It was choshek, a darkness that Egypt could feel more than see. Yet, the people of the Most High had light.Read More
One quiet night last week, the month of Tammuz arrived. This month was not calm for Ancient Israel. Tammuz brought the Israelites to the abyss. The direst calamities befell Israel at this time. Five horrendous disasters ensued.
Tammuz was a month for breaking the Tablets of the Law which were written in Adonai’s own hand. It was the moment for betraying Him with a Golden Calf. It was the season when the daily offerings ended. It was the occasion for King Manasseh to impiously install an idol in the Temple sanctuary. It was the date when the walls around Jerusalem were breached twice, leading to the destruction of both Temples.
Shattered lives? Yes. Broken dreams? Absolutely. But, through grace and the power of Adonai’s truth, Israel climbed back up. His people were challenged to grow; to accept His perspective; to see beyond earth’s horizon; to understand that He is good; to anticipate the coming of Messiah; and to discover the divine inspiration of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit).
History is actually His-Story. So, enormous blessing came to Israel in the month of Tammuz. It was the month of Joseph’s birth (traditionally). It was the occasion when the sun stood still for Joshua (Joshua 10:11-14). It was the season for destroying the Golden Calf (Exodus 32:20). It was the moment that the severe Sadducean penal code was abolished (Megillath Ta’anit).
In Hebrew thinking, the place of trouble is a juncture or crossroad. In this venue one discovers the key for returning. The locale of failure, sin, or loss is precisely where repentance and renewal commence. The Fast of the Fourth Month is destined to become a table for joy, gladness, and cheerful feasting. So says Adonai Tzava’ot (Zechariah 8:19).
Despite His innocence, Yeshua willingly became chametz or leaven during His execution. He allowed Himself to be removed from the House of Israel on Passover, and thrown out like the leaven. The Almighty made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf, so that we might become righteously unleavened through Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). He became chametz to cleanse the chametz from the people of the Kingdom.
Yehuda, the ish or man from Kerioth (also known as Judas Iscariot), confessed at the end of his own life that he had sinned by betraying an unleavened man. He betrayed the innocent Yeshua, the Unleavened One in whom there was no blemish. Pontius Pilate confirmed this when he declared, “I find no fault in this man.” No one – not Judas, not Pilate, not anyone who pondered the entire truth – could find the yeast of sin within Yeshua. He was without a shadow of sin, even when He exhorted people to be more sincere toward the Father. He shared no resemblance to chametz or leaven.
Rabbi Paul reminded believers that we had been cleansed of chametz. Hence, we were to live as unleavened people. We became unleavened through the death of our Unleavened Messiah. After Yeshua, the Passover Lamb, was sacrificed, Paul urged us to celebrate by keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
As we eat unleavened matzah this week, let us celebrate our Unleavened Messiah. Let us keep the feast, as Rabbi Paul urged, not with the old chametz of malice and wickedness – but with the matzah of sincerity and truth.
The fanatics at Qumran were astonished. They thought the name of the Almighty was not written in the Book of Esther. For this reason, they stubbornly refused to tuck away a copy of Esther among the Dead Sea scrolls.
Yet, the name of the Most High is there, and is found embedded in the book’s grand acrostic designs. Yod Hei Vav Hei, the Hebrew letters in Yahweh, appear in precise order four distinct times – in Esther 1:20, 5:4, 5:15, and 7:7. Intriguingly, these are pivotal verses where the plot changes to benefit the Hebrew people.
Esther 1:20 is a proclamation containing the phrase, “all the wives will give.” The first letters of each word in the phrase are Yod Hei Vav Hei. They spell Adonai’s name – in reverse. Accordingly, this is a verse where Adonai reverses man’s wisdom and paves the way for Esther to be chosen queen.
Esther 5:4 is the request, “let the king and Haman come this day.” The first letter of each word is Yod Hei Vav Hei in forward order. This is where Adonai forwards His strategy to defeat Haman.
Esther 5:13 expresses Haman’s exasperation with Mordecai. He declares, “yet all this avails me nothing.” The last letter of each word is Yod Hei Vav Hei – in reverse order. Here, Adonai is reversing Haman’s plot against Mordecai.
Esther 7:7 announces Haman’s fate, “that there was evil determined against him.” The last letter of each word is Yod Hei Vav Hei in forward order. Here, Adonai forwards the ascendancy of Mordecai and Esther.
Those desert dwellers made a mistake in failing to preserve Esther. Today, the Hebrews are thriving as they celebrate Purim, and worship the Holy One whose name is disguised in this marvelous book.
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