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The Desire to Return



Pesach Sheni (pey-sac-h shey-knee)

Second Passover - Second Chance


We learned that God truly is a God of the Second Chance. We're really only ever one chance away from a return to Him if it is genuine and from our heart. A desire to return. In that is a return to the same law, same instruction, no illegal returns!


He has compassion and mercy for us and in that He wants death to pass over us. What is our desire? Out of a desire to return, just a small group of people opened up a return not only for themselves but for everyone else too. They did that from the heart first, wanting to be in covenant, wanting to be cleansed from deadness and return from their "long journey" away. (Numbers 9, 2 Chronicles 29-30, 1 Maccabees 4:42-43)


We absolutely cannot save ourselves and God says it again for us... Says it in the #1 Commandment "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." Passover. Remember the way. Remember His (Christ's) Death till He comes.


There is a Second Chance for those who Desire to Return

  • To “I can’t save myself”

  • To cleanliness, right-standing with God

  • From their "long journey" (time, distance, moral character) away from Him

  • To God’s Law, His instructions for life

Do we desire Christ’s return?


Amazing that this Second Chance, Second Passover, not only came from the prompting of man, but it also came just before God's army marched out to follow God's plan and take the promised land... (Numbers 10:11-13)


  • Reflect on your Second Chance. Did you seize it with desire in your heart?

  • Consider the echoes (of the pattern we see in history) of just a few people opening up a Second Chance to return to God for many others.

  • What part of the Word came alive and turned the light on for you?



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God has made provision he already knows and has planned on the need to save us. This is just a type and shadow of salvation this celebration of Passover is walking out the planned provision that God has established that none should perish but all come to repentance. Yet narrow is the way few find that path of repentance and that makes a way for others to follow. I pray that I can be a person that throughout my life I pursue repentance that I might be in right standing with God and be a demonstration that being at one with God is worth the effort the work and it produces a life that's worth having. I hope to fully change my minds…


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auntisherbear
auntisherbear
May 11, 2023

•Reflect on your Second Chance - didyou seize it with desire in your heart?

YES! I am seizing this Second Chance with a very fervent desire in my heart. I can now see my turnings to Him in previous years were not completely genuine 😐


• What part of the Word came alive and turned the light on for you?


For one, just to see that there is a Second Passover!

- they missed it, they desired it in their hearts, so God granted them mercy and not just for them but He opened doors for others (even years down the road) that…

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Elder Christy
Elder Christy
May 11, 2023

What a fantastic message Nate! I so appreciate your digging into something I had never even heard of until you mentioned it a couple weeks ago and then found myself writing about it in the Torah. I probably would have written it out but not taken all that much time to contemplate it--so thank you! A second chance to do God's instruction---Yes, I seized my second chance with desire in my heart. I desire to be a true witness and that I cannot be without Him/His Spirit. I Returned to Him and died to self righteousness. Uggghhh....self-righteousness is so ugly, so disgusting and yet how we move right into it when trying to save ourselves by what we do for…


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Nathan Evans
Nathan Evans
May 11, 2023
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Elder Christy -


Trying to save our self ends up with where we “get in our head thinking we are whatever today's condemnation says and then try and prove we are worth God loving and saving. It's a horrible, lifeless, mess!” Wow! You nailed it. That is exactly the feeling and situation. Thank you for bringing that, it speaks to me and I know that feeling. Thank you for your heart and seizing the Second Chance. Great post.

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Amanda Evans
Amanda Evans
May 10, 2023

What is beyond amazing to me, is that the nature of God is that He doesn’t want you to miss it. Not in a “I need you to not goof this up because I don’t want to fix it” sort of way, but in the way that He provides a second chance when we honestly and fully with our hearts desire to return again because we did miss it. He doesn’t leave us in the “I missed it state” when we truly repent and return with the desire to be apart of His plans, a desire to be a part of fulfilling the law.

I am so thankful for this part of His nature, and that in His love He…

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Nathan Evans
Nathan Evans
May 11, 2023
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Amanda - Thank you for hearing and grabbing ahold of “God doesn’t change His mind, there is not a different or lesser standard to be kept just because you missed it the first time around.”

And thank you for hear that God doesn’t want us to miss it but it’s not “I need you to not goof this up because I don’t want to fix it”. He truly wants us to return to Him fully starting with our heart and our desire so we can return to His plan for us.


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1. Reflect on your Second Chance. Did you seize it with desire in your heart? Yes, I did have desire in my heart at my Second Chance. I still do. God has been dealing with me on drawing closer to Him over the last few months. Putting Him as my very first priority. The second chance is worth fighting for.

2. Consider the echoes (of the pattern we see in history) of just a few people opening us a Second Chance to return to God for many others. The pattern has been, we missed it, and a few make that chance for return available to all who are willing. Even though the children of Israel had missed it, Go…

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