Sunday, March 26, 2017

(almost) Nissan 1!




               As we finish reading a double portion Parsha, we come to the end of the book of Exodus in the Torah cycle.  In the place where Exodus finishes, it is Nissan One and the Tabernacle is completed.  God`s dwelling place is completed and the Israelites are commanded to begin /open the Tabernacle. 

The amazing thing is, on March 28th 2017, it will be....Nissan 1! The first day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, Tuesday in this coming week.

The Torah cycle and our lives once again and in an ever repeating cycle, come together.

God made the seasons and He made springtime to burst into blossom just around now.  He planned the Tabernacle and that it would also be ready for Him to dwell with the Children of Israel on the first day of Nissan in spring.  The whole Torah cycle and Feasts are all perfectly planned so as we celebrate each Shabbat we enter more and more into His time.   The Passover is coming up.  Spring springs to life and bursts with excitement as the spring feasts are about to begin.

His plans are so immaculate and perfect.  We get a view of that in the reading of the parashiot the past week about the details of the Tabernacle.  And then we see in its repetition that it was all carried out to a T.   T for Tabernacle.

How amazing and even more wonder-ous to the Mth degree to see how the birth, death, and Resurrection of Messiah Yeshua are revealed through the Passover and all of Creation, the giving of the Torah, and the making of the Tabernacle.   All the events leading up to this Spring Feast of ADONAI.  We are commanded to remember these days and to observe the feast in perpetuity throughout the generations.

How lovely are Your tabernacles,
ADONAI-Tzva`ot!  

---Psalm 84:2  TLV

Dear Heavenly Father,  We thank you for this spring.  As the blossoms will soon burst from seemingly `dead` trees that come to new life!! Spring is the season of the birth of lambs.  Spring is the season of new life.  You give us the  Hebrew calendar which  starts in Nissan, and tell us that Nissan 1 is the Head of the Calendar for the whole year.  Could it be that this is also the time when Messiah is born?  Everything begins in this time, and You plan everything to Your specifications and to fit in with your great Plan.  Yeshua is the Head of the body of Messiah.   In this Nissan 1 may we celebrate and eagerly anticipate all things new and re-newed.  In Japan people will soon be celebrating in a great merry making, the spring under the cherry blossoms.  How wonderful it will be when the Japanese people come to know Messiah Yeshua. May it be soon! May the cherry blossoms bursting forth over the island nation remind us of the Resurrection Power of Yeshua.   Baruch Haba Hashem ADONAI.  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.

No wonder the cherry blossom season feels like heaven on earth!!

ADONAI, I love the House where You live,
the place where Your glory dwells.

---Psalm 26:8

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