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Celebrating the evening of 15 April 2022 as a festival to Jehovah God

Tomorrow Friday, April the 15th of the year 2022 we remember what happened in the month Jehovah demanded it to be the first month of the year for the people of God.

“1  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.” (Ex 12:1-2 NIV)

Jehovah had spoken about a “Passover to God”, where He was going to go through the land of Egypt on that specific night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, whether human or animal, and was going to bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt, because they should come to know that He, Jehovah is The God. And that day should be remembered year after year as a lasting ordinance, meaning a ritual practice “for ever”.

“13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Ex 12:13 NIV)

Tomorrow evening will be the beginning of a memorial day for us, where even not with many, because of the Corona limitations, we will celebrate the evening as a festival to Jehovah God, like it is already done from one generation to the next generation.

14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance.” (Ex 12:14 NIV)

“10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year. ” (Ex 13:10 NIV)

But the evening shall be more than just keeping a “Festival of Unraised Bread” like the Jews do.

For us, it is an extra special night, where we recognise that God has provided an other “lamb” for our families which was slaughtered as the Passover lamb.

As the Jews had to keep that word and ordinance that God had given, Jesus too, with his disciples kept to the law, and at that night also asked his disciples to remember that night. The reason Jesus was coming together in the upper room in Jerusalem was that they had to bring the Passover sacrifice to God who passed over the homes of the Israelites in Egypt when He hit Egypt with death but rescued them.

“26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshipped.” (Ex 12:26-27 NIV)

It is our task to tell our children why we are gathering tomorrow night. that they come to learn how God rescued His people the first time, by deliberating them from the Egyptian slavery.

“that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.”” (Ex 10:2 NIV)

“On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” (Ex 13:8 NIV)

“14 “In days to come when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’” (Ex 13:14-15 NIV)

Even when there are already centuries past, it is still necessary to tell our children how God’s Hand was with His People and how He still wants to be with us and saving us from any bondage.

“Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.” (De 32:7 NIV)

The Israelites had lived in Egypt 430 years and at the end of the 430 years, to the very day, God’s entire army left Egypt whilst God kept watch all night, watching over the Israelites as He brought them out of Egypt.

Because Jehovah the God of gods, kept watch, all Israel for all generations will honour God by keeping watch this night — a watchnight.

“41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt. 42 Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honour the LORD for the generations to come.” (Ex 12:41-42 NIV)

People may find it strange that we keep the participation of the bread and wine only for baptised members. But as it was not up to foreigners to eat of the Passover meal, so it is still today.

“43  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover: “No foreigner is to eat of it. 44 Any slave you have bought may eat of it after you have circumcised him, 45 but a temporary resident and a hired worker may not eat of it.” (Ex 12:43-45 NIV)

In addition to the deliverance of God’s People from Egypt, we remember that special ‘lamb‘ that God provided for all people in the world. It is the Nazarene Jew Jeshua ben Josef (Jesus Christ) who had prepared himself to do fully the will of his heavenly Father and therefore offered himself as a ransom sacrifice. It is thanks to Jesus’ sacrificial act that deliverance has now come to all who are willing to accept that sacrifice.

We celebrate it in community, even when not all in the same house of place, we consider us to be united by the bond of our baptism.

In the past we allowed visitors, friends and interested people to see how we remembered that day. But this year, like last year, the places in our ecclesiae are limited, and therefore our memorial service shall only be open to members of our community.

(Sorry folks. Next time, when Covid may belong to the past, you all shall be welcome again.)

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Het vieren van de avond van 15 april 2022 als een feest voor Jehovah God

Preceding

Fellowship over meals

Coming together for a meal to remember a special lamb

Another year of 14 Nisan with restricted access

Those who Jesus can call friends

Matthew 26 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Last days of Jesus Christ #7 Matthew 26:26-30 – Keep Doing This in My Memory

When Belonging to the escaped ones gathering in Jesus name

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Additional reading

  1. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  2. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  3. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  4. Trust in the blood of the Lamb God provides
  5. The Last Supper was a Passover meal
  6. Objects of God’s final wrath
  7. An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown
  8. Trust in the blood of the Lamb God provides
  9. Redemption #4 The Passover Lamb
  10. Redemption #5 The perfect sacrifice
  11. Ransom for all
  12. Thinking about fear for the Loving God and an Invitation for 14 Nisan
  13. This day shall be unto you for a memorial and you shall keep it a feast to the Most High God
  14. Yom Hey, Eve of Passover and liberation of many people
  15. Observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal
  16. A meal as a mitzvah so that every generation would remember
  17. Partakers and sons of the Realm
  18. The Most special weekend of the year 2018
  19. Soon it shall be Erev Pesach and Passover 2019
  20. A special weekend for Jews, Messianics, Jeshuaists and Christians
  21. Able to celebrate the Passover in all of its prophetic fulfilment

