For this pilgrimage feast, we were blessed with a panel discussion and teaching with Arthur, David, and Efraiym. There were 131 Saints in attendance for the Passover Celebration. The tables were covered with gold tablecloths. Each table was decorated with tall glittery purple vases filled with grain stalks and gold glittery table numbers. The room was filled with the smell of 2 bouquets of fresh flowers on each table. It was a gathering of the sons and daughters of The Most High!
Arthur prayed that our time in the presence of the Father, according to His appointed time, would be acceptable to The Most High. There was a relaxed atmosphere in the room as Arthur said the format for tonight would be to simply have dialogue about the significance of the Passover Celebration, the first covenant the Almighty made with Israel, and the ratifying of the new covenant with the blood of Yeshua.
We all ate the essential elements of the Passover meal together: unleavened bread, bitter herbs, lamb, and/or goat. After pausing for the persons who ate the horseradish, instead of the parsley, to moan and catch their breath, the telling of the Passover saga begin. The scripture readings were mostly from Exodus, Jeremiah, 1 Corinthians, and Hebrews. What was most interesting were the life lessons Arthur, David, and Efraiym pulled out of the readings and discussions. Here are some of the highlights of that fabulous evening in the presence of The Most High.
- The first covenant was not faulty. The people had faults; they refused to obey the One that had delivered them from the tyranny of the Pharaoh in Egypt. They broke the covenant with the Almighty.
- The new covenant, we have through the blood of Yeshua, still requires our obedience to the Laws of the Father.
- Our Elohim can still loose the same types of plagues on our enemies as He did on the Egyptians.
- Like Moses, we may be required to confront a seemingly immovable issue many times. The important thing is not to give up.
- It is paramount that we recognize our dependence on the will of Elohim and not let our ambitions get in the way of His will.
- Sometimes Elohim may afflict us or allow afflictions to occur in our lives. Endure it. Afflictions serve the purpose of having us to call out to him.
- Always have expectations for the Father when He has set a time to meet with us.
- We have to be very careful that we don’t become assimilated into the cultures that surround us. We are strangers in a foreign land; we are children of the Almighty living in a world that believes the things of the Kingdom are foolishness. We have been called to be unique and peculiar people. Yeshua didn’t fit in with the world’s society, neither should we.
Efraiym brought out a summarizing point as he mentioned that the King James Version of what Moses said to Pharaoh was, “Let my people go!” However a different version translates the phrase as “Send my people forth!” Efraiym reminded us that Elohim has a plan and purpose for each of us; there is something for you to do in the Kingdom.
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Sharon’s Reflections on the Teaching
This was my ninth celebration of Passover. Each time was unique. There have been different venues: home, HOI, and banquet halls. Each time, except the first that was only my family, there were new people and friends on Facebook to meet. The conversations were varied as were the circumstances in our lives. I approach the Feasts with an expectation of hearing from the Father and having a joyous time of refreshing with my Brothers and Sisters in Messiah.
There is parallel that I can draw with reading through the Bible. I have read through the Bible and listened to audio tapes through the Bible. Each time I am in store for new revelations about the lives of people in the Bible that I can apply to my life. I have come to expect to discover surprising information that I previously missed. I am expecting the supernatural disclosure of something relating to my faith walk and existence in this world. I have never been disappointed.
Two weeks ago, I was reading in 2 Kings about King Hezekiah of Judah.
2 Kings 20:1-7
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. 2 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, 3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 7 And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. (KJV)
In my previous readings, I had only looked at this as one story in the series of good King, then bad King, then good King. This time, I was reading in the Amplified Bible and there were commentaries at the bottom of some of the pages. There was a commentary about King Hezekiah. The essence of the comment was that it is sometimes better to ask for the Lord’s will to be done. Hezekiah cried out for mercy and Elohim answered him with mercy.
However, they went on to say that 10 terrible things happened in the nation of Israel because Hezekiah lived another 15 years. I pondered how that could be because Hezekiah was a “good” King. He even tore down the high places of idol worship.
Then I read about his son, King Manasseh who was definitely an EVIL King. King Manasseh seduced Judah into more sins than the nations Elohim had destroyed when Israel entered the land of promise. I then realized that Manasseh took the throne when he was only 12! If Hezekiah had died when Elohim had first told him that he would die, Israel would have been spared those abominations.
This is a hard lesson, especially when it has to do with our own lives. But it is a true lesson that Elohim always knows best.
Buzz on the Teaching
At the end of the service, Arthur called all the children to the front table. All three ministers anointed them with oil, spoke words over them, and prayed for them. Listen to this blessed anointing service.
When all the children were anointed, Arthur had them repeat this prayer.
Father, reveal your purpose in me. Make me to know your plan. Help me to walk in it. In Messiah Yeshua, Amein.
These are our future Saints!
Until next time … Blessings to You and Yours,