Reading for Passover Week Exod. 12:21-51 (maftir Num. 28:16-25)


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This is not the weekly Torah portion Reading but the Special Portions for the Feast.



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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

21 thoughts on “Reading for Passover Week Exod. 12:21-51 (maftir Num. 28:16-25)”

  1. Rico,

    Shalom! & Blessings! To you and yours.

    I thank you for being so dedicated to this work, praise be to YAH. for he has strengthened you. On a personal note: I have fallen short in my prayers & studys, and I feel its effects severely in the spiritual battles. But what I’ve noticed is that when I’m doing what I should, and I hear your meassage In the Word of YAH, there is a direct personal relationship through YAHSHUA with you. Example, at Mark Harman’s in Bellview, Fl. …..well this is years ago, you came in and prior to going on stage hugged me and my family, but during the message was side tracked with some things that came to mind and asked if it had any meaning or importance to anyone.
    It did ! My wife and I both knew it did, but shamefully I did not stand up,or speak up. See that week prior my wife and I were on a trip coming back home listening to messages that we had on cd and discussing them. I’t was GREAT! Back to back RICO!! LOL
    Anyway remain Awesome in YHVH, don’t give in & never give up, and we should never ever compromise the TRUTHS!!
    What bonds us is love. The LOVE in the WORD. The WORD of YHVH. ………hope this was in some way encouraging for you, as you have been for us.

    Thanks for all your efforts, & we LOVE you brother, shalom!

  2. I would like to express my appreciation to all your insights about a wife’s chain of command. It is so wonderful that our PERFECT PASSOVER LAMB is not a dry shank bone. HE is …RISEN …..HE is ALIVE …!!! I made my unleavened bread without honey and salted both sides with Himalayan Sea Salt because without the miraculous birth, death and resurrection how salty-sad my life would be. Then I baked unleavened bread with honey and with some slices even sprinkled with sugar & cinnamon… because with Meshiach our FIRST FRUIT, my life is so sweet !!!

  3. Mertha, you are wise to seek counsel. You are blessed because your husband does not prohibit you from worshiping as you feel (and rightly so!) you should. You’re my parents’ age, they will be celebrating 53 years this year, so I have some context for the “echad” that comes from such a lengthy relationship. There are so many good things going on in your life, and I know you are grateful for them, and we share both the joy and the angst you are feeling.

    Here is a passage of scripture that perhaps gives us an example of someone in your situation. It is the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5. No, your husband is not your king, but he has headship over your household so he has authority in this situation.

    “‘In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant: when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, when I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.’ And he said unto him: ‘Go in peace.’ So he departed from him some way. (2 Kings 5:18-19 JPS)

    Elisha told Naaman to “go in peace.”

    My only advice is in your prayers, pray for your husband’s heart to be softened to your feelings, and pray for a door to be opened for you to plainly and honestly but respectfully share your feelings with him on how it makes you feel to have to attend church with him. If that softening happens, and if that door opens, and if you are able to share with him, it could be the beginning of his own teshuva, or turning back, to the Way. If not, then “go in peace.” That seems to be the scriptural example.


  4. Shalom Mertha,
    I pray for you and others like you sister. Normally, Rico does not answer questions of this nature unless he has the permission of the husband. He’s very careful not to overstep his own bounds of authority and you are under the authority of your husband. “(Eph 5:22 KJV) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
    So if I may, I’ll tell you what we normally answer with respect to this question. The wife is under the authority of her husband, the husband in turn is under Meshiach who is under Father Yah, they all being connected by Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit).
    There are many like you who have unbelieving mates (I include myself). We’re duty bound to our husbands and as you can see, we’re in a very interesting position. We’re admonished not to bring reproach to The Word of God. Being a disobedient or disrespectful wife would bring reproach to YHVH.
    If you were in a position to refuse to go to church and E*st*r services, it seems you would. But because your husband asks you to attend, you (reluctantly) go. The important thing here is to keep to the words that YHVH has commanded.
    …and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Gen 3:16 KJV)
    (1Co 7:39 KJV) The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth;…
    Yet I insist that among you also, each man is to love his own wife as much as he loves himself, and let a married woman see to it that she treats her husband with respect. (Eph 5:33 WNT)
    For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Eph 5:23-24 KJV)

    Unless a husband is telling a wife to break YHVH’s law, she follow his wishes. When going to Sunday services or other holiday services, one might not like the fact that they are going to a service with much error, but so long as one is not worshiping YHWH in that manner, His Word is being kept.
    The idea is not to worship in a way that mixes pagan with Holy. What happens at these services can be likened to shopping at a grocery store. There are so many things in stores today that are not food. Well we can’t all avoid the grocery stores, so when we go in, we choose what to take and put into our carts to bring home and put into our bodies. In the same way, when attending a church service, one can choose to read scripture, sing along with the pure songs that praise YHVH in truth and righteousness and be a light to the community. One doesn’t have to believe everything said, one doesn’t have to accept the rites or traditions and most importantly one doesn’t have to put it into their mind and heart because that is the place where YHVH writes His Word.
    As DonnaH notes above “let Yah and His Son do the rest”
    For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. (1Co 7:14 KJV)
    For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1Co 7:16 KJV)
    Continue to guard your heart and mind. Be jealous for His Word. He knows we are still in the world and prayed for us that we would not be of the world.
    I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
    (Joh 17:15 KJV)
    He is faithful.
    Shalom, shalom