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Related

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  2. Pesaj / Pesach
  3. PassoverPassover Circa 33 AD; Hallel
    A Passover Gift
  4. Pascha – Death is not the end
  5. The Week of Passover, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
  6. The Stronghold of Passover – Blood of the Lamb
  7. Passover: The Sacrificial Lamb
  8. The Lamb of God
  9. Blood Poured Out
  10. Lamb of God
  11. Nisan 14 — Good Thursday

Het vieren van de avond van 15 april 2022 als een feest voor Jehovah God

Morgen vrijdag 15 april van het jaar 2022 gedenken wij wat er gebeurde in de maand waarvan Jehovah eiste dat het de eerste maand van het jaar zou zijn voor het volk van God.

“1 En de Heer sprak tot Mozes en Aäron in Egypteland: 2 Deze maand zal bij u de eerste maand zijn, en van haar zult gij de maanden des jaars beginnen.” (Ex 12:1-2 LU)

Jehovah had gesproken over een “Pascha voor God”, waarbij Hij op die specifieke nacht door het land Egypte zou gaan en elke eerstgeborene in het land Egypte zou neerslaan, hetzij mens of dier, en het oordeel zou brengen over alle goden van Egypte, omdat zij zouden moeten leren kennen dat Hij, Jehovah, De God is. En die dag zou jaar na jaar herdacht moeten worden als een blijvende ordinantie, dat wil zeggen een rituele praktijk “voor altijd”.

“En dat bloed zal u tot een teken zijn aan de huizen, in welke gij zijt; opdat Ik, het bloed ziende, u voorbijga, en opdat u niet wedervare de plaag, die verderft, als Ik Egypteland sla.” (Ex 12:13 LU)

Morgenavond zal voor ons het begin zijn van een herdenkingsdag, waar wij, zelfs niet met velen, vanwege de Corona-beperkingen, de avond zullen vieren als een feest voor Jehovah God, zoals dat al van de ene generatie op de volgende generatie wordt gedaan.

14 En gij zult dezen dag hebben ter gedachtenis, en zult dien vieren den Heer tot een feest, gij en al uwe nakomelingen, tot ene eeuwige inzetting.” (Ex 12:14 LU)

“10 Daarom houdt deze inzetting op den bestemden tijd, jaarlijks. ” (Ex 13:10 LU)

Maar de avond zal meer zijn dan alleen het houden van een “Festival van Ongerezen Brood” zoals de Joden doen.

Voor ons is het een extra speciale avond, waarin we erkennen dat God voor onze gezinnen een ander “lam” heeft voorzien, dat geslacht werd als het Pesachlam.

Zoals de Joden zich moesten houden aan dat woord en die verordening die God had gegeven, zo hield ook Jezus met zijn discipelen zich aan de wet, en vroeg zijn discipelen in die nacht ook om die nacht te gedenken. De reden waarom Jezus in de bovenzaal in Jeruzalem bijeenkwam, was dat zij het Pesach-offer moesten brengen aan God die over de huizen van de Israëlieten in Egypte was heengegaan toen Hij Egypte met de dood sloeg, maar hen redde.

“26 En als uwe kinderen dan tot u zullen zeggen: Welk een dienst hebt gij daar?, 27 zo zult gij zeggen: Dit is het Paaschoffer des Heren, die in Egypte de huizen der kinderen Israëls voorbijging, toen Hij de Egyptenaars sloeg, en onze huizen verschoonde. Toen neigde zich het volk en boog zich.” (Ex 12:26-27 LU)

Het is onze taak onze kinderen te vertellen waarom we morgenavond samenkomen. dat ze komen te leren hoe God Zijn volk de eerste keer redde, door hen uit de Egyptische slavernij te bevrijden.

