Letter from Pastor Nick Plummer
Dear Mishpacha (Family)
We are just three days away from celebrating a new feast cycle for 2018 with Passover. We are officially entering into the Season of Redemption and Yeshua is our Redeemer. The word “Redeemer” (#1350) is the Hebrew word “Gaal” and it means to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.). Yeshua, the Son of God, is the closest relative you will ever have or ever know. Yeshua not only died for all of mankind’s sins, but also to renew the Marriage Covenant that was made with the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19). The Torah clearly states that if a woman is given a Bill of Divorcement from her original husband, she could go and become another man’s wife. Even if the latter husband gives her a Bill of Divorcement or dies, she cannot go back to her original husband for that would be an abomination (Deuteronomy 24:1-4). How in the world is God able to marry his bride again if he is the original husband who divorced her in the first place? (Jeremiah 3:8) The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in Romans 7:3-4 that says, “So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the Law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Yeshua, the Son of God, suffered, died and was buried but on the third day he rose again to be that second Adam to renew the Marriage Covenant. In Isaiah 54:4 it says, “Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: For thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. Remember, the Kinsman Redeemer, who is the closest relative, is required to marry the widow. This is an incredible truth and it explains why there is a multitude of Gentiles (non-Jews) being drawn to their Hebrew roots all over the world. We are no longer a widow and without a husband, for Yeshua is the bridegroom. We are truly the bride preparing ourselves for the wedding ceremony (The Marriage Supper of the Lamb in The Kingdom Passover found in Revelation 19:7-9). I am pleased to announce that we will be having two Jewish guests from Israel who are Eliezer Braun and Hanoch Young. We will also be celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday as a Nation on April 21st. Both Danielle and I appreciate all those who share the vision and give to this awesome community called Beit Tehila.
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Psalm 90:12 “So, teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Let me get right to the point about the most unique, special, and important season on the LORD’s calendar (and ultimately, yours too).
What’s the big deal about counting the omer during the Pesach Season? And, no, I’m not going to give you a short, simple answer today. Instead I want to pique your interest in this mystery which has governed my life for over 10 years.
Deuteronomy 29:29a says, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God” and I’ve found this to be one of them. The Omer Season, which occurs during the Pesach Season, is the longest, single season of the LORD at 50 days. It starts and ends with agricultural actions; but is far more than that. The literal, surface view is almost comical – count from 1-50. That’s what Leviticus 23:15 and 16 say. But huh? What is the LORD really saying? Why do you and I have to do it? Of course you can count and a lot higher than that. So why do you have to prove it year after year? What if anything are you to do? How are you to do it? Where and when are you to do it?
Well, something happened in Exodus 16 that means a great deal to the LORD. So much so that He wants it remembered for 50 days every spring, every year! Not just on a few days as other happenings are, but 50 days. Why? This is not easily answered, just as it has not been easily studied, and I am positive there’s more yet to be uncovered. But I will share my understandings every Sabbath for the duration of the season as they apply to Yeshua and you.
I am not a Bible scholar nor do I read and understand Hebrew; thus my teachings come from English translations where I have searched for “secret things” from Genesis to Revelation. I will start by laying a foundation with scriptures and definitions; proceed into the various actions performed in the past on the field (harvesting, threshing, winnowing, parching, milling, and sifting), in the temple (offering), and in the home (counting and baking); and conclude with future implications for all of the children of the LORD by unraveling the mystery of the wedding garments! So, I invite you to come with me and the rest of our family as we grow in the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the LORD as He teaches us how “to number our days”.
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