The First Cup, the Cup of Sanctification, was a picture of the setting apart of the Children of Israel–the Setting Apart of the Bride of Yeshua. Now, with the second cup, the Bridegroom must agree to the payment for the Bride. The terms of the agreement are discussed, and He must decide.

In a Passover Seder, during this part of the Passover Seder, the attendees are reminded of Israel’s affliction, pain, tears, and hardships of slavery in Egypt. The Plagues are recounted, and the picture of God’s strength over other gods is displayed. With Yeshua, we recount all the pain our Redeemer endured (pain), all to bring us to Him—even death! The second cup is a picture of the required “payment” to get the Bride. We praise Yeshua, as He saw us in our wretched state, and still said, “She’s worth it”. Hallelujah!

The Bride waits for the answer to the payment. “Yes”, He says. I will pay.

Blessings to you, my fellow Bride. He has said, “Yes!”, and has paid for our freedom!

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

Thoughts (From Toni Nichols) – “What does the Lord think about our bodies? I have been thinking about my imperfect, broken and somewhat deformed body, and speaking with my Mom tonight, whose body is a captive of Parkinson’s I asked her, “What do you th0000ink the Lord thinks about our bodies?”There was silence. Consider how in the Old Testament nothing deformed could approach the Holy of Holies, or be offered as a sacrifice to the Lord. But we have our answer in the Old Testament book of Isaiah and the subsequent accountings of the life of Christ in the New Testament. It is clear what He thinks.“Isaiah 53Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment, he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people, he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge, my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Are your ears ringing?? He’s been talking about you, and seeks your hand in Marriage! The first cup, The Cup of Sanctification, points to the setting apart of the Children of Israel. It also points to the first cup in ancient Jewish Marriage customs. There are Four cups in a Passover Seder, and there are Four cups in Ancient Jewish Wedding practices. Come along as the fist cup is explained, and how it relates to The Bride of Yeshua, and His pursuit of us.

This video will explain how Yeshua longs to have you as His Bride. In His heart, He set you apart–made you holy–sanctified you, all for Him. The Passover Seder is a retelling of that. It tells of how He set apart His Bride, and cleared THE WAY to set us free.

Enjoy this sweet cup. Here’s to our Betrothed!

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

Everyone is unresolved about something, whether it is a short term problem or concern or a long term crisis level problem that has lasted for way too long. Sometimes life is hard, and prayers go unanswered. That is the reality of what we go through sometimes.

But that is not the only reality there is. There is also people joining together to pray and prayers being answered. This is the reality that I want to focus on for this point. In the past four days, I have had at least four prayers answered.

The Bible study that my wife leads at the senior center had a disruptor for about six weeks. Eventually, he got disappointed that his plan was not going to succeed, so he left. This past Tuesday, the Bible study was great! There was lots of discussion, a sweet spirit, and a lot of lively learning going on!

A lifelong friend who had a biopsy on a growth which was on his thyroid good the good report he was looking for. The growth was benign! He was greatly relieved.

A friend on my website had an answered prayer for her daughter’s dental appointment, which went amazingly well and very uneventful. 

Finally, a friend who had a really long eye appointment found out, gratefully, that she does NOT have macular degeneration.

Sometimes prayers turn out differently than we expect, and sometimes the answer is even more amazing than we can ask, seek, or imagine. But in all cases, I want all who read this to know that God is faithful, and He absolutely will bring you through it all. God is faithful, and He is listening. 

Happy Passover! This evening is Passover, 2019. I have been asked to discuss how Passover applies to Believers in Yeshua (Jesus). In brief: It is the story of our Salvation. We have much to learn from celebrating Passover. No wonder the Children of Israel were Commanded to celebrate it every year!

I’ve decided to develop a series of videos on Passover (five total), and the celebration, called the Seder (Hebrew for “set order). The first video is on the Removal of Leaven from the Home. The other four are a discussion of the Four Cups, which are celebrated in the Seder. All these apply to our lives and our Communion with the Father. These cups are the Cup of Sanctification (Setting Apart), The Cup of Affliction, The Cup of Redemption, and the Cup of Praise. These cups are also part of the Traditional and Ancient Jewish Tradition of Betrothal and the Wedding.

