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Now the apostle Paul told Timothy that he was to preach in season and out of season, be urgent in it, and so this is the season of the Passover and Unleavened Bread. So let’s take a look and see some parallels of what God has done in our lives in rescuing us from the world, just how He had to intervene in the lives of the children of Israel when they were in Egypt to bring them out of slavery and out of captivity. And we will also answer a few questions as we go along as to the timing of the Passover that they had and so forth. Let’s come to Exodus 10 please.

Now God performed great miracles, all the plagues and everything that God has the power to do and use, and isn’t it interesting that God uses His creation to show His power. You know that is why God has created certain things so magnificently, that we can understand that only by the power of God and by His hand could things come into existence.

Exodus 10, and let’s look at the last plague before the plague of the firstborn, and there are some good spiritual lessons for us here. Verse 21: “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, so that one may even feel the darkness.’ ” So this is a tremendous darkness that came upon them. It’s like a dark, thick fog you could feel. Now I don’t know how many have been in a mine or like in Carlsbad Caverns or whatever; I haven’t been there, but I hear tell that when you get down below, you have all the lights show the way down there, and then they turn them off and they tell you put your hand in front of your face, see if you can see your hand. You can’t see anything. And when I read this and the darkness that was there which could be felt, it reminds me that it had to be some kind of really powerful darkness that God brought upon them.

Now also, think of this: What is the epitome of spiritual darkness—Egypt, and what is the warning that God has always given? Don’t go back to Egypt. And what is Jerusalem called in the end times? In Revelation 11, it is called Sodom and Egypt. So you see what we are seeing today is that the world is going back to Egypt in many, many ways. You see, Egypt was a land of many religions, and it was a land of ecumenism—your god is ok as long as you say my god is ok, and I accept you if you accept me. And this is exactly where the world is headed.

Now they had kind of a scare with the Pope Benedict XVI, because they thought for sure that he was going to turn the clock back. Well as it turned out, he is not going to turn it back. He is going to continue with the same things that they are doing, ecumenism with separated brethren, and dialogue with other religions, and he did not take (is what we read and it’s here in the San Jose Mercury) he did not take the oath against modernism. Now that means that he is going to proceed with modernizing whatever they need to do to make Catholicism appear acceptable to people in the world. And that’s all going back to Egypt. And so God wanted everyone to know that the darkness of Egypt is a spiritual lesson for us. So verse 22: “And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven. And there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.” Now remember, some time previous God separated out the land of Goshen where the children of Israel were living, so none of the plagues would come upon them. So this didn’t come upon them. They had light, but the Egyptians had darkness, and there is also a lesson in that. And here is how dark it was, verse 23: “They did not see one another, nor did any rise from his place, for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Now there is also a lesson for us in this. Even though we live in a world of darkness, God gives us spiritual light—only in this case, not just in the land of Goshen, but wherever we are. And God also is showing, and Christ said, “I am the light.” So Christ is the one Who gives us the way and shows us how to do it.

So here is what happened, just like it is in the world. How many times have good intentions come along and then people go back on them. Well, this was the story of Pharaoh. God gave him an opportunity, and then he hardened his heart, so then God hardened his heart even further. So it was kind of like a wrestling match between God, Moses, and Pharaoh. So then, verse 24: “… Pharaoh called for Moses, and said, ‘You go serve the LORD. Only let your flocks and your herds be left’ ” Because ours were all killed. “ ‘…Let your little ones also go with you.’ And Moses said, ‘You must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings so that we may sacrifice to our God. Our livestock also shall go with us. There shall not be a hoof left behind, for we must take from them to serve the LORD our God. And we do not know with what we must serve the LORD’ ” (or that is, how we are going to serve Him) “ ‘until we come there.’ But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said to him, ‘Get away from me! Take heed to yourself! See my face no more,’ ” That’s an important one as we will see a little later. You can mark that. “ ‘…For in the day you see my face you shall die.’ And Moses said, ‘You have spoken well. I will never see your face again’ ” (Exodus 10:21-29).

So then God gave him some instructions here. Now let’s look at this because this becomes quite a thing here. Exodus 11:1: “And the LORD had said to Moses, ‘I will yet bring one plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward, he will let you go from here. When he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out from here altogether.’ ” Verse 2: “ ‘Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor…’ ” Now that should be spoil, not borrow. They weren’t going to pay it back. They took it when they left Egypt. Continuing verse 2: “ ‘…And every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and jewels of gold.’ ”

So we see here that with this they had approximately two weeks before they left in being able to get some of the riches. So they left with wages, as God says a little later on, for all their slavery that they had for all the years that they were there. Verse 3: “And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. And the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.” Verse 4: “And Moses said, ‘Thus says the LORD…’ ” Now here is the last thing that he is saying to Pharaoh. “ ‘…About midnight…’ ” God says, “ ‘…I will go out into the midst of Egypt. And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sits upon his throne, even to the firstborn of the slavegirl that is behind the mill; also the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel not even a dog shall move his tongue, against man or beast,’ ” Now this shows God’s protection and God’s blessing, and this is why when we have troubles and difficulties and trials, we need to trust God and trust His promises that He gives to us because He says that He will. And the reason He did was this: “ ‘…so that you may know that the LORD puts a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.’ ”

Now today we can take that between the church and the world. There is a difference. Then he tells Pharaoh “ ‘And all these, your servants…’ ” that were standing there with him when he gave the message to him “ ‘…shall come down to me…’ ” and we will see that happen “ ‘ …and bow down

themselves to me, saying, “You and all the people that follow you—get out!” And after that I will go out.’ And he went out from Pharaoh in flaming anger.” And that means in the Hebrew white hot. He was really angry. Verse 9: “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh shall not hearken to you so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.’ And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh. And the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land” (Exodus 11:1-10).

