Shalom Fellow Israelite,
How many of us could have imagined that at the beginning of this biblical year we would find ourselves locked down in our homes with many of our freedoms gone over night? No one seems to know what tomorrow will bring. We wake up in the morning and find ourselves still in a twilight zone. But as Pesach draws nearer, we remember what happened at "twilight" on the last night before the exodus. This Pesach will be the closest to the one that our forefathers had in Egypt, that is, each family stayed in their own home and ate the Pesach lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The doors were tightly sealed and smeared with the blood of the lamb, so as to stay away the plague. Therefore, "come my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past" (Isaiah 26:20). No matter what lies in the future, we can be confident that the Almighty One and His Son are very much in control having sovereignty over our lives and destiny. It should be one of the most exciting times that we have ever lived in as redeemed Israelites. Maybe it is time to think about a statement that was told to Israel (right at the same time of year as ours) before they crossed the Jordan into the land: "However, there shall be between you and it [Ark of the Covenant] a distance of about 2,000 cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you shall go, for you have not passed this way before." Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow YHVH will do wonders among you" (Joshua 3:4-5).
Wow! What a way to start this New Year! May you and your family be at peace and be confident in faith that you are in good hands, under the shadow of His wings (Ps. 91). YHVH - Your kingdom comes and Your will, will be done on earth through your chosen nation and people, a united Israel.
Rosh Chodesh Same'ach and Shabbat Shalom in Yeshua's love,
Ephraim and Rimona