“en opdat gij verkondigt voor de oren uwer kinderen en uwer kindskinderen wat Ik in Egypte uitgericht heb, en hoe Ik mijne tekenen onder hen getoond heb; opdat gij weet, dat Ik de Heer ben.” (Ex 10:2 LU)

“en gij zult op dien dag tot uwe zonen zeggen: Dit geschiedt wegens hetgeen de Heer ons gedaan heeft, toen wij uit Egypte trokken.” (Ex 13:8 LU)

“14 En als u heden of morgen uw zoon zal vragen: Wat is dat?, zo zult gij tot hem zeggen: De Heer heeft ons met een machtige hand uit Egypte, uit het diensthuis, gevoerd; 15 want toen Farao hardnekkig weigerde ons los te laten, sloeg de Heer alle eerstgeborenen in Egypteland, van den eerstgeborene der mensen af tot den eerstgeborene van het vee: daarom offer ik aan den Heer al wat de baarmoeder breekt, dat een mannetje is; maar alle eerstgeborenen mijner zonen los ik.” (Ex 13:14-15 LU)

Zelfs als er al eeuwen voorbij zijn gegaan, is het nog steeds nodig om onze kinderen te vertellen hoe Gods Hand met Zijn volk was en hoe Hij nog steeds bij ons wil zijn en ons wil redden van elke slavernij.

“Gedenkt aan den vorigen tijd tot hiertoe, bedenk wat Hij gedaan heeft aan de voorvaderen; vraag uwen vader, die zal het u verkondigen, uwen oudsten, die zullen het u zeggen.” (De 32:7 LU)

De Israëlieten hadden 430 jaar in Egypte gewoond en aan het eind van die 430 jaar, tot op de dag zelf, verliet Gods hele leger Egypte, terwijl God de hele nacht de wacht hield, wakend over de Israëlieten terwijl Hij hen uit Egypte bracht.

Omdat Jehovah, de God der goden, de wacht hield, zal heel Israël voor alle generaties God eren door deze nacht de wacht te houden – een wachtnacht.

“41 Toen die om waren, ging het gehele heir des Heren op dezen zelfden dag uit Egypteland. 42 Daarom wordt deze nacht den Heer gehouden, omdat Hij hen uit Egypteland gevoerd heeft; en dien zullen de kinderen Israëls den Heer houden, zij en hunne nakomelingen.” (Ex 12:41-42 LU)

Mensen kunnen het vreemd vinden dat wij de deelname aan het brood en de wijn alleen voor gedoopte leden houden. Maar zoals het niet aan vreemdelingen was om van het Pesachmaal te eten, zo is het ook nu nog.

“43  En de Heer sprak tot Mozes en Aäron: Dit is de wijze om het Pascha te houden: geen vreemdeling zal daarvan eten; 44 doch wie een gekochte knecht is, dien besnijde men, en dan ete hij daarvan; 45 een huisgenoot, die een huurling is, zal er niet van eten.” (Ex 12:43-45 LU)

Naast de bevrijding van Gods Volk uit Egypte herdenken wij nog dat bijzondere ‘lam’ dat God voor alle mensen in de wereld heeft voorzien. Het is de Nazareense Jood Jeshua ben Josef (Jezus Christus) die zich bereidwillig had opgesteld om volledig de wil van zijn hemelse Vader te doen en zich daarom aanbood als een loskoopoffer. Het is dankzij Jezus offerdaad dat nu bevrijding is gekomen voor iedereen die dat zoenoffer wil aanvaarden.

Wij vieren het in gemeenschap, ook al zijn wij niet allen in hetzelfde huis of op dezelfde plaats, beschouwen wij ons verenigd door de band van ons doopsel.

In het verleden lieten wij bezoekers, vrienden en belangstellenden toe om te zien hoe wij die dag herdachten. Maar dit jaar, net als vorig jaar, zijn de plaatsen in onze ecclesiae beperkt, en daarom zal onze herdenkingsdienst alleen toegankelijk zijn voor leden van onze gemeenschap.

(Sorry, mensen. De volgende keer, wanneer Covid tot het verleden mag behoren, zijn jullie allemaal weer welkom).

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Engelse versie / English version: Celebrating the evening of 15 April 2022 as a festival to Jehovah God

Voorgaande

Nog een jaartje 14 Nisan met beperkte toegang

14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #3 Voor het Overgangsfeest

