Is the Second Passover significant?
Quite possibly, it is VERY significant. Consider, Numbers 9:1-15.
….Then Yehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If any one of you or of your generations becomes unclean because of a dead person, or is on a distant journey, he may, however, observe the Passover to Yehovah. 11 In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight, they shall observe it;
In numbers 9 we read the story of some men who were not able to partake of the Passover at the appointed time in the first month because they were unclean. Moshe is then instructed by Yehovah to tell them to partake in the second month, on the fourteenth day according to the guidelines.
Several very interesting items pop out from, or are connected with, these verses:
- Passover is so important that if one misses it due to ritual uncleanness, there is a provision for a second partaking. No other feast has such an allowance.
- Moshe requests on behalf of those unclean, but Abba adds an allowance. those on a distant journey. Who but Ephraim, and those returning home, are on a distant journey?
- Noah entered the ark and was saved. Studying the story seems to indicate that the animals came on the 10th day of the second month and they were shut up as the rain came on the 17th day of the month. Certainly the story has Passover implications, but is it possible that Noah celebrated Second Passover and was ‘waved’ before Yehovah on the waters on First Fruits? Consider, Methusalah died in the year that Noah floated, so was Noah unclean at the first Passover due to burying his grandfather? Quite possibly. (And, significantly, does this little picture have a meaning for those of us who live in a time period that is ‘as in the days of Noah?’)
Here’s the simple point: If you missed Pesach, or know someone who did and wants to celebrate, there is still time!! The evening of May 22 is the beginning of Second Passover and you have time to prepare!! My wife and I have been invited to lead a small private Pesach for a couple people who missed Passover this year. We will lead them in their first Feast and first Passover, ever! We, and they, as so excited!! (Pray for this little gathering!)
Shalom and blessings!
Was Noah just lucky understanding not only the difference between the clean and unclean, but also the sanctity of the altar, OR did he have the Torah, handed down from the Garden of Eden?
Evidence throughout Genesis is that they had the FULL Torah, God’s Instructions in righteousness, from the beginning. Therefore, the Torah, is for all mankind.
More evidences to come in this series.
How did Noah know what was clean and unclean? Did he guess?
Christendom believes only two of unclean showed up and seven pair of the clean, however that doesn’t answer the specificity of God telling Noah to ‘take.’
When combined with the dozens of other Torah specific commands obeyed throughout Genesis the glaring conclusion is that Noah knew exactly what the Almighty told him because he had the Torah, handed down from his father’s.
Clearly, the Torah was in, even before, Gan Eden, and it is God’s instructions for righteous living to all mankind.
I was raised as a Calvinist leaning believer who later attended seminary and became convinced of TULIP, the five points of Calvinism. Central to all of that is the supremacy of God and His Work while man only responds to His Spirit. Now, this is over generalized, but it is the central element of good Reformed Presbyterian Calvinism.
A statement like “If you do your part, God does His part” would make my skin crawl!! Seriously, the ‘Arminian‘ idea that man can initiate action with God was anathema! (I attended a seminary that was not denominationally affiliated and was about 40/60 Calvinists to Arminians, and countless lively lunchroom and classroom discussion erupted over the differences in the two schools of thought. Sometimes, VERY lively.)
The pursuit of Truth that led me out of the pulpit and into a more Hebraic understanding of God’s Word brought me to a place where I see the responsibility of man in a whole new light. So, yesterday, when Tzefanyah’s opening comment at National Shabbat in North Georgia was, “If you do your part, God does His part,” I understood what he was saying.
As I began studying the Scriptures with newfound clarity, I began to notice ‘if-then’ statements all over the place. Because logic and/or basic computer programming are no longer taught in schools, I offer a quick explanation Continue reading ““If you do your part, God does His part…””
Reading this portion, Genesis 6:9-11:32, reminded me of a question I have not found a good answer to….yet. Maybe some of you have thoughts you are willing to share.
The Noach portion has clear lessons for those living in the last days, and I think some explicit details are meant to be unlocked and understood. So, the recurring question: What is the significance of the VERY specific dates in the text regarding the day it began and the day it ended? Lengths of phases, I.e. rain for 40 days, dry for 40, etc are important, but the specificity of dates is a bold highlight in the text. What is the relevance?