Passover: Rest, Relax, Lounge

I love the understanding of Jewish Roots and Hebrew when studying the New Testament.  It unlocks the mysteries of the gospels and gives a deeper revelation of what Jesus (Yeshua) is saying in scripture.  Two weeks ago while preparing a message on Luke 12, I came across an amazing truth (at least amazing to me.)  Luke 12:22-34

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Hebrew understanding about “Do Not Worry” consist of two words in Hebrew: yi hi ye, (meaning will be)  as to say don’t worry everything is going to be fine.  The second Hebrew word is be seder (meaning order or to be organized.)  In Hebrew this word is to say “OKAY!”   Seder is also the word for the Passover meal called the Seder Meal.  It goes along with everything is done, orderly, and organized so it is time to REST, RELAX, AND LOUNGE.

Imagine how this translated to the disciples in the Upper Room.  Jerusalem was full of contempt, anger, political jostling.  The air was full of fear, worry and anxiety.  The disciples felt and  heard everyone seemingly out to get Jesus.  So he participates in the Passover Seder with them.  Around Him is coolness, calm, and rest because Yeshua understands that God has got His will all planned and it is all going to be OKAY.  He exemplifies rest and that is why the Seder is to be one of Lounging.

Wow, I find that to be so reassuring.  For me being self employed and not knowing from week to week what my income will be I can rest knowing God has got my needs in “order.”  Rather it is finances, meals, clothing, health, relationships, or whatever,  God has Got This!  Yeshua reminds us in Luke 12, if God can take care of the birds and the lillies than how much more will he take care of us in Covenant with Him. This word be- seder is the embodiment of our Covenant God who is:  El Roi- The God who sees me, El Sali-God My Rock, El Gibhor- Mighty God, and El Honnora- Awesome God.  So remind yourself this Passover that Yeshua’s death and resurrection was all in God’s plan to secure for us God’s order for Heaven here on earth and all eternity.  Shalom

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