Now then, God told them what they were to do. He told them how to prepare for the Passover, the tenth day of the first month, select a lamb. There is a parallel that happened in the time of that with Christ. Then on the tenth day, and when you have the Passover in the middle of the week, the tenth day of the month falls on a weekly Sabbath. And so they were to select a lamb on the tenth day of the first month, and they were to keep it up and they were to have it according to the number of persons in the household which if a household was too small, then they would share the lamb or the kid goat that they had with their neighbor. And He gave specific instructions for it here in verse 5, Exodus 12: “ ‘Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male…’ ” Now here we have a type of Christ that is true as I mentioned, even though the timing of the New Covenant Passover comes out of the timing of Genesis 15, we still have all the types showing that the true Messiah is going to come, and this is part of it. “ ‘…without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take it from the sheep or from the goats.’ ” So you see, not all goats are bad. There are good goats. And the good goats are independent. So I guess we are good goats, even though we are counted as sheep.

I remember my first experience with goats that was up in Boise and I went out to visit this family and they lived up in the back hills behind Boise and to drive up there was really a trick because it was one of these roads that went up, but down the middle of it was an eroded part where when it rained, it left a trench. And so you had to be careful how you were going up. So I got up there, and they had this big tree, and I thought since it was a pretty warm day, I would park under the tree. So here I’m in the house and sitting there and talking and visiting. It was right after I had just got up to Boise and I wanted to meet everybody in the church. So all of a sudden the man got up, ran outside, and I jumped up to see what was going on and here was a goat on top of my car eating the leaves off the tree. And he knew as soon as he heard it, he knew exactly what it was because that’s why he didn’t park his cars under there. So I went out there and he said, “Well, you better move your car.” So you see goats know how to get it when the going is tough, and they figure out what they need to do regardless of the circumstances. So here is a case of good goats. So if we’re goats, let’s hope we’re good goats.

Verse 6: “ ‘And you shall keep it up until the beginning of the fourteenth day of the same month.’ ” Now since the day begins at sundown, when does the fourteenth begin? At sundown. And if you have read the Passover book, you will know that soon as the sun goes down below the horizon, it starts the time period called between the two evenings— ben ha arbayim which is between the two evenings, or as the Schocken Bible has: between the setting times. So they were to “ ‘… keep it until the beginning of the fourteenth… And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it between the two evenings ’ ” (Exodus 12:1-6.)

And this is where so many people just go off the deep end, because they say that it’s in the evening. Well why can’t it be the evening beginning of the fifteenth? Well, because then you would have kept it beyond the “until,” that’s why. So this was quite a spectacular thing. Now I don’t know, but I have often envisioned this: Whatever their little huts were where they were living in their quarters out there and some of the slave quarters that they now have unearthed around the Sphinx and the great pyramids I can just envision their community and they had someone right up on top of one of these houses posted at different locations wherever the Israelites were, and I imagine that he was watching the sun go down, so that as soon as the sun went down, bam, and the fourteenth began— he gave the signal and all of the lambs were killed at the same time. So this was a spectacular event. Now when you understand that there may have been as many as 1.8 million Israelites at that time, this was no small, little task. It was a big task, and it was a huge event, and it was something that God was using to show the people His power, His forgiveness, and His mercy, as well as, since they were going to leave the land of Egypt, they needed to look to Him.

So He gave them the instructions what they should do verse 7: “ ‘They shall take of the blood and strike it on the two side posts and upon the upper doorpost of the houses…’ ” which is called the lintel, “ ‘…in which they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night…’ ” which means then if you kill it, when does it have to be? If it’s on the fourteenth, then it’s when the fourteenth begins. “ ‘…eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread.’ ” That’s why it’s an unleavened bread day, and if you read the account, you can find nothing in there where they had any leavened bread at all. “ ‘They shall eat it with bitter herbs. Do not eat of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire, its head with its legs, and with its inward parts.’ ” Which means that they had the heart and the liver and I don’t know if the kidney was still there or not, but at least the heart and the liver. Obviously you can’t roast it with all of the innards in it because if you tried to, the innards would explode and you wouldn’t have anything to eat. %%%

Now Exodus 12:10: “ ‘And you shall not let any of it remain until the morning. And that which remains until the morning you shall burn with fire.’ ” So anything that was left, they weren’t allowed to go beyond the morning, but anything that was left, they were to burn. Verse 11: “ ‘And this is the way you shall eat it: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it…” not in haste, but “…in trepidation.’ ” You see a lot of people read that in haste in the King James and misunderstand what it means. They think it means “Well, they were eating it right then, eat it in a hurry and they left at midnight.” Well, we are going to see that the instruction was, they were not to leave their houses until morning, or at sunrise. This means in trepidation. “ ‘…It is the LORD’S Passover.’ ” And that’s where we get the name of it. The Passover— because God passed over the houses where the blood was on the doorposts and the lintel, and spared the firstborn of all the children of Israel.

Verse 12: “ ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night…’ ” on which day—the fourteenth. “ ‘…And will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast.’ ” Now what is this telling us? And what is this important for, not only for the Israelites then, but for us today? That God gives us protection against all the satanic powers in the world, and God has the victory over them. And the satanic powers are those powers that are behind the idols and gods of Egypt.