Belangrijkste weekend van het jaar 2016

Zij die Jezus vrienden kan noemen

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Aanvullende lectuur

  1. De taal van de Bijbel: Zuurdesem
  2. Shabbat HaChodesh Parshat Tazria, Parshat Metzora en tzara’at
  3. Niet zo onbelangrijk
  4. Vertrouwende in het door God voorziene Lam
  5. Lam van God #1 Sprekers voor God
  6. Lam van God #2 Tegenover onschuldig dier een onschuldig man #1
  7. Gods verbonden en de bedoelde man aanvaarden
  8. Voor ons gestorven om ons tot God te brengen
  9. Verlossing #2 De Bijbelse oplossing
  10. Verlossing #3 Het onvolmaakte dieroffer
  11. Verlossing #4 Het Paaslam
  12. Verlossing #5 Het volmaakte offer
  13. Lijden bedekt door Zoenoffer
  14. Zoenoffer
  15. Zichtbare druppel Bloed aan de deurlijst
  16. Verscheidene Verbondakkoorden 7 Het nieuwe verbondsslachtoffer en bemiddelaar
  17. Een losgeld voor iedereen 2 Een verheven persoon van vlees en bloed
  18. Na meer dan een jaar van isolaties en vele doden
  19. 27-28 maart 2021 een herinneringsweekend als geen ander
  20. Uitkijkend naar 14-15 Nisan, Pascha of Pesach op 15 april 2022

Another year of 14 Nisan with restricted access

For two years, our services could not continue physically. Fortunately, we had Zoom and Jitsi to reach our members via the internet.

For months, Bible students have been prevented from going to the houses to bring the Good News. Like last year, no leaflets have been put in the mailboxes to invite people to the 14 Nisan celebration. This year too, that highlight of the church year will be a day of silence or modesty. But for the first time in a long time, our baptised members, in limited numbers, will also be able to meet in the Kingdom Hall, this Friday evening at 20:15 (in English). Baptised members will also be able to follow the memorial service on the net via a video stream from the auditorium.

Unfortunately, for security reasons, as we are so often attacked, we have to limit access to the service via the internet to those we know well and to family members present at the baptisms. Those who are not baptised can therefore unfortunately not take part in this highlight of the year.

But we are hopeful that in the coming months the situation around Covid will gradually improve and that in a few months (after the summer) we will be able to meet again in the Ecclesia hall, Bible study room and/or Kingdom Hall.

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Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Nog een jaartje 14 Nisan met beperkte toegang

Preceding

Preparing for 14 Nisan

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

Fellowship over meals

Coming together for a meal to remember a special lamb

When Belonging to the escaped ones gathering in Jesus name

Most important weekend of the year 2016

Preparing for the most important weekend of the year 2018

The Most important weekend of the year 2018

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Additional reading

  1. Coronavirus, Vaccinations and an Old and New World
  2. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  3. Catholics facing a totally different Holy Week
  4. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  5. The son of David and the first day of the feast of unleavened bread
  6. High Holidays not only for Israel (Our World) + High Holidays not only for Israel (Some View on the World)
  7. Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
  8. Days of Nisan, Pesach, Pasach, Pascha and Easter
  9. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  10. Seven days of Passover
  11. Most important day in Christian year
  12. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  13. Observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal
  14. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  15. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart (Our World) + Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart (Some view on the World)
  16. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  17. Preparation for Passover
  18. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  19. Yom Hey, Eve of Passover and liberation of many people
  20. Observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal
  21. This day shall be unto you for a memorial and you shall keep it a feast to the Most High God
  22. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  23. Lost senses or a clear focus on the one at the stake
  24. Inauguration of the New Covenant
  25. Not dragged unwillingly to death
  26. Spoken in the name of Jehovah God for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience
  27. A particular night to share unleavened bread and red wine
  28. The Memorial Supper
  29. Asking to come under the Wings of God
  30. Memorial Observance 1909
  31. Fraternal week-end at Easter in Paris
  32. A night different from all other nights and days to remember
  33. Worthy partakers of the body of Christ
  34. Making sure we express kedusha for 14-16 Nisan
  35. Wednesday 5 April 2017 – Sunday 9 April 30 CE Pesach or Passover versus Easter
  36. Thinking about fear for the Loving God and an Invitation for 14 Nisan
  37. Only a few days left before 14 Nisan
  38. Able to celebrate the Passover in all of its prophetic fulfilment
  39. The Most special weekend of the year 2018
  40. At the Shabbat HaChodesh: readings about blood, liberation and purification
  41. Purification and perfection
  42. Soon it shall be Erev Pesach and Passover 2019
  43. A great evening and special days to look forward in 2019
  44. Not daring to show a connection (Our World) + Not daring to show a connection (Some View on the World)
  45. Terwijl wij in Isolatie zijn: Beste wensen op dit Feest van Bevrijding – From our isolation best wishes on this Feast of Liberation
  46. Even in Corona time You are called on to have the seder
  47. Hosting a Virtual Seder During a Pandemic
  48. One Passover tradition asking to provide the less fortunate with foods and help
  49. In a time when we must remain in our place

