Pesach – to come closer to the Lord

Space to think
The month of Niesan 5779 is the month in which we celebrate Passover and remove chamets from our homes in advance. Chamets, sourdough, is spiritually the symbol of our puffiness and sins: all things that keep us from a healthy, reconciled relationship with the Eternal. Passover teaches us that there is no other way of reconciliation. When the Eternal brought Israel out of the slave house, Egypt, the existence of slavery ceased for G’ds people. Finally there was room to think for ourselves and do things differently. That is the symbol of the first cup that we drink during the Seider and which is the expression of the Hebrew verb: hotseti, of the Dutch verb: to extract.

Strengthen our dependence on Him
The second cup, hitsalti (salvation), is the symbol of the change of our circumstances that we had to undergo in Egypt: serving the Pharaoh and obeying him. Those circumstances changed. Now the Eternal asked to obey Him, and He asked very different things from us than Pharaoh. With Adonai there was justice, love, mercy, reconciliation, holiness. In our lives, the Eternal also demands things from us that we must do obediently, when we are children of His. He does not make it difficult for us, but there is a certain repetition to remind us of our thinking of Him, such as in the case of Passover removing the chamets and thus strengthening our dependence on Him.

Shelters at Adonai
It is so beneficial to hide under His wings, to sit in His hiding place, see Psalm 91:1. We human children have great difficulty with this in this misleading world. Our earthly eyes are not naturally focused on the heavenly affairs of our Father in heaven. Our sorrows about things that we have lost or that have not gone as we hoped, keep us from Him. Letting go of everything and surrendering ourselves completely to Him is the only way. During this time of Passover we can apply this again. That is why we have this annual repetition of the Feasts and anniversaries of the Eternal One, as we read in Leviticus 23.

Adoration of the Lamb
We need to turn our eyes to heaven where He is. Yeshua Messiah has preceded us, He is our Passover lamb, and He will lead this world until the fullness is reached. Thanks to Him, Pesach is possible! We worship him in song and dance, in our prayers and thanksgiving. It is even necessary to worship Him. The four animals (bearers of the Eternal in the heavenly chariot according to Ezekiel) and the 24 Jewish elders in heaven teach that to us with a loud voice: “The Lamb, who has been violently put to death, is worthy to receive the power and the riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and worship ”(Rev. 5:12).

Now experience the heavenly
Having a vision for that is difficult. Our mind needs a revival every day. Real redemption is expressed in the third cup called in Hebrew: ga’alti (redeem). This is the cup of being born again. It is necessary to be able to perceive the things of heaven in our souls. Our soul is the connection of the heavenly and the earthly and our soul is inspired by G-d’s Spirit. The Ruach haKodesh of the Eternal leads us to being born again when we allow Him to do so. Wonderful that we can already experience the heavenly now. Our worship services and the Feasts help us with this and can help us, on our way of redemption and deliverance, which the Passover festival shows us.

To be accepted
Connect with all of Israel, all the people of the world. Join Israel out of free will. Singing the songs, the prayers, the music, the preaching of the Word of the Eternal help us on our journey of life. We will all move from this life to eternal life and we are eager to belong to Him. This takes our effort, just as it took Israel effort to get out of Egypt. The fourth cup, lakachti (accept), is the symbol of the adoption of the people of the Eternal. This is preceded by the first three cups and that is a serious process in our soul. We must not neglect or change anything in this process. The Eternal has provided this for us, the way we should walk.

Elze Erwteman