Passover to Pentecost – Nicodemus

John records the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3.  Jesus teaches us a truth starting in verse three about how to enter the Kingdom of God – be born of the water and the Spirit.  In this time period of the Counting of the Omer (Passover to Pentecost) Jesus ties the Old Testament shadows to the New Testament fulfillments. This maybe the second example of New Testament Passovers, the first one is in Luke when Jesus stayed behind to talk to the priest in the Temple.

In the first three chapters of John there are two different pictures of the Passover and the Counting of the Omer.  The first is Jesus’ baptism and His forty day trip into the wilderness and the second is John 3:5 + 6.  But we need to include chapter one and two in this second picture of Passover.

John 2:23 is one reference to a New Testament Passover.  Jesus after His baptism picked some disciples (due to the testimony of John the Baptist), told Mary, His mother, that His “time had not yet come” and still preformed a miracle, and cleared the Temple of commercial activity. How do these reflect the Passover to the Jew of Jesus’ day and to us?

  • We will start with the picking of some of His disciples – There is a pre-Passover fast where the firstborn males are recognized. When Jesus picked those disciples, He was doing a form of the Fast of the Firstborn.
  • The miracle of the wine at the wedding is a complex, in my thinking. It could represent the miracles that led up to the first Passover.  The fact that it was wine, a “yeast” made drink, is interesting because one of the “gods” that was humiliated was the Egyptian beer goddess.
  • Jesus clearing the Temple is a picture of cleaning your home of yeast before Passover.It is interesting that the Jews were more concerned about the authority to upset the selling tables than the “right or wrong” of Jesus doing it.  He did this again just before His last Passover.
  • Jesus’ command to be born of water and Spirit reflect the “baptism” at the Red Sea and meeting God at Mount Sinai. And what would happen on the Birthday of the Church, Pentecost.

Jesus’ response to Mary in John 2: 4 about the wine finally has been settled for me.  His “time” or start of His ministry was Passover! So, it was before His time!

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Third Week of Counting the Omer

Here are the topics for study in this third week of counting the omer.  Many of these are the meeting that occurred.  If you are joining the study this week check out the other weeks at Week 1  and Week 2.

  1. Passover to PentecostThe Third Day        
  2. Passover to Pentecost –At the Start of Counting the Omer       
  3. Passover to Pentecost –Galilee and the Mountain       
  4. Passover to Pentecost –Emmaus       
  5. Passover to Pentecost –Easter Morning Meetings       
  6. Passover to Pentecost –Thomas
  7.  Passover to Pentecost – Other Contacts

Rats #2

Rats #2

I have noticed in the “search terms” box a number of people wanting the “meaning” of rats in dreams, etc. Rats in the Bible discusses the few times they are mentioned and the possible problem they caused in Samuel.

When they are in dreams I think you need to check what they are doing in the dream.  Most people think of the black rat.  They cause fear and loathing in many people and that is what is projected into dreams.

In Samuel, God uses the “rats” and the problems they “carry” to bring judgement on the Philistines. Being a science teacher, I need to mention the parasites, the rats carry, cause a lot of damage.

Being fair to the rats, we do need to remember that they would have been in the sheet that Peter dreamed about in Acts.

Week Two Study for Passover to Pentecost

This is the continuation of the study that will go to Pentecost.

  1. Passover to Pentecost –Out of Egypt/ End of Passover
  2. Passover to Pentecost -Out of Egypt – Things You Might Recognize
  3. Passover to Pentecost –What Is Important
  4. Passover to Pentecost –Passover Number Two
  5. Passover to Pentecost –Joshua’s Passover and His Fifty Days
  6. Passover to Pentecost –Food
  7. Passover to Pentecost – Three Days

Week One – Going to Pentecost

 

  1. Passover to Pentecost – Passover (Sorry for this one you will need to do a Goggle search as WordPress will not link to my own blog???)
  2. Passover to Pentecost – Fifty Days!
  3. Passover to Pentecost – Seven
  4. Passover to Pentecost – Old Testament Passovers
  5. Passover to Pentecost – New Testament Passovers and Counting the Omer
  6. Passover to Pentecost – Shabbat/ No Work
  7. Passover to Pentecost – Dividing the Red Sea