Passover - The Feast of Unleavened Bread




Passover - The Feast of Unleavened Bread
by David Weiss

Revelation 1:1-6 "This is the revelation which G-d gave to Yeshua the Messiah, so that he could show his servants what must happen very soon. He communicated it by sending his angel to his servant Yochanan, 2 who bore witness to the Word of G-d and to the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah, as much as he saw. 3 Blessed are the reader and hearers of the words of this prophecy, provided they obey the things written in it! For the time is near! From: Yochanan To: The seven Messianic communities in the province of Asia: Grace and shalom to you from the One who is, who was and who is coming; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; and from Yeshua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the earth’s kings. To him, the one who loves us, who has freed us from our sins at the cost of his blood, who has caused us to be a kingdom, that is, cohanim for G-d, his Father — to him be the glory and the rulership forever and ever. Amen."

Tonight at sundown begins the Festival of Pesach. Passover, the feast of unleavened bread. Initially the purpose of the unleavened bread was because the Israelites were about to leave Egypt. It was going to be in a hurry so the L-rd had them use unleavened bread because they did not have time for it to rise. But it has a deeper meaning than just that. It also is about not being affected by the yeast of the world. 

When the Isra'elites were going into the wilderness on the way to the Land of Promise, it was a message to them. The message was "the people you will displace are pagan in all their spiritual practices. I do not want you to be affected by their practices." Initially they were supposed to go in and defeat all the inhabitants so they would wipe out their sinful, idolatrous practices. But things got messed up from the beginning. 

The Isra'elites lost faith quickly. They failed to walk by faith and they quickly turned to idolatry. But the worst part was their lack of faith in believing the 10 negative spies and not the report of the good spies. So G-d caused them to wander for 40 years. 40 years of punishment so that the generation of unbelief would have a chance to die out. Those 20 and older would not survive to the Land of Promise - except for the two good spies - Y'hoshua and Calev. 

Look at the words of the introduction of today's passage again. What do you see? Twice it says that these things will happen soon. But it has been nearly two thousand years since they were spoken. Yeshua had told his emissaries at one point to beware of the yeast of the P'rushim, the Pharisees. They were not to allow the legalistic influence of the P'rushim to affect their spiritual beliefs. And he issued a similar warning here. He said in verse 3 "provided they obey the things written in it!"

What are some things written in this prophesy that people have failed to obey? This book goes on the speak seven letters to seven communities throughout Asia. I believe those seven are types. They are not seven specific congregations but seven types of congregations. In it they are described by the ways they do or do not follow the truth. And there is still the word "soon." He says that these things will happen soon. It is a building of expectation. 


Today we tend to think like the world around us. We go to our jobs and save for retirement and hope to live comfortably. But that is not how the walk of faith is described. It is not that those things are sinful, but they do not concentrate on right things. The right things of relying on G-d and telling others about him. Even today we need that reminder of walking with G-d and trusting him for our sustenance. Because his rulership is forever and ever!








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The Final Game of Thrones


Everyone will hate you because of me.  
But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. 
Mark 13:13

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 The perseverance of the saints is only possible because of 
the perseverance of God.
J. Oswald Sanders

Actions Speak Louder Than Your Words



SCRIPTURE   Matthew 7:1-29 

SITUATION  Matthew recorded the ending of Jesus sermon.  Jesus called his hearers to put his teaching into practice.   

OBSERVATION   Jesus said that the true way which leads to life is based on an internal transformation, not on external deeds.

INSPIRATION  You want to make a difference in your world? Live a holy life.
Be faithful to your spouse.
Be the one at the office who refuses to cheat.
Be the neighbor who acts neighborly.
Be the employee who does the work and doesn't complain.
Pay your bills.
Do your part and enjoy life.
Don't speak one message and live another.

Note the last line of Paul's worlds in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, "Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Take care of  your own business, and do you own work as we have already told you.  If you do then people who are not believers will respect you.

A peaceful life leads non-believers.  What is John's life had not matched his words?  What if he'd preached repentance  and lived immorality?  What if he'd called for holiness and yet had a reputation for dishonesty?  If John's life had not matched his words his message would have fallen on deaf ears.

So will ours.

People are watching the way we act more than they are listening to what we say.

Saint Francis of Assisi once invited a young monk to accompany him to town to preach.  The novice was honored at the opportunity.  The two set out for the city, then they walked up and down the main street, then several side streets.  They chatted with peddlers and greeted the citizens.  After some time they returned by another route to the abbey.

The younger man reminded Francis of his original intent.  "You have forgotten, Father that we went to town to preach."

"My son," he replied "we have preached.   We have been seen by many.  Our behavior was closely watched.  Our attitudes were closely measured.  Our words have been overheard.  It was by thus that we preached our morning sermon."

John was a voice for Christ with more than his voice.  His life matched his words. When a person's ways and words are the same, the fusion is explosive.  But when a person  says one thing and lives another, the result is destructive. People will know we are Christians not because we bear the name, but because we live the life.  (From A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado)

APPLICATION   What would other say about your life? What kind of fruit  are you producing?  Think of three specific steps yo u can take to live the life of a Christian.

