Shabbat Commentary

Friday, March 30, 2007 |  by Michael Schneider

“Great Shabbat – Tsav – Command!” Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 and Malachi 3:4-24

The Shabbat before Passover is called “The Great Shabbat” because we end our Torah Portion with Malachi 4:5, which says, “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great (gadol) and dreadful (nora) day of the LORD comes.”

In this passage, which is the last prophecy in the Bible, we are shown a glimpse of the greater Passover redemption: The Return of Messiah Yeshua. The forerunner to the Messiah was Elijah. As a symbol of this prophecy, we pour an additional cup of wine during our Passover Seder.

The prophet Malachi, whose name means angel or messenger, prophesy’s of Israel’s final redemption at the end of time. During the end of days the cycle of God’s salvation plan for Israel draws to a close. It began with Israel’s exodus from Egypt and ends with Israel recognizing her Messiah in the final redemption.

The Jewish sages said just like the first redemption occurred during the Jewish month of Nissan so the final redemption will happen during Nissan!

There are additional beliefs that the message of the redemption was given on the Sabbath before Passover and so an additional message will be given on the Sabbath before Passover of the great end time redemption.

Hag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

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