Now I remember reading an account of a man who went to India to get enlightened, and he said he didn’t think too much about idols until his third trip over there. Then he said when he was meditating on the idol, all of a sudden the power came upon him. So it was the power behind the idol or all the demonic powers that are behind all the other gods. Continuing verse 12: “ ‘…And I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt.’ ”

Now this is why God will never compromise and give permission to any man, any where, at any time, to go ahead and combine the true worship of God whether it was the worship of God in the Old Testament at that time; or the worship of God in the New Testament today, to combine the religions of this world with God’s way. And that’s why the whole thing of the ecumenical movement that is in the world is going to lead everybody back to Egypt, spiritually speaking.

Now notice verse 13: “ ‘And the blood shall be a sign to you upon the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be a memorial to you. And you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it a feast as a law forever.’ ” Now we’re going to come back to the other verses here in just a minute (Exodus 12:7-14).

Now let’s come over here to verse 21: “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them,” Now here is Moses giving God’s instructions to the elders who went on back and gave the instructions to all the households, so this had to take place well before the tenth day of the first month. So everyone would know, and everyone would be ready and they would select that lamb on the tenth day of the first month. So it all had to be coordinated. So here is the coordination that went on with it. “ ‘…Draw out and take a lamb for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip in the blood that is in the bowl, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood in the bowl. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until’ ” —midnight: Now you see when you misread it, it makes you understand that’s not what he said, but some people claim that, right? Yes. “ ‘…shall not go out at the door of his house until the sunrise…’ ” And the Hebrew there is boqer which means sunrise. Now here is the reason. Verse 23: “ ‘For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians. And when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.’ ”

So God Himself, personally oversaw this. The destroyers may have been angels. It talks about an angel in another place, but God was the one Who personally did this because it was a confrontation between God and Pharaoh and the gods of Satan that were there in Egypt. So this was God’s personal business. And he says, “ ‘…You shall observe this thing as a law to you and to your children forever.’ ”

Now here is the difference between the Passover day and the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Now we’ll see what the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread means, though they are one day following the other, they have different meanings because they are different days and you can’t combine the two together.

Verse 25: “ ‘And it shall be when you have come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as He has promised that you shall keep this service. And it will be, when your children shall say to you, “What does this service mean to you?” ’ ” Now they would obviously ask the question because this was to be a domestic sacrifice at their houses and they were to reenact it, and they were to take some of the blood and put it on the lintel and the side posts where their houses were when they got into the land. “Then you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORDS Passover, Who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our houses.’ And the people bowed their head and worshiped. And the children of Israel went away and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron; so they did.”

Now if they did what was commanded, what did they do? They selected the lamb on the tenth, they killed it at the beginning of the fourteenth, they put the blood on the side posts and on the lintel, they roasted it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, they burned the remains by morning, they didn’t leave their houses until morning. Now think of this. At midnight what happened? God smote all the firstborn of the land of Egypt didn’t He? Now that didn’t take place all at once, I’m sure it took place as God oversaw the destroyer going in there and it was kind of like a wave that was coming along, and the screams and the cries because the firstborn were dying. Now I don’t know how many of the children of Israel could hear the sound of it, but I tell you what, if you heard any sound of these people crying and screaming because of the death of the firstborn, do you think you would go out of your house before sunrise, when you were told to stay in your house until sunrise? I don’t think so. Who would guarantee that you wouldn’t be killed? God didn’t give any guarantee unless you stayed in the house, which is a very interesting thing too, isn’t it? If we stay right with God, He guarantees that He will be with us, right? Same thing today. So that’s what happened (Exodus 12:21-28).

Now let’s come back here for the Feast of Unleavened Bread which follows it, verse 15. Passover day is one day. The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is another day. Now we’ll see the meaning of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which begins on the fifteenth. “ ‘You shall eat unleavened bread seven days; even the first day you shall have…” as it should read “…put away leaven out of your houses; for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.’ ” In other words, you lose contact with God. “ ‘And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done in them, except that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you. And you shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for in this very same day have I have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall keep this day in your generations as a law forever.’ ”

So we have two feasts back to back, don’t we? The Passover commemorating passing over— the Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures beginning to leave Egypt. Now when they left their houses, after they left them in the morning which is on the day portion of the fourteenth, where did they go? They went to Rameses. Now we figured that for some of them it was as much as 15 or 20 miles away. So it would take them all day to get there. Other ones who lived in the southern part of Goshen would be able to get to Rameses sooner, but that is where they assembled to leave. So the meaning of the Passover is passing over and the meaning of the first day of Unleavened Bread which begins at sunset and is the beginning of the fifteenth, and that’s when they began to leave Egypt. Obviously, they didn’t get out of Egyptian territory for some time after that, but if you are on your way with God’s protection, it is as good as done.

Now then, he reiterates it here concerning the Feast of Unleavened Bread, verse 18. Now let’s come over here to verse 29. Now we’re going to see these two back to back. Verse 29: “And it came to pass at midnight…” is God on time? Does He keep His word? Yes, He does. “… the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne, to the firstborn of the captive that was in the prison, also all the firstborn of livestock.” Such as were still alive. Verse 30: “And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants, and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.”

