We met some friends at a nearby park on Tuesday at 1:30 AM to see the lunar eclipse. It was amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it. I took the photo above with our little point-and-shoot. I must say, it’s a pretty good photo for such a small camera.
On our way to the park, which is maybe 3-minutes from our home, I was surprised that we did not see a single person outside gazing at the moon like we were. With all of the hype of the ‘blood moons’ on the Internet and now on the news, I thought that it would spark some interest. I guess not. So much for the warning that it was supposed to bring.
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The Set Your Heart Messianic Blog is the website of Messianic Bible Teacher, Michael Gonzales, a leader at the Front Range Messianic Community in Arvada, Colorado.
Tradition tells us that during the Pesach Seder we are to consider ourselves as being at the very first Passover. In the Haggadah it says,
“In every generation one is obliged to see himself as though he himself had actually gone forth from Egypt.”
How is this possible? In Jewish thought – time is cyclical not linear. This is why we call it the ‘cycle of the Moedim’ because once we come to the last one, we arrive back at the beginning and we start all over again. History moves in a circle, or a spiral, not in a straight line. Therefore, we do not leave the past behind us, but rather, every year we revisit these historical markers, these important encounters that God had with His people Israel and we connect and identify with our forefathers.
Revised: Sunday, April 6, 2014
After further refection and studying this morning I have updated a few things in this post. My new position still stands and in fact, I am now convinced more than ever that the Pharisaic Method of reckoning First Fruits is what Yeshua did and what we should do as His disciples.
It’s that time of the year when, in preparation for Pesach (Passover) and the Spring Moedim (Appointed Times), we read, study and discuss those relevant passages in Scripture in order get our hearts and minds ready.
In this post I want to take yet another quick look at the reckoning of Yom Habikkurim (The Day of the First Fruits) which determines the start of Sefirat Haomer (The Counting of the Omer) and ultimately Chag Shavuot (The Feast of Weeks, a.k.a. Pentecost). There are two primary ways in which First Fruits is reckoned today:
Here’s an interesting depiction of Moses and Aaron confronting Pharaoh.
This past Shabbat was Shabbat HaChodesh (Lit., The Sabbath of the Month). It is the Shabbat that directly precedes the first day of the month of Nisan which is the first month in the Biblical Calendar. It is important for us to recognize the beginning of Nisan because within this month is Pesach (Passover) and the start of a new cycle of the Moedim, God’s Appointed Times. Mentioning the upcoming New Year and reading the traditional Scripture passages are simply reminders for us to get our hearts and minds ready.
Once again it’s time to go out and buy that large, 5-box case of matzah for Passover. But which brand will you get? Probably one of the two brands that are available at the local Kings or Safeway. Not unless you make the trek down to the Kings on Monaco and Leetsdale. They’ve got more of a variety.
“Why did the participants conform so readily? When they were interviewed after the experiment, most of them said that they did not really believe their conforming answers, but had gone along with the group for fear of being ridiculed or thought ‘peculiar’. A few of them said that they really did believe the group’s answers were correct.”
Lesson to be learned: Don’t be afraid of being ‘peculiar’!