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April 2018

Shalom and greetings to each of you, my dear friends and supporters, in the name of our Lord, Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah. I hope that my letter finds you well and abiding in the Lord as He abides in you.

Passover

For the past 3,500 years, Jewish people have been celebrating Passover. We’re also told this in Exodus 12:14: ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.’

The Passover commemorated God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, but it also pointed to the coming Deliverer and Savior of all people—Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist announced that Jesus was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Paul wrote, “[Messiah], our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7). Peter identified Jesus as the “lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus fulfilled this divinely-ordained, prophetic picture. He is our Passover Lamb.

Passover Seder 2018

On March 23 this year, our Messianic fellowship, Tikvah BaMidbar (Hope in the Desert) celebrated its 25thAnnual Citywide Passover Seder. It was held at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. I arrived early to review the program with the staff when I noticed an early arrival sitting at a table by himself. He was a young East Indian man who told me that he was on a spiritual journey—seeking God. We discussed the polytheistic religions of India, and he shared that he had never been to a Passover Seder. The Christian man who had invited him had also challenged him to consider Jesus and was mentoring him. But he still was not sure. When we ended our conversation, I told him that I prayed today would be the day of his salvation. And, PTL, it was! At the end of the Seder, David Wimbley, one of the leaders, gave an invitation and this bright, young man prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior, along with one other individual. We thank God for the salvation of two souls that we know of, and for everyone who attended (250 people) and heard for the first timethat Jesus is indeed the promised Passover Lamb of God. An Israeli Jewish woman who was attending a Messianic Seder for the first time said that she found it “very interesting.” Please pray for the seeds that were planted, that they may come to fruition. The joyous celebration of Passover is a clear prophecy of a greater story—the account of redemption through our Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God who lived, died, and rose again for the redemption of all who will believe. In fact, as we celebrate the Passover, believers in Jesus the Messiah can see how Jewish Christianity really is, since our Savior, our Bible, and even our faith all have Jewish roots. As followers of Jesus the Jewish Messiah, we are led by the Spirit of God and not by observances or traditions that place us under a yoke of legal bondage.

613 Commandments

It is important during the Passover Seder to explain the significance of the prayer shawl, called “tallit” or “tallis,” which translates from the Hebrew as “cloak” and its “tzitzit” (“tassels” or “fringes”). It is usually made of silk or wool and is first worn when a Jewish boy reaches the age of his bar mitzvah, i.e., becomes a “son of the Law,” at about age 13. Wearing the tallit is suppose to help him remember God and the mitzvot (commandments). The command to wear tassels originates in the Torah:“Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments . . . that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them” (Num. 15:38-39). The numerical value of the Hebrew word, tzitzit (tassels) is 600. Each of the tassels contains eight threads and five knots, making a total of 613, which corresponds to the 613 commandments contained in the Torah. The Mosaic Law, however, and man’s inability to keep it, was only a foreshadowing of something greater, a new covenant, that was promised by the prophets and found in Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah. “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts” (Heb. 8:10).

Encouragement

I thank and praise God for the encouragement He provides for me as I continue this ministry without my late husband, Barry—and sometimes from the most unforeseen and unlikely sources. Recently, and just prior to the Passover Seder, I had three serious issues with my house—the AC, a leaky roof, and the alarm system. Fortunately, the AC and alarm system were covered by extended warranties, which Barry, not being very handy, strongly believed in. I heard his voice ringing in my ears, “Trust me, one day you’ll thank me for them!” Amen! The three servicemen who showed up on three separate days were all born-again believers. I heard wonderful testimonies, had great conversations and shared my ministry with them, invited them and their wives to the Passover Seder, and was blessed by their prayers. God gives us what we need, exactly when we need it.

THANK YOU!

Thank you, always, for your faithfulness—for your love, your prayers, and your financial support that make all things possible. May we continue to rejoice together in God’s indescribable gift to us—Jesus!

In Messiah’s love and mine,

Violette Berger

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Scottsdale, AZ 85267
Phone: (800) 926-5397

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