Now here is a fulfilling of a prophecy two weeks before. Verse 31: “And during the night he sent word to Moses…” Now let’s understand that means he sent a message. Some say that Moses got up and went to Pharaoh. That’s not what Moses told Pharaoh. Let’s come back here to Chapter 11 and let’s see it. Exodus 11:8: “ ‘And all these, your servants, shall come down to me and bow themselves down to me, saying, ‘You and all the people that follow you—get out!’ ” That’s what he told them would happen. He wasn’t going to go back and see Pharaoh again because he said “I will never see your face again.” So here they came down, he sent a message to Moses and Aaron by night. Now we know this is after midnight, how long after midnight this took place, we don’t know. And he said, “Rise up! Get away from my people, both you and the children of Israel! And go serve the LORD, as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone. And bless me also’ ” (Exodus 12:29-31). After all this devastation, I need a little blessing. (Laughter)

Now what was the signal for the children of Israel to leave their houses? Now just figure this: However large the community was where the children of Israel were in the land of Goshen, would they have known when the messengers came down to Moses? Would they have even known it, except those right close by? Of course not. So they would not be able to determine how soon after midnight they could leave if like some of them said, they left their houses at midnight. Well, God said don’t go out ‘til morning. Now what’s the signal for everybody that everyone can understand? When you look out and you see the sun coming up—Sunrise. Everybody left their houses at sunrise and began to go and assemble down at Rameses.

Now let’s continue on here, verse 33: “And the Egyptians were urging the people, that they might send them out of the land quickly, for they said, ‘We are all dead men.’ ” That is, if we don’t get them out of here, God’s going to kill all of us. Verse 34: “And the people took their bread before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses.” Now notice, all the way through they obeyed didn’t they? Yes. “…And they asked for…” or that is spoiled “…articles of silver, and articles of gold, and clothes from the Egyptians.” That was just thrust upon them. The Egyptians probably figured this: God put it in their minds, “If we give them these things, we’ll save our lives. Give them whatever they want.” So they were loaded down. Can you imagine leaving Egypt with 200 years of wages? (The Spanish translation is: “they asked and they were given.” That is probably more correct.)

Verse 36: “And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and they granted their request, and they stripped the Egyptians. And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses…” So they all had to get to Rameses. Now in the Passover book I cover all of this and I’ve got a map showing where Rameses is, showing where the land of Goshen is, and when you’re on foot, you’re walking; it’s going to take some time. So they all gathered there. Now notice and they “… journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, the men being about six hundred thousand on foot, apart from the little ones.” And that means men and women there probably together besides the children. Verse 38: “And also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flocks and herds, very much livestock. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not stay, neither had they prepared any food for themselves for the journey.” So they didn’t take all their goodies.

Now let’s look at this. If we are blessed, whoever those of us who are going to go to a place of safety if we live long enough to see that, God is not going to have us pack up our Petra box, so we can tell the angel, when the angel comes to take us to a place of safety, “Opp! Wait a minute. I gotta get my Petra box!” (Laughter) No, God will provide everything, whatever is necessary.

Now notice verses 40 and 41 are the key that unlocks the timing of Genesis 15. “Now the sojourning of the children of Israel in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, it was even on that same day…” Now that’s comparing something four hundred and thirty years earlier is it? Otherwise why mention the four hundred and thirty years, because that’s referring to what happened in Genesis 15 and why mention the selfsame day in reference to something that occurred four hundred and thirty years before? The reason is because it’s the same day of the year and of the month that occurred with the promises given to Abraham in Genesis 15. “…it was even on that very same day, all the armies of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.” Now then, let’s read verse 42, because some say that in observing the “Night Much to be Observed”, we are adding something to the Word of God. Well, did we sneak into your house and put it in your Bible last night? (Laughter) No, of course not. “It is a night to be much observed to the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt…” when did they come out? We’ll see. The night after the Passover which then was in the fifteenth day of the first month, and the Passover was the fourteenth. “…This is that night of the LORD to be observed by all the children of Israel in their generations.” Because as it says, He brought them out of the land of Egypt. In other words, they started their trip out. We find that back in Chapter 12 and verse 17, we read that. Now we see where it is fulfilled that it happened that way (Exodus 12:32-42).

Now let’s come down here to Chapter 13, and let’s see what this day commemorates and what Moses told them to remember. And I think the movie The Ten Commandments with the Exodus, I think they did a very good job on the timing and showing it, and I thought it was interesting that the Jews who gave the timing in the production of it, had it right. None of them went out of the houses until morning, they assembled at Rameses, and they left Rameses just as the fourteenth was ending and the fifteenth was beginning and as you will read in the Passover book, it took quite a while for all of them to get out of Rameses, because when the children of Israel left, they couldn’t all start marching at the same time and get out at the same time. That’s why they came out by night. Now I’m sure that this is what Moses said as they were ready to leave and I think that the movie, The Ten Commandments has it right. He stood up there and they actually read the words from the Bible, verse 3: “And Moses said to the people, ‘Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for the LORD brought you out from this place by the strength of His hand. There shall be no leavened bread eaten. On the day you are going out, in the month Abib.” So when you follow it through correctly, there are two days. And that follows along with what was given there in Genesis 15 (Exodus 13:3-4).

Now let’s come to Numbers 33, because this gives another bit of information for us. Let’s begin right here in verse 1: “These are the journeys of the children of Israel, who went forth out of the land of Egypt, with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the command of the LORD. And these are their journeys according to their starting places. And they set out from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the next day after the Passover day, the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians,” Verse 4: “While the Egyptians were still burying all their firstborn” They were probably burying them as quickly as they could on the day portion of the Passover day when the Israelites were coming down to Rameses. So they buried all their firstborn “…whom the LORD had stricken among them. The LORD also executed judgments upon their gods. And the children of Israel set out from Rameses, and pitched in Succoth.” And then it tells the rest of the beginning of their journeys and the crossing of the Red Sea (Numbers 33:1-5).

