New moon in Israel last night!
New moon of the Aviv sighted by Yoel Halevi from Kiryat Ata at 7:25pm.
(Report by Nehemia Gordon)
Monday evening, 1 April 2014
Day 1, Month 1 to the Lord Yahwah
Now Yahwah said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.”
“On this day in the month of Abib, you are about to go forth.”
“Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to Yahwah your God, for in the month of Abib Yahwah your God brought you out of Egypt by night.
Monday evening, 14 April 2014
Day 14, Month 1, Passover to the Lord Yahwah
For Yahwah will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, Yahwah will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. When you enter the land which Yahwah will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. And when your children say to you, “What does this rite mean to you?” you shall say, “It is a Passover sacrifice to Yahwah who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.” And the people bowed low and worshiped.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 (not Easter Sunday)
Day 17, Month 1, Resurrection of our Lord
For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Remembering freedom from physical slavery and spiritual sin
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.