|English: Moses speaks to the children of Israel, as in Deuteronomy 31:1, illustration from "The Boys of the Bible" by Hartwell James, published by Henry Altemus Company, 1905 and 1916. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The people who believed in a Divine Creator came already together at regular times in the time of Moses and the time before him. Moses was warned by his father in law that he could not do things on his own.
“17 and Moses’ father-in-law said to him, the thing that you do [is] not good. 18 you will surely wear away, both you and this people that [is] with you. for this thing [is] too heavy for you; you are not able to perform it alone. 19 listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and god will be with you. you be for the people toward god, that you may bring the causes to god. 20 and you shall teach them ordinances and laws, and shall make them know the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 and you shall look out of all the people able men, such as fear god, men of truth, hating unjust gain. and place [such] over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” (Exodus 18:17-21 MKJV)Today we also do find many people in church communities to be burned out, and the people right along with their supposed leaders. Today there are a lot of priests and church-leaders who are not really there for the people before God. They also are afraid or do not bring the many matters of concern to God. Though their job is to teach the common people the rules and instructions of God and to show them how to live, what to do. Many of those church-leaders do not fear God any-more or do not look up to men of integrity, men who are incorruptible — and do not appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten. Many churches have gone far off track of what the bride Christ had offered.
Now we have been celebrating Chag Ha Aviv – Passover, our spring holiday – also named Chag HaMatzot the holiday of unleavened bread with so many other chosen people by God, we could and can take time to meet with many people who believe in the One and only One God of gods, Jehovah.
This 7 or 8 days of holy time coincides with what many Christians call the Holy Week. For us it is also a holy week.
As the Jews eat their “bread of procrastination” it is also for us a time to reflect on our faith. On 14 Nisan, Tuesday the 26th in the evening, after sundown, all over the world serious bible students came together to remember two special moments in history.
In Belgium people could follow the Memorial Meal in several languages (a.o. Dutch, French, German, English, Mandarin, Afrikaans, Congolese, Arabic, Albanian) and hear the readings from the Scriptures in their own language or a language they also know. Somehow they could find a language which could suit them and which they could follow so they should not have a had a language excuse.
There should also not have to be an excuse to delay the coming together, because we have 8 days time to come together to share the Good News with friends, colleagues, brethren and sisters in Christ.
As Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow wrote: "We all have ways we can grow; matzah is there to flatten us out and remind us that this growth might not fit neatly into our schedule." For him Jews are not destined to be the doormat of history. When the situation calls for it they need to be ready to risk their own safety and security to stand up for those who need our help.
Jews and Christians must be brave enough to end fights without going into fighting themselves. But even in those situations we need to know when to call it quits and move on. The armour we do have to put on is the armour of love, which was demonstrated by Jeshua (Jesus)
The Matzah has the focal point on freedom and on 14 Nisan we could say we have a remembrance of Liberation Day. First of all there where the Chosen People, Israel, the People of God, who were blessed by the Creator and shown the way to safeguard themselves for the destruction of the firstborns which came over the land of Egypt because the people of Egypt did not wanted to listen to the God of gods. Secondly there is the night Jesus prepared a meal with his disciples, washed their feet as a humble servant, broke unleavened bread and said thanks to the Most High Elohim. On that night he was going to be betrayed and brought to a judgement bringing death he let us know that we have something to look forward and that he was willing to serve as a mediator between God and men, being the Lam of God, bringing blood of life, the Blood of The Everlasting Covenant.
Through sharing meals we each can connect to the network of Jewish tables, Christian tables and share the connection which was made for the Gentiles by the Nazarene Jeshua, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Please do find some of the readings of the service of 14 Nisan:
- In English:
On the first day for matzah
Servant for the truth of God
The Anointed One and the first day of No Fermentation
For the Will of Him who is greater than Jesus
- In Dutch:
Op de eerste dag voor matzah Voor de Wil van Hem die groter is dan Jezus
- In French:
Le premier jour de matsa
Serviteur pour pour prouver la véracité de DieuPour la Volonté de Celui qui est plus grand que Jésus
- In German:
Diener um der Wahrheit willen Gottes Für den Willen dessen, der größer ist als Jesus
Please do also find to read about the Last Supper:
- Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
- 14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception
- 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus
- 14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast
- 14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain
- 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
- Around the feast of Unleavened Bread
- High Holidays not only for Israel
- Festival of Freedom and persecutions
Vindt ook om te lezen rond het Laatste Avondmaal:
In het Nederlands:
- De Gezalfde en de eerste dag van de feestperiode van Ongezuurde Broden
- Voorbereidingstijd tot een herinneringsmoment
- Zalving van Christus als profetische repetitie van de begrafenisrituelen
- 1 -15 Nisan
- 14 Nisan, de avond om Christus Zijn predikingswerk te herinneren
- 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #1 Oorsprong
- 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #2 In Jezus tijd
- 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #3 Voor het Overgangsfeest
- 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #4 Een Gedood Lam
- 14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #5 De te vieren dag
- Jezus Laatste Avondmaal
- Jezus aanbod op het laatste avondmaal
- Teken van het Verbond
- Jezus moest sterven
- Een Messias om te Sterven
- Lam van God #3c Christus stierf als onschuldig Lam NT teksten
- Een Groots Geschenk om te herinneren
- Een Feestmaal en doodsherinnering
- Geen Wegvluchter
- Slavernij, Ongedesemd Brood en Feesten