How to get prepared for that?
‘ So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.’
According to Exodus 12, the first month of the year is the month in which the Lord brought us out of Egypt.
In Deuteronomy 16.1 it is written that the first month of the biblical year is called Aviv. Aviv is also the season – spring, that starts in Israel during the time of Pesach.
This year the 1st of Aviv, the true Rosh HaShana, Head of the year will be from the sunset of April 5th to the sunset of April 6th.
Pessach starts on the 14th of Aviv which this year on the Gregorian calendar will start April 19th afternoon.
As we count our days based on the Word of God, led by His Spirit we can cooperate with what He wants to release in our lives in every prophetic season of the biblical year.
If we go to some scriptures we can see how our people prepared themselves for Pesach.
In Exodus we read that before our people could eat the lamb with their families, they saw every Egyptian idol falling down through the 10 plagues by the power of YHWH.
After that they had to sacrifice the lamb and strike the blood on their doorposts believing that through this act they would not be destroyed by the angel of death that would pass over them.
Before eating their Pesach lamb they were separated from the idols around them and that separation was sealed by the blood of the Lamb.
On the book of Joshua we read that 4 days before Pesach our people crossed the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant and right after that all the men were circumcised. Those huge events happened just before Pesach.
After the circumcision the Lord said to Joshua that on that day He “rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off them.” Jos. 5.9
A few days later they celebrated Pesach in Gilgal!
Again we see a separation that was sealed by the water and the blood.
On the book of 2 Chronicles chapter 30 we read that king Hezekiah gathered our people from different tribes and cities to Jerusalem.
On verse 14 we see that before they celebrated Pesach they “took away the altars that were in Jerusalem and all the altars for incense took they away and cast them into the brook Kidron”.
Although they celebrated the feast one month later because the priests had not sanctified themselves in time, they went up to Jerusalem with humble hearts (verses 11, 12, 15) and were determined to get rid of every idol.
They celebrated the feast with great joy (verse 21) and the whole assembly decided to celebrate it for more seven days!
‘So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. ‘Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.’
Let us seek to start the Biblical New Year and eat our Pesach lamb purified from our idols and all uncleanness that can hinder us from rejoicing in Him and having our prayers reach His holy habitation!