March 31, 2013

On This Day In History - 10th Day of the 1st Month

Our family has begun to use the Enoch Calendar (see tab "New Moon Report"). This method places the Pesach on the evening of this next Wednesday, April 3. Which makes today (Shabbat) the 10th day of the 1st month. Just thought I'd put that in there, in case you were wondering...

On this day there are 4 events specifically mentioned in Scripture.Well, three. The fourth is counted back, and uses the commanded timing to figure it out. Anyway. I thought the line-up was interesting. There's lots of food for thought here... I had never noticed that the date was the same for all of these events.

1} Exodus 12:3 - The first time we read the commands of the Pesach.

"And YHWH spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 'This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.'"

2} Joshua 4:15-24 - YHWH dried up the Jordan River so Israel could cross over.

"And YHWH spake unto Joshua, saying, 'Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.' Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, 'Come ye up out of Jordan.' And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of YHWH were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, 'When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For YHWH your Elohim dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as YHWH your Elohim did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: That all the people of the earth might know the hand of YHWH, that it is mighty: that ye might fear YHWH your Elohim for ever.'"

3} Ezekiel 40:1 - Ezekiel is shown the Heavenly Tabernacle.

"In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of YHWH was upon me, and brought me thither. In the visions of Elohim brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. And the man said unto me, 'Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.'"

4} John 12 - Yahshua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, before his Crucifixion.

"On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Yahshua was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, 'Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of YHWH.' And Yahshua, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 'Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.' These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Yahshua was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him."

Two are in specific preparation for the observance of the Pesach, whether it be telling the people of Israel how to observe it, or the Lamb of the world being prepared for slaughter.

I think that the other two- namely, YHWH parting the Jordan, and Ezekiel's vision, are preparing for Pesach in a way. YHWH wanted to renew his covenant with the generation who passed over the Jordan. Part of this was having the first Pesach in the Land before going in to take it. Ezekiel's vision of the Tabernacle was showing him where it was in the heavenlies- giving him a hope for the future. I think YHWH is encouraging Ezekiel, reminding him that the covenant is eternal. Even though they're in captivity, YHWH has not forgotten his people, and will keep his covenant with them.

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