John 11-12~ Day 40~ God is so poetic!

Chapter 12 starts off with, "Six days before the Passover.."  Thanks, John, for giving us a time frame!  That makes it one-week before Jesus is crucified.
So, I went off on a tangent from the reading....I don't know a lot about how Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are celebrated, so I took a little time to do some googling.

I found out that Passover is a 24 hour period and the Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for 7 days. During that Feast, two different readings are done each day, a Torah reading and a Haftarah reading.  The Haftarah reading is a prophetic reading. These readings can vary from synagogue to synagogue, country to country, family to family, however, I found that the last day of prophetic reading (The Haftarah),  ends with the hope and vision of the Messianic Era.  They usually read Isaiah 10:32-12:6.  Every year they remind themselves of this hope to come!

I think that is so cool! So, I had to read the passage myself, of course! Wow, does it point to Jesus! I saw a couple obvious verses; I bet you can find more.
"The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-" (Isaiah 11:2) (See Luke 3:22)
"His delight will be in the fear of the Lord.  He will not judge.." (11:3)  (See John 3:17 &12:47)
"You will joyfully draw water from the spring of salvation" (12:3) (See John 4:10)

Jesus's body was in the tomb during the days of Unleavened Bread...then he raises from the dead...can you imagine, as the Jewish followers of that time finish the week with that reading in Isaiah, knowing that Jesus had raised from the dead......their minds would have been blown away!! I guarantee the Jewish believers caught the symbolism!! They would have no need to continue celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  It was completed and done!  The Messiah had come, no need to keep looking forward to that!

It doesn't take being an English teacher to see the great foreshadowing, symbolism and awesome story telling God uses to reveal his plan for his people.  I love this book!!


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