Happy Birthday Yeshua. In just two days, on April 9th, 2016, it will be the 1st of Nisan and we get to sing that little ditty so familiar to all (with a few words changed!):
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Yeshua,
God’s sacrificial Lamb
Exodus 12:2 – “This month will be the beginning of the months for you; it will be the first of the months of the year.”
Spring is when the month of Nisan begins. It is officially called the First Month, Rosh Chodesh [רֹאשׁ ro’sh -H7218; חֹדֶשׁ chodesh – H2320], or in the plural, the First of Months, Rosh Chodeshim.
John 1:14 tells us that Yeshua came and tabernacled [σκηνόω skēnoō – G4637] with us. 2 Peter 1:13-14 tells us that our bodies are a tent [σκήνωμα skēnōma – G4638]. Skēnōma comes from the root word, skēnoō. The Greek word, skēnoō, indicates a tent, which in Hebrew becomes the word, mishkan [מִשְׁכָּן – H4908].
Zechariah 12:10, John 3:16-18, Romans 8:29 and other scriptures tell us that Yeshua is Yahweh’s firstborn son. In other words, Yeshua, our firstborn, came to mishkan with us on the 1st of Nisan!
The Sacrificial Lambs of Bethlehem
Luke 2:13-15 – “Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, on Earth shalom, good will toward men.’ It happened, when the angels went away from them into the sky, that the shepherds said one to another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us’.”
Spring is also the time that lambs are born, known throughout the land of Israel as the “lambing season”. And spring is the time that shepherds would be out in the fields, grazing the sheep and looking up at the heavenly stars each night. And just outside of Bethlehem is the place where they would have been grazing the sheep.
In Hebrew, the word translated Bethlehem is Beit-Lechem [Βηθλέεμ G965] means: house of bread! Bethlehem, known as Ephratah, is the place where Rachel was buried after she died and is the place where the Tower of Migdal-`Eder was located (Genesis 35:19). Migdal-`Eder [מִגְדַּל־עֵדֶר H4029] means: Tower of the Flock! The Tower of the Flock is the place where the ewes were brought to give birth to the special, perfect, unblemished firstborn lambs that were selected for sacrifice at the temple in Jerusalem!
Yeshua – God’s Sacrificial Lamb
Micah 5:2 – “But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, being small among the clans of Judah, Out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
John 1:29 – “The next day he saw Yeshua coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ !”
Yeshua, Yahweh’s firstborn lamb was born in Bethlehem. Yeshua is that special, perfect, unblemished firstborn lamb that was sacrificed for all!
Binding The Lamb
Genesis 22:9 – “Then they came to the place of which Yahweh had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.”
Psalm 118:27 – “Yahweh is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.”
John 18:12-13 – “The detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews, seized Yeshua and bound him, and led him to Anan first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year.”
Isaac, a picture of the sacrificial lamb, was bound and laid on the altar (Genesis 22:9). The lambs sacrificed at the Temple were bound to the horns of the altar (Psalm 118:27). Yeshua was bound and taken to the High Priest (John 18:12-13), and was then bound to the tree [nailed to the cross] (Acts 2:23). Yeshua was even bound in cloth at his birth (Luke 2:7-12). Before a lamb can be sacrificed, it must first be bound! The lamb is sacrificed on the 14th day of Nisan during the Feast of Pesach (Passover).
Nisan is the first month, the Rosh Chodesh, the month when sacrificial lambs are born. It is in the month of Nisan that the lambs are bound – on the 14th day when Pesach is celebrated. It is Nisan 1 when Yeshua was born, the day when Yeshua came and pitched his mishkan with us, and he is THE Rosh, the first in all things! Everyone in Israel recognized Bethlehem as being synonymous with sacrificial lambs. No wonder that Yahweh’s sacrificial lamb was born there, as were all of the lambs destined for the Temple sacrifices!
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.