COMFORT MY PEOPLE
“Comfort and keep comforting my people,” says your God. - Isaiah 40:1, CJB
This week we observe Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many will remember the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust through walks or marches. Schools and other communities will have Holocaust survivors speak to them about their time in captivity. We’re in a time where many of those survivors are passing on, and family members now speak for them and tell their stories, to ensure what they went through is never forgotten. Every year we profess to “Never Forget.”
Why do we do this? We do this so the atrocities of what happened to the Jewish people will never be repeated on their future generations, or any other race or religion that is being persecuted now, even in this day and age. God comforts those who mourn in Zion (Isaiah 61:3). He also gives comfort to those in the nations who are suffering because of hate or oppression. Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day which holds deep spiritual meaning, a day we should never forget, about a people who should never be forgotten.
May we “Never Forget” those six million Jews that perished during the Nazi Holocaust.
Be a Blessing and Be Blessed!
By Rebbitzen Kathleen Rantz
April 27, 2022 | 26th of Nisan, 5782
A CLEAN SLATE
“Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach Lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz [yeast], the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.”
- 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, CJB
Passover marks the redemption and rebirth of the Jewish people who were freed from slavery and led to the Promised Land. It’s a mark of new beginnings, a New Year.
One of the ways we prepare for this Holy Day season is in going through our homes, cleaning them from top to bottom to ensure we get all the hametz/leaven out; the leaven which both symbolizes and represents sin in our lives; the sin that clutters our hearts and minds. In a way our homes represent who we are. How we feel about ourselves, is how our houses are kept. Just as we clean the clutter [sin] out of our homes, we can also clean the clutter [sin] out of ourselves. We then bring in the matzah of purity and truth into our homes. Then during Passover, we eat the matzah, and that purity and truth then is inside of us. A lot of people complain about matzah, because it’s dry and they can’t wait till they don’t have to eat it.
While leaven represents the sin in our lives, for Messianic Jews and like-minded Messianic Gentile believers, matzah represents for us redemption and freedom for the Jewish people. When we take a good look at the matzah we see,
“He was pierced for our transgressions ... by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
You can see the piercing’s, the bruises, the stripes. It reminds us that He has freed us from sin and shame. Now the matzah doesn’t seem so dry after all. We no longer focus on the food, we focus on Him.
As we eat our matzah of purity and truth this Passover season, let us not forget the one who died for our sins; Yeshua - the One for whom we serve.
Let’s empty our hearts and lives of sin and fill our hearts and lives with His truth.
Let’s start a new season with Him.
Be a Blessing and Be Blessed!
By Rebbitzen Kat
April 11, 2022 | 10th of Nisan 5782
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