May 24, 2009

A Note On Passover

This Sabbath our fellowship had a guest speaker. He is an Inuit Native American. He shared some wonderful insights and perspectives with us. Sadly, I cannot remember his name. :(

In Exodus 12:13, it says "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." The people were told that if they truly believed Yahweh would save them; that they were to put the blood on the doorposts. -Note the action words. Remember, faith is a verb.- Their job was not only to believe, but to act on this belief.

In verse 23 of the same chapter we read: "For Yahweh will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, Yahweh will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."

There are two people who will come through Egypt. 1) Yahweh and 2) the Destroyer. The Hebrew word translated as passover, "Pesach" literally means "to spring forward." The picture that this man presented us was that of a race.

Ha'Satan's purpose is to destroy everything in his path. He reigns in darkness. He is blinded by any form of light. Therefore imagine that -it being nighttime- Ha'Satan couldn't see the blood on the door posts. However, Yahweh sees everything- especially the blood on the door posts. Tonight Ha'Satan's mission was to kill all firstborns. No exeptions. With this in mind, imagine the border of Egypt as the starting line. Yahweh and Ha'Satan are beginning the race. The first place Ha'Satan will try to find is the homes of the believers. However, he can't see the blood. He must depend on watching to see what Yahweh does. When Yahweh sees the blood He "springs forward" to that house to protect it. Naturally Ha'Satan is never quick enough and always loses. In his futile efforts to get past Yahweh and inside; he beats the back of Yahweh, infuriated. You may say, "what do you mean?" I'll explain.

When you try to protect someone or something, what position do you automatically take? You try to cradle them, right? Cover them with yourself, right? What part of you is exposed to the enemy when you do this? That is exactly what Yahweh did for His people during Pesach. He overshadowed them, cradled their homes in His arms, protecting them with His own body. Thus, when Ha'Satan tried to get into the houses to kill the firstborns all He smote was Yahweh's back. In effect attempting to kill Yahweh as well as the people, because He got in the way. Amazing how Ha'Satan thinks he can do this isn't it?...

When Yahweh spread His arms around us, this Native American Man presented the image of an eagle's spread wings. Covering us; symbolizing strength and protection. He read Psalm 91 to us. Keep the image of Yahweh's race; and that of an eagle in your mind. I will quote this Psalm for you.

(Psalm 91) "
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

After thinking about this and putting it into perspective, would not Exodus 12:23 be better phrased like this?
"For Yahweh will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, Yahweh will spring forward and cover your door, and will not allow the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."

Shalom to all in Yeshua.

1 comment:

  1. This guy cried out to Yahweh and at the end......he did get saved. Yahoo!


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