APril 2018



Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. [James 2:13]


Yeshua began the Seder. He reached for the dish of bitter herbs and lifted it for all to see. “We have seen the bitterness of slavery. The bitter herbs are symbolic of this wicked practice. Later, when you taste this herb, allow it to remind you of our ancestors’ harsh lives under the oppressive yoke of the Egyptian taskmasters.”


No mention of Roman oppression was made, but the parallels between Egypt and Rome were unmistakable. Several talmidim affirmed Yeshua’s words with “Amens.” Yeshua contrasted the trials of the Hebrew nation to the tenderness of his Father’s heart. “How marvelous,” he commented, “that God chooses mercy before wrath. He offers forgiveness to people deserving judgment.”


This passage from Have You Seen the Lamb? focuses our attention on the thoughts and actions of Yeshua. God’s only begotten son took on flesh and dwelled among us. He did, so he could teach us and show us God’s ways.


His sinless body would be bruised, torn, bloodied, and sacrificed. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world is the Firstfruits of the coming harvest. Let’s keep our eyes on the one who offers mercy when we deserved to be judged. He paid the price. We are no longer slaves to sin.


May this Pesach bring Yeshua’s shalom to your life and loved ones.

First Fruits First

First Fruits First is a monthly devotional newsletter intended to encourage the believer. The principle of First Fruits traces back to the Hebrew Scriptures where the people of God offered back to Him the first portion of what was earned, received or produced in grateful acknowledgement of His provision.


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