One question—let’s come to Leviticus 23 and let’s ask a question here because this becomes important. Now the question is this: where did God ever say to combine the fourteenth and the fifteenth into a one-day observance? Nowhere, that’s correct, nowhere. Just like, where did God ever say that He abrogated the Sabbath, the seventh day and instituted the first day? Nowhere. Now here in Leviticus 23 and then we’ll look at Numbers 28 for just a minute and we’ll see the difference here. Verse 4: “ ‘These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their appointed seasons.’ ” God doesn’t give us an option. “ ‘In the fourteenth day of the first month between the two evenings,’ ” ben ha arbayim, the beginning of the day, “ ‘…is the LORD’s Passover.’ ” However, later you can combine them together. That’s the missing verse. Don’t they wish it was there? (Laughter) No it isn’t there. Verse 6: “…And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD. You must eat unleavened bread seven days.’ ” Then the first day, the seventh day and so forth. OK, it doesn’t say that (Leviticus 23:4-6).

Now let’s go to Numbers 28 and here is a key, a profound key. And sometimes you get something so simple or it is so simple that you overlook what it is really telling you. Now he starts out the first part of Numbers 28, you have the morning and the evening sacrifice, and it gives everything that needed to be there. Then verse 9 he has the Sabbath day, which is a special sacrifice in addition to the daily sacrifice. Then we have verse 11, in the beginning of your months you have sacrifice there, and it lists all the things that would be there and that’s in addition to the daily sacrifice.

Now come down here to verse 16. Now what He is doing, He is giving the temple sacrifice for all the days, beginning with the daily sacrifice, the evening and the morning sacrifice, the monthly sacrifice, the Sabbath sacrifice. Now verse 16 of Numbers 28: “ ‘And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD.’ ” Now what does this verse tells us—by its conspicuous absence. God never required a temple sacrifice on the Passover day other than the morning and the evening sacrifice, or if it was on the Sabbath, the Sabbath sacrifice in addition. There is no Godauthorized temple sacrifice of Passover lambs on the Passover day at the temple. So this simple little verse wipes out all of the traditions of the Jews— one fell swoop (Numbers 28:16-18).

Now notice verse 17: “ ‘And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast. Seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.’ ” The first day holy convocation, you shall sacrifice and then on every day. Verse 24 it says, “ ‘In this way you shall offer daily, seven days, the bread of the sacrifice made by fire for a sweet savor to the LORD. It shall be offered beside the continual burnt offering and its drink offering. And on the seventh day you shall have an holy convocation. You shall do no servile work’ ” verse 18. So there you have it. One simple verse tells you God never required the Passover lamb to be sacrificed at the tabernacle or the temple, which then is a later addition that the Jews added. Now that should help answer all the things concerning some of the “recycled heresies”—that’s what they are.

Now there was an article in the latest journal which said that God makes no difference between the fourteenth and fifteenth. I don’t know what Bible she is reading.

Now let’s look at some more things. Let’s come to Psalm 105 and let’s see here a little summary of what we have just gone through and what we need to be doing. Now, when they left Rameses, they had to follow God and they had to trust God. And God put them through circumstances to test them. Now let’s pick it up here in verse 36: “He also struck all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength. He also brought them out with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” It’s amazing. God prepared all of Israel though they didn’t know it beforehand that there wasn’t one feeble person and all those who were old had the strength and energy to walk and to go on the exodus—an amazing feat isn’t it? Does God prepare ahead of time, even though we don’t know that God is doing it—of course. “Egypt was glad when they departed….” I guess! “…For the fear of them had fallen upon them. He spread a cloud for a covering…” Now you’re not going to go wandering out in the desert if the sun is going to be beating down on you. So not only did God prepare them so there would be no feeble ones among them when they left, but He also gave them a cloud covering. And on a real hot day, aren’t you glad when a cloud comes by if you’re out there working? Well, walking is work. Hiking out of Egypt and in the desert was work. So He put a cloud over them. “…And fire to give light by night.” That’s an amazing thing. God did this so that they would have trust in Him—that they would look to God. Verse 40: “The people asked, and He brought quail, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.” Even in the wilderness, God is able to provide. Nothing is impossible for God. “He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For He remembered His holy word unto Abraham His servant.” So their exodus goes back to His promise to Abraham. The Passover that we have today, goes back to Abraham. And just like the children of Israel were brought out of the land of Egypt on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, that pictures our coming out of the world too.

Verse 43: “And He brought forth His people with joy, and his chosen with singing, and gave them the lands of the nations; and they inherited the labor of the people….” So therefore, when they harvested, the sheaf of the firstfruits, because as you know from the tapes we’ve sent out, the letter that I sent out concerning when we have a Passover on the Sabbath day, that the day following the Passover is the day of the Wave Sheaf offering and explained all of that through Joshua the 5th chapter because God specifically said in Leviticus 23, “And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears until the same day, until you have brought an offering to your God. [you come into the land and when you harvest its harvest, cut the wave sheaf] (Lev. 23:14).” Then you can eat the grain. So Joshua 5 recorded that they did and what happened on the day after they did that? The manna ceased. No more bread from heaven. Now I imagine they were happy that they had other things to eat. Nevertheless, that’s all part of the covenant that God gave in the promise to Abraham.

Now notice why He did this, “…they inherited the labor of the people” verse 44, now verse 45. Why? Why has God called us out of the world? Remember in the final prayer that Jesus gave there in John 17:16. He said, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” See He calls us out of the world. Why? “So that they might take heed to His statutes, and keep His laws. Praise the LORD.” That’s why. So we can love and worship God (Psalm 105:36-45).

