Passover: A Lamb for a Household

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Passover: A Lamb for a Household

“This year’s Passover will be different to all Passover celebrations,” an Israeli friend recently told me. “We all will be celebrating it household for household and family for family. No extended family visits are allowed.”

The new health regulations to curb the spread of the Coronavirus have changed for the first time many ancient Passover traditions for the Jewish people in Israel. Passover observances were usually big family gatherings where everybody came together to celebrate this major feast of the Lord. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently declared in his annual pre-Pessach address that this year’s Passover will be different: “… we will adopt the celebration of Passover like our forefathers in Egypt – Passover at home! Every father and mother will celebrate Passover with the children that live in their home.”

As my friend spoke to me, I was reminded of the very inception of Passover, when Israel was in Egypt. God commanded the Israelites: “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.’” (Exodus 12:3)

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Join our Global Prayer Gathering This Wednesday!

The ICEJ hosted an amazing online Global Prayer Gathering last Wednesday via Zoom to urgently pray into the current Coronavirus threat in Israel and around the world. It was a very powerful and encouraging time of prayer with our friends in ministry Angus Buchan, Mats Ola, Suzette Hattingh, Peter Tsukahira, and many others. And we know it strengthened and blessed the many believers from 63 nations who joined us to offer up our prayers together during this difficult time.

You are invited to join us for the next online Global Prayer Gathering, which will take place this coming Wednesday, 8 April 2020 at 4:00 PM once again. We have commitments from many global Christian leaders to join us again in leading prayer. Since this is the Eve of Passover, we will be adding a special online Communion service during the prayer time, which will be officiated over by a Messianic Jewish leader and an Arab pastor. So have your own Communion elements prepared and we hope to see you then!

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Caring For Holocaust Survivors This Passover

The ICEJ has a team of staff and volunteers in Haifa working with our local partner Yad Ezer L’Haver to feed and care for hundreds of Holocaust Survivors and other elderly who have been told to stay in their homes to protect them from the Coronavirus. We are helping deliver to their front doors boxes with food and other essentials to give them hope amid their isolation and to show Christians care. These efforts have even caught the attention of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As Israel (and the entire world) takes drastic measures to combat the Coronavirus threat, ICEJ has activated our “Israel in Crisis” fund to meet urgent needs during this national emergency. We are working to make sure the elderly and other needy families have food and other necessities, especially with Passover fast approaching. Thank you for thinking of Israel, even as your own nation deals with the Coronavirus threat.

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