 

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Related

  1. A Simple Easter Passover Lesson for Kids
  2. Learn About Passover With Books, Recipes & More!
  3. Passover: A Sign to Remember
  4. Significance of Passover (repost)
  5. Passover: What Does Freedom Even Mean?
  6. The medieval history of Passover: libel, conspiracy, and hope for freedom
  7. Three Things About Passover
  8. Passover and the Church
  9. Passover, Easter and the Christian
  10. The Lamb of God
  11. He is Our Passover Sacrifice!
  12. BE DeliveredAll In: Remember, We Won, Let’s Eat!
  13. Interested in Exploring a Jewish Passover Seder?
  14. First Two Days of Pesach
  15. The Passover Celebration and Jag Hamatzot
  16. Jesus and the PassoverA Story and A Prayer for Passover
  17. Blood Poured Out
  18. Passover Circa 33 AD; Hallel
  19. It was yet another Passover meal–or was it? (Maundy Thursday, Year C)
  20. Passover vs. Easter [where the writer wrongly insinuate that in Christianity (where he means Christendom), the easter egg became associated with Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Real Christians always have kept away from those heaten symbols and the pagan feast Easter].
  21. 4/13/2022 Passover Observation at Even
  22. Do Not Pass-Over Sabbaths

Nog een jaartje 14 Nisan met beperkte toegang

Twee jaar zijn onze diensten niet lijfelijk kunnen door gaan. Gelukkig hadden wij Zoom en Jitsi om via het internet onze leden te bereiken.

Maanden zijn Bijbelstudenten er van weerhouden langs de huizen te gaan om het Goede Nieuws te brengen. Zoals vorig jaar zijn er ook dit jaar geen folders in de brievenbussen gedaan om mensen uit te nodigen voor de 14 Nisan viering. Ook dit jaar zal dat hoogtepunt van het kerkelijk jaar een dag in een zekere vorm van stilte of ingetogenheid zijn. Maar voor het eerst in lange tijd zullen onze gedoopte leden, in beperkte getallen, elkaar ook kunnen aantreffen in de Koninkrijkszaal, deze vrijdagavond om 20.15 uur (in het Engels). Vanuit de zaal zal ook voor de gedoopte leden het mogelijk zijn die gedachtenisviering op het net via een videostream te volgen.

Spijtig genoeg, moeten wij voor de veiligheid te voorzien, omdat wij zo dikwijls worden aangevallen, de toegang tot de dienst via het internet beperken tot hen die wij goed kennen en familieleden die bij de gedoopten aanwezig zijn. Niet gedoopten op hun eigen kunnen dus spijtig genoeg dit jaar nog niet meedoen aan dit hoogtepunt van het jaar.

Maar wij hebben goede hoop dat stilaan in de komende maanden de toestand rond Covid zal verbeteren en dat wij dan ook over enkele maanden (na de zomer) weer gewoon tezamen zullen komen in de Ecclesia-hal, bijbelstudieruimte en/of Koninkrijkszaal.

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Engelse versie / English version: Another year of 14 Nisan with restricted access

