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

SLUGS in the FIREPLACE

My son’s memory is put into his own poem. I include this here because this is the kind of things that little boys do!

It wasn’t “actually a bug”. We would generally call a slug, a bug or an insect. But that is not the case. Slugs and snails are soft-bodied mollusks or gastropods! Garden slugs and snails are one to three inches long and are usually gray or brown and maybe have an orangish color about them. However, there are Carpathian blue slugs and banana slugs which are yellow. Slugs come in many different colors from white to black and many colors in between. There is even a rainbow slug! But these probably don’t live in your garden!

Poem by David Lee Venable II (when he was a boy.)

~

In my yard as a boy,

I found a new toy

And it filled me with joy,

But it wasn’t a toy.

It was actually a bug,

Not just that, but a slug!

I found very many about

As I worked out their route.

Then I bagged them

Then I kept them

I made them my pets

Not having any regrets.

~

I put them in a bag

Wrote my name as the tag

I had to have a place

A nice little space

To keep them all for me.

So I found a space you see,

At the base of the chimney!

~

You might call them “ick”,

And they really were quite thick.

Well, my mom, she found out

About them with an ugh and a shout

She said I had to get them out.

So that was the end

Of having a slimy friend.

~

Thankfully, since they were hidden in a fireplace, I’m so glad that the slugs didn’t become char-broiled bugs!

Bullets through My Coat

Washington on Mt. Rushmore

(also see “By Love of George”)

by Granny Vee

THIS POEM RECOUNTS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING INCIDENT DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR (1755) ABOUT WHICH GEORGE WASHINGTON HIMSELF WROTE.    MORE DETAILS MAY BE FOUND IN THE BOOK GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SACRED FIRE BY PETER A. LILLBACK. THIS INCIDENT IS ALSO FOUND IN THE BOOK, THE BULLETPROOF GEORGE WASHINGTON, BY DAVID BARTON.

THIS POEM MAY BE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF “YANKEE DOODLE” IN WHICH CASE, IT IS BEST TO PRONOUNCE INDIAN AS “IN-JUN”.

BULLETS THROUGH MY COAT

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*

 BARD14

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.”