After the Elohim had shown Moshe the darkness with the new moon as a sign of a new period we got the beginning of years to come where night and day would exchange with each other as well as darkness would come over the earth. From the darkness of the night and in our case also the darkness of the previous year we might come in a period of growing light. Spring bringing new life to the earth.
This past weekend we saw the beginning of the month of Nisan, the beginning of the religious or spiritual year on a Hebrew calendar. The month of Nisan is synonymous with the constellation of the lamb in the Hebrew Mazzaroth.
With our body we stand in the darkness and have our eyes in the direction of a coming light. For many being in the dark might frighten them much, or even bringing depression on them. As such we saw lots of people complaining the last few months, them feeling trapped in their own homes, by a disease they can’t master. For some the social distancing and isolation was too much a burden.
People should come to see that there is a little silver that emerges from a darkened moon. Silver being a precious metal and shining a lot (when it is not oxidated). This being the beginning also for other moths and periods to come.
“ YHWH said to Moshe and to Aharon in the land of Egypt, saying:
Let this month be for you the beginning of months, the beginning-one let it be for you of the months of the year.”
(Exodus 12:1–2 SB)
This month. חֹדֶשׁ (chodesh) means the new (Hebrew chadash) moon and also, by extension, the whole month that it marks. For this month at the beginning of the Hebrew calendar we look forward to a new beginning for God’s People and the cycle of Sabbaths and holidays. Last weekend we remembered how the Elohim Hashem Jehovah placed man in His beautiful Royal Garden, Gan Eden. There the sun could give all those plants shine with beautiful colours and let their smell go in the air by the breeze of the wind. Everything over there in God’s Garden was nice, but Moshe was finding himself in another world where slavery had become the daily part of his people.
Today man has also become a slave, though he (often) does not know it or does not want to see it. Contemporary man is blinded by satan, the adversary of God, who let man believe he can do everything better than God. Also, the first human beings thought they could do things as good or perhaps even better than their Maker. It is their rebellion against their Maker which got us in so much trouble. By their wrong going, they came to know the difference between good and evil. That also made them feel the difference between good and evil. As such sin had entered the world by their wrongdoing. The world had its first A’dham, and Moshe came in line of that man. Him being the seed of a people that God was willing to guide.
In these days of darkness, having chained by a virus that took the whole world, there shall be no opportunity to come together to remember that liberation of man, the exodus of the slavery of man (in Egypt) and of man’s slavery of sin. In Israel, thousands of Israelis would be off from work and able to gather with each other because they are already vaccinated. But here in Belgium there is only a very very small part of the population vaccinated. For months now Horeca has been closed. Compared to other years, hotels in Israel will now also have a much lower occupancy because many foreign Jews will not be able to travel to Israel due to the corona measures and travel restrictions.
We can see that the Old World is continuing to fall apart. Several times normal life was interrupted, by shops, theatres, museums, amusement parks a.o. closed. In the first lockdown television channels started early in the morning with special programs, but by the second and third lockdown, everything was back to the old screenings. But the way we were living got totally changed. It all got different; the way we work, how we interact with each other, how we eat even how we socialise. From the toddler onwards to the oldest elderly, nothing was as ever before, and no contacts could be made as one love to have contacts. It was like the entire world got shut down. It was brought to a standstill and causing pandemonium.
The pandemic pushed us into situations we never ever dream would happen. Parents are home with children instead of being at work. Home has become the children’s classroom and playground. And all seem to be stuck for months in their very tiny bubble of just 2 or 4 people. Due to social distancing so much is not possible any more.
Church visits stopped. Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and TV in general gained interest and subscribers, because lots of people having so much free time, they did not seem to be able to fill in differently than watching movies. Lockdown during this pandemic has overwhelmed us all globally and forced us to do totally different things then we would have done normally in the time of year.
Humans are social creatures, but already for months now there has been not many opportunities to socialise. Births, birthday parties, weddings, funerals, all had to be held with just a few people. The lack of engagement goes against our nature and made it for many hard to bear. Many people have not seen their family or close ones since the start of the pandemic. Being able to communicate with people through social media and having interaction through platforms like Zoom has drastically helped with the limitation of physical contact, but it will never completely replace it.
