Shemoth (Exodus) 12: 14 tell us that we are to GUARD (shamar) and ((( OBSERVE ))) Passover as a “zikrown”, or “memorial” throughout our generations FOREVER! And, whoever does not GUARD and PERFORM IT, is “cut–off” from the congregation of YShREL. And, we all know how that feels. We’ve been cut-off for 2,730 years…, let me explain.
According to the prophet Yirmeyahu in chapter 3, we were given a certificate of divorce (SEPERATION) when the Northern Kingdom (house of YShREL) was carried into captivity by the Assyrians in around 722 BCE (Before the Common Era). Later in around 586 BCE, the Southern Kingdom (house of Yahudah) was likewise carried into captivity by the Babylonians. Their captivity ended when a small percentage of the house of Yahudah returning after 70 years. The Northern Kingdom was warned and said to REPENT (return to YaHUaH’s Torah) through the prophet Yehezqel (see chapter 4), and would have spent 390 years in captivity for their idolatry. They didn’t, so unfortunately the seventy-fold penalty kicked in (see Lev. 26) and so their captivity has lasted 2,730 years till their punishment will/have be/been lifted and a remnant of Ephraim will cry out to RETURN to YaHUaH and His Torah (see Yirmiyahu 31: 6) The Prodigal Son is returning!
And so we became known as the ten lost tribes of YShREL.
“For the Son of Adam have come to seek and to save what was LOST!” Luqas 19: 10
And He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the LOST SHEEP of the house of YShREL.” Matthyahu 15:24
The Hebrew word “Pesach” is translated as “Passover” but through a Hebraic understanding it also means “sparing from calamity or penalty”, the very reason Messiah came to “seek and to save” Him being the Passover Lamb (1 Cor 5: 7). The ordinances that were against us were the punishments for transgressing YaHUaH’s Torah. The transgression of the Torah is sin (1 John 3:4). The wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23) as it is written, “the soul that sins [transgressing Torah] shall die.” (Yehezqel [Ezekiel] 18:20) Our sin [violation of the Torah] SEPERATES us from ELaHYM (Yeshayahu [Isaiah] 59:2)“. If not for Messiah, the Northern Kingdom would’ve been LOST (SEPERATED) FOREVER. And it is through this gesture we begin to see our obligation to the Feast!
“THEREFORE, let US KEEP THE FEAST”! Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 5: 7-8
Therefore it is also important to understand WHEN the month of the Aviv begins so that we know when to start counting the days to “GUARD and OBSERVE” the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened bread and all subsequent “APPOINTED TIMES” which occur throughout the year. (see Vayigra 23). Please NOTE: These are not to be observed whenever you feel like it, these are “appointed times”! I am therefore encouraging people to visit an article written by Todd D. Bennett entitled: “How do we determine the month of the Aviv?” to be found on http://www.shemayisrael.net/articles/how-we-determine-month-of-aviv.html#aviv-cont perhaps we can connect the dots from the time the Northern Kingdom was carried into captivity to the time this article was written.
YaHUaH said through the prophet Mosheh, “For this command which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may OBSERVE it? Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may OBSERVE it? But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may OBSERVE it.” Devarim 30: 11-14
Why “in your mouth and in your heart”? Because not only does Shemoth (Exodus) 13: 8 -10 explains how you are to “inform your son in that day” (sometime in the future) that it is done (OBSERVE) as a celebration of Passover, “and IT shall be a SIGN to you on your hand and as a REMINDER between your eyes, that the Torah of YaHUaH is to be in your mouth”; but also explains how it is not too difficult to GUARD, ((( OBSERVE ))) and PERFORM! Those who keep this SIGN (those who observe the Passover) actually show that the Torah is within their mouths and within their hearts!
Why “a sign to you ON YOUR HAND and as a reminder BETWEEN YOUR EYES”?
The HAND is a symbol of (((ACTION))) see Shemoth (Exodus) 13: 9, Qoheleth (Ecc) 9: 10 and Yshayahu (Isaiah) 59: 6.
“BETWEEN YOUR EYES” is a symbol for the (((MIND))) see Debarim(Deut.)6:6-8; Rom 7: 25; Yehezqel 3:8-9, and Hazon(Revelations)14:1 and 17:5.
“…So then, with the (((MIND))) I truly serve the Torah of ELaHYM, but with the flesh the Torah of Sin.”Rom 7: 25