The Nazarene's Way
Chag HaMatzot, 7th Day Sameach! Happy Feast of Unleavened Bread, 7th Day!
HAPPY FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, 7TH DAY!
According to The Scriptural Method for reckoning time today, paganism’s 7th of May, 2022, is actually the 21st Day of the 1st Month of the New Year of Scripture and therefore the 7th Day of the 7-Day Feast of Unleavened Bread.
There is absolutely nothing like food or the lack there of to focus the mind on a given subject. For the last six days, I've eaten nothing but unleavened barley bread, I don't say that to set myself apart in some sort of braggadocios way, I say that to encourage you to try it and in so doing set yourself apart from the world via the command of YAH. (A cautionary note: Switching your diet from what you presently eat to nothing but unleavened hulled barley bread will more than likely bring about a fair amount of flatulence and a loosening of the lower tract, so proceed with that in mind!) Nevertheless, it keeps my mind narrowly focused on The Exodus which occurred during The Feast of Unleavened Bread throughout the week. I've written an article based on some personal Scriptural insights that came my way a few years ago, all of which are purposed to help you experience the Feast of Unleavened Bread to its fullest, I think you'll be blessed if you take the time to read 'Insights Into The Exodus & The Feast Of Unleavened Bread'.
On this day thirty five hundred years ago Moses and the Israelites were gathered on the eastern shore of the Red Sea having just crossed between the 900 foot deep cavernous walls of water heaped up by the breath of YAH which then collapsed on Pharaoh and his 250,000 man army killing every last one of them. Israel was finally free!!!
The first six days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread mark the beginning and the ending of the Exodus out of Egypt, in those six days Moses and Israel, approximately 3,000,000 strong, have trekked a course to freedom that has stretched somewhere around 200 miles long. For the duration of that six days, Moses and Israel ate nothing but unleavened bread and thus the command to commemorate The Exodus via The Feast of Unleavened Bread...
Lev 23:4 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times.
Lev 23:5 ‘In the first new moon, on the fourteenth day of the new moon, between the evenings, is the Pěsaḥ to יהוה.
Lev 23:6 ‘And on the fifteenth day of this new moon is the Festival of Matzot to יהוה – seven days you eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:7 ‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
Lev 23:8 ‘And you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’ ”
Imagine if you can, 3,000,000 people traveling 200 miles on foot in six days eating nothing but unleavened bread, truly it exceeds the imagination! Now safely gathered on the eastern shore of the Red Sea in Arabia Moses and the Israelites celebrate their new found freedom by singing The Song of Moses, 'The Horse And Its Rider He Has Thrown Into The Sea!' As they continued to sing and dance and praise The Almighty for what He had done they continued to eat unleavened bread for the remainder of that day and that is why we're commanded to eat unleavened bread for seven days, ending at evening on the 21st, meaning a return to our normal diets begins the following morning.
I hesitated to use the painting above as the thumbnail for this blog because through such a lens the Red Sea crossing can be seen as a fictional event, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Four hundred years after the Exodus from Egypt took place King Solomon erected columns marking the entrance and exit points where Moses led Israel through the Yâm Sûph, or the Red Sea also known as the Sea of Reeds, the northeastern gulf portion of which Israel crossed being known today as the Gulf of Aqaba. It is out of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Yâm Sûph that King Solomon sailed his fleet of naval vessels and the region was well known. I’ll share a couple pictures of those two columns that still exist!
I’m not quite sure which column is located where and I believe at least one of the columns has been recently removed, but the point being, yes, The Exodus along with the crossing of the Yâm Sûph really did occur!
So with today being the day that Moses and the Israelites could finally drop their guard, Pharaoh and his army having been totally destroyed, lets sing together 'The Horse And Its Rider He Has Thrown Into The Sea’ from Exodus 15…
Exo 15:1 Then Mosheh and the children of Yisra’ěl sang this song to יהוה, and spoke, saying,
“I sing to יהוה, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!
Exo 15:2 “Yah is my strength and song, and He has become my deliverance. He is my Ěl, and I praise Him – Elohim of my father, and I exalt Him.
Exo 15:3 “יהוה is a man of battle, יהוה is His Name.
Exo 15:4 “He has cast Pharaoh’s chariots and his army into the sea, and his chosen officers are drowned in the Sea of Reeds.
Exo 15:5 “The depths covered them, they went down to the bottom like a stone.
Exo 15:6 “Your right hand, O יהוה, has become great in power. Your right hand, O יהוה, has crushed the enemy.
Exo 15:7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You pulled down those who rose up against You. You sent forth Your wrath, it consumed them like stubble.
Exo 15:8 “And with the wind of Your nostrils the waters were heaped up, the floods stood like a wall, the depths became stiff in the heart of the sea.
Exo 15:9 “The enemy said, ‘I pursue, I overtake, I divide the spoil, my being is satisfied on them. I draw out my sword, my hand destroys them.’
Exo 15:10 “You did blow with Your wind, the sea covered them, they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
Exo 15:11 “Who is like You, O יהוה, among the mighty ones? Who is like You, great in set-apartness, awesome in praises, working wonders?
Exo 15:12 “You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them.
Exo 15:13 “In Your loving-commitment You led the people whom You have redeemed, in Your strength You guided them to Your set-apart dwelling.
Exo 15:14 “Peoples heard, they trembled, anguish gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
Exo 15:15 “Then the chiefs of Eḏom were troubled, the mighty men of Mo’aḇ, trembling grips them, all the inhabitants of Kena‛an melted.
Exo 15:16 “Fear and dread fell on them, by the greatness of Your arm they are as silent as a stone, until Your people pass over, O יהוה, until the people, whom You have bought, pass over.
Exo 15:17 “You bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O יהוה, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the set-apart place, O יהוה, which Your hands have prepared.
Exo 15:18 “יהוה reigns forever and ever.”
Exo 15:19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and יהוה brought back the waters of the sea upon them. And the children of Yisra’ěl went on dry ground in the midst of the sea.
Exo 15:20 And Miryam the prophetess, the sister of Aharon, took the timbrel in her hand. And all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Exo 15:21 And Miryam answered them, “Sing to יהוה, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”
I hope and pray that this blog has been a blessing to all that read it and I extend a blessing especially to those who are in the midst of striving to know and keep the ways of Messiah Yahusha, obedience to the commandments defines our love of Yah and Mankind!
Be blessed Brothers and Sisters on this closing day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread!