Passover & the Tower of the Flock


The Passover Lamb

The “Tower of the Flock”, or Migdal Eder, was the place where Passover lambs were birthed in Bethlehem. This is most significant because the Tower had a manger and swaddling clothes!

A Little Lamb Story

Let’s go back more than 2000 years ago…. a different time, a different culture

It was the very first day of their first month of Israel’s year – a glorious spring! “Lambing season” had begun! Spring is the time for baby lambs to be birthed. So, the shepherds were in the fields of Bethlehem that night – expecting the births of little lambs. But did they expect the Lamb of God to be born that night? This Lamb of God would be their King of Israel, their Messiah, and the Savior of the whole world!

YHWH God, who created the heavens and the earth, uses His own calendar. The first day of the first month is Nisan 1 and, according to many rabbis, it celebrates the dawn of the creation. How wonderful that Yeshua the Messiah may have been birthed on Nisan 1 since the LORD does bring us new life!

See the VIDEO: “O Little Tower of Bethlehem”

Interesting Facts from Exodus 12:1-14

1. Nisan is the first month of the year. (v2) People have changed their calendar often, but still God keeps His original calendar!

2. Lamb Selection Day was on Nisan 10. (v3) This also was when Jesus Christ rode in to Jerusalem which we now celebrate as “Palm Sunday”.

3. The lamb chosen was to be without blemish, a male, and a year-old. (v5)

4. The lamb was sacrificed on Nisan 14 to be the Passover lamb. Jesus Christ (Yeshua) was crucified on Nisan 14, and He became our Passover Lamb.

5. The blood of the lamb was put on the doorposts and lintel to protect the people within from the judgment of the LORD.

6. The killed lamb was to be roasted and eaten with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs. (v.8)

7. This is the LORD’s Passover. (v11) It should be celebrated yearly forever! (v14)

Question: How can we get the LORD’s judgment to “pass over” us?

Answer: We must believe by faith in the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, whose blood was shed on the cross! Then God will give you eternal life!

Did you know that Yeshua was crucified on Passover, and raised from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits? God has a plan and it is in His calendar!

From the book O Little Tower of Bethlehem for children and all ages:

“So, you see,” Micah resumes, “the Passover lambs are birthed in this ‘tower of the flock’ and God’s perfect Passover Lamb will be born there, too! The LORD is incredible in His forethought!

See the VIDEO: O Little Tower of Bethlehem

Yeshua is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s explanation of Nisan 1

O Little Tower – VIDEO


Granny Vee’s “O Little Tower of Bethlehem”



See the “Study Questions” at the end of this website.

“O Little Tower of Bethlehem”, the book. Profits will enable me to give this book to disadvantaged children. Summary: Isaiah and Micah relate the prophecies of the Messiah’s birth to children: the Lamb of God will be born in the Tower of the Flock where the shepherds birth Passover Lambs! This book is based on Scripture and archaeology but is not your westernized version of the Messiah’s birth. (36 pages)

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Why do Adam & Eve & the LORD look like “ghosts”?  

There was a time when we used “Holy Ghost” instead of “Holy Spirit”.  They mean the same thing.  But some are unholy and nasty ghosts or spirits called devils and demons!   We want to be filled with the Holy Ghost, the Ruach Kadosh!

In the beginning a very long time ago, some Jewish and Christians think that Adam and Eve were clothed with the glory of God, and were shining in their appearance.  That is what this picture represents.

However, the LORD gave ONE command to Adam and Eve:

16 … “You may eat freely from every tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.

When Adam & Eve sinned, they surely did die.  The part of them that died that day was their spirits.  “Death” in the Scriptures means to be “separated from”.  They were separated from God and they were put out of the garden!  But through Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, we have the chance to be BORN AGAIN spiritually to live forever with the LORD!   (See my lesson on BORN AGAIN!)


The Good News “Waldo”

The Good News “Waldo”

What do Granny Vee and Waldo have in common? Search games! Granny Vee calls them “Kooky Quests”!

Have you ever searched for Waldo in a picture book? He can be very hard to find! But I chanced upon him outside the State Capitol of Texas. (Do you know where the Capitol of Texas is? Answer below.)

“Waldo” tells the good news to people! You can read more of this good news here!

Rare photo: There is very little SNOW in southern Texas! This was the SNOWSTORM that crippled southern Texas in February 14-15 of 2021.

The answer to the question: The capitol building is in Austin. But the city of Austin is the capital of Texas. If you are speaking of the building, it is spelt* “capitol”. But the city is spelt “capital”.

Mnemonic: You may remember this as Austin is the capital with an “a”, but the old office building is spelt with an “o”!

mnemonic = something to aid in memory (don’t pronounce the “m” in this crazy word!)

“Spelt” or “spelled”: Either is correct. When I grew up, it was “spelt” and I think it sounds better, so I prefer it! But the more common way is “spelled”.

Bullets through My Coat

Washington on Mt. Rushmore

(also see “By Love of George”)

by Granny Vee




In seventeen and fifty-five

Against the Yanks and British,

The French* and Indians* took by surprise

Them in a tragic skirmish.


In Pennsylvania’s woods, they* hid

And then they opened fire

And struck most all, but George he lived

For it was God’s desire.

*(refrain, if sung)

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.


Now what did hold these bullets back

How could they not go through George?

Four holes were made and that’s a fact

Must be that God did save George!


“Mark yon tall and daring” man

The Indian chief did order

“Quick, let your aim be certain”

But each attempt was thwarted.


They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.


Two horses shot while under George

Were hit with mean precision

But bullets fired meant for George

Were stopped by God’s decision.


How stands yet still this mortal man?

The Indian chief was awe-struck

“He cannot die” for there’s a plan

“Great Spirit” shields this young buck!


They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.


“I now exist”; there’s evidence

Wrote George unto his brother

“by the miraculous care of Providence”

It could be no one other!


Many moons, did come and go

The Indian Chief came calling

To visit George, to let him him know

Why he’d been spared from falling.


They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

George Washington, he wrote.

They shot 4 bullets through my coat”

And that there is a true quote.


The wise old Indian understood

This George would lead a nation

His life was kept for mankind’s good

He’d father a great nation!

*(c) 4th of July, 2011 CAVenable*


Providence = a common term in colonial times for God and God’s will

Skirmish = irregular fighting

Thwarted = prevented from happening

Yanks = an informal term for Americans

Yon = poetic for yonder; “that one over there”

Young buck = colorful reference to a young male

Quote by George Washington –

“I now exist and appear in the land of the living by the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation; I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two horse shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.”

HalleluYAH! Night


This was a “HalleluYAH!” night!

Granny Vee and Friendly Phil the Frog visited the mall.  We had children waiting in a  LONG LINE to meet the Friendly Frog.  Whistles with hand-written “HalleluYAH!”s on them were given out along with pictures of Phil. has good, wholesome stories, poetry and Bible studies for children, including the story about our frog:  “Green Frog, Gold Heart”.  We would like children everywhere to learn to the Golden Rule:

“Treat other people as you’d like them to treat you!”

Friendly Phil also has a CD called “Positive Praise!”

Purchase a puppet of Phil. 



The Thanksgiving Story

(This is a truthful account.)


Poetry: The Thanksgiving Story (Historical)


On the ship dubbed Mayflower, Pilgrims sailed o’er the sea

To a land where these Christians would seek their liberty

To live in obedience to God Almighty above:

It would take their sacrifice, their courage, their patience, their love.

After a hard and long voyage, they were “brought safe to land”

Through perilous seas by the Lord’s gracious hand.

They fell to their knees on the cold shores of Cape Cod

And lifted their voices in thankful blessings to God.

The Pilgrims settled down in Plymouth, after weeks of exploration

And built a common house, the start of their plantation.

There was good fertile soil and water flowing from fresh springs

And forests filled with nuts and berries and other tasty things.

That first winter was harder than most humans could bear

But the Pilgrims, without complaining, trusted in God’s care.

Though sickness took near half of them to their heav’nly destination

God forged these hardy Pilgrims, and destined a new nation.

That first spring was welcomed and they planted the rich fields

And prayed for a harvest of a hale and hearty yield.

Kindly native Indians offered ‘know-how’ and their aid

So over that first summer, lasting friendships were gladly made.

So greatly was appreciated the harvest of that fall

That the governor named Bradford sent forth a public call

To thank the Lord Almighty in a very special way

With a time of prayer and feasting – a Thanksgiving Day!

The chief of the Indians came and brought ninety more

Feeding all those people would really be a chore!

But the Indians didn’t come empty-handed in the least

They came loaded down with goodies to add to the feast!

The Indians brought plump turkeys and plenty of deer meat.

The Pilgrims cooked fresh veggies: carrots, onions, turnips, beets.

Dessert was not forgotten: they made puddings and pies so sweet

And the Indians popped popcorn! Yes! For the Pilgrims, a new treat!

They ate and ate, then had some sport and took some time to play

But Thanksgiving is more than food and fun: it is a time to pray.

So the Pilgrims and the Indians humbly bowed their heads

Remembering God’s goodness, a prayer of thanks was said.

So it came to pass in that year, sixteen-hundred twenty-one

In the beauty of the autumn, this celebration was begun.

One more fact about this fine feast of gobble-gobble glee:

That very first Thanksgiving was not one day … but THREE!
© 2008 CAVenable

See a silly poem for Thanksgiving!