Personal Blessings in the week-long festival of HaMatzot

Passover is, not just one day, but a whole week of celebration. (The day after Passover starts the weeklong HaMatzot, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Sunday within that week is Bikhurim, Firstfruits, the day Yeshua rose from the dead.)

Here are some amazing things God will do for us as we celebrate what is so dear to His heart. The material comes from the story of King Hezekiah choosing to celebrate Passover in 2 Chronicles 30–32.

  1. Gathering begins to happen (2 Chron. 30:11–12). People began to gather to celebrate. Likewise, the Lord will gather, or draw things together for us, so we will not be scattered and fragmented (neither individually nor corporately). Opportunities will also be gathered. Even families will gather.
  2. Healing (30:20). The Lord healed the people as Hezekiah prayed. Celebrating brings wholeness to whatever needs to be made whole – be it body, soul, spirit, family, or work. As you celebrate, you can trust the Lord to begin the processes that bring wholeness.
  3. Prayers were heard/blessing given (30:27). Expect an open heaven as you pray. Also, the Levites blessed the people. Know that you can bless others and it extends far beyond mere words. You will put the presence and blessing of God on those whom you pray for.
  4. Discern and destroy hindrances (31:1). The people realized the hindrance of idolatry and began to pull down and destroy the idols. Expect your eyes to be open to be able to recognize hidden hindrances and “idols” in your own life. When you recognize those hindrances, it becomes easy to pull them down.
  5. More worship and intimacy with the Lord (31:2–3). Hezekiah’s actions resulted in a system being set up so people could worship God. As you celebrate, the Lord will help us set systems into place so that we can worship and draw nearer to Him. Just think of the incredible blessing you are being led into!
  6. Incredible abundance (31:7–9). Every Passover is a time of increased provision.
  7. Great victory in the face of unexpected battle (2 Chron. 32). None of us knows what battles may lie ahead, but after each Passover we see an unexpected threat as well as great victory. It was after Passover that God opened the Red Sea; it was after Passover that Jericho’s walls fell. And after Hezekiah celebrated Passover, Sennacherib’s attempts to besiege and destroy Jerusalem ended in utter failure.

So, let’s celebrate all week long. Meditate on these things, discuss them with your family, and let’s enter into the things God has for us. Also, keep looking at the blessings of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the first month in the calendar of Feasts (March 24–April 22 2012).


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