Abba Father, I come before You with thanksgiving. I thank You for this day and life itself. I thank You that when and where I am weak You are strong and I can depend on You. Help me to have You as my first port of call rather than the last. On this special day I ask You to forgive me of all sin and purify me.
Today, as I think and find out more about the Passover and Holy Week, which runs from today until the end of next week, may I do so with fear and trembling. You have not given me a spirit of fear but one of power, love and a sound mind. Recognising Your might, omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence; I fear You, but not the things of this world. Today, I realise the power of the Blood and the symbolism within the Holy Bible from the Old Testament to the New. When the Passover took place in the Old Testament it was recognition for what was to come. Holy Week begins with the recognition of Your Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, entering Jerusalem greeted by people as the Son of David; cheering, laying cloaks and palm leaves before Him. Only, I know what was to happen a few days later. Strengthen my heart so I will remain focused, strong and never be deterred from serving You as our Master and King. Yeshua HaMashiach is my Saviour, Rescuer and Deliverer and deserves all the glory, honour and praise! HalleluYah!
The Lord is my Strength and my Song, and He has become my Salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.Exodus 15:2 (AMPC)
17 For many were in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves [become clean and free from all sin]. So the Levites had to kill the Passover lambs for all who were not clean, in order to make them holy to the Lord.
Kill the Passover lambs and sanctify yourselves and prepare for your brethren to do according to the word of the Lord by Moses.
19 Who sets his heart to seek and yearn for God—the Lord, the God of his fathers—even though not complying with the purification regulations of the sanctuary.2 Chronicles 35:6 (AMPC)
Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.1 Corinthians 5:7 (AMPC)
So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].Philippians 2:12 (AMP)
By faith (simple trust and confidence in God) he instituted and carried out the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood [on the doorposts], so that the destroyer of the firstborn (the angel) might not touch those [of the children of Israel].Hebrews 11:28 (AMPC)
To You who is able to keep me from falling and to present me before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to You who is the only God, my Saviour, be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Yeshua The Anointed One, my Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
Amen (So be it).Jude 1:24-25