14 June 2011
Much ‘blood has been spilled’ over the outcry of the “all the [Israeli Jewish] people”to Pontius Pilate washing his hands wishing to be “innocent of the blood of this just man”: “His blood be on us and on our children!” (Mt 27:24-25; Acts 5:28; Dt 19:10)
In the sovereignty and wisdom of God, and by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this Scripture is full of life and death, for “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. (Pr 18:21) This publicly spoken word by the rulers and the common people had consequences which were not understood or foreseen when rashly uttered. (Acts 5:28) When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, he had no idea really of what he was doing and the dreadful consequences of his action – that in him all future human beings would be starting out in life as sinners and dying! Continue reading “BLOOD OF NEW COVENANT ON JEWISH PEOPLE”
This is a telling of the Passover that I wrote as a fairly young believer, which tells the story with the past, present, and future of Passover in view. We use it in our family and in our congregation, drawing out abiding truth each year. You are free to use it, download it, distribute it. . .for free. It is not to be used for any monetary gain to you or to me or to any other party.
The one true living God has left His witness in every place, including in His sovereignty over times and nature. The universe at large, and our unique solar system set within it, both bear witness to His Godhead and plans, to His times and His seasons. (Gen 1:1-19; 8:22; Ps 19:1-6; Jer 31:35-37; 33:25-26)
The ‘modern’ calendar for the whole world till now is centered around the person of Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua). The all-encompassing “creative” year begins in Winter around the season of His birth into the world and His circumcision, testifying to Him being the first-born of creation, and of coming in the flesh as a Jew. (Col 1:15-17; Lk 2:21-24) The “redemptive” year — which YHVH gave to Israel for a testimony — is set within the overall created order, and begins in the Spring, during the season of Yeshua’s death and resurrection, upon which foundation our salvation is grounded through faith. This newness of life which the Spring proclaims testifies to Yeshua being the first-fruits from among the dead (1Cor 15:12-23).
As the birth of Messiah came during the darkest and bleakest time of year, He also came as the Light of the world, with each day increasing its light in the hope of a ‘better and cheerful Spring’.
The believer in Jesus can rejoice in all of God’s wonderful works, from the beginning of the year through to the end. His Word and His Spirit have given us to know and understand the times in which we live, and the signs of His coming.
Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men! This is still the acceptable year of the LORD; Today, if you will hear His voice, is the day of salvation!