Voorgaand

14 Nisan een dag om te herinneren #1 Oorsprong

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

Het Avondmaal des Heren

Vrijdag 3 april 2015 een dag voor verenigde samenkomst ter herinnering

Belangrijkste weekend van het jaar 2016

Voorbereiding op het belangrijkste weekend van het jaar 2018

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Aanvullende lectuur

  1. Tijden van gevangenschap, verbanning en verlossing
  2. Een stille week
  3. De zoon van David en de eerste dag van het Feest van de ongezuurde broden
  4. In deze oorlogsdreigingstijden
  5. Hoop naar weer een leven in het normale
  6. De avond dat Jeshua zijn talmidim opdroeg dat de Pascha Seder vanaf die tijd zal worden gevierd ter zijner nagedachtenis
  7. Niemand heeft grotere liefde dan hij die zijn leven geeft voor zijn vrienden
  8. Mogelijkheid om God rechtstreeks toe te spreken
  9. Het meest speciale weekend van 2018
  10. Zichtbare druppel Bloed aan de deurlijst
  11. Voor het eerst in jaren weer een Pesach in isolatie
  12. Opdracht niet na laten om over de belangrijke Uittocht te praten
  13. Terwijl wij in Isolatie zijn: Beste wensen op dit Feest van Bevrijding – From our isolation best wishes on this Feast of Liberation
  14. Uitkijkend naar 14-15 Nisan, Pascha of Pesach op 15 april 2022
  15. 14 Nisan, de avond om Christus Zijn predikingswerk te herinneren
  16. 14 Nisan gelegenheid om anderen in samekomst bijeen te brengen
  17. Uit het land van Nazareth
  18. Jezus laatste avondmaal
  19. Inhuldiging van het nieuwe verbond
  20. Het HerinneringsmaalNiet onwillig naar de dood gesleept
  21. Vragen om onder de vleugels van God te komen
  22. Pasen 2006
  23. Donderdag 9 April 209 = 14 Nisan en Paasviering 11 April
  24. 2017 Nisan 10, uitkijkend naar 14 Nisan
  25. Messiaans Pesach 2017 en verharde harten
  26. 1 en 14 Nisan – Herinnering van oude wereld en denken aan nieuwe wereld
  27. Vanavond 27 maart 2021 een avond om te herinneren
  28. 27-28 maart 2021 een herinneringsweekend als geen ander
  29. Een herinneringsmaaltijd in kleine kring

When Belonging to the escaped ones gathering in Jesus name

This coming Wednesday it is going to be a very strange particular night to remember.

Normally 14 Nisan is the day that followers of the Nazarene master teacher remember the night that Jesus came together with his close disciples to commemorate the liberation of the People of God. As a devout Jew, Jesus kept to the demand of his God to commemorate that the Elohim requested that month to be the beginning of months for them (the first month of their year). Jesus had not forgotten to tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of that month they had each to select an animal of the flock according to their fathers’ households, one animal per household and how they had to keep it until the fourteenth day of that month.

Passover – The sprinkling of the doorposts with the blood of a lamb.

Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel having to slaughter the animals at twilight. For they had to take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where they eat them.

Jesus remembered how they are to eat the meat that night; they should eat it, roasted over the fire along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs…

Here is how you must eat it: you must be dressed for travel, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in a hurry; it is the Lord’s Passover.

This Wednesday it is that day of remembrance.

It is the night that we normally would come together to remember how the messenger of God passed through the land of Egypt on that night and struck every firstborn male in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. It is the night that we remember how everybody in the land had to know that there is only that One God, Jehovah, the God above all gods and leaders (be them a Pharaoh, King, President or minister) of a country.  It is That Invisible God Who will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt, but also over all other gods of the world and over all people on this globe.

Wednesday night is the night that we remember that the blood on the houses where those people in Egypt were staying was to be a distinguishing mark for them but also for us.

“1  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbour, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door-frames of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover. 12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” (Ex 12:1-13 NIV)

For God and His people it was clear that meal should be imprinted in the memories of the following generations, and every night of this commemoration the elders had to tell about what happened and why it happened and how God liberated and guided His people. Therefore, real lovers of God should continue the tradition to tell others about what God has done for His people.

The tradition wants that all believers in God and in His son, Jesus Christ, also come together on 14 Nisan to have a Memorial Meal.

In 2020 the world got an unseen enemy raging over the globe, and as such most people have found themselves under the rules of lockdown, not able to come together with other believers to have a memorable evening or great night in unity. They shall have to stay at home in isolation and just have the meal on their own with a restricted family gathering (in many cases not even having the children able to visit their parents).

The Passover meal of Jesus

Like Jesus earnestly desired to eat this Passover with his apostle we also should still do that this Wednesday on April the 8th 2020, the 14th of Nisan. Not only shall we then have to remember God, seeing the blood will then “pass over” the houses of the Israelites (Exodus 12:13), while smiting the Egyptians with the tenth plague, the killing of the first-born sons. After God used a man named Moses to deliver them from their slavery, around 1,500 B. C., we also remember God used a man named Jeshua (Jesus Christ) to deliver the whole mankind from their slavery of sin and to liberate them from the curse of death.

It was before he was to suffer, he received a cup to share it among his close friends. In the same manner, he had blessed the cup, he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples telling them that this represented his body which is given for them, but also for us. that symbolic act he presented to them on that night in the upper room in Jerusalem, he wanted to be done regularly in remembrance of him. That way we also should remember that installation of the New Covenant in the blood of this sent one from God, the Kristos or Christ, which is poured out for us all.

