RETHINKING THE PESACH (PASSOVER) CHRONOLOGY – AN INTRODUCTION

THE PATH הנתיב

A Commentary on Current Spiritual Thought From The Perspective of The Ancient Sect of Judaism called “HaNetzarim”


RETHINKING THE PESACH (PASSOVER) CHRONOLOGY

AN INTRODUCTION

THE PROBLEMS AND ERRORS THAT MUST BE OVERCOME IN OUR SEARCH FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH:

Man Made Confusion Mixed with a Lack of Hebraic Understanding

There has been and continues to be, way too much manmade confusion over the exact timing of Pesach and the days of Unleavened Bread. Compounding this problem; both Judaism and Christianity question the validity of required observance of these days for ‘New Covenant’ believers or Goyim (anyone who is not Jewish[1]; those outside the fold/camp of Yisra’el).

Christianity tells us that somehow the ‘law’ (a misinterpretation of the Hebrew word Torah), has been “done away with at the cross”[2]. Judaism teaches (to the relief of most Christians), that Gentiles are excluded from required obedience to all the Mitzvot[3] of Torah (that Gentiles need only observe the “Noachide Laws” to be considered a ‘human’), while they actively discourage obedience to the Torah of YHVH; including His Moedim, since, as they conclude, Goyim are not ‘Jewish’[4]. If you should happen to subscribe to this belief, I would ask that you would please read Sh’mot (Ex.) 12:49; Vayikra (Lev.) 24:22; Bamidbar (Nu.) 9:14; 15:14-16; Rom. 10:12; 1 Cor. 10:17; Gal. 3:28, 29.

All of this is done in complete disregard of specific instruction given in the Tanakh, that Yisra’el is called to be a “Light” unto all nations, teaching Torah observance to native-born and stranger alike, and that the Temple was to be a House of Prayer for all people; not just a select few.

Please; ask yourself this question, “am I an Yisra’elite”? Now most Christians will answer in the affirmative, although they will attempt to spiritualize their answer rather than accepting the fact, that in present reality; they are in fact literal Yisra’elites. As such, they are subject to the same ‘Rules of The House’ (Torah) as their brothers from the tribe of Yahudah (Judah-Jews).

As descendants of the still rebellious Ten Lost Tribes of The House of Yisra’el; Christians are being called out of Babylon, and back to the Torah; with all the blessings and requirements of obedience that go hand in hand with that reality! It makes no difference whether we are a natural branch or grafted in; we are all fed by the same Spiritual Root; it’s the same tree; always has been and always will be[5]! The Tree has a Name, and that Name is Yisra’el. Its Root is our Torah observant “Lion of The Tribe of Yehuda”; Y’shua HaMashiyach who is YHVH Y’shuati (YHVH our Salvation). Therefore, the pattern of ‘oneness’ that we see throughout Scripture is seen again. There is no “church”, no “sect”, or exclusive group other than that of The Torah Observant Camp of Yisra’el who has become as one (echad), with Him; “The Root” of the Tree, and the El of Yisra’el[6]. Of course, this requires a paradigm shift in thinking for Jew and Gentile alike; and we who have already made that shift must accept the fact that, just as with us; spiritual change will occur only to those awakened by, and receptive to, the call of the Ruach HaKadosh.

TORAH AS A ‘SIEVE’

The Torah (our foundation of faith and Scriptural understanding); is the ‘sieve’ through which we must pass all teachings, concepts, or Scriptural understandings. By so doing we will not be misguided or mislead by a false or misleading interpretation of Scripture. It is through the spiritual “eyes” and the “light” of Torah that we must test all things. If a particular teaching or understanding does not hold up to examination through the eyes/light of Torah then it is not of Elohim[7]. We cannot use the Ketuvim Netzarim (Writings of The Nasareans/New Testament) as the proof of Torah and gain the correct understanding of Scripture. At best, that can be considered as ‘circular’ reasoning; or a case of ‘the tail wagging the dog’! This is where many Christians run into problems when attempting to understand the Tanakh/Scriptures (‘Old’ Testament), through the ‘eyes’ of the Writings of the Netzarim, which is not Torah, nor is it Scripture, nor has it been translated without bias and anti-Semitism.

If a Scriptural teaching does not pass the test of Torah, we are either:

  1. Misunderstanding the text or teaching.
  2. Depending upon a poor or ‘paraphrased’ translation of the text[8].
  3. Attempting to place the misunderstanding of a particular text or teaching above the clear “Thus says YHVH” of the Torah.
  4. Following the teachings of man.


Following in Part One: “The timing of Pesach and Chag HaMatzot/Feast of Unleavened Bread (U.B.), Type meets Anti-Type” 

[1] Most any modern day Hebrew will tell you that all Yisra’elites, are Jewish and that you must convert to Orthodox Judaism to be considered an Yisra’elite.

[2] I would ask you please, read Sh’mot (Ex.) 12: 14 (one out of many similar texts) and consider the word; “forever”.

[3] ‘Mitzvot’: Heb. plural for Commandments.

[4] Please see a discussion of this and the ‘Noachide laws’ in Appendix F

[5] Rm. 11

[6] Rm. 10:12; 1 Cor. 10:17; Gal. 3:28-29; Col. 3:11

[7] Elohim: ‘our Mighty One’

[8] We need to try to get as close as possible to the best copies of the original texts. Learning Hebrew/Aramaic, even an attempt at it would have a major impact on our ability to understand these Biblical Truths correctly!