This week, by most reckonings of the Biblical Feast calendar (no, certainly not all) begins the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which includes the Passover seder or meal.
Not surprisingly, there are a number of choices for readings during His true Holy Days, including those passages which describe them. It’s also a season where the ‘regular’ sequence of Torah readings may get a bit “out-of-sync” – especially when calendar issues come into play. So Mark chose to do the look at parsha Tzav (Leviticus chapters 6 through 8) on Erev Shabbat, and then go a bit ‘further afield’ for the Sabbath day midrash.
The Erev Shabbat reading of the parsha Tzav:
No question about it: the Pesach (Passover) timeframe, and the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that follows it, is one of the most important in all of history. Whether people who disagree on how and why understand that how and why, or not.
But, at least it helps to explain why there is so much ‘division,’ and perhaps even why He said He came “not to bring peace, but a sword,” and warned that many would be “offended” by Him.
Just as Mark suggests again, and with no shortage of proof, that He is “offended” (or worse) by having the Most Important Event Human History re-named after a (and this fits today!) trans-sexual pagan fertility goddess and celebrated in ways YHVH repeatedly calls “abomination.”
But there is a far bigger question. WHY does all of that matter? And what should those who seek to “follow Him,” DO, when we see the Truth?
But the “pieces ALL fit.” From the “olah” offering – which “goes up” to heaven, to “unleavened bread” – to the only, singular sign that He gave to an “evil and adulterous generation” (hmm…was He talking THEN, or NOW, or maybe almost continually?)
– and the answer is the same now, as it was when the FIRST Judas sold out to “the Adversary.” But it was hardly the only time.
This teaching is one to share. Because the “sharp, two-edged sword” of His Word tends to divide things.
“Pesach – and His REAL Holy Week”
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