A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF TIME

by Glen Penton

As I write today, I'm pushing a deadline. But when Passover comes, God commands us to take time off work (Leviticus 23:7-8), not to hurry the Seder, but to make it last all night long (Exodus 12:42).

Likewise He told us to eat matzah, which has a special and unusual chemical property. If you eat matzah rapidly, like most people in our culture eat most of their food, it tastes dry and uninteresting. But if you eat it slowly enough, and chew it long enough, the chemistry of the matzah interacts with the chemistry of the inside of your mouth to produce sugar. The well-chewed matzah begins to taste sweet.

The Matzah of our Life, Israel's Messiah, loves us and wants us to spend time with Him. If we don't, He may seem dry and uninteresting to us. If we do, we will find that we really were created for Him, that He is after all the Only One who can satisfy, that we and He are indeed appropriate for each other.

It is no longer customary to stay up all night on Passover, as the Torah commands. We can only speculate why our rabbis changed the Passover custom that way. Likewise, it is quicker to spread butter and other flavorings on matzah than to take time to savor the matzah itself. Maybe we'd live longer if we took our time and enjoyed God's holidays and Sabbaths more slowly. Maybe we would all accomplish more with our lives if we took more time to listen to Yeshua's Spirit and grow to know Him better.

The first Passover night, it was time to hurry. We were to eat fast, eat standing up, and eat with our traveling clothes on and our bags packed. There was no time for delay. He wanted us to accept His freedom immediately. But once the freedom was accomplished, the Seder became a leisurely banquet.

The matzah is made very fast. If it takes over eighteen minutes to make, it's not kosher. But it is eaten very leisurely. There is great urgency for everyone to immediately accept the gift of freedom the Messiah offers. But once we have it, it will take all eternity to fully comprehend the depth and magnificence of all He has given us.


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Leviticus 23:7-8 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present an offering made to the LORD by fire. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.

Exodus 12:42 Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for all the generations to come.

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