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Special Holiday Reading: “Pesach” | Exodus 12:21-51

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb.
22 You are to take a bundle of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and apply it to the crossbeam and two doorposts with the blood from the basin. None of you may go out the door of his house until morning.
23 Adonai will pass through to strike down the Egyptians, but when He sees the blood on the crossbeam and the two doorposts, Adonai will pass over that door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you down.
24 Also you are to observe this event as an eternal ordinance, for you and your children.
25 “When you come into the land which Adonai will give you as He has promised, you are to keep this ceremony.
26 Now when it happens that your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’
27 You are to say, ‘It is the sacrifice of Adonai’s Passover, because He passed over the houses of Bnei-Yisrael in Egypt, when He struck down the Egyptians, but spared our households.’” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
28 Then Bnei-Yisrael went and did it. They did just as Adonai had commanded Moses and Aaron.
29 So it came about at midnight that Adonai struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn cattle.
30 Then Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was loud wailing in Egypt. For there was not a house where someone was not dead.
31 So he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, “Rise up, go out from my people, both you and Bnei-Yisrael, go, serve Adonai as you have said.
32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone! But bless me, too.”
33 Now the Egyptians urged the people, sending them out of the land quickly, for they thought, “We will all be dead!”
34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.
35 So Bnei-Yisrael acted ­according to the word of Moses. They asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold, and for clothing.
36 Adonai gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians and let them have what they asked for. So they plundered the Egyptians.
37 Then Bnei-Yisrael journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 men on foot, as well as children.
38 Also a mixed multitude went up with them, along with the flocks, herds and heavy livestock.
39 They had baked matzot cakes from the dough that they brought out of Egypt. It had no hametz, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not delay, so they had not made provisions for themselves.
40 Now the time that Bnei-Yisrael lived in Egypt was 430 years.
41 So it happened at the end of 430 years, to the very day, that all the armies of Adonai went out from the land of Egypt.
42 It was a night of watching for Adonai to bring them out of the land of Egypt. This same night is a night of vigil for Adonai, for all Bnei-Yisrael throughout their generations.
43 Then Adonai said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover. No foreigner may eat it,
44 but every man’s servant that is bought for money, after you have circumcised him, may eat it.
45 Nor should a visitor or hired servant eat it.
46 It is to be eaten inside a single house. You are not to carry the meat out of the house, nor are you to break any of its bones.
47 All the congregation of Israel must keep it.
48 But if an outsider dwells with you, who would keep the Passover for Adonai, all his males must be circumcised. Then let him draw near and keep it. He will be like one who is native to the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat from it.
49 The same Torah applies to the native as well as the outsider who dwells among you.”
50 So all Bnei-Yisrael did so. They did just as Adonai commanded Moses and Aaron.
51 It was on that very day that Adonai brought Bnei-Yisrael out of the land of Egypt as armies.

HAFTORAH

Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-15, 6:1, 27

Chapter 3
5 Then Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow Adonai will do wonders in your midst.”
6 Joshua spoke to the kohanim saying: “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.
7 Now Adonai said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

Chapter 5
2 At that time Adonai said to Joshua, “Make yourself flint knives and circumcise again Bnei-Yisrael a second time.”
3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised Bnei-Yisrael at Gibeath-ha-araloth.
4 Now this is the reason why Joshua circumcised: all the people that came out of Egypt who were males—all the men of war—had died in the wilderness along the way after they came out of Egypt.
5 Though all the people that came out were circumcised, none of the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had been circumcised.
6 For Bnei-Yisrael walked 40 years in the wilderness, until all the nation’s men of war who came out of Egypt died out, because they had not listened to the voice of Adonai. To them Adonai had sworn that He would never let them see the land which Adonai had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
7 But He raised up their children in their place. Joshua circumcised them, for they were uncircumcised, since they had not been circumcised along the way.
8 Now it came to pass after they had finished circumcising the entire nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they recovered.
9 Then Adonai said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” Therefore the name of that place has been called Gilgal to this day.
10 While Bnei-Yisrael camped at Gilgal, they observed Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho.
11 On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, matzot and roasted grain.
12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten of the produce of the land. Bnei-Yisrael had manna no longer, but ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.
Commander of Adonai’s Army
13 Now it came to pass when Joshua was near Jericho that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man standing in front of him with his sword drawn in his hand. Joshua approached him and said to him: “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”
14 “Neither,” he said. “Rather, I have now come as commander of Adonai’s army.” Then Joshua fell on his face to the ground and worshipped. Then he asked him, “What is my lord saying to his servant?”
15 Then the commander of Adonai’s army replied to Joshua, “Take your sandal off of your foot, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Chapter 6
1 Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of Bnei-Yisrael—no one going out and no one coming in. 27 So Adonai was with Joshua, and his fame was throughout the region.

New Covenant

John 1:29-31, 10:14-18a

Chapter 1 – Behold, the Lamb of God

29 The next day, John sees Yeshua coming to him and says, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
30 This is the One about whom I told you, ‘He who comes after me is above me, because He was before me.’
31 I didn’t know Him, but I came immersing with water so that He might be revealed to Israel.”

Chapter 10 – The Faithful Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

14 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me,
15 just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 I have other sheep that are not from this fold; those also I must lead, and they will listen to My voice. So there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.
17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I may take it up again.
18 No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”

Source: Tree of Life Bible (TLV)


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