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2023/4/5 Coming Out with a “High Hand”—Passover and the Resurrection

Ron Sawka Ministries

April 5, 2023; Nissan 14, 5783

“And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4).

Thank you for praying for me during the ten days of leading conferences in four churches. I feel the Lord blessed and gave great breakthrough in each place. I also know that along with the new and greater doors, it feels like we are in contention with higher levels of demons. Thus, I am so thankful for the prayer covering and backing. I also thank the Lord for His great victory in every place.

Coming Out with a “High Hand”—Passover and the Resurrection

This is the week of Passover, April 5–6, and Easter/Resurrection Sunday, April 9. Jesus is the Passover lamb. He is the one of whom John the Baptist declared, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). His death on the cross and resurrection provide salvation for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of Passover. And by looking at Passover, we can gain even more understanding of the great salvation prepared for us. Several points are as follows:

1. A time of deliverance and freedom—Passover resulted in the whole nation being set free. I also love the story in Acts 12 of how the Lord set Peter free from prison. He had been jailed just before Passover. The church prayed and he was set free. The lesson? The Lord knows how to set His people free. If you are bound by sin, or bad habits, or even by sickness, know that Jesus died to set you free.

2. Believe fully—“Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. … You shall let none of it remain until morning” (Exod. 12:8–10.) That they had to consume all of the lamb refers to our believing in Jesus fully, with no preconditions and without reservations. When we do, He sets us completely free.

3. Have “quicker” expectations—The Israelites were to eat the Passover meal with the mindset they could be freed instantly. Exodus 12:11 states, “And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste.” If you are bound by anything, ask the Lord to set you free. Expect quick results.

4. A time of the judgment of God—Yes, the Lord will set us free, but actually He is releasing judgments against Satan and his kingdom. In Exodus 12:12, the Lord declares, “Against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgement; I am the Lord.” God’s judgment came against pharaoh and the gods of Egypt. Their power was broken. Whenever we pray for healing or deliverance for someone, God’s judgment is released against the demons. This was one of the keys to transforming the city of Almolonga, Guatemala (C. Peter Wagner, Spiritual Warfare Strategy, 211–213). As more and more people were healed and delivered, the powers of darkness over the entire city were weakened and the gospel began to run swiftly (see 2 Thess. 3:1). Eventually 80% of the population became followers of Jesus. Drunkenness, abuse, and violence all but disappeared. Families became whole and the city prospered.

5. Covered by the blood of Jesus—When the Passover lamb was slain, each household painted its blood over the lintel and posts of their door. The blood was a sign. “Now the blood shall be a sign for you … And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you” (Exod. 12:13). Painting the blood of that lamb on the doorposts was the only way a family could be saved. Jesus is our Passover lamb and His blood avails for us. We read, “In Him we have redemption through His blood” (Eph. 1:7), and, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sins)” (Heb. 9:22). There is only one way for God to make salvation possible, and that is through the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

6. God wants to save the whole family—The fact they had to eat the meal together as a family reminds us that even though salvation is an individual choice, God loves the whole family and wants them all to be saved. Now is time to remember the words Paul spoke to the Philippian jailer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your house” (Acts 16:31).

7. God sees us as His firstborn—God told Pharoah that Israel was His firstborn and because he wouldn’t let them go to serve Him, then God would require the firstborn male of each Egyptian (see Exod. 4:22–23). When we receive Jesus, we are neither male nor female—neither bond nor free—but are all one in Christ Jesus (see Gal. 3:28). We are all “firstborn” sons with its status and rights.

8. A time of new provision—The Israelites were not only set free, but were also rewarded financially. Exodus 12:35–36 states, “Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.” We should all expect new provision at Passover/Easter.

9. We are the army of the Lord—“And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt” (Exod. 12:41). Even though they were a group of slaves, God refers to them as His armies. That is who we are. God is using us to carry His light and glory wherever we go.

10. High hand—“They journeyed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the morrow after the Passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians” (Num. 33:3, DARBY, emphasis added). Some translations say they went out boldly. Others say triumphantly or defiantly. Above all, this is a time of triumph, a time of victory, and a time of the “high hand.”

Thanks for praying

Ron and Teddy

Nissan—The First Hebrew Month: Crossing Over with Praise

March 23–April 21, 2023

This is the beginning of the yearly redemption cycle. Have expectation for more of the Lord’s marvelous work of salvation, of healing, and of deliverance in our lives.

More about Nissan may be found here.

Weekly Broadcast Schedule (Times are listed in Japan Time, UTC+9:00.)

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