“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
This is an excerpt from His Name is Yahweh:
The Tenth Plague—The Death of the First-Born or Passover
The tenth plague was different from all the others because this time Yahweh targeted the first-born of every living creature. It would touch every home in Egypt, including Pharaoh’s house. The tenth plague was different in these respects as well:
- Yahweh came in Person to execute it. He used the tenth plague to demonstrate His sovereignty over life and death and to show Pharaoh, Egypt, and the rest of the world that there are consequences for rebellion against Him.
- Yahweh used it to re-emphasize that He “makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.” In a broader sense, He was showing that He differentiates between His people and everyone else.
- Yahweh used the tenth plague, or Passover, to teach us a lesson about redemption, and He commanded us to celebrate Passover yearly forever.
Passover is the day Yahweh redeemed His people, when He passed over their houses and spared them from the death penalty. But the penalty for sin is death. God told Adam that he would surely die if he disobeyed Him, and God cannot go back on His Word. The blood of the Passover lamb on the doorposts and lintels of their houses was, and still is, symbolic of the sacrifice Yahweh made to secure our salvation. In other words, Passover is not just about redemption from bondage in Egypt. In a larger sense, it is about redemption from bondage to sin, and that is why He commanded us to celebrate it every year forever.
God told Moses,
“This month shall be for you the beginning of months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year. Speak to the entire assembly of Israel, saying: On the tenth of this month they shall take for themselves—each man—a lamb or a kid for each father’s house, a lamb or a kid for the household. But if the household will be too small for a lamb or kid, then he and his neighbor who is near his house shall take according to the number of people; everyone according to what he eats shall be counted for the lamb or kid. An (singular) unblemished lamb or kid, a male, within its first year shall it be for you; from the sheep or goats shall you take it. It shall be yours (your lamb) for examination until the fourteenth day of this month; the entire congregation of the assembly of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon. They shall take some of its blood and place it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they will eat it. They shall eat the flesh on that night—roasted over a fire—and matzos; with bitter herbs shall they eat it.”
Yahweh refers to the Passover lamb as “a lamb” three times. He told them to take “a lamb” for each household, and if a household was too small for “a lamb,” He told them to combine families and share “a lamb.” Everyone will have enough, and no one will have too much. This is fundamental to God’s plan for redemption and salvation. Next, God refers to it as “the lamb”—the unblemished lamb. Then, God refers to “the lamb” as “your personal lamb”:
“It (the lamb) shall be yours (your lamb) for examination until the fourteenth day of this month.”
Yahweh told the Children of Israel to take “the lamb” into their houses for four days. During the four-day period, it becomes “your lamb.” You get to know it. It becomes part of your family. You learn about its character and disposition. In every sense of the word, it becomes “your lamb.” Yahweh’s redemption is personal as well. He made a sacrifice for you, and He is your Lamb.
Finally, Yahweh told them to slaughter their personal lamb on the afternoon of the 14th. It was as if they were slaughtering a member of their own family. The children knew and loved their lamb, and they probably cried when it was slaughtered. Yes, this lamb is your lamb, and it is dying for your salvation. Your Lamb’s blood is the only thing that saves your life.
To redeem us and to atone for our sins, the unblemished Passover Lamb of God had to die. He had to pay the price for our sins in order to save us. This is the most important message contained in the Scriptures. Yahweh explained the literal meaning of Passover to Isaiah this way: “Yahweh inflicted on Him the iniquity of us all,” and He is our “guilt offering.” The Person about whom Yahweh is speaking in Isaiah is the Messiah, and He took the penalty for our sins upon Himself. As you will see later, this Person is the personification and manifestation of Yahweh.
“Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 13)
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1: Business Insider—Clinton says she would ‘go further’ than Obama on immigration:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said if she wins the White House she would go farther than President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and would propose comprehensive immigration reform legislation within 100 days of taking office.
The next president will be responsible for replacing several members of the Supreme Court.
Violence has gotten a lot of attention in the 2016 presidential race — from the kicking and punching of protestors at Trump’s rallies to incitements of violence against Muslim refugees and Mexican immigrants to promises by various candidates to use overwhelming military force to destroy the Islamic State.
But nonviolent resistance — that is, when unarmed civilians use a coordinated set of actions, such as protests, strikes, and noncooperation to directly confront opponents without harming or threatening to harm them — has actually been incredibly influential in this election.
People will be surprised at how quickly non-violent resistance turns into violent outbursts.
The next president will have his or her hands full.
If it sounds like I think random acts of violence are in our future, I made my point.
3: Alan Dershowitz—Don’t be fooled America, Bernie Sanders is not pro-Israel:
Bernie Sanders may not be as anti-Israel as some of his radical supporters but he can no longer be called pro-Israel. The accusations he has repeatedly leveled against Israel in the past few days—that its military response to Hamas rockets and terror tunnels has been “disproportionate”—reflects both abysmal ignorance about the conduct of the Israeli Defense Force and a pervasive bias against the nation state of the Jewish people.
4: Times of Israel—Jerusalem bus blown up in terror attack, injuring at least 21:
Police confirm bomb was on bus that went up in flames in Talpiot neighborhood, but unclear who was behind explosion; Hamas praises blast but does not take responsibility.
Just five years ago, celebrities such as George Clooney and Don Cheadle hailed the creation of a new African nation as one of President Obama’s foreign policy success stories, but now South Sudan is looking like a failed state.
The nation, sought as a means of bringing peace to Sudan’s long-running civil war, was promoted as a potential U.S. ally and was formed following a referendum passed with 98 percent of the vote to secede from the northern part of Sudan and the Khartoum government. But hope has given way to desperation, as South Sudan has descended into bloodshed and chaos.
The operative phrase in the title is “once seen”. We’ll see and hear that one a lot in the days following the Obama administration.
This may sound cynical, something that an old man would say, but I don’t think it is. Now would be a good time for every American to read The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon.
As the Roman Empire was imploding, Roman citizens rejoiced in their greatness. The collapse of the Byzantine Empire (a.k.a. the Eastern Roman Empire) led to the invasion of the Arab Islamist horde.
History repeats itself. As King Solomon said,
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9)
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.
 Exodus 12: 12.
 Exodus 11: 7.
 Exodus 12: 14 and 17.
 Genesis 2: 17.
 Exodus 12: 2-8 from The Stone Edition Tanach.
 Exodus 12: 6.
 Isaiah 53: 6 from the The Stone Edition Tanach.
 Isaiah 53: 10.