EXPLORATION  Producing  Fruit -- Isaiah 3:10, Matthew 3:8, 21:43, John 15:1-17, Colossians 1:10, James 3:18

The Devotional Bible by Max Lucado, New Century Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers, page 1155



TODAY PRAYER  My Heavenly Father, I often approach you for help in my plans. Teach me to wait upon you Lord and to seek your will over my life. You know my deepest needs and I trust that you will answer my prayers in your timing and in your way. As it says in the Bible, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). Lord, I ask for your wisdom and guidance for this next season of my life. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

You Gave It All So That I Could Do the Same



"You didn’t die so that I could follow all the rules
You didn’t bleed so that we could make ourselves look good
You didn’t rise from the grave to keep me safe
You gave it all so that I could do the same"







Words To Warm The Heart

If you are looking for an example of humility look at the cross. - St. Thomas Aquinas

The word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

Christ became what we are that he might make us what he is.  St. Athanasius of Alexandria

Christmas Begins With Christ


We Need Christmas More Than Ever
by James Robison

As we enter into the Christmas season, we face a world of uncertainty, turbulence, and conflict. Economies rise and fall, racial strife simmers in the streets and on college campuses, and refugees flee murderous Islamists in the Middle East and Africa. Darkness seems to be closing in, but we are reminded that Jesus Christ came as the light unto the world.

Satan is the author and instigator of all evil. He is the very personification of it. Even those who doubt or deny God cannot deny there is an obvious force of evil present in our world. Jesus said Satan is the father of all lies and, above all, a thief and murderer. He seeks to destroy life—every precious aspect of it. When he is in control, he continually manifests despicable, unimaginable acts defying all logic. We are right to be abhorred by unspeakable brutality and murder of the innocent and the helpless, whether in the womb of an expectant mother, a concert hall in Paris, or the dusty streets of Aleppo.

Such is the case when the resistance and clear-mindedness on anyone’s part has been compromised and diminished. Many things can negatively impact our spiritual and mental condition to some degree: addiction to alcohol or drugs, damaging emotions such as bitterness or envy, emotional or physical exhaustion. It can even be the result of self-intoxication, as with Herod at the time of Christ’s birth. He ordered the murder of all little boys under two years old in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:16). Satanic? Yes. Demonic? Yes. Even so, it was Herod’s choice to act on his evil schemes. Satan so detests freedom and godliness that he seeks to destroy any deliverer or possibility of deliverance.

In the fatherless home and the dysfunctional community I grew up in, you cannot imagine the suggestions other kids made to me, along with the fiery darts (horrific suggestions) Satan fired my way. I was vulnerable; but thanks be to God, praying Christians, a pastor and his wife who never forgot the boy they cared for the first few years of my life, and then the witness of committed Christian teenagers led me to the Christ whose birth we’re about to celebrate. I am convinced that the prayers of others (even before my conversion to Christ) helped prevent me from giving into violent impulses, especially when my alcoholic father threatened to take my life. Sadly, some choose to give in to their anger and act out in unimaginable ways.

Jesus is the answer. He was my answer and He is the sole answer for those who have been devastated by recent events. Only a great God and a loving heavenly Father can give us the ultimate comfort. We rightly celebrate the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, because He is the only way to overcome evil and the evil one. He alone can direct our steps and help us build wise, secure walls of protection.

God’s Word should be our hedge of security. He wants His Word to be written in our hearts, not just carried in our hands. He wants His Word to carry and lead us and, as Paul said, write “letters in the hearts of other men’s lives” as a result of our consistent Christian testimony.

In addition to celebrating His birth, we need to praise God for the resurrection life He offers each day! Jesus came to overcome the evil one and to give us the ability to be delivered from that despicable, damaging influence. Because Christ was born and now lives, we live. May others see Jesus living in us.

Jesus is God’s answer to man’s weakness and evil’s intention. Christmas and the rest of His story can become our story. Jesus took this broken, fatherless, and impoverished boy writing this commentary and delivered me from destruction and the intentions of the evil one. He will do the same for all who receive Him and follow Him with their whole heart. Jesus is the light that pierces the darkness. He offers strength beyond ourselves and grants us the grace and ability to share the hope, joy, and peace that only He can give in the face of the most challenging possible circumstances. Just as the shepherds and wise men followed the light of the Star of Bethlehem, we must follow the light of the forever bright and Morning Star – Jesus!

May Christ shine His light in your heart and home.




Grace and Peace (2 Thessalonians 1: 2) 
Fernando Ortega


As we pray for France, images from a century ago illustrate this song based on 
Paul's greeting to the church of Thessalonica.

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The Parable of the Vineyard Tenants





The Parable of the Vineyard Tenants
By David Weiss

Mark 12:1-5 "Yeshua began speaking to them in parables. “A man planted
a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the wine press and
built a tower; then he rented it to tenant-farmers and left. When
harvest-time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect his
share of the crop from the vineyard. But they took him, beat him up
and sent him away empty-handed. So he sent another servant; this one
they punched in the head and insulted. He sent another one, and him
they killed; and so with many others — some they beat up, others they
killed."

