Worship and Study Program for this week:
The Feast of Passover (Day 1)
The Study this week and next week is about ‘Passover’ and the ‘Days of Unleavened Bread’. Passover is the first of the seven great Feasts of the Lord. Passover is most significant for many reasons. It establishes God’s intervention in the lives of His people, for He brought them out of the pagan Egyptian world and into His presence and a better future. In the greater scheme of God’s plan for us, is the need to provide a way for sinful humans to move from the physical world into His spiritual Kingdom.
This necessitates grace and the forgiveness of sin. Yeshua was the only person to live in this world and not sin. His life and subsequent death was the greatest single event in the history of the world because it provided us with hope and faith in our journey to be with God in His Kingdom.
The Disciples then and now celebrate the Passover, not simply because God commanded it, and Yeshua expected it, but because the story of salvation which is told every year at the Passover, carries through from generation to generation of believers who seek salvation through the death of God’s first-born Messianic Son. In 1 Corinthians 5:7, the apostle Paul identifies Yeshua as our Passover Lamb, that He is the fulfillment of the meaning of Passover.
God wants His people to remember and retelling brings the details to the front of our mind, where we are able to marvel anew at what the Lord has done. God commanded that His people continue to tell this story. Retelling the account of Yeshua’s sacrificial death and resurrection highlights how Passover is a shadow of God’s ultimate plan of salvation for all humankind. Yeshua met with His disciples on Passover Eve, as commanded in God’s word, the Torah, He said, “As often as you meet, do this in remembrance of Me.” His meaning was clear. We were to celebrate His life and death at the Passover evening meal, as an act of faith and obedience, not only for His disciples then, but for all those who have accepted Him to be the true Messiah, whose righteous life and death facilitates salvation in the world.
We are not presenting a live interview this week, and in its place the video below explains and compares Christian ‘Communion’ to the Hebrew ‘Passover’ ceremony. And because this is the time of Passover, the program has less readings and contains many interesting Passover teachings and general interest topics. Enjoy!
1. Shabbat Songs for Praise and Worship. Enjoy!
(1.1) Shabbat Shalom – Jonathan Settel
(1.2) Go Through the Gates – Barry & Batya Segal
(1.3) Awake – Lamb
(1.4) Shalom Aleichem / Peace to You – Barry & Batya Segal
(1.5) In Your Presence – Paul Wilbur
On Shabbat we always begin with the Shema, a covenant between God and His people- what we have to do for
God and what He will do for us while we live on His Earth: We cantor the first two lines of the Shema.
These prayers are traditionally spoken out loud. Practice learning and saying these yourself.
The SHEMA, The AVINU prayer, The Blessing Over the Children
3.1 Prayers for Israel
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
They shall prosper who love You Father and your holy city. As You say in Your Word, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not hold My peace, until her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
Oh, God, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray for the coming of the Prince of Peace – that You break down the walls and the barriers of hatred and of sin that separates brother from brother, and those who call upon Your name, that You would establish Your throne in this city – that You will come and take up Your place, the one that belongs to You alone – that You will establish Your righteousness and Your rule – that the Kingdom of God will cover the Earth, even as the waters cover the seas – and that the Name of the Holy One of Israel, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, will be a banner and a shade and a comfort to all peoples who call upon Your Name in holiness. Maranatha, speed the day, even so, Yeshua come, take up Your throne and bring peace to this city and to this world.
(Inspired from Lyrics by Paul Wilbur)
Prayer Points for Israel and Jerusalem
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, it is YHVH’s city. (Psalm 122:6, 1 Kings 11:32, 2 Chr. 3:1; Rev. 21:2)
- Pray for the quick return of the lost 10 tribes of Israel, as well as the return of all Jewish persons, so Yeshua can return to Jerusalem as their King. (Jeremiah 50: 19-20)
- Pray blessings over God’s people in Israel, as they are our brothers and sisters of the same Olive Tree, upon which the Gentiles are grafted in. (Romans 11:17-24)
- Pray for world-wide support for Israel and the Jewish people in these difficult times, along with prayers to repel the adversary and all his efforts to destroy righteousness. (Ephesians 6:12)
- Pray that all Christians rebuke any who teach Replacement Theology, the notion that the Church has replaced Israel, and transferred the Abrahamic promises to the Church alone. (Genesis 15:18-21)
- Pray for the protection of the Land of Israel because it is the Promised Land given to Abraham and his descendants. (Joshua 1:2-6, Joshua 21:43)
- Pray for righteous leadership in Israel, that they submit to YHVH as an example for the people. (Proverbs 29:2, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 13:17)
- Pray that all of Israel become Torah observant in preparation for the return of Yeshua. (Jeremiah 31: 31-34, Matthew 5:17-20)
- Pray for the future messianic reign of Yeshua and the redemption of all mankind during that time. (Obadiah 1:17-21, Isa. 66:5, Rev 16:16)
- Pray for ministries in Israel and abroad, which teach about the Father and His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. (Gen 12:3, Romans 10:10-17, Romans 16:1)
3.2 Opening Prayers for this weeks Parsha:
Opening TORAH Prayer: Blessed are You, Y’HoVaH our Elohim, King of all existence, who chose us from among all nations and who gave us your Torah. Blessed are You, Y’HoVaH who gives us the Torah. AMEN
(Jeremiah 31:31-34) “Behold, the days are coming,” says Y’HoVaH, “when I will make a Renewed Covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah (Judah), 32“not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” says Y’HoVaH. 33 “But this is the Covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says Y’HoVaH, “I will put My Torah within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, [do you] ‘know Adonai’?; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.”
(Isaiah 12:2-3) “See! Yah is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Y’HoVaH is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation!” Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation. “
(Psalm 3:8) Salvation belongs to Y’HoVaH; Your blessing be upon Your people.”
(Psalm 46:7) Y’HoVaH Almighty is with us; the Elohim of Jacob is our refuge.”
5. Study Resources
(5.1) Passover in 60 seconds
5. Scripture Readings: Passover (Day 1)
6. QUESTION For This Week :
Exodus Passover in the wilderness
7. Extra Study Resources
Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach), the Passover Lamb)
8. MFO STUDY – CLOSING PRAYER: (Read out aloud):
9. FOCUS ON ISRAEL:
(9.1) Road to Emmaus, where Jesus inspired his disciples, now open to pilgrims – Rome Reports
10. Inspirational Video
(10.1) The Hope (Hatikva) – Shilo Ben Hod
(10.2) Mark Levy’s Testimony (A Jewish man provoked to jealousy and finds Jesus!) Israel Media Ministries
11. Inspirational Songs and Music
(11.1) God Almighty Reigns – Misha Goetz (featuring Joshua Aaron)
12. SPECIAL EVENT: Passover (Day 1)
(12.1) The Mo’edim (Feasts of the Lord) Series: The Passover Supper – 119 Ministries
We trust that you have enjoyed this program.
Shalom Aleichem: Peace be upon you on this Shabbat.
Natan and Hannah