PASSOVER: FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

 

PASSOVER: FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

Passover commemorates our freedom from slavery and the birth of the Jewish nation: A healthy, liberating experience for both the body and the soul of the People of Israel. The ancient customs at the Seder and the special foods tell the amazing story of Israel’s freedom. And they help to re-enact those precious moments of liberation, some 3300 years ago.

Marror (bitter herbs) remind us of the harshness and bitterness of slavery. Matzoh, the “poor man’s bread” that we ate as slaves, transforms itself, during the Seder, into the bread of redemption. The four cups of wine are drunk while reclining like kings – a royal beverage of liberation. The Freedom Experience is as alive today in the Land of Israel as it ever was! 

Not for only Israel but for all the believers in Yeshua as Messiah.  Both Jewish and Gentile,  Yeshua is the fulfillment of all the Feast of Passover.  He is our Passover lamb that through His blood has been shed so that the death angel has no hold on us. He is the unleavened, spotless lamb without sin, and He is our first fruit that has been resurrected and now intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father.  THROUGH YESHUA WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM BONDAGE OF SIN AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. 

We invite all our friends in the Memphis and Oxford Area to join us as we celebrate the Passover Seder on Thursday, March 28th at 7pm at Citygate Church in Southaven, Ms and Friday, March 29th at 7pm at the Oasis Church of All Nations in Oxford, MS.  Please RSVP at debbie@wellspringisrael.com by Sunday, March 24th.

The Month of Nissan

The month of Nissan is the first Hebrew month of the Biblical Calendar.   In Exodus 12 God told the Israelites before the Exodus and Passover, to re-calibrate their calendar to Yahweh’s.  This shall be the beginning of the year and the first month.  The Hebraic word for this is “Abib” which means First Fruits.  It means the seed is as big as it is going to be and is ready.  G-d wanted to re-calibrate the Hebrew’s way of thinking because for 400 years they had been in bondage and had a slave mentality.  So every year God re-calibrates our year to “put our best foot forward.”  To do this we must watch our mouth.  Our mouth must have its best foot forward and speak of things as though one is planting for the next 3 months harvest.  What you speak in this month is what you will receive in June, July, and August.  The Hebrew Mindset is a cyclical mindset.  The Greek mindset is the mindset of western culture is linear.  Thus, the month of Nissan every year is a new cycle for G-d to begin, so the fruit is fresh and in terms of salvation, redeemed.  Here is a quick over view of the Biblical Month of Nissan:

Appointed Times:  Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First fruits

Hebrew Alphabet:  Hei, Pictures wind, breath, and praise

Tribe:  Judah (means praise) The month of thanking G-d for deliverance

Characteristics:  Repentance, Redemption, and Beginning of Miracles

Watch your speech which provides the ability to express your deepest feelings and insights.  Also the month to put your best foot forward.

Constellation:  Aries, the (ram, lamb)- celebrate the Passover Lamb as heaven and earth connect.

Nissan is the month of the beginning of miracles.  Be thankful for all the miracles of the past and begin to thank God for the miracles during this month and new year.

As you celebrate Passover this month walk in supernatural insight and fulfillment.  Always walk with your foot forward.  Shalom and Blessings.

Salt of the Covenant- Matthew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

Salt of the Covenant

When discussing the levitical sacrifices, the Torah says, “all your offerings you shall offer salt” (Leviticus 2:13). In the days of the Holy Temple, a pile of salt was kept on the altar for this purpose. Unlike so many other rituals and so many other commandments, in this instance, the ritual is explained to us. The Torah goes on to explain that the salt symbolizes the “salt covenant of your God.” It is defined as a “covenant symbol.”

In the ancient world, salt was chiefly employed as a preservative. Before chemical additives and refrigeration, salt was the only means of preserving meat. That is why the commandment to salt the offerings is coupled with the prohibition on allowing leaven. Both are intended to avoid fermentation. The Tabernacle sacrifices must be maintained in an imperishable state.

Because salt was the preservative of the ancient world, salt came to represent a state of permanence. A “covenant of salt” was a covenant of perpetual obligation. Two other biblical passages refer to “salt covenants.” Both of the passages describe the salt covenant as everlasting and eternal:

“It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD to you and your descendants with you.” (Numbers 18:19)

“Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?” (2 Chronicles 13:5)

Salting of the offerings symbolizes the eternal nature of God’s covenant with Israel. Therefore, the offerings themselves represent various aspects of that same covenant. Each sacrifice and each function of worship within the Tabernacle symbolized some characteristic of the covenant. In this sense, the sacrificial services can be seen as visual dramatizations of the covenant between God and His people.

In traditional Jewish observance, the home is regarded as a small temple, and the table within the home is regarded as an altar. Every Sabbath and festival, bread and wine are placed before the LORD on the table. A blessing is pronounced over the cup and the wine is shared. Then a blessing is pronounced over the bread. It is salted, broken and shared. These simple covenant rites have survived over 3,000 years.

By partaking in the cup and the bread on Sabbath and the festivals, we reenact a covenant remembrance that finds its origin on the altar. We eat from the table of the LORD.

The Twelfth Biblical Month of Adar

Adar is the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar.  The word ADAR means, “strength.”  This is the month of good fortune for the Jewish people and is the month of joy.

The “JOY” of Adar is what makes this the “pregnant” month of the year.  Seven of the nineteen years of the Jewish calendar are “leap years.”  Which are pregnant with an additional month of Adar.

Adar is the month of Naphtali which means “sweetness to me.”  This is a time of celebration because any curse is overturned during this month and things become sweet.  Adar is a good month but also a dangerous month.  Continue reading “The Twelfth Biblical Month of Adar”

The Power of the Fast

Tonight at sundown we begin a 21 day fast.  The kind of fast that God will bless is found in Isaiah 58.   God has this embarrassing conversation with Israel.  They are fasting outwardly but inwardly their heart was not in it.   So He reads their mail.   These four things he says will not work when you fast.  1.  The way you treat people at work and oppress the labor force ( even at home with spouse and children),  2.  The way we stir the pot with drama.  Always upset or frustrated about someone or something,  3. The anger and bitterness in us to the place we use our fist like the wicked, ie. destructive behavior, and 4.  Wickedness in civil arena and wickedness even against our enemies.  Continue reading “The Power of the Fast”

Curses That Blocks Blessing in the Month of Tevet

One of the curses that blocks blessing in our lives is found in the power of the tongue.  Proverbs 18:21, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  The number one way a curse can come on your life and block your blessings is in the words you speak to yourself and others.  Many times we curse ourselves by the words we speak.  Words can release the promises of God, and words can block the promises of God.  There is a creative force behind words that are spoken.  Continue reading “Curses That Blocks Blessing in the Month of Tevet”

Weekly Torah Portion

Jacob lived his last 17 years in Egypt. The sages say that they were his best 17 years. (Tov, the Hebrew term for “good,” has the numerical value of 17.) Jacob was a spiritually refined person, who had spent years studying Torah in the Land of Israel (then still called Canaan), the holiest place on earth. Yet his best years were in Egypt, a land of decadence, idolatry and moral depravity. How could that be?Continue reading “Weekly Torah Portion”

The Biblical Month of Tevet

 

The Month of Tevet is the Tenth Biblical month which started eight days ago on Sundown Wednesday, December 12.  It is a month to mature and grow on a path toward destiny and purpose.  Here is some of the highlights on this month.  We at Wellspring israel have learned to live our lives from month to month according to the focus of the Hebrew calendar.  It will help you on how to pray, intercede, and live out your days.  Each month corresponds with one of the tribe of Israel.Continue reading “The Biblical Month of Tevet”