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jay dockins’ april 2012 rock of israel newsletter

Shalom Haverim! (Hello Friends!)

April is upon us and our busiest time of ministry for the whole year has arrived! Passover Seders, with their beautiful illustrations of Jesus, the Lamb of God, have been the main service which we have been involved in. If your church hasn’t ever hosted or been a part of one of these services, you seriously need to consider doing so. Perhaps no other service gives so much insight as to who Jesus really is and what He did in giving His life at Passover for the sin of the world.

Our travels in the past couple of months have found us in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as Arkansas. Some of our services had been in the works for some time and one was arranged only six days before it occurred. I am constantly amazed at how God arranges our schedule and takes us to a place at the right time. His leading is always amazing and His anointing is always rich. I would not want to go to one service without Him leading us there and showing up to make the effort successful!

Some Thoughts On Three Holidays
Most believers have some concept of Passover. Some have great knowledge while others know less.  In brief, there are three holidays which are celebrated during this time and all three have significance to believers.

Unleavened Bread

Unleavened Bread
The Days of Unleavened Bread is a holiday for which the LORD gave instruction in Leviticus 23. It begins on the fifteenth day of Nisan and continues for seven days. During this time, the only type of bread which is eaten is unleavened bread (matzah). This is done to remember the provision of the LORD for His people during the time of the Exodus when they made bread to take with them but did not have time to put leaven in it. It is also symbolic of the Deliverer which the LORD would send to free His people from their sin. Leaven (yeast) in the Word of God is a type or picture of sin. The One whom the Lord would send would be sinless (unleavened, sinless) and therefore would be able to be offered as the sacrifice for sin. The Days of Unleavened Bread also insinuate that God’s people are to live free from sin since this Sinless One would deliver them from sin. (Throughout history, it has been traditional for Jewish people to cleanse their homes and divest themselves of any leaven in their homes or businesses during these days of observance.)

Passover Seder Plate

Passover
The Passover is eaten on the evening which begins Unleavened Bread. The meal consists of two parts. The first is the ceremonial meal during which the story of the Exodus is remembered through the ingestion of parsley, matzah, horseradish, two cups of wine (fruit of the vine) and charoset (a sweet mixture of almonds, apples, honey and cinnamon). Each of these is eaten separately as particular parts of the story are told. The second is the ceremonial meal, a traditional dinner which is served. At the conclusion of the meal, bread is broken and another cup is taken. It is at this time during the last Passover Seder that Jesus celebrated with His disciples that He instituted what believers know as Communion.

This is the meal which the Children of Israel ate “in haste” (Exodus 12:11) as they prepared to leave Egypt. The symbolism of the Passover Seder signifies not only the deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, but the deliverance from sin which the Sinless Deliverer, Jesus, the Messiah, provided for all who will accept His sacrifice!

Jesus, the First Fruits of them who have died!

First Fruits
On the third day after Passover comes the Feast of First Fruits. On the third day after Jesus was offered as the Passover Lamb, He arose from the tomb by the power of the Holy Spirit! This is the main import of the Feast of First Fruits for believers. Jesus rose from the grave as the first fruits of the resurrection which God promised. Paul (a.k.a. Rav Sha’ul, yes, he was a Jewish rabbi) wrote these words tying Jesus’ resurrection with the Feast of First Fruits. “But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.” 1 Corinthians 15:20 (CJB) There it is! The Messiah is the first fruits of those who have died! He is the first-born among many who will be raised from the dead! This is the main meaning for believers! Because He has been raised, we shall be raised also!

In 1 Corinthians 15:3, 5, Paul succinctly presents the Gospel message. “For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; 4 and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says;” (CJB) (Tanakh Old Testament Scriptures) The three holidays which we have presented here point to the Sinless Sacrifice, Jesus, who died for our sins and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures! That is what we celebrate, especially during this time of year!

These holidays are so plainly presented during the Passover Seder. If you or your church would be interested in hosting Seder, please contact me! I would be delighted to discuss the possibility of celebrating the Messiah and His work with you!

I am available to come and minister to your congregation!

Jewish Vocabulary
Pesach- Hebrew word for Passover
Seder- order, arrangement of service
Haggadah- Hebrew word for “telling, to tell”, the guide booklet used during a Passover Seder

I am constantly interested in scheduling services! I would be glad to coordinate a date for a service with your calendar. If you or your church would be interested in scheduling a service, contact me at your convenience for information and dates!

1-800-207-7780 or 1-800-544-0829

jdockins@rockofisrael.org

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