April 11, 2020 – Intermediate Day of Passover
- Exodus 33:12-34:26
- Ezekiel 37:1-14
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר מֹשֶׁ֜ה אֶל־יְהוָ֗ה רְ֠אֵה אַתָּ֞ה אֹמֵ֤ר אֵלַי֙ הַ֚עַל אֶת־הָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֔ה וְאַתָּה֙ לֹ֣א הֽוֹדַעְתַּ֔נִי אֵ֥ת אֲשֶׁר־תִּשְׁלַ֖ח עִמִּ֑י וְאַתָּ֤ה אָמַ֙רְתָּ֙ יְדַעְתִּ֣יךָֽ בְשֵׁ֔ם וְגַם־מָצָ֥אתָ חֵ֖ן בְּעֵינָֽי׃
Vayomer Moshe el-Adonay re’eh atah omer elay ha’al et-ha’am hazeh ve’atah lo hodatani et asher-tishlach imi ve’atah amarta yedaticha veshem vegam-matsata chen be’eynay.
Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Lead this people forward,’ but You have not made known to me whom You will send with me. Further, You have said, ‘I have singled you out by name, and you have, indeed, gained My favor.’
In the Haftarah Yechezchel (Ezekiel 37:1-14) speaks of the “One you will send with me” “who will lead this people forward” in answer to Shemote (Exodus 33:12).
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. Moshe asks Adonai to forgive Israel’s sin and in Shemote (Exodus 32:34) Hashem’s answer “Go now, lead the people where I told you. See, Malaki (my Angel) shall go before you.” But Here in Shemote (Exodus 33:14) And He said, “I will go in the lead and will lighten your burden.” This Malak (sent one) is sent with the full authority of God, and is even Hashem himself, bringing His people in, and forgiving sin, for Hashem has said “I will go in the lead”.
Yechezchel (Ezekiel 37:11-14) And He said to me, “O mortal, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone; we are doomed.’ 12 Prophesy, therefore, and say to them: Thus said the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves and lift you out of the graves, O My people, and bring you to the land of Israel. 13 You shall know, O My people, that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and lifted you out of your graves. I will put My breath into you and you shall live again, and I will set you upon your own soil. Then you shall know that I the LORD have spoken and have acted”—declares the LORD.
And in the Oral Tradition – (Gen. 47:30:) WHEN I SLEEP WITH MY ANCESTORS…. Why do all the ancestors search for and cherish burial in the land of Israel?15 R. Hananiah said: R. Joshua ben Levi said: There is a reason for this (in Ps. 116:9): I WILL WALK BEFORE THE LORD IN THE LANDS OF THE LIVING. Our masters have said two things in the name of R. Helbo: Why did the ancestors cherish the land of Israel for burial? Because the dead in the land of Israel shall be the first to revive in the days of the Messiah and enjoy the messianic years. [Midrash Tachuma Buber, Vayechi 6:1]
King Messiah Yeshua is our Pesach, the Malak, and the “I will go”, who will bring in the Greater Exodus spoken of by the Prophets and Yechezchel this week.
This week every family is set apart for the Pesach Seder, Just as it was on the first Passover. While the Covid 19 virus is not the lord, or Seraph, it can take a life, so we apply the blood to the doorpost spiritually thru the Lamb of Elohim, Yeshua and wait for our redemption, in the Greater Exodus. Truly this is a historic year!
Adonai’s Shalom over you all as we wait to gather together again.