I pray the Father speaks to you in these, as He has done so for thousands of years to all His Children who celebrate His offering of Freedom from Slavery. Here’s to LIFE! Here’s to FREEDOM! Worthy is The Lamb Who Was Slain!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover,

Landra

 

Keith Green live singing his song “Easter Song”, and giving his testimony. Enjoy the song. Just click the link below:

Keith Green’s “Easter Song”

“Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing that we can born again. Hear the bells ringing, their singing, Christ is risen from the dead.

The angels upon the tombstone said “He is risen, just as He said. Quickly now, go tell His disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead. Joy to the world, He is risen. Hallelujah! He’s risen. Hallelujah! He’s risen”

And the church responds, “He has risen indeed!”

 

Seder Meal at church last night to celebrate our deliverance from bondage

Last night at church, we had a seder meal, something I had only heard of but had never experienced. The speaker, a Messianic Jew, led us through the different steps of the meal, which was part of the celebration of Passover. While some elements were part of the original celebration meal, others were added. The meal was full of symbolism for both Jews and Christians.

The meal was not what either Karen or I expected. On the table in front of us was a cup of grape juice, a cup of water, and a tray in the middle of the table with parsley, salt water, horseradish, apple and walnut mixture, matza bread, and boiled eggs. Each item had special significance and meaning, which the speaker revealed, each related to God’s deliverance of Israel out of Egypt and being protected by the blood of the lamb on the doorposts.

We, as Christians, have been delivered from the slavery of sin and death, again protected by the blood of the Lamb. The foods represented the bitterness of bondage, the fact that they had to leave Egypt quickly (matza bread, with no yeast).

Thank you, Jesus, for being the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/search=Exodus+12 &version=NIV

 

Let Me Cover You

Recently, I’ve had many Siblings in the LORD, facing horrific suffering. These are truly issues in life, that no one should face. Yet, they are. It aches me, as their Sister in the LORD. We sit with them. We pray with them. We look to the Father for rescue, and He does not disappoint.

While praying for them, the Father stopped me, and had me write out words of love from Him. I did. They were words of love–of holding–of support–of faithfulness. If you are facing a difficult time, and longing for the Presence of the LORD, or just seeking ONE much stronger than you, He is near. Your Salvation (Yah’s Shua–Salvation–Yeshua) is near.

May you know The ONE Who holds you. May you know the ONE Who holds all you see. May you know The ONE Who offers us our only means of rescue–our only HOPE. He is near. Let Him cover you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

Yesterday I took my wife to the library, where she tutors in math. Being the efficient lady she is, and wanting to keep her Mama with plenty of good books to read, checked out some books for that purpose. She asked if I would take them on out to the car. That way she could go ahead and get ready for tutoring.

I had already planned to do that, so I took the books and went out to the car. So far so good. I opened the back door, then saw something I needed to take care of.  With one hand, I moved things where they belonged and went back into the library. No problem. Mission accomplished! (Do you see where this is going?)

I got about halfway back to where Karen was set up and I looked in my hand. I just shook my head and thought, “why did I bring those in here?” I still had the bag of books in my hand, and I didn’t even know it! (And they were heavy too.) Good people, I do this all the time! I know I’m not alone in this, and that gives this senior a good deal of comfort.

Blessings,
Pastor John

Kings and Priests as the Sons and Daughters of the King–the Children of God–have a role, even now. We have a role to Keep The Way–Protecting the Walk! We do this by doing righteousness, according to Genesis 18:19. It is a very “thick” verse which is a beautiful picture of the discipling of His Children for their Kingdom roles.

He does this with His Children, of whom He KNOWS. This is not just a casual “knowing”, but a deep and intimate knowing. He teaches us how to “Preserve” the Way! Join me as I go through this verse, and uncover the beautiful plan for His Children, as He trains us as His chosen Priests and Kings!

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra