We once more firstly need to realise that, virtually everything Maw-shee’-akh did had a teaching to it. (Mark 4:34 & Matt 13:34 “Without a parable spoke He not unto them”).
Lazarus in this case was to be a foreshowing, pattern or type of the seven thousand year history and redemption plan for the children of “Yaw”.

We take our Scripture reading In John 11;1-46….
Vs:1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on Maw-shee’-akh and wiped his feet with her hair.
3 So the sisters sent word to Hoshay’ah,(not Jesus or Yeshua) Master, the one you love is sick."

A lessen to learn…

Foreshown in Lazarus, the children of theFather who were bound by the law for 4,000 years since the fall of Adam, had the penalty of sin resting over their heads, and metaphorically speaking “were sick, in debt and in trouble!!”

The Scripture says that Yawhú looked across the Earth and found no one worthy to redeem his brother.

Ps 49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to Eternal-Yaw a ransom (for sin) for him:
Rom 3:23  “For all have sinned and come short of the right rulings of “Father Yaw”.
Rom 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Rom 6:23 And that the wages of sin is death.

Given the above quoted scriptures, it would appear that all was lost. We indeed have all sinned and for this reason there was no man, to redeem and pay with his life the ransom required. To make matters worse, the blood offering of animals, could not take away sin but could only cover sin. This blood had until then acted as a temporary “go between” to serve as an I.O.U. or a letter of credit, for a postponement of prosecution… But could not pay for the individual debt incurred by all, and now it had been revoked. The time for debt collection had come. This situation left mankind accountable and powerless, with no other destiny but to die.

Isaiah 1: 11 "To what purpose is the multitude of your offerings to Me?" Says Yawhú. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.
13 Bring no more futile offerings;….I cannot endure iniquity and your meetings.

Good news!!
4 When he heard this, Hoshay’ah said, "This sickness (or situation) will not end in death. No, it is to The Father’s honour, so that through it His Son may be uplifted.
5 Hoshay’ah loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (as well as in type the Lazarus congregation)

Regardless of what seemed to be an impossible state of affairs, and a no win situation, good news was at hand, for help was on the way.
Out of Him and His Father’s love for His people (the Lazarus People), Yawhú the Son as the pre-incarnated Maw-shee’-akh, had the situation well in hand.
We need also to realize that it is not the Fathers will that anyone should perish but all should inherit eternal life (John 3:16)

Psalm 40:6 Blood offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; (the pre-incarnated Maw-shee’-akh speaking) In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, Eternal-Yaw, Your law is within my heart."

1John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved Eternal-Yaw, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
14  And we have seen and witness that the Father has sent the Son as deliverer of the world.

The question would then be, when would this take place?

6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
7 Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea.
8 “But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?"

 Metaphorically speaking..

 9 Hoshay’ah answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light
10 It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."

Sinners die and… are eternally deceased. This is not so in the case of  the Righteous  who in the eyes of the Father, considers His elect only to have fallen asleep and rest in the grave, waiting for the time of his awaking call.

 11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."
12 His disciples replied, Master, if he sleeps, he will get better."
13 Hoshay’ah had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead"
15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."

Disciples’ willingness to offer their lives.

 16 Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."

4000 years = 4 days

The question one would ask is, why did Hoshay’ah wait for 2 more days before embarking on a journey that would take him another 2 days, (in total 4 days) in the case of this extreme emergency? The reason as explained earlier, Lazarus being a foreshowing (type) of the Yaw-Shawr-Ul-Lites (Israelites) who were spiritually sick and bound by the Law for 4000 years = 4 spiritual days since the fall of Adam. Therefore, He Maw-shee’-akh had to wait 2 more days for the appointed time of His arrival to be after 4 days. Then only could He address this problem.

17 On his arrival, Hoshay’ah found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 
20 When Martha heard that Hoshay’ah was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 Master Martha said to Hoshay’ah, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

Her belief in the promises..

22 But I know that even now The Father will give you whatever you ask."
23 Hoshay’ah said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
25 Hoshay’ah said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?"
27 “Yes, Master ," she told him, "I believe that you are the Maw-shee’-akh, the Son of Yaw the Eternal Father, who was to come into the world."
28 And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you."
29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
30 Now Hoshay’ah had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

Hoshay’ah wept..