Now let’s go just a few pages over to Psalm 108. Now here is what all of this is to do for us. This shows the kind of heart and mind and attitude that we need to have. Psalm 108:1: “O GOD, my heart is fixed…” God doesn’t want us changing with the vicissitudes of the world. And just like the children of Israel even though God did everything for them, led them out. What was the first thing that they did when Moses wasn’t around? Well, they went and made a golden calf and worshiped it, didn’t they. Their hearts weren’t fixed. Their hearts were still back in Egypt. So this is something that’s important for us. The only way that we come to have our hearts fixed with God is to love God and keep His commandments. And that’s why in keeping the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, it gives us a renewal to dedicate ourselves so that our hearts are fixed! Then we won’t be changeable. Now some people might accuse us of stubbornness or hardheadedness, or whatever, but if it is stubbornness for God and hardheadedness for God, that’s good! “…I will sing and I will give praise, even with my glory.” Now he talks about here, verse 4: “For Your mercy is great above the heavens...” And that’s what God is showing with the Passover and the sacrifice of Christ and that through His grace He gives us the opportunity to have direct access to God’s mercy. “For Your mercy is great above the heavens; and Your truth reaches unto the clouds.” And that’s what we are after, brethren. And that’s what God wants us to show and teach and do—the truth of God. Every-thing is based on the love of God and the truth of God. Verse 6: “So that Your beloved may be delivered:” And isn’t that what the Feast of Unleavened Bread is all about—being delivered from sin, being delivered from self, being delivered from Satan? Yes, indeed. “…Save with Your right hand, and answer me. God has spoken in His holiness: ‘I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and I will measure out the valley of Succoth” (Psalm 108:1, 4-7).

Now drop down here to Psalm 108, verse 11: “O God, have You not cast us off? And, O God, will You not go out with our armies?” See, this pictures God being with us—God being in us. Verse 12: “Give us help from trouble, for vain is the deliverance of man. Through God we shall do mighty things...” It’s by His power, His might, and His way. “…For it is He Who will tread down our enemies.” So remember this: whatever difficulty, whatever problem you have, as I mentioned last night during the Passover, God is there to help you. Now He may let you go a long time before He intervenes. You may have a trial and difficulty, but sooner or later if God is dealing with you, He is going to bring you to the conclusion that He wants you to come to, your trust in Him (Psalm 108: 11-13).

Now let’s come to Psalm 112 here. Verse 1: “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD.” And the fear of the LORD is to lead to the love of the LORD. “…Who delights greatly in His commandments.” See because how many people are out there in the world—and what is the carnal mind—“not subject to the law of God neither, indeed, can be.” So they are all out there making their excuses why they won’t obey God— regardless of what they are. Now notice, here is promise. “His seed shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house…” (Psalm 112:1- 3).

Now what I want you to think about is this—hold your place here and come to John 14. When you go through and read some of these things, let’s look at the spiritual fulfillment of it. Let’s look and see what Jesus said. Let’s think about the house that we are going to be in, because on the Passover night Jesus talks about the Fathers house doesn’t He? And what is that going to be like? And how much wealth is going to be there? I mean first of all, you start off that you’re going to live forever. Now how much is that worth? I mean you can’t measure that in terms of physical wealth or anything like that, can you? No. And notice this, John 14:1 “ ‘Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were otherwise, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.’ ” And God is preparing that place. God is making that place. Verse 3: “ ‘And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again…’ ” Now this is why it is so important for us to understand that every word of God is God-breathed— meaning that it came forth out of the mouth of God and that His inspiration to those who wrote it was a special inspiration above and beyond what we get. We’re to get inspiration from what God embedded in the words and the inspiration out of it, you see. But they were inspired to write it this way. And every word of God is true. So we can count on it. Christ is coming again!

Now let’s come down here to verse 6, because this tells us all about Passover, the days of unleavened bread and leading up to the first resurrection. Verse 6: “ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, except through Me’ ” (John 14:1-3, 6).

Now if we understand that and live God’s way and realize that back here in Psalm 112, let’s turn back there, that God says to those who keep His laws and commandments and fear Him, we can say, and love Him, verse 3: “Wealth and riches shall be in his house.” What is the wealth and riches that God is going to give us? You go back to Genesis 15. What did God tell Abraham? He took him out at night and said, “Look now toward the heavens and number the stars—if you are able to count them... So shall your seed be.” The wealth of the universe is going to be given to God’s family, and those who are the firstborn. What is it that the firstborn always is given in the inheritance—a double portion. So we being in the church of the firstborn are going to have a double portion forever! So it is greater than wealth and riches here in Psalm 112. Verse 4: “To the upright there arises light in the darkness…” Just like the pillar of fire at night that gave light to them. “…He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” That’s how God treats us.

Now think about it this way. We know that in keeping the commandments of God, it says, there is great reward—that is true. But if we keep the commandments of God, first of all because we love Him and we know He loves us, now then, we are establishing the commandments of God through a personal relationship with God rather than just the statutes and codes that are written. So that becomes far much more meaningful does it not? Yes, indeed. So this is quite a thing.

Let’s drop down here to verse 7: “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established; he shall not be afraid until he sees his desire upon his enemies.” Now when are we going to see the desire of God and God’s vengeance upon the enemies? When we are all standing on the Sea of Glass and the seven last plagues are poured out on the earth and we can see it. I tell you, that’s something [when you] put all these things together (Psalm 112:7-8).

Now let’s come back here to Psalm 46. Now as we are going through these things, let’s also look and see how that every one of the things that we are covering as described in the Scriptures is doing what? It’s putting out the leaven of human nature isn’t it? And it is putting out the leaven of self.

