Jesus was A Jew ?
YESHUA'S "LAST SUPPER" PRAYER
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Brother Ray has continued to expand his earlier look at Scriptural "genealogies". We have regrouped them in sequence. As he says, it is an ongoing study, a work inj progress. If you haven't look at the "genealogy" article lately, there is more there now. It's good stuff.
YESHUA'S "LAST SUPPER" PRAYER
by Brother Ray
We have a great treat for you.
First a prologue.
At the Last Supper, we are told Jesus and His disciples prayed.
For those of us immersed in the Hebraic roots of God's word, at Yeshua's crucifixion day observance to th Torah required Pessach Seder followed the prescribed order of the seder (meal).
Most bibles in English and other languages we know of simply say Yeshua "prayed". The question is do we know what He prayed and the answer is yes we do.
First the final and only passover seder Yeshua hosted and presided over in Jerusalem was His Passover to be completed that very day (remember Hebrew days begin a Sunday of one day and extend to the sundown of the next day - so the "last supper" and the cross were on the very same day). God has told us of HIS feasts (not "Jewish" feasts) in Leviticus 23 and the annual celebration of the passover was designated for a specific month and day of the year.
Yeshua and His talmudim (followers) followed the Torah then and throughout the next 100 years.
For the 1,500 years from Moses to Yeshua, Hebrews did the passover meal (seder) in the same way. Orthodox Jews and even including many conservative and reform Jews have followed the same seder, the same traditional meal and PRAYERS for 2,000 more years. It hasn't changed in 3,500 years and it is not only difficult to comprehend that Yeshua did something different.
Both Matthew and Mark were Hebrews and writing to the Hebrews first. They could assume that when both refer to prayer(s) at the passover supper, everybody knew what exact prayers were said.
The prayers were the HILLEL (meaning praise), the Hebrew description of Psalms 113-118. The book Hebrews use(d) for the passover meal and service is called the Pessach Haggadah. Purchase a Passover Haggadah today and you will find the HILLEL. (For those of you who are fortunate to have access to David Stern's Complete Jewish Bible, you will know that Stern skipped the English and the German and the Latin and often the Greek translations of the word and returned to the original languages used in the word. Stern is specific when he quotes the Hebrew and says that Yeshua and His followers PRAYED THE HILLEL that glorious night. Not any prayer but the HILLEL).
Now the "treat" we promised.
We strongly urge you to take an hour or so and after prayer for help try to place yourself in the upper room at His "last supper". As His follower you are invited. A place has been set for you. When the seder concludes and it is time for the closing prayers, the Hillel, open your bibles and read (and preferably say aloud) the Hillel. Some of the Davidic words were for Yeshua to say to His (and our) Father and some are responses for His follower including you and I.
The first thing that will smack you right between the eyes is that these Psalms were written hundreds of years earlier exactly for Yeshua to utter that very night. These Psalms were written earlier for Yeshua and this very night. (This shouldn't be surprising since Yeshua is THE author of the word (John 1) and in fact He wrote these words for Himself).
The Psalms praise the Father for sending His Son for this very day. These psalms show and demonstrate the Son's love of the Father, His timeless obedience on the very day which is THE pivotal point of all scripture.
The Hillel from their writing until this very day were a "a type" for this day. No longer a promise but THE promise full filled and actualized.
Just as we are commanded to commemorate the last supper often, our "come-union should, we think, also include the reading and participation of the Hillel.
You CAN be there. It was for you, now as well as then.
Go to dinner with King Yeshua. Listen to HIS words. Participate. Take part in the refrains and responses of the following faithful.
We're convinced if you even try this experience once you will feel the spirit. And we are also convinced you will want to do it again and again. And further you will want to take your time, in the presence of the spirit, to savour each word slowly, prayerfully and respectively.
Oh what a joy awaits.
So the Last Supper wasn't a one time event but it also was The one time event. It was promised for 1,500 years and will be remembered until and throughout the millenium. (So much for those who think the time of the "Jewish feasts" was ended and is over - just as our Lord and Master tells us He was and is and will always be).
This is perhaps the best example of all that Yeshua (Matthew 5:23) came not to change Torah but to fill full Torah.
The understanding of King Yeshua and the Hillel (Psalms 113-118) is only the first appreciation of the Last Supper/Passover Seder. Consider the pre-Yeshua passover seder of Moses was to commemorate the passage from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land and is merely "a type" for the act of freedom from slavery to sin and passage to being reunited by Yeshua with He and the Father in the pre fall Edenic unity predestined for each of us who will believe in, trust in and obey our creator at the penultimate and promised and delivered passover event. For those so inclined, ZolaLevitt.com has a wonderful two part (30 minutes each) video series on how the Last Supper is fulfilled by Yeshua. A real treat.
For further thought and reflection, one might even study, ponder over and pray for insight into the marriage customs of hebraic and middle east times leading up to Yeshua. Marriages were arranged. The family/father of the proposed bridegroom made the arrangements and put together an offer of what he was proposing. If the bride accepted, the offer and acceptance was marked by a glass or cup of wine. Then the affianced groom left to prepare the family home and would return later for the actual marriage when a cup of wine was taken again.
Consider King Yeshua at His pessach seder offering His credentials (the sinless one) to His proposed bride (s). An offer is made, the promise of which will be full filled that very day (at the cross). We are engaged. The contract is made. The wedding is to come when the groom returns (for the milleniium) And then after the wedding ceremony takes place and the wedding feast is held, Yeshua the groom will finally take a cup of wine again as He promised He would at the Last Supper.
So endeth this short journey or the beginning of a new journey.