“14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said,

“Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Lu 22:14-20 NIV)

On 14 Nisan we do remember how God provided a sign of a lamb for the exodus from Egypt and how he about 2 000 years ago gave the lamb Jesus as the fulfilment of the Passover. Jeshua or Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, sacrificed to set us free from bondage to sin. (John 1:29; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) The blood of Jesus covers and protects us, and his body was broken to free us from eternal death (1 Corinthians 5:7).

These days it is very important to remember how Christ Jesus is the perfect sacrifice, to liberate us from all ailments of this world and to safeguard our spiritual life. Yes, we can be killed by a virus or by men, but no illness neither any man can take away the life given by the ransom offering of Jesus Christ. That knowledge should take away all fear that we might have by all the bad news that reaches us in these days of CoViD-19.

Traditionally the Bible Books have already lots of teachings concerning infectious diseases, cleanliness, and hygiene, which were well ahead of our time. They were ultimately inspired by God to benefit and protect humans from illnesses and promote healthy lifestyles. Infection control is an inherent part of Jewish teachings concerning hygiene, but Christians can learn a lot from them. The guidelines that are practised today by major health organizations are almost entirely inline and inspired by the teachings of the Bible and also of the Koran.

One reason why the Memorial was instituted also for non-Jews or goyim, had to do with one purpose served by Jesus’ death. He died as an upholder of his heavenly Father’s sovereignty. Christ thus proved that the idea the first people got in their head was a totally wrong idea and that the false charge that humans serve God only out of selfish motives, is just a lie. (Job 2:1-5) Jesus’ death in faithfulness proved this contention false and made Jehovah’s heart rejoice.​ Proverbs 27:11.

We should show the outer world that we keep ourselves safe by social distancing and by isolating ourselves, but that we do not serve God our of fear but out of thankfulness and willingness to please Him and not to please the world. The majority of the world namely wants to keep to human traditions and to heathen festivals. But real lovers of God prefer keeping to the God-given annual festivals, like Passover.

This year the Passover festival may fall at the same time of the Good Week of the Catholics and their Easterday may also be one of these days (Easter Sunday for Roman Catholics: Sunday, April 12; for Othodox Catholics: Sunday, 19 Apr 2020), though we can bet most of them shall not have such a religious meal as we have.
Let us make sure we keep to the command of God, and though we may not invite anyone from farther away, let it be a modest evening full of Bible reading and reflection on what God has done and of how He is good for mankind.

This Wednesday, even when we are not with many, let us remember that God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) Indeed,

“ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ro 6:23 NIV)

Observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal reminds us of the great love shown by both Jehovah and his Son in connection with Jesus’ sacrificial death. How we should appreciate that love!

Having escaped from the chains of death should not have us to think we are free from everything bad this world can offer. Make sure you do not tempt it. Always be careful to keep social distancing and keeping all hygienic regulations.

To have contact with others we shall have to rely on modern gadgets like Hangouts, Face Time, Skype, Messenger, Houseparty a.o., that way preaching and telling also other about why this night is so important.

As we commemorate this important evening in seclusion, let us sense that we will indeed be united with brothers and sisters all over the world in prayer and spirit in union with Christ Jesus.

Bread and wine symbols for the covenants of God and His liberation from slavery of man, salvation from the curse of death.

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Preceding

Making sure to be ready and to belong to the escaped ones

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

Most important weekend of the year 2016

Preparing for the most important weekend of the year 2018

The Most important weekend of the year 2018

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Additional reading

  1. 1 -15 Nisan
  2. Purification and perfection
  3. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  4. High Holidays not only for Israel
  5. Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
  6. Torah hanging on two commandments and focussing on a Mashiach
  7. Yom Hey, Eve of Passover and liberation of many people
  8. Around the feast of Unleavened Bread
  9. Observance of a day to Remember
  10. A night different from all other nights and days to remember
  11. Jesus memorial
  12. The Most special weekend of the year 2018
  13. Soon it shall be Erev Pesach and Passover 2019
  14. The unseen enemy
  15. Dark times looking like death is around the corner – but Light given to us
  16. In a time when we must remain in our place
  17. First time since Nazi time no public gathering
  18. No idea yet for 14 Nisan or April the 8th in 2020 Corona crisis time
  19. Only a few days left before 14 Nisan
  20. A meal as a mitzvah so that every generation would remember
  21. A Passover for unity in God’s community
  22. To turn the world into a “vessel” receptive of God
  23. The Application of the New Covenant
  24. Redemption #5 The perfect sacrifice
  25. Redemption #7 Christ alive in the faithful
  26. Even in Corona time You are called on to have the seder
  27. Call to help others
  28. Catholics facing a totally different Holy Week

