This coming week, February 21-27 2021 (9-15 Adar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.
Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) & Purim
||1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
||1 Chronicles 24:1-31
||1 Chronicles 25:1-31
||1 Chronicles 26:1-27:15
||1 Chronicles 27:16-28:21
||1 Chronicles 29:1-30
 Purim is sundown February 26 to sundown February 27. It is customary to read the book of Esther on Purim. The Ta’anit Esther (Fast of Esther), also associated with Purim, is a dawn-to-dusk fast observed the previous day (February 25).
The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:
It is that time of year that Christians celebrate Christmas and Jews celebrate Hannukah, and all of us Messianic and Hebrew Roots folks are somewhere in the middle.
Actually, we’re not really in the middle. Most of us have opted out of Christmas and opted into Hannukah. Not because we have rejected Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), mind you. We understand that His birth happened in the fall, most likely at the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah in modern Jewish practice) rather than in December. We also understand that all the Feasts of the Lord presented in Leviticus 23 are connected to Messiah’s redemptive and restorative work for the nation of Israel and all the world.
The fact is, we celebrate Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Matzot), Firstfruits (Yom Habikkurim), Pentecost (Shavuot), Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Tabernacles (Sukkot) because God established them and called on His people to observe them “as a statute forever”. That’s different from Christmas, which is a human tradition rather than a Divine decree. Christmas is a Christianization of the old festivals our ancestors celebrated in honor of other gods before they learned about the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We have learned that our Messiah is Jewish, which is why we prefer to follow His example rather than the traditions which overshadowed and obscured His Jewishness and the Hebraic origins of our faith.
One might argue that Hannukah is a tradition as well. Indeed it is, but it is rooted firmly in history as a tale of our God’s salvation of His people in a time of great distress. Why is it not in the Bible? Well, it is, in some canons. The Catholic Bible still has 1st and 2nd Maccabees, the books that tell the Hannukah story. There is also a mention of it in the New Testament: John 10:22 tells us that Yeshua was in the Temple during the Feast of Dedication, which is another name for Hannukah. The point is, the origin of Hannukah is no less real and no less miraculous than the origin of Purim as recorded in the book of Esther. Our Jewish brethren established both feasts to commemorate the provision of the Almighty and His faithfulness to His covenant. Is there a better reason to celebrate?
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Folks in Arizona are so excited about the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat that they can’t contain it in one single day! Living Messiah Ministries in Mesa, AZ, is hosting an Erev Shabbat gathering on Friday, March 25 (which includes an original puppet play created for Purim this year), and a National Shabbat observance on Saturday, March 26. Here are the details:
March 25 – 26, 2016
You are invited to join us for a National Shabbat weekend. Come and meet others that will be joining us from surrounding states and the land of Israel.
Where: Living Messiah Ministries, 19 North Robson, Mesa, AZ 85201
- Erev Shabbat (Friday Evening, March 25)
– 6:30 – 9:00 pm: Blessing Banquet & Esther Story Puppet Presentation
– This meal is provided by Living Messiah Ministries
– Friday’s meal will be taco / salad bar + desserts
– Suggested donation is $10 per adult, $5 per child (age 6-13)
- Shabbat – Gathering Together (Saturday, March 26)
– 12:00 Lunch – Bring a Fruit, Potato, Pasta or Green Salad to Share
– 12:45 – 2:45 – Relationship Building
– 3:00 – 4:00 – Praise and Worship – Kerry Alexander and Jubilation Band
– 4:00 – 5:00 – Ephraim and Rimona Frank
– 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Oneg (Share a Meal) and Fellowship
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