Feast of Passover

Exodus 12:1-14Exodus 12:1-14
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

12 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: lamb: or, kid 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: of...: Heb. son of a year 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. in...: Heb. between the two evenings 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. gods: or, princes 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. to destroy...: Heb. for a destruction 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.  

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speaks of the reasons and meaning of Passover.  Did you know that all generations are to celebrate the Feast of Passover?

The Feast of Passover was to represent the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt.  Starting with verse 11 it begins to really speak of the Passover.  BUT, there’s something a friend of mine called to my attention.

She is a friend who celebrates the Passover and all feasts of the Jews.  I felt she was just interested in being a Jew or at least studying the customs and reasons for the feasts.  Therefore, teaching them to her family.

A few days ago she said, “Beth did you know we all are supposed to keep the Feast of the Passover?”  Of course Beth’s response was show me the scripture.  And she did!

Exodus 12:14Exodus 12:14
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.  

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says “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; you shall keep a feast.”
  If it is in God’s word to Moses and the children of Israel, why would it not be for the Gentiles also?

Today, I look at the Passover as a memorial to the deliverance from bondage of the Children of Israel.  But, we Christians do we not have a reason to celebrate this feast also?

I Corinthians 5:7 says “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened.  For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  (vs8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

Jesus is the reason for our passover.  He was the sacrificial Lamb of God the Father.  Therefore we have deliverance from bondage to celebrate just as the Children of Israel.  But, again, Paul wrote we are to keep the Feast of Passover!

I had never realized that.  Did we do it this year?  Nope.  We sure didn’t.  So many of us think all the feasts are not for those saved under the New Testament.  Paul told the Corinthians something totally different!

We must keep the passover.  We have been set free from sin through Christ Jesus our

English: Passover Seder Table, Jewish holidays...

English: Passover Seder Table, Jewish holidays עברית: שולחן הסדר, Original Image Name:סדר פסח, Location:חיפה (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sacrificial Lamb of God.  It was not a lamb as we would grow on our farms and ranches, but a holy Lamb God Himself sent for our sins.

We have all sinned.  Should we not celebrate the wonderful thing Jesus did for us on the Cross?  Should we not set aside a time of celebrating the deliverance from all the evil and sinful nature we’ve had in our ‘0ld lives’?

The Word says we are new creations in Christ Jesus.  That means there is power in the Blood  of Jesus and our sins are totally washed away.  Not just washed away, but they never happened!  We are truly set free from our former life and a new life is begun.

In Matthew 26 starting with the twenty-sixth verse , we are taught the Lord’s Supper.  Is not this also a new day of celebrating the work of Christ on the Cross?  Taking the bread to remember His suffering, the stripes and beating He took for our healing, His broken body.

Then the shedding of blood.  The Blood that brings power over sin and cleans us from sinful natures in this life.  No more do we ‘have’ to sin, but we now have a free-will to turn from God and turn from His Word in so many ways.

So, what’s your thoughts on the Feast of Passover?  Do you agree or not?  Let me know.

Today as I get to go to prison to break the Bread of Life and share the Lord’s Supper with the guys in Protective Custody, I am so excited to be able to go in on Good Friday.  The day our lives and history were changed for ever by the dead of a Savior.  Jesus Christ the true Messiah.

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