Now notice here in Psalm 46. This is how it happens when you are trusting God, you see. Verse 1: “GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Never forget that. Whatever the trouble is—God is there. “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” That’s how God wants us to have trust and faith in Him, and that’s why the Feast of Unleavened Bread—to get rid of trust in self. Now notice how this goes into the Kingdom of God. Verse 4: “There is a river whose streams make the city of God rejoice, the holy dwelling place of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her at the approach of the morning. The nations raged, the kingdoms were shaken; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.” Boy, those are powerful words! God is going to intervene and do this. This is something! “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge….” Now just put in your margin there, Romans 8:31, “...If God is for us, who can be against us?” Verse 8: “Come behold the works of the LORD who makes desolations upon the earth.” And that’s why all of these things have happened.

Now I saw a very interesting picture. It was taken back when Napoleon Bonaparte took a small expeditionary force and went down into Egypt and conquered it (I think it was what—I forget the exact year it was—it was like 1796), and he stood there and looked at the Sphinx, and I have never seen a picture like this. You know how high the level of the ground was at the time he was there to look at the Sphinx? It was clear up to the neck of the Sphinx.

Now I believe God has done two things— He has inspired that men know more about the heavens than ever before, and more about the production of human life and how profound and precious that is. So for those who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, they will learn. He has also given us another witness. They are excavating all these places. What is the Sphinx now? Well, they got all the dirt down from it, they’ve got even the villages where the workers worked, they’ve got that all excavated out. Why? Not show how great Egypt was, but to show how absolutely sinful, and inadequate, and occult that Egypt was and why God judged it. %%%

But you know human beings don’t get the point. You can go to Las Vegas and here is the Luxor Motel in the shape of a Pyramid and those who go in there actually go through some modified religious rituals that those who went into the Egyptian religions would go through! So we have the same thing here. Don’t we? Yes. God has separated us from it. And here is what He is going to do. Verse 8: “Come, behold the works of the LORD Who makes desolations upon the earth, Who makes wars to cease to the end of the earth...” That’s the ultimate end isn’t it? “…He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire.” You just read Revelation 16 and 19 and Revelation 8 and 9 in conjunction with that. Verse 10: “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” That’s why having God protect us and watch over us and that’s what is pictured with the Feast of Unleavened Bread as well (Psalm 46:1-11).

Now let’s come to, since we’re here in the Book of Psalms, let’s come to Psalm 27, and this brings this all together. Notice how this ties in with the theme of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, leaving Egypt and all of that. Verse 1: “The LORD is my light…” That’s what God provided wasn’t it. “…And my salvation…” He brought them out of Egypt didn’t He. Same thing with us today—The Lord is our light, He has brought us out of Egypt, He is our salvation. “…Who shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” See so what God wants us to do is to take all of our sins and problems and the difficulties that we have, bring them to light before God and have them put in proper perspective that they are not as great as they appear to us when we ask God to fight our battles for us. That’s why God does not want us to be held down by any of the problems of sin. That’s why He has given the Feast of Unleavened Bread. That’s why Jesus said on the Passover night, “Now you are clean through the words which I have spoken.” So that’s really profound! Don’t be afraid of anything.

Now notice, verse 2: “When the wicked, my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.” That will happen. I look back and see many different things how God has intervened for many, many brethren in their lives, and I see it in my life, that God has just intervened and caused people to just turn away. And He has fought the battles for us. Now notice how much confidence we are to have. So if God is our refuge and we are trusting in God notice this, “Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not be afraid; though war should rise against me, in then I will be confident.” Verse 4: “One thing I have desired from the LORD, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life…” you see how that ties in with the other Psalm and John 14? That’s our desire. This is what we are to set our hearts and minds on, because this is what God is going to do to fulfill for us.

Now talk about the enemy, in the days of Hezekiah, what happened? The Asyrians came down and were mopping up everybody and even sent one of the ambassadors to go to the walls of Jerusalem and tell the people, “Don’t believe anything that Hezekiah is going to tell you that God is going to fight for you, because look what we have done to all these other countries—we have wiped them out with our god.” And so Hezekiah took it to God and said, “Yeah, LORD, what he says is true, that’s what they have done.” And God said, “I’ll fight for you.” And if we trust in God, He’ll fight for us, and He’ll bring it to pass, because this is our focus here—to be in the house of the Lord. Now continuing verse 4: “…To behold the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple. For in time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion,” Those are the wings of an eagle there in Psalm 91. “…In the secret of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me upon a rock” (Psalm 27:1-5). That’s what He is going to do. That’s tremendous.

Now let’s come back here to the last verse, no, verse 11: “Teach me Your way O LORD, and lead me in a level path because of my enemies. Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and he that breathes out violence.” Now that’s a prophecy of what happened to Christ. “I would have fainted unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Verse 14: “Wait for the LORD…” That’s the key, wait on the Lord and “…be of good courage…” not discouraged “… and He shall make your heart strong; yea, wait, I say, wait on the LORD” (Psalm 27:11-14). And that’s what God wants us to do. That’s how great it is.

Let’s come to Psalm 62. Let’s see how we are to trust in God. That’s what this Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures. You know the children of Israel had to trust God for everything, didn’t they? Had to trust God to take them out of Egypt, go through the Red Sea, to give them food, to give them water, all in the wilderness, to keep the cloudcover in the daytime and the pillar of fire by night, and they had manna for 40 years. You would think that after 40 years it would be so ingrained in their brains which day was the Sabbath, right, that they would never forget it. But you see human beings are not like that. That’s why we have to be renewed. That’s why we have to be reinvigorated every year. That’s why God has the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, so we can take all of the things and all of the mistakes and everything that has been done this past year even though we repented of them along the way, and we can know that we are starting anew. That God has called us, that God has loved us, that He is going to fight for us, see? That’s what’s important.