The Bible makes it clear in other places who Yeshua is referring to in
this parable of the vineyard owner. G-d is the vineyard owner and
those servants he sent to check on the vineyard were the prophets. It
goes on to say in the following verses that   after he sent his
servants, the vineyard owner sent his own son. They killed his son
with the assumption that now they could take over the entire vineyard
as their own. And that is exactly what the P'rushim did. They killed
the Son so they could exercise control over the whole vineyard.

In Revelation, the Kingdom of G-d is called a vineyard. It says at one
point during the judgements that people will be trampled in the
vineyard and that blood will flow out of the wine press. It is a
somewhat gruesome picture but it shows us how important of a sin it is
for people to worship idols and to try to control the Kingdom for
their own desires. G-d is a jealous G-d. He wants the heart of people
for himself but he will never force people to make the right choice
about walking with him and worshiping him. It is a simple choice -
worship him wholeheartedly and live or worship self and face eternal
condemnation. It is a choice we make a little at a time with each
decision we make.

Will we choose the right way or will we continue in our aim to serve
self instead? In the parable, the vineyard workers were given a choice
each time. Each time a servant was sent they were given the
opportunity to choose correctly. And each time they made the wrong
choice. It was all about selfishness. It is not easy to serve G-d and
to trust in him. We serve an unseen G-d. It seems to be easy to look
at what is in front of us and choose what we can see. But as we saw
with Avram in B'Resheet (Genesis) he chose to leave his homeland and
follow G-d's ways. He could not see for sure what was going to happen
in the future, he only knew he was called to leave. And the faith that
he showed was credited to him as righteousness.

The Bible tells us that the truly faithful ones to G-d walk by faith.
We cannot see what G-d will do for us. We cannot prove to others why
we follow G-d's plans instead of our own. All we can do is choose to
walk by faith. And that same faith will be credited to is as
righteousness. Recently my wife was laid off from her job. It is never
an easy thing to go through. And yet, even when she knew it was
coming, she chose the righteous way. She chose to believe that G-d has
a plan for her and that he will not forsake us or leave us. She chose
to believe that he is in control of it all and that he will show us
the next step for her.

We all face choices like that each and every day. When we walk by
faith it is scary. We hope for something we do not see and we trust in
G-d for the unseen. We trust him to take care of us and to shed his
light on the path before us. We turn to him as the vineyard owner and
we know that he sees all that goes on in his vineyard. When he sends
his servants to give us messages we trust in his message even when we
do not understand the message. We do not lean on our own understanding
but we lean on the one who has the plan for our lives.

Where do you need to trust him more today? Are you facing a
consequence of life that is scary? Is there something going on that is
out of your control? G-d does have a plan for each and every one of
his children. And sometimes when things happen it is tempting to lose
sight of his plan. Sometimes it is tempting to rely on our own efforts
to take care of things. Most people like to feel in control of their
own lives. They do not like to give control over to an unseen G-d. It
is one thing to go to corporate worship and acknowledge him and it is
another to walk it out each day. How are you walking? Do you seek to
control things and people around you or do you walk in trust knowing
that he is in control? No one said it would be easy, but it is the
right way to live, to walk in trust of him in all things.

David Weiss



The Difference Between Worldliness and Godliness





The difference between worldliness and godliness is a renewed mind. 
-Erwin W. Lutzer

Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned, 
renew our days as of old. Lamentation 5:21

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, 
but  be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is 
--his good, pleasing and perfect will.  
Romans 12:2

Though this outer human nature of ours may be falling into decay, 
at the same time our inner human nature is renewed day by  day.  
2 Corinthians 4:16

By the reading of Scripture I am so renewed 
that all nature seems renewed around me and with me.  
Thomas Merton

Do not lie to one another, 
seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 
and have clothed yourselves with the new self, 
which is being renewed in knowledge 
according to the image of its creator.
Colossians 3:9-10

A humble, lowly, contrite heart
Believing, true, and clean.
Which neither life nor death can part
From Him that dwells within,
Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart.
Come quickly from above;
Write Thy new Name upon my heart,
They new best Name of love.
Charles Wesley





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JEREMIAH CHAPTER 7 

Trusting in Lying Words

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord!’”Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.’

“For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.

“Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, 10 and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.

12 “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.13 And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren—the whole posterity of Ephraim.

16 “Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. 19 Do they provoke Me to anger?” says the Lord

Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?”

20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”

21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat. 22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. 25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. 26 Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.

27 “Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.

Judgment on Obscene Religion

28 “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. 29 Cut off your hair and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on the desolate heights; for the Lord has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.’ 30 For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight,” says the Lord. “They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it. 31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.

32 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when it will no more be called Tophet, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Tophet until there is no room. 33 The corpses of this people will be food for the birds of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth. And no one will frighten them away. 34 Then I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. For the land shall be desolate.

New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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