 32 When Mary reached the place where he was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Master, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33 When Hoshay’ah saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 
34 “Where have you laid him?" he asked.  "Come and see, Master," they replied.
35 Hoshay’ah wept.
36 Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"

We may ask, if Hoshay’ah knew that he was going to resurrect Lazarus, why did He weep? Being the Creator He was not insensitive to the pain and the feeling of loss brought about by death. Not only to the loved ones of Lazarus but to His creation itself. It was for this reason that He was here, so that life of the righteous should not end in death, but that eternal life could be possible as a gift to obtain for all those who would so choose to accept.

 37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"

"Take away the stone,"

 38 Hoshay’ah, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.
39 “Take away the stone," he said.

 Bad odour ..

 "But, Master," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days."
40 Then Hoshay’ah said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the power of The Eternal Father?"
41 So they took away the stone. Then Hoshay’ah looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."
43 When he had said this, Hoshay’ah called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The veil (cloth) rent at Calvary made the way open to the Set-apart place (Heaven).

For 4 000 years…

the children of the Father had been bound by the smelly grave clothes of the law due to sin. This same situation applies to the un-regenerated man and woman who have not yet accepted deliverance in the Name of Yawhúshúa.
Their spirits are dead, in a state of decay. They have been blocked up in the tomb of our human bodies and the entrance has been sealed off by hearts of stone. As a direct result of this there is “spiritually speaking” a stench so unpleasant, that it is impossible fore those living on the outside, “the redeemed”, angels, heaven and the Father to bear.

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy (and smelly) rags; (in His Presence)

When the re-birth takes place… Yawhushúa first approaches our lives and his first command is “to remove the hearts of stone that have denied our spirit’s life for so long.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away “the stony heart”  out of your flesh, and I will give you an “heart of flesh” (a new Heart). (and Eze 11:19)

After the stone is removed He then commands your spirit to come alive, to rise up, come forth and be set free like Lazarus. As this miracle takes place, and as a sign of life, the new borne babe in you begins to cry, tears of joy from within you.
It is true I’m sure that heavens rejoice and a choir of angels sing, each time the miracle of re-birth takes place.

* Grave clothes = the law of sin

44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  Hoshay’ah said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

After being resurrected and coming out of the cave, Lazarus had to before he would be acceptable to join his people:
1. Remove the smelly… grave clothes typified by the law. The message to us is that we may confess our sins, accept the blood of Yawhushúa Maw-shee’-akh and ask for deliverance.
Gal 3: 19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator (Yawhúshúa Maw-shee’-akh).

2. Completely wash his… whole body typified by immersion in the Name of Yawhúshúa.

Ac 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be immersed?
Ac 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he immersed him.

3. Put on or be clothed in fresh garments.
Rom 13:14 But put on , and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as were immersed into Maw-shee’-akh have put on Maw-shee’-akh.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Yawhushúa Maw-shee’-akh.
29 And if you are Maw-shee’-akh’s, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Maw-shee’-akh confirms the necessity of this process, demonstrated in Lazarus to Nicodemus, as an essential pre-requisite for man kind seeking redemption. We first need to be able to see Heavens realm He proclaims, before we will be permitted to enter and take part of its promises.

 Jhn 3:3 Hoshay’ah answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the realm of "Yaw-Eternal."
4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
5 Hoshay’ah answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of Spirit and of water , he cannot enter the realm of the Father.
6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
John sums it up in:
1 John 5:8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

That is to say that you cannot have the one without the other.
a. The Spirit to revive you to new life.
b. The Blood to atone and set you free.
c. The Water to wash away and bury the stench and sin, of the old man so that the new man may come forth, clothed in righteousness.    

 45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Hoshay’ah did, put their belief in him. 
46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Hoshay’ah had done.
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. 
48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up,

Yaw-Eternal  speaks even through donkeys

 "You know nothing at all!
50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man dies for the people than that the whole nation perish."
51  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest
that year he prophesied that Hoshay’ah would die for the Jewish nation,
52  and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of the Father, to bring them together and make them one.
53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

In closing …
My prayer for all The Fathers children is that this message has enriched your spirits and shone a light on the road you travel homewards.
May Yaw-Eternal the Father of love and peace, be with you and guide you in all truth. May His richest blessings be upon all you, who revere and call on His blessed Name, thru His Son Yawhúshúa ourMaw-shee’-akh.

Shalom - Br. Harold.
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