The Rehearsal Dinner

During this Pesach seder, my son said he was enlightened to several concepts. This is powerful because he has been celebrating Passover since his birth so whatever jumps out at him is something that should be discussed.

“When the time came, Yeshua and the emissaries reclined at the table, and he said to them, “I have really wanted so much to celebrate this Seder with you before I die!  For I tell you, it is certain that I will not celebrate it again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God” (Luke 22:14-16).

After reading the above verse, he commented that he had never seen that Yeshua would not celebrate the Seder again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God. The Amplified Version says “I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Both versions are clear that Yeshua will be celebrating the Passover Seder again. This fascinated my son especially because he realized that the fullness of the feast will only be realized in the Kingdom.

I am sharing this because after our Seder, I was doing a little studying in Matthew 22 about the wedding feast and the phrase, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” With the context around this verse, it cannot be the correct translation. The verse should read, “Many are called, but few choose.” The Complete Jewish Bible even uses the word, ‘invited’ to convey the idea that many are ‘invited’ to the wedding feast, but ‘few choose to come.’

This Passover was unique because it was held in the midst of a ‘plague.’ At the first Passover, the Israelites took refuge from the tenth plague in their homes under the ‘blood of the lamb’ while the LORD ‘passed over’ them and took the lives of the firstborn of Egypt. Yeshua used the memorial of Passover to explain his impending death as the firstborn of Elohim, but with the words from Luke, he was also giving his disciples prophetic vision. He would celebrate the Passover again in the Kingdom to come, the coming Kingdom, His Kingdom.

This year for me had a unique twist as well. After reading the weekly portion in Jeremiah, my spiritual eyes suddenly began to see the separating of the sheep and the goats – those who follow the Shepherd of Isra’el and those who continue onward with the doctrines of men rooted in other gods and goddesses and false religions.

Those who follow the Shepherd of Isra’el, do what he did. They keep the feast of Passover as Sha’ul instructed the believers in Corinth (1 Corinthians 5:6-9). These sheep understand that Passover not only has the earthly vision of being removed from Egypt and delivered from death to life, but that there is more to come. There is a Kingdom with a King and a Wedding Feast, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

The goats do something else. The goats are something else.

Passover in our day is just a mikrah or rehearsal dinner. Many are called, but few choose to rehearse. When the wedding feast comes, they may be the guest who is wearing the wrong clothes and be “bound hand and foot, and thrown outside in the dark!’ In that place people will wail and grind their teeth ….”

Yeshua didn’t fulfill Passover to end it, he fulfilled it so he could bring it to its fullness in the coming Kingdom. Until that days comes, Passover is to be remembered and celebrated even by those who have the ‘blood of the Lamb’ on their hearts. It is the evidence that it is there and they follow the Shepherd.

The Israelites left Egypt after their Husband redeemed them. Then they fell away from honoring and obeying Him and they lost their marriage covenant. They began worshipping other gods until Jeremiah had to be told by Elohim Himself to stop praying for them because He wouldn’t listen to the prayers. Many today – many – leave their Bridegroom after he redeems them and lose their marriage covenant. They do not prepare for his return. They do their own version of holy days instead of that which is instructed even in the new testament.

My son’s observation was timely. Only a few months ago he was talking to me about the Kingdom and that he had never heard much about that before. He must have been daydreaming during our daily Bible studies while he was growing up, but ‘for such a time as this,’ his eyes saw the vision of the Kingdom in Yeshua’s words at this Passover seder.

There is a coming Kingdom. The Bridegroom is returning for his prepared Bride. There is a Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Some will be there; some will be thrown out. Still, there is a rehearsal dinner every Passover for those wanting to be part of the Bride as a reminder to ‘make herself ready’ for her Bridegroom is returning soon. There is time, but this year it seems closer than ever.

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