Many centuries ago a group of people had to isolate themselves also. They had the night to spend the night waiting for what their God would do. At the present time there might not be many people interested in waiting or willing to see for what the Elohim would do. Not many people in the world have taken time to read the Parashat Ha’Chodesh. But lovers of God remember these days that the Omnipotent Supreme Maker formed the universe and the human being. Made in the likeness of God, you would expect them having respect for their Maker and also coming to praise Him. In mater years it came to be like it is today that the people did not call upon God, nor did they bring God their burnt-offerings, meal-offerings, frankincense, or the fat of their sacrifices.
Our first father sinned, and their intercessors transgressed, and so God abandoned the sanctuary and the Israelites to condemnation. We humans received a curse that defies us for a day. Though we know the Hashem provide a solution. But people themselves had to come to see the signs of the one God would send to the world.
God told the people of Israel not to fear, for God would pour water upon the thirsty land, and God’s blessing upon their offspring, and they would spring up like grass. We do trust the God Who does not tell lies, and therefore even in these dark days we find ourselves in this corona pandemic, we look for the light of liberation.
The weekend of 27-28 March it shall be that special moment of the year!
God called on the people of Israel to remember that God is the first and the last, and beside God there is no God, and that He is the giver of life but also the giver of destruction. By Him the people of Israel were saved from the slavery in Egypt, but in the Gan Eden He also promised they would be saved from the slavery of death. On the 27th of March we shall remember that this promise of God has become a reality by His Word having come in the flesh and having given himself as a ransom, with his body, flesh and blood, being nailed at the stake, the death also being nailed at that piece of wood.
“ In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.”
(John 1:1–5 TLV)
By the man born in the city of David (Bethlehem) the promised one came to life and would be the first one born in the New World created for and with him. That man of flesh and blood being the 2nd Adam God provided in his universe. It was that man who always did what God wanted from him and who was also remembering the days God had demanded His people to remember. He received all things from his heavenly Father.
“Everything that the Father has is Mine. For this reason I said the Ruach will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.””
(John 16:15 TLV)
That special weekend coming we shall not be able to gather in the synagogue or in any other meeting place. For the second time we shall have to remember it on our own in our own bubble. But that does not mean we shall remember it less or will be less pleased for what Jesus has accomplished. With great modesty we will remember the meeting of Jesus and his disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem and repeat those actions he did as a reminder of his surrender.
“ Now while they were eating, Yeshua took matzah; and after He offered the bracha, He broke and gave to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
And He took a cup; and after giving thanks, He gave to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins.”
(Matthew 26:26–28 TLV)
We have not forgotten how and why Jesus asked to remember that day. Believing in that New Covenant we also believe in its consequences and look forward to that New World which can come over us by Christ Jesus his ransom offer.
“and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in memory of Me.”
In the same way, He also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in memory of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
But a man must examine himself, and then let him eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
For the one who eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.”
(1 Corinthians 11:24–29 TLV)
Both the parashah and the haftarah address sacrifices to God. Both the parashah and the haftarah address burnt offerings once and for all. He nailed the old world to that piece of wood on the hill outside Jerusalem.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we, removed from sins, might live for righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed.”
He made the One who knew no sin to become a sin offering on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
He humbled Himself— becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (on a piece of wood)
(1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:8 TLV)
“ Now from the sixth hour, darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.
About the ninth hour Yeshua cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?”
When some of those standing there heard it, they began saying, “This Man is calling for Elijah.”
Right away one of them ran and took a sponge. He filled it with sour wine and put it on a stick, and was offering it to Yeshua to drink.
But the rest were saying, “Leave Him alone! Let’s see if Elijah comes to save Him.”
And Yeshua cried out again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.
And behold, the curtain of the Temple was split in two, from top to bottom. And the earth quaked and rocks were split apart.
And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the kedoshim who were sleeping were raised to life.
And coming forth out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Now the centurion, and those with him keeping guard over Yeshua, when they saw the earthquake and what was happening, they became terribly frightened and said, “This really was the Son of God!””
(Matthew 27:45–54 TLV)
At the moment, also in the darkness of this world, there are still lots of people who do not want to recognise that Jesus is the Ben HaElohim or son of God. These days of darkness we pray for them that their eyes shall one day be opened, before it will be too late. that much more people shall come to see that Jesus is the light and life, the path to a better world. It is by belief in Jesus that life might come to people, even when they shall die one day, because by the resurrection of Jesus there is given an example to what shall happen also to the believers in Christ, the son of God, who is the way to life.
“ Yeshua said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life! Whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, shall live.
Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
(John 11:25; 14:6 TLV)
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