge of All, has made righteous spirits perfect/complete.
The Spiritual Firstborn Is Revealed by the Physical Firstborn
Deuteronomy 32:18 YHVH gave birth to Israel through a prophesied 400 years of slavery, their miraculous deliverance and 40 years of refining before they entered the Promised Land, Genesis 15:13; Acts 7:6.
From the Temple, to the Sacrifices and the promised inheritance of physical land, The entire Torah revealed to Moses is a copy of Spiritual Reality.
Jesus explained what was said about Him in Moses and the Prophets and we find Him there as we search our Creator’s Word.
Jesus Is Our Passover Lamb
It was the “blood” of the Passover Lamb that redeemed every “Firstborn” of Israel from death.
Deuteronomy 12:23 Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
The Spiritual Covenant Revealed
Sin is, was and will be the Cause of physical Death, Genesis 2:17
“…in Adam all die, so in Messiah all will be made alive,” 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12; Psalm 103:12
The Tree of Life and Death existed in the Garden of Eden. Moses was shown the heavenly details and wrote them down, calling them YHVH’s pre-Appointed times, “Chuqah Olam” meaning, “Appointed Forever.”
“Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate (CHagag #2287) it as a festival (CHag #2282) to YHVH; throughout your generations you are to celebrate (CHagag #2287) forever (Olam #5769).” Exodus 12:14.
Physical Light and Bread Reveal Spiritual Life and Salvation
“In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.” John 1:4; John 8:12.
Jesus said, “I Am the Bread of Life,” John 6:48.
“I Am the Living Bread that came down from heaven, if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And this bread, which I will give for the Life of the world, is My flesh,” John 6:33, 51.
Finding More Spiritual Connections
4 Days Earlier it Was Lamb Selection Day
It was on lamb selection day that the People recognized the One who came in the Name of YHVH. Fulfilling prophecy as they exclaimed to YHVH Save us! Hoshiana; Psalm 118:25; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4; Mark 11:7; Mark 11:9, 11; Psalm 118:26; John 12:12…
He Went to Cleanse the Temple
We Also Cleanse Our Homes/Temples Before Passover
…your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit… 1 Corinthians 6:19
Spring cleaning may have originated from the annual riding the home of CHametz/Yeast in the days preceding Passover.
Physical yeast represents Spiritual “Sin,” as defined by the Ten Commandments. More specifically, sin is our lack of Love, (Chesed); Merciful/Compassionate, Faithful, Loving Kindness, toward God and one another; Leviticus 19:18; Romans 13:8; James 2:8; Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:10.
As We Search Our Homes We Examine our Hearts
“Search me O God, and know my heart, examine me, and know my thoughts, Psalm 139:23
“Examine me, O YHVH, test my inmost being and my heart.” Psalm 26:2
“Each one must Examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28
Whenever We proclaim the Good News, We Remember What Mary Did
Matthew 26:12,13 By pouring this perfume on Me, she has prepared My body for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” John 12:3; Mark 14:9; Luke 7:38.
Was Foot Washing A “New” or “Renewed” Command?
Jesus “Renewed” the Foot Washing command. Torah tells us Aaron and his sons were instructed to wash their hands and feet; Exodus 30:19; Exodus 40:31. Jesus humbly washed the feet of His disciples and instructed them to serve one another likewise, John 13:5; Genesis 18:4; Matthew 20:28.
Clean hands do signify a pure heart; Job 17:9; Psalm 24:4; Psalm 26:6; James 4:8, but be cautious of those who teach things, like hand washing traditions, as commands of YHVH: Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7; Isaiah 29:13; Luke 11:38.
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