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Further related

  1. Holy Week: a week set apart, in a time set apart.
    Today we begin Holy Week. This is the final part of a longer period leading up to Easter, called Lent. We do this every year, as part of the annual cycle. It is a familiar and comforting ritual for many people of Christian faith.
    This year, however, will be different. In the middle of a viral pandemic, with restrictions prohibiting gathering for worship, Christian people will be walking through Holy Week in their own homes, not in gatherings at church. This is a week set apart, for people of faith, in a time set apart, for all of society.
  2. Pandemics, Plagues and Passover
    It wouldn’t be right to have a blog called Life and Faith Today and ignore what is happening in the world right now! Today is April 4th 2020, and this day finds many centres of population around the world on lock-down, with everybody confined to their homes, while battles rage on the front-line; a front-line that moves relentlessly across the world. COVID-19 is a viral pandemic that has been fuelled by our modern lives and is now destroying them.
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    We pray for your protection for the old and vulnerable
    for pregnant mothers and those undergoing other treatments at this time.
    Almighty God, reach down and soften the hearts of the affluent,
    the greedy and opportunistic, bring humility, caring and giving back into their lives.
    We pray for positive change, that we all learn the lesson of caring for our environment,
    and to respect Your wonderful planet while it’s under our stewardship.
    Help us to learn again to care for each other
    and that together in Your name we are stronger.
    Almighty God, we come to you in deep humility.
    Hear our prayer at this time of our distress.
    Through Jesus Christ our Lord
    Amen
  3. Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Warns of ‘a Lot of Death’ While Revisiting Easter Services
    Veering from grim warnings to baseless assurances in a single news conference, President Trump on Saturday predicted a surging death toll in what may be “the toughest week” of the coronavirus pandemic before also dispensing unproven medical advice. He suggested again that Americans might be able to congregate for Easter Sunday services.
    “There will be a lot of death,” Mr. Trump said at the White House, where he and other American officials depicted some parts of the United States as climbing toward the peaks of their crises, while warning that new hot spots were emerging in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington, D.C.At one point Mr. Trump, who initially set Easter Sunday as a target date for reopening the country before backing off, said that the holiday would be a particularly “sad” day for Americans prohibited from gathering in large numbers. He said he would again like to consider relaxing social distancing rules for Easter services and that he had told advisers, “maybe we could allow special for churches” gatherings that were possibly outside with “great separation.”
  4. Easter Bread Recipe
    On April 19th, Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter and this year it’s different.
    Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak and things are not the same. While Easter celebrations are not about clothes or Easter eggs, people gathering to share the joy and true meaning of the holiday is. And this year it’s different! People are asked to remain isolated and social distancing is advised to prevent infection.
    Nevertheless, one thing remains, the faith of better days to come and hope that the coming holidays will bring more joy and peace to everyone.
  5. Virus alters Holy Week celebration worldwide
    For Pope Francis at the Vatican, and for Christians worldwide from churches large and small, this will be an Easter like none other: The joyous message of Christ’s resurrection will be delivered to empty pews.
    Worries about the coronavirus outbreak have triggered widespread cancellations of Holy Week processions and in-person services. Many pastors will preach on TV or online, tailoring sermons to account for the pandemic. Many extended families will reunite via Face Time and Zoom rather than around a communal table laden with an Easter feast on April 12.
    Pope Francis, the first pontiff from Latin America, will be celebrating Mass for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Easter in a near-empty St. Peter’s Basilica, instead of in the huge square outside filled with Catholic faithful.
  6. Holy Week & Coronavirus thoughts.
    coming around to special-ness of having Easter with my church family. looking forward to it since we hadn’t enjoyed it with our church in 3 years. then COVID-19 happened. and we haven’t had a church service in person in over a month. and we won’t be able to celebrate Easter together. best day, the best thing anyone could ever do for me and i can’t celebrate it on its traditional day with my brothers and sisters in Christ. i’ve went to the same church my entire life. 19 years. most of those people are like family. i love them so much. they are my family.
  7. Celebrating King Jesus while Sheltering-in-Place
    here we are, celebrating King Jesus on this special Palm Sunday, while locked down in our homes, helping to “flatten the curve” of the spread of this COVID-19 virus.
    Of course, we are not alone. It seems half the world is observing the “shelter-in-place” orders of the “authorities” over them. Paul told Pastor Timothy that such submission “is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:3).

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