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What does Passover really mean?
The Passover is a Jewish tradition to celebrate the last days of the Israelites in the land of Egypt.
It is marked as a day of judgment over the gods of Egypt (Exodus 12:1-15) and how God saved them from their oppressors in the red oppressors (Exodus 14:10-31)
But you know that everything written in the old testament was in types and shadow to reveal God’s heart which is full of love towards you.
What Does The Passover Mean
The Passover which was instructed by God through Moses was to mark the beginning of the Hebrew calendar, This was to signify the freedom from the bondage in Egypt and the freedom to serve the God of their fathers.
This is an analogy to God judging sin and the works of the devil over your life.
I will speak more about God’s victory over sin and the devil in the latter part of this write-up
13. Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.
14. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.
15. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.
16. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
According to the scripture above, the whole purpose of the Passover won’t have been complete if God didn’t judge the nation who held his people captive and going by the scripture God had already prophesied it to their father Abraham.
God had to harden the heart of their king “Pharaoh” in order that he might find enough reason to judge him, it’s in the same way God had to allow the devil to suffer and kill a righteous man Jesus in other that he might have the legal right to judge the devil. (1cor 2 vs 8)
But in other for God not to judge his own people when judging the land of Egypt, he had to make a provision of protection hence the reason for the Passover.
God instructed Moses to take a lamb without blemish note the word without blemish, God had a purpose in his heart when he said it should be a lamb without blemish, I would speak on this, later on, so God told Moses to kill the lamb and every man and his household should place the blood of the lamb on their doorpost and then eat the flesh of the lamb because God wants to move in judgment against the land of Egypt and the blood would be the saving grace for anyone who put it’s on their doorpost in (Exodus 12:1-31)
So therefore to every Israelite Passover serves as a remembrance even to this day, it is remembered as the day Hebrew God Yahweh saved them from their oppressors which they tag as the month of Abib and according to the Jewish tradition by Moses they were instructed by Yahweh to always remember the Passover once a year
Why it is called Passover
As regarding why it is called Passover and it’s a connection to both the Israelites and the land of Egypt, These are key points I would love to emphasize on which are:
a)The lamb without blemish.
b) The blood of the lamb and how it was able to save them from the angel of death.
c) The judgment of God on the firstborn sons of Egypt.
a) The lamb without blemish:
“Your lamb shall be “WITHOUT BLEMISH”, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats” (Exodus 12:5)
According to Animal scientists, the animal called a lamb had always been regarded as a peace-loving animal, they hardly quarrel, that is one of the major reasons why lamb or sheep is the most used animal almost all the world religion.
God needed to use an animal that does not fight back when it’s been led to the slaughter, this was God using the lamb to mirror his son Jesus who would later come to earth and die for the sins of the world.
The lamb had to be Without blemish because it had to represent the holy savior who was to come and who was without sin. (John 1 vs 29).
b) The blood of the lamb and how it was able to save them from the angel of Death.
(Exodus 12:7-13) “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. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs, they shall eat it. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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”.
God was to judge Egypt because of the Israelites but even the Israelites where sinners because they both came from Adam (Romans 3 vs 10-18), but because God had chosen the Israelites to be his chosen race through Abraham, God had to create a means for the judgment of sin in the land of Egypt not to affect the Israelites hence he created a means of protection, the blood of the lamb, I want you to take note of The blood of the lamb serving as protection against even God’s Judgement for your sake.
How the blood could protect them from the Angel of death
Hebrews 12:24 “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel”.
According to the above scripture, blood speaks, that’s why when Cain killed Abel, God told Cain that the blood of his brother cries to him (Genesis 4:1) but we know that the blood of Jesus pleads for mercy and since the lamb was in the similitude of Jesus, the lamb’s blood pleaded for mercy hence judgments was passed over them.
c) The judgment of God on the firstborn son of Egypt.
You might be wondering why God killed the firstborn of the Egyptians has a token of his Judgement over the land of Egypt?
You see according to the scripture firstborn son represents the image of his father, God wanted to deal with the flesh who is the perfect representation of sin hence God striking and killing the Egyptians firstborn son.
This is the same thing Jesus did when he became and died, take note I didn’t say Jesus died as a sinner, I said he became sin, he became the perfect representation of sin.
What Significance does the passover have in the new testament?
Now like I said earlier that the old testament was a type and shadow of the new hence you must understand the concept of the Passover in the new testament and how it affects you.
1. Jesus was the Passover lamb
According to John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”.
We clearly see that the referred lamb that was referred to here was Jesus the son of God, God sent Jesus to be the sacrificial lamb to take the sin of the World (John 3:17).
You might be asking but the lamb in the old testament was slain for the sake of the Jews what of the gentiles how did Jesus die for them?
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:13-17)
I will answer your question with the above scripture.
It is clearly stated that Jesus was born as a Jew and according to Romans 2:17 what makes a man a Jew is the law that was given to them by Moses.
The law was the means to which they were accepted by God but even though Jesus was born into the Jewish tradition, he brought another way of acceptance that does not require the law hence abolishing the law, by him abolishing he has made both a Jew and a gentile as one, hence when Jesus died he died for everyone including you.
b) How God judged sin in Jesus the Passover lamb
Through the flogging of jesus, we were forgiven by God but yet God needed to judge sin has he did in the land of Egypt.
On the cross God did not make Jesus carry the sin of the world, rather God Jesus was made Sin, this was what made Jesus cry out “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?.
Jesus completely took your place on the cross that was why the judgment of God couldn’t kill you the way it didn’t kill the Israelites in the old testament and because he had judged sin for your sake he went to hell to collect the key of hell from the devil, rendering the devil powerless.
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