Passovers gone by

“The Lord your God is in your midst,

A victorious warrior.

He will exult over you with joy,

He will be quiet in His love,

He will sing over you with shouts of joy.

Zephaniah 3 v 17

Recently I was given the above scripture on a flight to China. It was 20 minutes before landing and a stranger turned and said to me, I just want to give you a word of encouragement. I was thankful and surprised, 13.5hrs into a 14hr flight, flying into an unknown land and here God was using His kids to encourage each other.

Something I wasn’t expecting to read though was in the following verse, and it really got me thinking.

“I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts—

They came from you, O Zion;

The reproach of exile is a burden on them…”

Zephaniah 3 v 17

Over the past 8 years I have celebrated Passover, an appointed feast, a biblical feast that God instructs His people to remember. As a bible believing young woman I had not really understood what this kind of remembering would do to me as I began walking it out. Well, let me tell you, it has been quite amazing.

Passover for me has become one of the most precious times of year. Communities and friends gather and we remember. We remember that we were once in slavery and God made a way for us to leave. We eat bitter herbs and remember the tears and challenges of life. We eat the charoset, a sweet apple and cinnamon paste that represents the mortar we used to build bricks for Pharaoh, and ask questions like, why would the mortar be sweet anyway? Isn’t that the case though? When we are in any form of slavery or even the familiar the very things that hold our lives together can be some of the sweetest. Our sin can hold us in bondage because it has a sweetness to it and then, bam….Salvation is presented to us. A time to leave, a time where we choose to remember that the blood of the lamb is placed on the doorposts of our houses and we will go free.

This is the full picture of Jesus Himself. Jesus, Yeshua, means Salvation and His walk in flesh shows us that as we follow Him, that verb infused kind and just Son of God, fully changes our identity, to one who was a slave to one who has crossed over, our fundamental identity changes, we are Hebrews, and by definition this means, we have crossed-over. We leave because we have been saved by Salvation. We remember and engage the senses through Word and taste, touch, smell and hearing Him call us by name.

Exodus 6 v 7 says: ‘I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians..”

So, this is why I celebrate and remember and walk…..Salvation, Jesus, celebrated and remembered Passover and then He became the Passover lamb. Death on a cross and rose again, defeating death and slavery itself. It’s so real.

I hope and pray that you know that God is in your midst at this season changing time of year. That He quiets you with His love and He sings over you with joy!