What I love about the Book of Exodus and Passover is that through both we are shown that we serve an Elohim of liberation and justice. During this worldwide crisis through our relationship with Yah we can face the reality of our circumstances not ignoring the truth of what is happening but trusting that we serve an Elohim who comforts, heals and can give a shalom that surpasses all understanding Philippians 4:7. As we enter the Set Apart times of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and First Fruits we are entering a time of judgment against injustice but also entering a time of liberation collectively and individually from the sin that is the leaven in our lives. All sin leads to some form of injustice.
Yesterday when I read Exodus 2:23-25 during a prayer conference call to prepare for Passover verse 25 struck me because in this verse we read Yah SAW the people of Israel AND Yah KNEW. We do not serve an Elohim that slumbers or that does not see the real pain we are in. We also do not serve a Messiah who does not KNOW what it’s like to live under oppression, poverty or life-threatening circumstances, but we serve a Redeemer who knows the circumstances we face because he incarnated into our reality to walk among us, to Redeem us and reconcile us back to The Father.
23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to Elohim. 24 And Elohim heard their groaning, and Elohim remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 Elohim saw the people of Israel—and Elohim knew.
Exodus chapter 2:25 is not the first time we learn of The Elohim who SEES, this verse actually harkens back to Genesis when an Egyptian pregnant servant girl is stranded in the wilderness and is miraculously saved. Hagar the Egyptian mother of Ishmael is the first person recorded in scripture as naming The Most High when she names Him EL Roi: The God who Sees. In Genesis 16: 7-14 we read
7 The angel of Yah found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
9 Then the angel of Yah told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
11 The angel of Yah also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for Yah has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”
13 She gave this name to Yah who spoke to her: “You are the Elohim who sees me (EL Roi),” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.
When something is repeated in scripture it is because it’s a point that we really need to pay attention to and internalize in Genesis 16: 11 we read Yah heard the misery of the Egyptian Hagar and in verse 13 we are told Yah is The El who sees, this is through the experience of a Egyptian servant. In Exodus 2 the children of Israel are now serving the Egyptians as slaves and in verse 24 we are told again Yah Heard the cries of those being oppressed and in verse 25 we are told Elohim Sees the oppression of His people.
This drives home the point that Elohim SEES and HEARS the oppression that occurs throughout the earth. The Hebrew people’s first major observance or Feast Day is a day to remember and mark their liberation from slavery. Justice and liberation are extremely important to The Most High and he does not ignore the oppression occurring throughout our society. Yahshua quotes Isaiah 61 to start his earthly ministry: “The Spirit of Yah is upon me to preach good news to the poor or oppressed”.
Elohim remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. Yah delivered the Hebrew people because HE remembered the covenant he made with their ancestors. Sometimes we forget that many are awakening to their Hebrew Heritage because YAH remembers the covenant he made with our ancestors not because of our own righteousness.
Yah remembers HIS covenant with us but do we remember Our covenant with him?
If you are in pain, oppression and bondage Passover is a reminder that Elohim sees you and wants to liberate you and wants to liberate our people. In order to be freed in the Exodus the children of Israel had to obey the instructions to put the blood on their doorpost and today there are still commandments Yah wants us to obey so we can live in his liberation and the liberation of our people.
Commandments like the Sabbath are not bondage but freedom, imagine being a newly freed slave who could never take a day off and being told each week you had a day of absolutely NO work!!! This is not bondage but freedom, but we miss this by reading Hebrew scriptures through the Greco-Roman mindset. Every commandment and Feast Day was instituted so humanity can learn how to live in and remember the liberation and justice of The Elohim WHO HEARS and SEES the oppressed throughout the earth.
This Passover I encourage you to return to the Covenant Yah made with our ancestors or to join the covenant if you are grafted into to Yah’s family through Yahshua. As we return to the covenant through the covenant meal of Passover and continue to keep The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Sabbath and all the Feast we will begin to find liberation, joy, deliverance and a Shalom that surpasses all understanding in this world of chaos. Yah liberates us so we can comfort and help liberate others who are oppressed and right now we need people who can comfort, pray for and serve those who need redemption, reconciliation and hope.
If this is your first year keeping The Passover welcome home and congrats! Don’t be overwhelmed but pray, do your best and breathe! Yah loves you and Prophetic Whirlwind is here for you and will be available to provide guidance in keeping all the Set Apart Days and Feast as well as Sabbath and returning to the covenant through Yahshua the Messiah.
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Remember Yah loves you and our liberation is coming! Have a blessed Passover.