    1. Shalom Metha,
      although Teresa here gives great Scripture quotes which are very important to consider, I disagree with her advice for you to attend the goddess of fertility service, with anyone.
      There have been few moments in my life, especially during learning about how to carry on YHVH’s Shabbat, where in order to obey one of God’s commandments, I would seem to go against another. In that moment I learned to pray and go to advice to Him only.
      I might be of course wrong, but I see your own contradiction here: we are commanded to strive to be holy as He is holy. It is clear we are not to participate in any way, shape or form in the worship of another gods. Eshtar service is a place of worship of a wrong god, no matter how you try to boil it down.
      We are commanded to be holy, yet we are not. We are human battelling flesh, who are not to under estimate the spirit powers, even with a total faith in our Messiah. Meaning, I might not be able to stand the spirits, but I can remove or guard myself away from places where there are moving through. You might attend the service with “a reluctant” mind and think you are in control, but once you are there, you are participating. Plus I think it would be more beneficial to your marriage to be honest and simply ask your husband to wait outside of the church while any worship is going on. That is a great stand for your faith which will speak volumes. And it is fair to your husband.
      We are commanded to obey our husbands, but Yahshua is also warning us that He is a sword that will come down between a husband and a wife. It doesn’t seem like you have to worry about that, since your husband already participates a great deal in the real holy days upon YHVH, the only living God.
      So what to do? I would say pray and go to advice to Him first.
      Love and blessings to everyone!

  5. Mertha,
    I can think of only one verse also. 1 Peter 3:1-6. You have a difficult decision to make. But I believe that Yah will be faithful to you because you are faithful to Him. Also remember a kind word turns away wrath. Sometimes it is harder for people to give up traditions that they have lived with their whole life than start all over from scratch in a sense. Never stop praying for your husband (which I am sure you are) and let Yah through his Son do the rest.

  6. Mertha, in reply to your question I can only think of one verse, Acts 5:29:
    “Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Do not compromise.

  7. Rico, I am trying to follow the Biblical Sabbath, feasts, etc. since I asked God to allow me to understand, not just read words. I am on the second read-thru of the Bible. I have been married for 50 years and my husband and I belong to the Baptist Church. My husband allows me to attend Feast of Tabernacles (and goes with me), keep the Sabbath, keep the feasts, etc., but he expects me to attend church with him. God has blessed me with this Godly man who has taken care of me for all these years. God set him apart for me and me for him. He is head over me. What about people like myself who must attend Easter service as well as church services?

    1. Sandra Allensworth

      Do not be judged by others. You are in submission and as such the Lord will read your heart. Show your husband the love and respect that the Lord requires. Sit beside him in his church and gently offer to have conversation with him about what you hear. Do not be judgmental and let him defend what he hears from the scripture. This should open the door to conversations based upon God’s Word. 1Cor 14:34-35. I realize that this is for women who do not have knowledge but the same principal can be used to gently turn your husband to the truth. Wise questions will draw him out May Yahweh bless you.

    2. Bless you Mertha! I await Rico’s response to this. I personally believe you’re husband is your covering. Yeshua says the husband is the head of the wife. So aahso’s response imho is moot. Because if you submit to your husband, you are obeying Yahweh! Rico, correct me if I am wrong. My daughter is in this same situation, although her husband is not a believer at all, he was raised in the catholic church, but does not practice. He will come with her to the Feast’s (or at least some of them), but then she has to do the “pagan 12/25” celebration. We keep praying that at some point his eyes will be opened. Shalom, and keep the faith, stand firm, Yah will fight for you!

  8. DaughterofYHVH, Just keep on listening even when it is frustrating! I think your post is similar to many of us who came out of the church. There is sooooo much to learn, it seems overwhelming. But, it will all come together for you, although I would not presume to say that anyone ever gets it all. I sure haven’t. Hope you don’t mine me commenting– Shalom!

  9. daughterofYHVH

    I,too,would love to hear a detailed teaching from Rico on the Biblical definitions of how salvation,redemption,reconciltation,justification,and santification all differ yet are (if at all) are related to one another.I know what was supposedly taught when I was in church,but I never quite understood what was being said because I never felt that I got a good foundation concerning any of what was taught. No one ever went back to the Tanakh to teach Hebraically what the scriptures actually said,so the only basis was the new covenant (which by the way they slaughtered). Most of the time they took Paul’s words out of context and used one sentence to either justify that “the law was done away with” or add to the words and come up with man-made traditions which added more rules and regulations to keep up with. I never felt that this was clear,so the whole thing has been as clear as muddy water to me ever since I was a teenager,and I’m now in my early 40s.I have listened to the past few Torah teachings,but I still don’t have a FULL grasp on it yet. Whenever I heard Rico speak on Torah to the Nations this past week he began to explain and lay a foundation,but I can’t learn when the foundation is only partially lain out and listeners are allowed to call in and ask questions either unrelated to the scriptures being discussed,jumping ahead of what’s being discussed,or calling in to debate their theology aganist what’s being discussed. I got frustrated within about 15 to 25 minutes and just cut off the podcast alltogether. I can’t be the ONLY one out here wondering what this all means.I’m not posting this comment to be critical or invite comments from others on this forum. I want Rico to do a detailed teaching so I can finally get better understanding. Would you please consider this request Rico? Shalom.

  10. What does it mean to be redeemed? You said that we are still redeemed even though we do not obey and keep the commands? This is very confusing to me. I understand scripture to say that if we are not keeping Torah…the feasts and Sabbath…we are cut off from the camp. This would say to me that we are not in covenant. Not saved as the church would say.
    I need some clarification on this because this is so important I understand. How can we be “saved” if we do not obey once we come to Messiah?

  11. Where can I download audio of these latest portions? We don’t have home internet anymore and the only way we can listen (in a timely manner) is to download them from the public library to a cd and listen that way. We wanted to listen for tomorrow Pesach but, oh well!

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