shutterstock_134651360(1)We covered a lot of ancient history in: Partners, Plagues, Passover (Part 1)  THANKS for reading Part 2.

Ra.cham’ is a Hebrew verb rendered “show mercy” or “have pity.” According to a reference work: “expresses a deep and tender feeling of compassion, such as is aroused by the sight of weakness or suffering in those that are dear to us or need our help.”

Wouldn’t partnerships work well IF we all expressed deep, tender compassion?! All of us regardless of nationality, background, age, gender NEED tenderness, mercy and compassion for one another!:)

Imagine living under a government where the ruler(s) actually expressed ra.cham’ in all thinking, decision-making and personally cared about You (individually) and Your family! What a beautiful world that would be, eh? “Good” (aka compassionate) leadership/government and education teaches and expresses ra.cham’.

For related context please read: Hooray, It’s MAY!

Ra.cham’ is 1 reason why the Passover is of interest to me and should be of interest to You, whether You are Jewish or not, (even so-called Christians) benefit much from the history of Passover. The Passover marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery.

(Many millions and counting...breathingfragilelife have been enslaved and oppressed and even now suffer for many reasons including corrupt government.) Perhaps You, Dear Reader, are sadly suffering or oppressed by something or someone (i.e. lousy boss, difficult circumstances, chronic illness, cruel treatment, financial woes, etc.:(

Don’t we need a deliverer, a liberator, too?! (We all do!) But who??

 “By the end of the 16th century B.C.E., millions of Israelites were enslaved in ancient Egypt, where they were severely oppressed. The Egyptians “kept making their life bitter with hard slavery at clay mortar and bricks.” (Exodus 11:1,14) In their distress, the Israelites cried out to the Almighty God Yahweh for help.”

“Unquestionably I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their outcry as a result of those who drive them to work; because I well know the pains they suffer.” (Exocdus 3:7)

God [Yahweh] said that on the tenth day of that month, the Israelites were to start getting ready to follow certain steps on Nisan 14. That day began at sunset because the Hebrew days ran from sunset to sunset. On Nisan 14, each household was to slaughter a male sheep (or goat) and splash some of its blood on the doorposts and lintel of the house. (Exodus 12:3-7, 22, 23) The family was to have a meal of roasted lamb along with unleavened bread and some herbs. God’s angel would pass over the land and slay Egypt’s firstborn, but the obedient Israelites would be protected, and then they could go free.—Exodus 12:8-13, 29-32. ~excerpted This is to Be a Memorial For You

Today, April 14, 2014 aka Nisan 14th…FYI: A new day began in the evening, at sunset, and ended the next day at sunset. Each day ran from evening to evening and not morning to morning in bible times. See Leviticus 23:32.

“The Jews counted their months from new moon to new moon. They celebrated the Passover on the 14th day of the first month of their calendar, Nisan. (Leviticus 23:5; Numbers 28:16) That day, Nisan 14, was the same date that the Romans impaled Jesus Christ. He died 1,545 years after the first Passover meal was celebrated. But what date corresponds to Nisan 14 on our calendar today? A simple calculation helps us arrive at the proper date. Nisan 1 starts when the new moon nearest the spring equinox (the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere) becomes visible at sunset in Jerusalem. If we count 14 days from that event, we arrive at Nisan 14. This date is usually the day of the full moon.”

There will be a blood moon–don’t miss seeing this & other celestial phenomena:

Lunar eclipses — penumbral, partial or umbral — occur in random order, NASA says. Getting four umbral eclipses in a row is like drawing a rare lunar poker hand of four of a kind.

The moon takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through the Earth’s shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset.

The four blood moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. ~ excerpted ‘Blood moon’ will be a sight to behold during total lunar eclipse

What’s interesting to note that after the special meal of the Passover, a small group of Jews including the Teacher Jesus:  “As Jews under the Mosaic Law, Jesus and his apostles shared in the annual Passover. (Matthew 26:17-19) The last time they did so, Jesus instituted a new event that his followers thereafter were to keep annually—the Lord’s Evening Meal.” (For further context please see: Easter, Eggs and Chocolate)

Since he [Jesus] instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal on Nisan 14, the evening of the Passover, which the Israelites celebrated annually, it is evident that Jesus intended the Memorial to be commemorated in the same way. Whereas the Israelites annually celebrated their deliverance from bondage in Egypt, Christians annually commemorate their deliverance from bondage to sin and death. ~excerpted The Last Supper Has Great Meaning For You

THANKS for reading part 2! Part 3: will discuss the intersections and connections of the Passover meal and the Lord’s evening meal and how they relate and why this is of interest. 🙂

Tonight, some will choose to commemorate the Lord’s Evening Meal and some, Breathing-Fragile-Life, will celebrate Passover!

What will You:) choose to do or not?!

 

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