The Night To Be Much Observed (NTBMO) will be Wednesday night, April 8, 2020. Sometimes it is called the Night To Be Much Remembered.
We’re talking about a special event in God’s annual planner. That we can take part in!
The night before is the New Testament Passover partaking of foot washing, bread and wine. This night begins the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread where we submit to God the Father and Jesus Christ our Unleavened Bread of Life living in us through the Holy Spirit and transforming our “old man” into a “new man” (Eph. 4:22-24).
The NTBMO is the night portion of this first Day of Unleavened Bread. “It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of the LORD, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations” (Exodus 12:42).
Generations later, here’s where we come in:
English-speaking nations today, though few know it, are descendants of the lost 10 Tribes of Israel! And far superseding that, all Christians are spiritual Israelites (Galatians 6:16)! Paul taught New Testament Gentile Christians “let us keep the feast” (1 Corinthians 5:2-8), and they would have observed the opening night.
All of us should be observing God’s NTBMO! And experiencing the joy! This will be my 51st!
After God’s 10th plague killed all the firstborn males of Egypt, Pharaoh ordered the Israelites to get out! This incredibly hardy people spent the day receiving plunder from the weary Egyptians, which was essentially back pay for 210 years of slavery, and assembling in Ramses [Today the excavation site is called Avaris.]. It is calculated that some Israelites living the farthest away had to walk as much as 20 miles just to get to the departure point!
Then that night, illuminated by a full moon and led by the preincarnate Jesus Christ as their Rock and pillar of fire (1 Corinthians 10:4), an estimated 3 million ex-slaves walked out (Deuteronomy 16:1). That’s how they much observed it!
Spoiled and soft us, we gather for a special dinner with brethren, usually in homes or private rooms in a restaurant. Alas, this year we will be observing this special night as individual families quarantined for social distancing in our homes. But hey, two or three gathered together with great promise! (Matthew 18:20). The story today is as then: We walk together. By faith, led by the same Jesus Christ!
In 1446 B.C. the Israelites “baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait” (Exodus 12:39). Hopefully we can’t wait to get out of spiritual Egypt! We will eat unleavened bread for the next seven days to remind us to be humble and not puffed up.
This night was all about deliverance from Egyptian slavery. Egypt is a type of sin, Pharaoh of satan.
we reflect on how God brought us out of spiritual Egypt and Babylon (Rev. 18:4) and put us into His Body of Christ. Many go around the table and share stories of how God called each one and opened their mind to understand His truth.
This happens to be the night of Jewish seders, but it’s not like that at all, as you can tell by the subject matter. It’s not a dinner full of rituals. We remember but we look forward. It’s a night full of spiritual fellowship and rejoicing. As back then, we go out “with a high hand” (Exodus 14:8).
Exodus 12:41 notes that the NTBMO occurred to the very day at the end of “the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt” (Exodus 12:40). Adding 430 to 1446 equates to 1876 B.C. Some associate this with God’s covenant with Abraham. I’ll go with it being 430 years to the end of Israel living in Egypt, just as it says.
God’s parts covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15 says Egypt will afflict Abraham’s descendants for 400 years (verse 13). History indicates that Israel served as slaves only about 210 years. It’s thought the 400 years could be from Isaac’s birth to the Exodus (Acts 7:5-6). Or possibly Abraham’s death until possession of the Promised Land.
Regardless, what’s really important is that the NTBMO is special to the Master Timer who decides when is the absolute best time to call each of us and open our mind to understand His awesome truth.
The man of God and his wife who taught me kept the Holy Days out of simple childlike obedience for seven years before God showed them what they meant! My first NTBMO was almost over before I learned I was keeping it!
My first NTBMO back in 1970
Brethren asked me if I could get myself up to Denver via bus. I would stay all night at a home in Englewood and we’d keep the first Day of Unleavened the next day. I arrived at their home about 11 p.m. thinking they’d all be in bed. The house was filled with people laughing, singing and fellow shipping! They asked me if I was hungry. Starving! But I didn’t want anybody putting themselves out to come up with some food for me at this late hour! That’s when they showed me a buffet table still laden with eats! That’s when I learned about the NTBMO and what a joy it is to observe it!
Disclaimer: Most years since, we haven’t stayed up observing quite so much! It is wise to be rested for the all the next day’s important parts.
Here’s why I’m sharing this with you now
just over two weeks before the NTBMO: So you can read Exodus 12:40-42 and decide to humbly observe it that night. Even if you only understand that God says to do it, and I guarantee that He will bless you for doing it!
Sit down to a special dinner after sunset on Wednesday, April 9, alone or ideally with family. Include some matsos [I recommend egg & onion] or rye crisp.
Read and remember what God did in bringing Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Tell God that you would like to come out of spiritual Egypt and Babylon. And ask Him to teach you the meaning of His special days and lead you into a deeper relationship with Him and His people in these end-times.
Email me (email@example.com) if I could help you in any way.