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“These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which
you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” (Leviticus 23:2)
It’s a fantastic feeling to be given a second chance when we miss the boat on
something important; isn’t it?
While Passover always draws crowds of worshipers to the Western (Wailing)
Wall in Jerusalem, circumstances can sometimes prevent us from being
able to celebrate this significant holiday during the appointed time. Happily,
God, in His mercy, made a provision for this so we wouldn’t have to miss out.
This coming Sunday is Pesach Sheni (The Second Passover).
Passover commemorates Moses leading the Israelites from slavery in Egypt
After the tenth plague, before which the Jewish people put the blood of the
lamb on their doorposts so that the Angel of Death would pass over their
homes, they departed from Egypt and were able to worship God in freedom!
The Jewish people were instructed to celebrate this with a holiday that lasts
for seven days each year. That holiday happened last month.
So what is Second Passover?
God designed Pesach Sheni (The Second Passover) as a one-day holiday for
the people who could not keep the first anniversary of the Passover in Egypt
due to being unclean.
Second Passover is proof positive that God hears the cry of our hearts when
we are separated from Him and call out to Him for help.
What makes this holiday unique from all the other holidays in the Bible is that
God gave it in response to unclean people asking to be included!
But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because
they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they
came to Moses and Aaron that same day and said to Moses, “We have
become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be
kept from presenting the Lord’s offering with the other Israelites
at the appointed time?” (Numbers 9: 6–7)
On this day of second chances (The Second Passover), the Israelites who
celebrated it did not have to clean their houses and keep the feast for seven
days as they were required to the month before.
Instead, God gave them a one-day pass to bring their Passover offering
to the Temple and eat unleavened bread.
“When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body
or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, but
they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight.”
(Numbers 9: 10 – 11)
Second chances: Although one doesn’t have to clean their house of
chametz (yeast products) to celebrate the Second Passover, they are
required to eat matzah when celebrating this holiday.
“Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. Celebrate
it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in
accordance with all its rules and regulations.” (Numbers 9: 2–3)
Second Passover is a wonderful picture of missed opportunity and the
merciful nature of God.
Although God had set the time for Passover on the 14th of Nissan, He
revealed through Second Passover that it’s never too late to worship and
thank the Lord for His miracles and mercy.
Certainly those who were ritually impure (tameh) or who were too far from
Jerusalem—traveling on some distant road—should have missed Passover.
But they refused to accept their exclusion, and God gave them the desires
of their hearts to Worship Him.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Jewish man praying at the Western (Wailing) Wall
Like these determined Israelites, we should never think that we must
remain on the outside looking in because of something we did that
made us unclean.
Yes, we may have missed an important opportunity, but don’t despair.
Perhaps we have also traveled a distant path that has led us far from
intimacy with God and fellowship with other Believers.
We must always remember that God can and will bring us back when we call
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to
hear.” (Isaiah 59:1)
Therefore, let us remember the lessons of Pesach Sheni and refuse to be
excluded from the fullness of life simply because of circumstances or the
mistakes of our past.
God hears us when we call, and Yeshua promised results if we would ask
for what we desire and not to give up asking:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door
will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7: 7–8)
Old City of Jerusalem: The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, has been a
pilgrimage destination for Christians since the 4th Century. Constantine
likely chose this site for a church because it was believed to be the location
of Messiah Yeshua’s execution, and according to historians, the first Believers
held worship services here until about 66 C.E.
Prophetic Fulfillment of Second Passover
Second Passover has a prophetic aspect, as well.
Perhaps the ultimate second chance is God’s end-time gathering
“In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the
remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper
Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the
islands of the sea.” (Isaiah 11:11)
This seems to have been fulfilled with the reestablishment of Israel in 1948.
For almost 2000 years the Jewish people were disbursed throughout the world,
but in the last century, God drew millions of Jewish people back to their
And God is not finished!
Every year, tens of thousands of Jewish people from around the world are
making aliyah (moving back to their biblical homeland).
Passover at the Western (Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem
Although Yeshua has been away for almost 2000 years, He will return soon,
but before He does, there will be an end-time revival in Israel (Romans 11).
You can be a part of this end-time move of God—the spiritual
restoration of Israel—by helping us bring the Word of God to the Jewish People.
Your gifts will make a difference for Eternity.
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