Shemini Shel Pesach


April 27, 2019 – Eighth Day of Passover

  • Torah: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17
  • Haftara: Isaiah 10:32-12:6
  • Brit Chadasha: John 20:15-20

עַשֵּׂ֣ר תְּעַשֵּׂ֔ר אֵ֖ת כָּל־תְּבוּאַ֣ת זַרְעֶ֑ךָ הַיֹּצֵ֥א הַשָּׂדֶ֖ה שָׁנָ֥ה שָׁנָֽה׃  וְאָכַלְתָּ֞ לִפְנֵ֣י ׀ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ בַּמָּק֣וֹם אֲשֶׁר־יִבְחַר֮ לְשַׁכֵּ֣ן שְׁמ֣וֹ שָׁם֒ מַעְשַׂ֤ר דְּגָֽנְךָ֙ תִּֽירֹשְׁךָ֣ וְיִצְהָרֶ֔ךָ וּבְכֹרֹ֥ת בְּקָרְךָ֖ וְצֹאנֶ֑ךָ לְמַ֣עַן תִּלְמַ֗ד לְיִרְאָ֛ה אֶת־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ כָּל־הַיָּמִֽים׃

Aser te’aser et kol-tvu’at zar’echa hayotse hasadeh shanah shanah: Ve’achalta lifney Adonay Eloheycha bamakom asher-yivchar leshaken shemo sham masar degancha tiroshcha veyitsharecha uvechorot bekarecha vetsonecha lema’an tilmad leyir’ah et-Adonay Eloheycha kol-hayamim.

Take a [second] tithe of all the seed crops that come forth in the field each year: You must eat this before God your Lord in the place that He will choose as dedicated to His name. [There you shall eat] the [second] tithe of your grain, wine and oil, as well as the first-born of your cattle and smaller animals. You will then learn to remain in awe of God your Lord for all time.

What has been will be again: In the Haftarah Yeshiyahu (Isaiah 11:1) “But a shoot (V’yatza) shall grow out of the stump of Jesse, A twig (Netzer) shall sprout from his stock. This prophesy from the Ruach of Adonai thru His prophet Yeshiyahu speaks of the Mashiach ben David, connecting him to the root of Jesse (Yeshai). This is the Messiah who comes in judgement as the text describes in the verses that follow. [Isaiah 11:2-5] and who will usher in the “greater exodus” after the nations and peoples are judged. [Isaiah 11:11-16] This is the time spoken of by the Navi Yermiyahu (prophet Jeremiah) Jeremiah 16:14&15 “Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that it shall no more be said, As the LORD lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, As the LORD lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the countries where he had driven them. I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers.

We just celebrated the Lamb without spot who caused the Judgement, Wrath, and even Death to Passover the Sons of Yaakov and bring them out of Mitsrayim. We know that Messiah ben Yoseph (Yeshua) became the Lamb of Adonai some 1500 years later to usher in our deliverance from our bondage to sin and lead us out of the nations into the kingdom of Adonai. That is why we celebrate as though we have just left Mitsrayim when we observe Pesach today. We look forward to the “greater exodus” that will bring completion of the 4th “I will” (Exodus 6:7) “and I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God;” and 4th cup Yeshua spoke of at His last Seder.

So how do we connect that all to the reading we see this week in Devarim? In Deuteronomy 16:1-17 we have a retelling of the commandment to observe Pesach and remember the exodus from Egypt. The sages connected this to the Yeshiyahu Navi prophesy, and the Coming of the King who will sit upon the throne of His father David, and user in the Messianic Millenia. At that time Yeshua will call forth all his brethren from all four corners of the earth, and we will all celebrate our greatest Passover ever.

To that we say Dayenu! the first would have been enough, but you Ava have provided us with the Greater, thru our Netzer – Mashiach Yeshua who was, and is, and is coming soon!

Thanks to all who made our Pesach Seder memorable, and even historic this year!

Chag Kasher V’sameach (happy and Kosher holiday)!