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(Weekly Reading>>Exodus 10:1-13:16, Jeremiah 46:13-28, Luke 2:22-24, John 19:31-37)


Passover was not only the night the Destroyer passed over the firstborn Israelites but also it was a Feast time. The Israelites were told to eat roasted lamb with bitter herbs – like onions and horseradish – along with unleavened bread. Today many people celebrate Passover using a Seder plate to place the bitter herbs on. Through the generations folklore has been added to the word, and items such as an egg and a shank bone have found their way into Judah’s Passover celebration. When asked why, many people respond, “It is tradition!”

After the temple was destroyed, during the time of exile in Babylon, the rabbis replaced Yahweh’s commandment to eat roast lamb with a man-made command that symbolized the lamb by replacing it with a shank bone on a Seder plate. Today, many Jewish homes serve turkey, meat or fish instead of lamb. Their comment is that the commandment of sacrificing a lamb no longer applies since the temple was destroyed. Although early rabbinic authorities diminished the representation of the Messiah at Passover by replacing the lamb, Yahweh’s commandment of eating roast lamb came as the Israelites were about to leave Egypt, long before a tabernacle, temple or rabbinic authority ever existed. Scripture also speaks of Yahweh’s temple now being in those who accept and walk in Yeshua’s redemptive plan, and who enter into Covenant relationship with Him. One of the promises of this Marriage Covenant is that Yahweh will place the Torah on the hearts of His Bride in order for her to know them (Deuteronomy 30: 14; Romans 10:8).

The Lamb of God, Yeshua, is always with His people, whether a physical temple is present or not. Without the lamb at Passover the revelation of our Savior (salvation and redemption) is lost to a people who are still looking for their Messiah. Therefore, the commandment to eat the lamb applies to all generations who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their God/Elohim, as Passover always (both before and after His physical walk on earth), points to Yeshua as the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world for propitiation of our sins (Revelation 13:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

It was during the Babylonian exile that the egg became a popular addition in the celebration of both Passover and Easter for the Houses of Judah and Israel respectively. The House of Judah placed the egg on the seder plate at Passover. After searching the Scriptures, no mention of the commandment for a roasted egg at Passover can be found. When asked the reason for their observance they say it is a symbol of life, but Scripture, specifically the Shema, says we are to have only one symbol for life. The presence of an egg represents a Babylonian influence in connection with the belief of a pagan goddess of fertility(Ishtar/Easter). Today, with a renewed understanding of Yahweh’s Word, many people are declining man’s traditions that have been added to the celebration of Passover (Deuteronomy 6:4-25).

On the other hand, early Church fathers eliminated the Passover celebration altogether, leaving the people without a vision or heart for their Hebraic Messiah and His ways. This left them without an identity as part of Israel or the knowledge of their inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Man imposed Easter (by threat of death) on the people three hundred and twenty five years after Yeshua died. Yeshua never taught Easter or the celebration of it. Easter originated and was celebrated in Babylon hundreds of years before Yeshua was born. Easter is the celebration of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of sex and fertility at the spring equinox. Eggs are a symbol of Ishtar, and were dipped in the blood of human (infant) sacrifices made to pay homage to her they were then rolled around in fields in increase the crop yield. Today’s practice of decorating Easter eggs originated from this tradition.

Yahweh’s people do not replace the Lamb of God with pagan idolatry but rather worship and bless Him, remembering that Passover is a prophetic celebration for the redemption of the firstborn/believers of the Lamb of God, Yeshua, and is created to unfold future events, blessings and redemptions to come.

At Passover, we are to serve:
Bitter herbs: These herbs represent the bitterness of our time in slavery and bondage.

Matzo: This flat unleavened bread represents Yahweh’s pure Word, pointing to our redemption and deliverance from the sin of dishonor.

Roasted lamb: Represents the Messiah Yeshua, the Savior of the World who took our death upon Himself to re-establish our walk before Him.

The Blood on the Doorposts

The Israelites obeyed Yahweh’s command and put blood on the doorposts and lintels of their homes, then ate the roasted lamb with bitter herbs and bread without yeast. While the Israelites were safe in their homes, the Destroyer passed through the land. Loud wails of mourning and weeping were heard as the firstborn of the Egyptians died. True to Yahweh’s word, Pharaoh gave Moses and Aaron permission to leave. The Egyptians handed over articles of gold, silver and clothing to the Israelites, who plundered Egypt as they left (Exodus 12:33-36).

In reference to the Destroyer who passed over the Israelites’ homes, we note that the punishment of sin was destroyed and has no hold over us, IF we come into agreement with the Messiah. What follows is an understanding of what life is intended to be in His Love which is obedience to His word.

John 10:27-28 The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them[those who obey] eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.

Unleavened Bread

The Israelites in their haste to leave Egypt had to carry their bread made without yeast covered in their kneading troughs on their shoulders (Exodus 12:34). This bread became their life source. It was a prophetic picture of Yeshua, the spotless lamb dying for our sins, His temporary burial, and His resurrection to life.

The realm of death had no hold on the Children of Israel when they obeyed Yahweh. This will be the same for believers as we, His people, seek to obey Him, for we are not of this world (Egypt) but are of a heavenly, spiritual realm. Yeshua is the Light, the Lamb, and the Unleavened Bread who redeemed the Israelites from all of their bitterness. In effect, they had taken Him into their lives and partaken IN HIM that night. When they left Egypt they took the very symbol of the Messiah with them on their shoulders as His Government rests on His shoulders (Exodus 28:12; Isaiah 9:6).

Another prophetic picture appears. At the time of His birth, Yeshua was wrapped in swaddling clothes. Swaddling clothes were made from worn priestly garments and were used as wicks to light the menorahs in the temple. Yeshua is our High Priest and is the Light of the world. All power and authority – His Kingdom Government - rests on His shoulders, and His gift of His Kingdom is to all who choose to agree and partake in the Lamb of Yahweh (Luke 1:26-2:20; Matthew 28:18).

Yeshua said,

“For the bread of Yahweh is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Then Yeshua declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:33-35).

Yeast represents false doctrines which lead to sin and death. At Passover they were to remove ALL yeast from their homes and not consume it for seven days. The bread they carried on their shoulders represented Yeshua, the spotless Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (1 Corinthians 5:7).

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Yeshua, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Israelites were commanded to eat unleavened bread (bread with no yeast) for seven days. Yahweh repeats this over and over again in Scripture. The Passover is a night to remember, a memorial. The eating of the unleavened bread was not only for this night but also for seven more days and is a separate feast called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The first day and the last day of this feast are holy Sabbaths to Yahweh (Exodus 12:15-20).

Leviticus 23:5-6 “On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.”

Exodus 12:16 “On the first day [of the Feast of Unleavened Bread] there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation [Sabbath] for you” (Leviticus 23:5-8).

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