Old Testament Obeisance

After the Plague: HaShem and The Feast of Unleavened Bread

Passover (Heb: Pesach, Grk: Pascha) is the story of the Exodus from the chains of Mitzrayim. It is also the story of freedom and victory in Yashuah. One story is the prophetic shadow picture (type), the other it’s ultimate fulfilment (antitype). The former story is of Israel’s escape from physical chains and bondage, the latter represents for the believer a flight from spiritual chains and bondage and all manner of ill.

Lintel and door-posts marked red with the blood of the chosen lamb denoted a household from which the Angel of Death would spare the tenth and final plague — the death of the firstborn. The same beloved lamb, roasted, consumed with bitter herbs and unleavened bread in the dead of the night would help sustain the fledgling nation-on-the-run through a weeks-long escapade, up to and beyond the Red Sea, that later become no mere folklore but one of world renown. For the Yehudi, the Exodus is the pre-eminent event of scripture.

In some respects it was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire — a theme that was to play out over and over for the would-be Yehudim. But with HaShem their guide they always seemed to make the most of a situation, good and bad. In the wilderness they were shown to make the most of the manna. And just as a generous spirit gives freely and cheerfully, so too thrift and care stop us wasting and wanting.

We too would do well to learn from this Hebrew scripture. We too would do well to learn to make every post a winner. We too, for the rest of this week then, could do worse than to make the most of our matzo.

Death of the Firstborn Egyptians from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

And it shall be, when your children say to you, “What does this service mean to you?” then you shall say, “It is the Passover slaughtering of YWHW, who passed over the houses of the children of Yisra’el in Mitsrayim when He smote the Mitsrites and delivered our households.” And the people bowed their heads and did obeisance.

Shemoth 12:26-27, Besorah Yeshuah Natsarim Version

Egyptian government crumbles under military coup: tanks reportedly move on Cairo

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July 3, 2013CAIROAn adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said Wednesday that a military coup was underway, that tanks were on the move outside Cairo and that communication with the president had been cut off. As a military deadline came and went for Morsi to step aside, the army took control of state television, and boisterous crowds opposed to the regime cheered and danced in Tahrir Square. Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports Morsi, also said that some of its leaders had been rounded up and arrested. Earlier in the day, both the president and the military had sworn a fight to the death. The military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said it would be an honor to die rather than subject the Egyptian people to threats or terror. In something of a call to arms, the military posted on Facebook: “We swear to…

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Arabian Night: violent protests on streets of Cairo leave 10 people dead

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July 1, 2013EGYPTThe armed men who ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on Monday had crossed a red line of violence, the ruling movement told Reuters, adding that it was considering action to defend itself. Gehad El-Haddad, spokesman of the Islamist movement, told Reuters in a telephone interview that Egyptians would not sit by and tolerate attacks on their institutions. “It’s very dangerous for one entity in society to take up violence as a means of change because it may entice others to do so. The Muslim Brotherhood is a disciplined organization,” he said, criticizing the security forces for failing to protect the headquarters in Sunday’s attack. “The people will not sit silent,” the spokesman said. The headquarters stormed and ransacked following deadly clashes there between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi who hails from the group. The building in Cairo’s Moqattam district was…

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