This year, maybe unlike past years, families will be partaking of the Passover in their homes without extended families, large group gatherings, or traveling to other cities for extended Passovers.
Scriptual ordinances are a lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs, Exodus 12 and Numbers 9.
Traditions are, salt water, parsley and of course matza ball soup.
Exodus 12:25-27 'When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. "And when your children say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?' you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes '" And the people bowed low and worshiped.'
Exodus 12:2-11 "This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a lamb for each household. 'Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb."
Numbers 9:1-5 'Thus the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, "Now, let the sons of Israel observe the Passover at its appointed time. "On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall observe it at its appointed time; you shall observe it according to all its statutes and according to all its ordinances."
Deuteronomy 16:1-8 "Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night. "You shall sacrifice the Passover to the LORD your God from the flock and the herd, in the place where the LORD chooses to establish His name. "You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt."
Exodus 24:25 "You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread, nor is the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover to be left over until morning."
2 Kings 23:21-23 'Then the king commanded all the people saying, "Celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant." Surely such a Passover had not been celebrated from the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah. But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was observed to the LORD in Jerusalem.'
2 Chronicles 30:1-2 ,Now Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover to the LORD God of Israel. For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month, since they could not celebrate it at that time, because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient numbers, nor had the people been gathered to Jerusalem.'
Ezra 6:19-21 'The exiles observed the Passover on the fourteenth of the first month. For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure Then they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, both for their brothers the priests and for themselves. The sons of Israel who returned from exile and all those who had separated themselves from the impurity of the nations of the land to join them, to seek the LORD God of Israel, ate the Passover.'
Luke 2:41-42 'Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;'
John 6:4 'Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near...'
Acts 12:4 'When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people.'
Luke 22:15 'And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer...'
Matthew 26:17-19 'Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."'" The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.'
April 8, 2020
The Bread of Affliction…
The first words we say on Passover can be puzzling; ‘This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in Egypt. Let all those who are hungry come and eat it with us.’ Tradition teaches that this bread represents two things, not only was it the bread eaten by slaves, but also the food eaten by the Israelites as they left Egypt. It was the bread of affliction but it is also the bread of freedom.
We know that the bread of affliction and the bread of freedom has a much deeper meaning, one that was there all along. We just had to open our eyes and connect the Scriptures.
Isaiah 30:20 ‘And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.’
John 6:35-38 ‘And Yeshua said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.’
Matthew 26:26 ‘Now as they were eating, Yeshua took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
John 6:48 ‘I am the bread of life.’
John 6:51 ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’
Isn't it amazing that we were once eating the bread of affliction, and now through Yeshua we are eating the bread of freedom. Praise Abba!
May you be blessed as you observe the Passover.