COUNTING THE OMER

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HA MO’EDIM

The Appointed Times Of YHWH, (B’H), and their prophetic understanding as seen through His Mikra Kadosh (Holy Rehearsals), or ‘Chagim’ (Feasts).

THE SPRING FEASTS AND THE SEASON OF PESACH

SEFIRAT HA OMER, COUNTING THE OMER 

Wayyiqra (Lev.) 23:

 9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. [Deut 26:2]; 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as an ascending offering to יהוה, 13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Deut 16:9; [Acts 2:1]; 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה. 17 ‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה. [Neh 10:37]; 18 ‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה. 19 ‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings. 20 ‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest. 21 ‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 22 ‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’    TS2009

A few thought questions for you (please feel free to send your questions and/or comments to us anytime!)

  1. Why should we actively participate in the count of the days, beginning on the day of the WAVE SHEAF and extending out to the final day of SHAVUOT itself?
  2. How do the numbers and their multiples of 7, 10, 49, and 50 factor into this, and why?
  3. What is the Hebraic significance of these numbers and their multiples?
  4. Is there another significant period of time outlined in Torah that incorporates the same sequence of the numbers 7, 10, 49, and 50 and/or their multiples? If so, do you believe it’s just by chance, or is it intentional? If so why?

Sha’ul

FIRST SHABBAT OF 7, 7TH DAY OF THE OMER, 27TH DAY OF THE FIRST BIBLICAL MONTH OF ABIB, THE SEASON OF PESACH!

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At last Shabbat is upon His People, those who ‘love Him and keep His Commandments’, for His yoke is not a burden but is easily born with great joy, rejoicing, and thanksgiving!
During this Season of Pesach, we count the omer day by day in great anticipation of our meeting with Him in all of His Power on the fiftieth day. We divest ourselves of self and every vile and sinful habit. Everything that separates us from You Father we surrender so that we may, as One New Man, receive the power of The Living Torah that we may be set free from our oppressor. Let it be, I pray, written on the tablets of my heart by the fire of His Spirit. Oh yes my Melech, my King, make me clean and new again in preparation for that Great Day! HalleluYAH!
My achim and chaverim, let us sing Psalms of praise and thanksgiving as we go up to Y’rushalyim, up to The House of YHVH Y’shuati this Shabbat, so that we may bless Him and in turn be blessed! I’ll see you there.
Shabbat Shalom!
Sha’ul

A NETZARIM YAHUDIM PESACH HAGGADAH

THE PATH הנתיב

A COMMENTARY on CURRENT SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FROM THE ANCIENT SECT OF JUDAISM CALLED HaNATSARIM

3/25/2018

The Pesach Haggadah:

Just before Abib 13 runs into Abib 14, while gathered in the home or at the site of the meal, take turns reading from Shemot (Ex) 12:1 – 15:21 (important for children that are able, to participate in this reading). Remember that at this time, HaNetzarim did not have the Ketuvim Netzarim (Writings of The Netzarim/New Testament) available.

Pesach Meal (Lamb if possible) Levitically Clean Foods are acceptable (Lv. 11). Don’t forget the Matzo and something to wash it down with! NOT REQUIRED ARE BOILED EGG, SALT, and a special platter to serve these components on (friends, that’s all Rabbinical teaching).

As we consume the meal, let us do so solemnly, guarding our conversation and limiting it to only that required. The exception would be for praise in word, song, or sharing a spiritual blessing with others. While remembering the gift of freedom from oppression and slavery in Egypt, let us not forget Y’shua’s last meal with His Talmidim, and His Unspeakable Sacrifice as our Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Have the Blessing after the meal and that’s it! I’ll see you at U.B.!

This year, Pesach will begin the evening of March 31 to the end of Apr. 1st; and the first-day U.B. on Apr. 2, the last day of U.B. on Apr. 8th which is also Yom HaBikkurim, The Day of Firstfruits. We begin the count of fifty days or seven Shabbats to Shavuot (Pentecost) on that day.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

ALL MALES PARTICIPATING IN PESACH MUST BE CIRCUMCISED!

Shemot (Ex) 12:47 “All the congregation of Yisra’ĕl are to perform it. 48“And when a stranger sojourns with you and shall perform the Pĕsaḥ to יהוה, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and perform it, and he shall be as a native of the land. But let no uncircumcised eat of it. 49“There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” (TS2009)

 

As Netzarim Yahudim, we observe Pesach from the end of Abib 13 to the end of the 14th. This 24hr. period is not a Shabbat, and we try to finish our cleaning of the home, including removal of any hametz (leaven or products containing it) no later than mid-day of Abib 14.

