Deuteronomy 29:12-14 (3 p'sukim)
Deuteronomy 29:12-14 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
12 “This is in order to confirm you today as His people. So He will be your God, just as He promised you and just as He swore to your fathers—to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. 13 Not with you alone am I cutting this covenant and this oath, 14 but with whomever is standing here with us today before Adonai our God and with whomever is not here with us today.
12 לְמַ֣עַן הָקִֽים־אֹתְךָ֩ הַיּ֨וֹם׀ ל֜וֹ לְעָ֗ם וְה֤וּא יִֽהְיֶה־לְּךָ֙ לֵֽאלֹהִ֔ים כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּר־לָ֑ךְ וְכַאֲשֶׁ֤ר נִשְׁבַּע֙ לַאֲבֹתֶ֔יךָ לְאַבְרָהָ֥ם לְיִצְחָ֖ק וּֽלְיַעֲקֹֽב׃
13 וְלֹ֥א אִתְּכֶ֖ם לְבַדְּכֶ֑ם אָנֹכִ֗י כֹּרֵת֙ אֶת־הַבְּרִ֣ית הַזֹּ֔את וְאֶת־הָאָלָ֖ה הַזֹּֽאת׃
14 כִּי֩ אֶת־אֲשֶׁ֨ר יֶשְׁנ֜וֹ פֹּ֗ה עִמָּ֙נוּ֙ עֹמֵ֣ד הַיּ֔וֹם לִפְנֵ֖י יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ וְאֵ֨ת אֲשֶׁ֥ר אֵינֶ֛נּוּ פֹּ֖ה עִמָּ֥נוּ הַיּֽוֹם׃
Yesterday, we learned that God chose Israel, "AND" all those who attached themselves to Israel, a "mixed multitude", to be His people. Today, we see that it was not only those standing there that very day... but all of their descendants, the souls of those who would one day be born, and also those "whomever" in the future would attach themselves to Israel!
The Torah teaches us something about this fact. Whenever we observe the Passover Seder, we are to recount the story to our children, as if we (ourselves) were there personally at Mt. Sinai...
8 “You are to tell your son on that day saying, ‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I came out of Egypt.
The purpose of this, according to the rabbis and sages of Israel, was to treat each generation of Israel, and those attached to Israel, as if it were only (1) single generation removed from being there at Sinai. To keep the experience fresh in the minds an souls of each generation. So that no one would ever forget.
It seems fitting then that the Messiah of Israel chose a Seder to reveal the New Covenant, and the words of the New Covenant and the testimonies of the eye witnesses to the Resurrection can speak to us directly, as if we were all there together at His last Seder.
And we can recount this to our children; looking forward to the day when we take our seat at the great Supper of the Lamb!
Revelation 19:9 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
9 Then the angel tells me, “Write: How fortunate are those who have been invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb!” He also tells me, “These are the true words of God.”