jay dockins’ march 2012 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

March has arrived and excitement is building as we approach the celebration of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits! We will discuss those further in next month’s newsletter but they are, of course, the celebration of the Sinless One that God sent to be our Passover Lamb and to rise from the dead as the First Fruits of those who slept. What a wonderful time we have as we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, our Passover Lamb! But we will discuss the celebration of Purim in this edition.

Wishing you a very Happy Purim!

Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (March 8-9, 2012), is the celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish people from the plan of Haman to destroy them. The story is recorded in the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. Here is a brief summary of the story.

King Ahasuerus

The Persian king, Ahasuerus, becomes displeased by his wife, Vashti, and decides to choose another queen. He orders all of the young women to appear before him and chooses Esther, who had appeared at the urging of her cousin Mordecai, who was raising her as his own daughter. Esther is chosen and made queen by Ahasuerus. In the meantime, Mordecai finds out about a plot by some of the king’s courtiers to kill Ahasuerus. He reports the plan, the king’s life is saved, the two plotters are hanged, and Mordecai’s service to the king is written down in the king’s record!

Haman! A really evil dude!

Ahasuerus’ appoints Haman as prime minister. Haman becomes angry with Mordcecai because he will not bow down to him when he passes by and Haman builds gallows to hang Mordecai upon. His plan is not just for Haman, but expands to the entirety of the Jewish people. He obtains the permission of King Ahasuerus, who does not realize that Esther and Mordecai are Jewish, and lots are cast to choose the date on which to carry out the plan. Mordecai hears of the plot and calls for the Jewish people to fast and pray.

Esther reveals to the King that she and Mordecai are Jewish!

King Ahasuerus has trouble sleeping one night and calls for the records of his court to be read to try and cure his insomnia. He is reminded of the help that Mordecai was in saving his own life and decides to reward Mordecai. Meanwhile, Esther finds out about the plan to exterminate the Jews and cleverly reveals to the king at a feast that evening that she and Mordecai are both Jewish. The king is angry with Haman and orders that he be hung on the gallows which had been constructed for the Jewish people! The Jewish people were allowed to defend themselves and they were saved from destruction! (There are other details which you might find amazing so be sure and read the Book of Esther and enjoy the full impact of the story!)

The celebration is called Purim because of the lots which were cast to determine the date upon which the Jews would be hung.

Purim is celebrated in some very interesting and fun ways by the Jewish people!

1. The megillah (scroll) of Esther is read in the synagogue.
2. The name of Haman is booed, written on the bottom of the shoes of those attending and stomped on the ground when his name is read, and/or drowned out by the use of a “grager” or noisemaker. A lot of exuberance is demonstrated and much fun is had in the blotting out of the name of Haman!
3. Gifts of food are given to friends, charity is given to the poor, and a festive meal is eaten! One of the staples served is a triangular pastry called Hamantaschen (“Haman’s pockets”) or Oznei Haman (“Haman’s ears”).
4.  Some Jewish people masquerade during the service in the synagogue because God disguised His Presence in the events behind Purim. God is NOT explicitly mentioned in Esther, the only such book in the Scriptures!

February Ministry

Pastor Tammy and Brian Frederick

We had the privilege of ministering at some wonderful churches during February! On the 7th I ministered to a meeting of ministers in Bearden, Arkansas. I had a great time of fellowship with these great people, some of whom I have known for decades! It was a privilege to share a message with them on the name of Jesus (Yeshua) in the Old Testament! From comments I received following the service, it was a revelation and a blessing to those who were there! The next weekend we went to a Valentine’s banquet at Kim’s home church in Poyen, Arkansas. It was unique to speak about love in the church where we were married 30 years before! I preached during the morning service the next day and it was so good to be with long-time friends again. That evening we had our first Passover Seder this spring. The Lord’s Presence was there as the folks at Harmony Assembly of God in Paris, Arkansas experienced their first Seder! Pastor Tammy Frederick and her husband, Brian, are being used of the Lord to reach the folks of their community!

Jewish Vocabulary!
Purim- “lots”, after the lots which were cast to determine the day on which Haman’s plot to do away with the Jewish people would take place.
Megillah- the Scroll of Esther- There are actually five different scrolls, but when the word “megillah” is mentioned, the scroll of Esther is the first thought of.
Hamantaschen- Haman’s pockets- The triangular pastries served at Purim in celebration of the victory which God won on behalf of the Jewish people!

Shalom until next month when we will celebrate Jesus, our Passover Lamb!

I am currently scheduling services for 2012! I still have some dates available this Spring which would be ideal to schedule a Messianic Passover Seder! If you would be interested in your church hosting one of these exciting events or in any other type of service which we can provide, please contact me at your convenience! Contact me for information and dates!

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1 Response to “jay dockins’ march 2012 rock of israel newsletter”

  1. 1 Dottie Zornes
    April 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Really enjoyed the Seder ceremony this morning. Thank you so very much for sharing with us the history and rituals which will forever change the way I take communion. Shalom.

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