Psalm 62:1 “Only for God does my soul wait in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my Rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will you imagine mischief against a man? You shall be slain, all of you; you shall be like a bowing wall and as a tottering fence” because see, all of the things that are happening in the world are building to the crescendo. They are building the wall with untempered morter and when it falls it is going to be breathtaking! Verse 4: “They only consult to cast him down from his great height; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but inwardly they curse.” That’s just the way it is in the world. Verse 5: “My soul, wait in silence for God alone; for from Him comes My hope. He only is my Rock and my salvation; He is my strong tower; I shall not be moved.” See now you can come to that conviction of mind through the Spirit of God, through the Word of God, through the conviction that comes of it, you see. Verse 7: “In God is my salvation and my glory, the Rock of my strength; my refuge is in God.” Now notice verse 8, here is the key and this is one of the lessons that we need to learn continuously in life, but also to have it during the Feast of Unleavened Bread: “Trust in Him at all times, you people…” trust in Him at all times. Now you can tell when you are not trusting in God at all times. That is when you try and do something and God is not behind it and it keeps failing—set it aside, take another course. Instead of seeking your way, seek God’s way. Instead of seeking what you want, seek what God’s wants to give you. That’s what to do. “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:1-8).

Now just go a little diagonal across the page, Psalm 60:11 “O give us help against our foe, for vain is the help of man. Verse 12: “Through God we shall do great things, for it is He Who shall tread down our enemies” (Psalm 60:11-12). Now you take this posture, claim these promises in your prayer and in your study, beseech God. Now you see, here is what’s important. Here is how to overcome any lack of faith that you may have toward that. God cannot lie, and God will not lie! So when you go before God, you claim the promises that He has given, and remind God that He does not lie, cannot lie, and He has promised. But now then, you have to trust in Him and wait on Him, and He will provide in the time, and that time will be the time that He determines.

Now notice Psalm 62:9: “Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie:” I love it when you look around and see all these important men and all these important institutions and whatever and you read here what the Bible says—they are not what they appear to be. That’s what God tells us. “…When weighed in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.” Verse 10: “Trust not in oppression, and do not take pride in stolen goods; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.” Keep your heart set upon God. Verse 11: “God has spoken once; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God. Also, to You, O LORD, belongs mercy; for You give to every man according to his work” (Psalm 62:9-12). So that is really quite profound and something isn’t it?

Let’s end up by going to Matthew 7, since God is our rock and Christ is the rock and upon Him we are to build, notice what He says here. Matthew 7:24, now this doesn’t include just what Jesus said verbally while He was in the flesh on the earth, because He was the Lord God of the Old Testament. So whenever we read anything in the Old Testament, they are the words of God and fulfills what Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).” Now here Matthew 7:24: “ ‘Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and practices them…’ ” that’s what doeth in the King James means—practices them.

Like He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life...” (John 14:6). “ ‘… I will compare him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.’ ” Of course, Christ is the Rock. Verse 25: “ ‘And the rain came down,’ ” Now [I] think of the weather channel and some of the movies that they show when I’m reading this. “…And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…” So this means you are guaranteed trials, right? That’s how you are going to build spiritual character, because it teaches you to trust in God. “…but it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock.” And that’s what we need to do to build our lives.

Now notice those who don’t do it. “ ‘And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not practice them shall be compared to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand…” Now that’s always tempting isn’t it? I know down where we live we have a city called Sand City—right next to Monterey and Seaside. And all the contractors love to build there because sand is so easy to work with, because you can pour the foundation easy, it’s easy to move and it compacts and everything and it looks really, really, really good. Just like this wonderful subdivision that was up in Utah, and they had a beautiful mountain scene and the river ran right in front of them and it was just gorgeous and they lived there for many years and enjoyed it, until one year when what—the rains came, the flood came, and the wind blew and washed away all those houses. And they showed it on the weather channel, and I tell you there is nothing more heart-wrenching, and that gets you in the pit of the stomach more than to see someone’s house—the whole thing just go… Well now there is a good lesson for us isn’t there? Yes. We need to build upon the Rock. “…Beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24- 27). I mean how are you going to repair it? There is no repair; it’s gone! So this is why we need to trust in God.

So tonight we are going to enjoy the “Night Much to be Observed” and it’s not a concoction of a man, but it is what God says for us to do.

Scriptural References:

  1. 1.) Exodus 10:21-29
  2. 2.) Exodus 11:1-10
  3. 3.) Exodus 12:1-14, 21-28
  4. 4.) Exodus 12:15-18
  5. 5.) Exodus 12:29-31
  6. 6.) Exodus 11:8
  7. 7.) Exodus 12:32-42
  8. 8.) Exodus 13:3-4
  9. 9.) Numbers 33:1-5
  10. 10.) Leviticus 23:4-6
  11. 11.) Numbers 28:8-9, 11, 16-18, 24-25
  12. 12.) Psalm 105:36-45
  13. 13.) Psalm 108:1, 4-7, 11-13
  14. 14.) Psalm 112:1-3
  15. 15.) John 14:1-3, 6
  16. 16.) Psalm 112:4, 7-8
  17. 17.) Psalm 46:1-11
  18. 18.) Psalm 27:1-5, 11-14
  19. 19.) Psalm 62:1-8
  20. 20.) Psalm 60:11-12
  21. 21.) Psalm 62:9-12
  22. 22.) Matthew 4:4
  23. 23.) Matthew 7:24-27