Fifteenth of Nisan  Day 1 - Feast of Unleavened Bread

We have arrived – Nisan 15

* Passover, and

* Day 1 of the Feast of Unleavened Bread

On this day:

* The people left Egypt

        “Thus said the Lord, the God of Israel: In olden times, your forefathers---Terah, father of Abraham---….lived beyond the Euphrates and worshiped other gods. But I took your father Abraham from beyond the Euphrates and led him through the whole land of Canaan and multiplied his offspring. I gave him Isaac, and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. …Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with [the wonders] that I wrought in their midst, after which I freed you---I freed your fathers----from Egypt and you came to the Sea.” Joshua 24:1-6

* Yeshua died

        It’s been a long night for Yeshua. He is betrayed by one ‘friend’ and denied by another. Those who seize Him, lead Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders are gathered together. (Matthew 26) While He is at the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, He is kept in a dungeon part of the time.

        Before this day is over, Yeshua will be falsely accused, abused and convicted, first by His own people, then by the Romans. He will be turned over to the Romans who give Him another ‘trial’ then crucify Him. His body is quickly wrapped and placed in a tomb before sundown.

Flash ahead  

During our trip to Israel, we were taken to the traditional site of the House of Caiaphas. We saw the dungeon where Carl read Psalm 88 to our tour group. The site is located on the ascent of the Mount Zion, overlooking the Kidron Valley. A church is built over the site today. This was the scene of Yeshua’s first trial, the place where Peter warmed his hands and denied knowing Yeshua. It is called “Gallicantu” (cock crowing).

Click to see some of the pictures I took of this place. Other pictures can be found on the internet at Biblewalks. Artifacts have been unearthed that authenticate this site, plus reveal steps that were traveled by Yeshua as He was brought from the Garden of Gethsemane to Caiaphas’ house.

The courtyard where Peter once sat around a fire warming his hands and denying His Lord was a special place for me. I could look down and see the steps; look upwards and see the Temple Mount and look across the valley to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. It just all came together for me. It was a special time as I had reassurance from the Lord that He had me there for a reason.

Reflections  The Seder Meal Last Night

During our Seder last night, we drank from four cups of wine, each one to remind us of various truths of the season. We drank from the Cup of Sanctification, the Cup of Plagues, the Cup of Redemption and the Cup of Praise. wine glass

Right after the meal, we sipped from the central cup, the Cup of Redemption which points to the fact that we were brought back, redeemed.

Over 2000 years ago (and 1500 years from the original Passover), Yeshua lifted up the Cup of Redemption and declared a New Covenant when He said, “This is my blood….shed on behalf of many, so that they may have their sins forgiven”.

Matt 26:28 What an extreme blessing it is for Believers in Yeshua, both Jews and Gentiles, to lift up this Cup of Redemption and call on the name of the Lord.

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