We observe the seven days of U.B. with a Qodesh Miqra’ (beginning at the end of the 14th after Pesach, to the end of 15th of Abib (a no work of any kind Shabbat); and a Qodesh Miqra’ from the end of the 20th, to the end of the 21st of Abib (also a no work of any kind Shabbat).

         Unleavened Bread is eaten for the entire 8 day period of Pesach and U.B.

 

 

RETHINKING THE PESACH (PASSOVER) CHRONOLOGY – AN INTRODUCTION

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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!

THE MO’EDIM (APPOINTED TIMES) OF YHVH

The Spring Feasts/Season of Pesach (Passover)

Introduction:

Begining with Pesach (Passover), The Spring Feasts, which are often referred to as “The Season of Pesach”, begin with the agricultural and astronomical determination of the First day of the first month of the Biblical Calander, which is called “Abib”; and concludes with Chag HaShavuot (Feast of Weeks/Pentecost). These Mo’edim (Times appointed by our Creator) are, Chag HaPesach, Chag HaMotzi, Yom HaBikkurim, and Chag HaShavuot.

  • ABIB 1. Although preparations for the season of Pesach began at least a month earlier in ancient times, it officially begins with the determination that the heads of the Spring barely crop have ripened (when they have become ‘abib’);  in conjunction with the sighting of the first phase of a new moon after the twelveth Biblical Month. This observation (which is made in Eretz Yisra’el / The Land of Yisra’el), results in the proclamation of Rosh Chodesh Abib (the head, or beginning of), the first Biblical Month.
  • ABIB 10. A lamb of the first year is selected for the offering. In Biblical times, the yearling was taken home and kept with the family for four days.
  • Abib 14. Chag HaPesach. At the conclusion of four nights and days (Biblical days begin the evening/night before), between the evenings (Beyn Ha’arbaim) of the 13th and the 14th, and the conclusion of four days; the lamb is slain. The day of Pesach is not a Shabbat, as is the following day, which is the first day of the seven-day feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • Abib 15. Chag HaMotzi (The Feast of Unleavened Bread) begins at the end of the 14th, as it merges with the 15th. It is a seven-day festival that concludes on the 21st of Abib. The first day and the last day of this Feast, are Shabbats.
  • YOM HaBIKKURIM (The Day of First Fruits/The Wave Sheaf). During the week of Unleavened Bread, Yom HaBikkurim occurs on the first day of the week following the weekly Seventh Day Shabbat. The count of 50 days (7 Shabbats) to Shavuot (Pentecost), begins on that day.
  • Chag HaShavuot (Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost). A one-day celebration of the giving of Torah to Kol (All) Yisra’el in fire and smoke at Sinai and the Ruach HaElohim (The Spirit of The Mighty Ones/Spirit of Holiness) being poured out on those come ‘up to Y’rushalyim’ to celebrate the feast.

 

Suggested Discussion Topics:

 Determining Rosh Chodesh Abib

 AVIV 10 The Selection of The Lamb

Lamb must dwell with family four days

THE FIRST PESACH

When does the evening of the 14th begin? At the end of the 13th as it becomes the 14th, or at the end of the 14th as it becomes the 15th which is Chag HaMotzi.

Circumcision of The Flesh (B’rit Milah), is it still a requirement to participate in the Pesach Sedar?

Preparation and Consumption of the offering

Blood on The Doorposts

Do Not Go Outside ‘Till Morning

The Gathering of Kol Yisra’el

The Departure

The Crossing

The Mikvah (Immersion) and Deliverance of Yisra’el

The Army of Paro (Pharo) destroyed

CHAG HA MOTZI

Leaving in haste

The search for and removal of leaven in the home. Are we still required to do so? Why?

Yom HaBIKKURIM

First Fruits, The Wave Sheaf and The Ressurection of Y’shua. Did Y’shua resurrect on the 7th Day Shabbat or the 1st day of the week? When does the count to Shavuot (Pentecost) begin?

THREE DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS

The symbolism of ‘The Wilderness’.

Three days (and nights) in the tomb

GIVING OF HaTORAH

Elohim Appears in fire and smoke and speaks directly to Yisra’el

Yisra’el and Deliberate Sin

Preparations for Meeting With YHVH

Ratification of The Covenant

CHAG HA SHAVUOT/PENTECOST

Why 50 days?

Giving of HaTorah at Har Sinai

Pouring Out The Ruach

Speaking in Tongues

3,000 Lost at Sinai, Restored to Yisra’el