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How to Celebrate Passover

Do it on the right day

Leviticus 23:5
On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover
New King James Version

This is the Hebrew month of Abib. God told Israel to reckon this month as the first month. Passover represents such a huge life changing event that we are to begin reckoning the time of our lives all over again. 

Exodus 12:2
"This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year
New International Version

2 Cor 5:17-18
...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
New King James Version


This brings Honor to the Lord

Exodus 12:42-49
Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come.

When we celebrate Passover on the proper day we bring Honor to God who has delivered us from the power of Egypt (sin).

 

 

For a more in-depth study of Passover Feast dates read these Articles : Biblical Calendar Basics by Norman Edwards and Resolving The Passover Controversy by Sanford Beattie They are both copyright free Adobe files that you can download and print.  These are detailed scriptural investigations of these subjects for the more advanced student.  Get Adobe Reader Here

 

 

Tell the Story - We explain why is this night different from every other night

Ex 12:24-27

"Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' then tell them, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'"
NIV

God is Telling us to Tell the Story of our Deliverance. He is telling us to tell our children, the next generation, how we were saved from slavery to sin by the blood of the Lamb, by being willing to eat bread made in haste, and do as He asks.

Rev 12:11
They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;

they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death. NIV

And it is the same all the way until the end. Part of the plan of God for the deliverance of mankind is OUR testimony. There is tremendous power in our telling of how God delivered us. It is a specific instruction to tell our stories of deliverance as part of the Passover Feast.

Jewish believers celebrate Passover with a special family meal called the Seder (say-dur). "Seder" means "order", it is an ordered meal full of fascinating traditions.

GET A BELIEVER'S SEDER - now (Printable Adobe File - requires Free Adobe Reader)and GUIDE   (coming soon)

There are many traditions that speak of our Messiah Jesus even though those practicing the traditions may have no knowledge of their Messianic significance. During the meal they read through a scripted account of Israel's deliverance from Egypt; this is called the "Haggadah" which means "Telling." There are many versions and styles of "Haggadah" that have been developed over time, but they all tell the same story.

For more on this subject see: A Haggadah for Believers in Messiah (coming soon)

Get out the Leaven  and keep out the Leaven

Lev 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
New King James Version

Leaven represents sin. The Israelites were told to take a lamb and inspect it for three days before Passover to make sure that is was spotless and blemish free. Later they were to eat the whole lamb, a lamb for a house. Jesus is the Lamb of God given for the taking away of our sin. He ministered for three years doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. He called himself the bread from heaven. He told his disciples to eat his flesh just as the slaves of Egypt ate their lambs.

BUT FIRST they inspected the Lamb.

After the first Passover, the Israelites were told to inspect their houses for leaven and get it out. To this day many Jewish people meticulously sweep and scrub their cupboards, pantries, and their whole house so that they are sure that not one molecule of yeast, fermentation, or fermenting agent is within their house. Some even go as far as to have seperate sets of dishes just for this season.

As believers it is important for us to inspect our selves. We are the temple of God, individually and collectively. The days before Passover are for inspection, discernment , and seperation of anything that has come into our hearts to pollute or compromise the purity of the presence of Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God within us. When we become believers, we "eat the whole Lamb" and there is nothing of evil in Him whatsoever. Our natural houses can become polluted with foreign things. The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the sin that so easily entangles us can operate as leaven in our hearts.

We need to constantly check our hearts, this is certainly true, but here just before Passover, the Lord has given us a place where He wants us all (that is, the WHOLE CHURCH) to collectively inspect and seperate out sin (leaven) AT THE SAME TIME.

This kind of prayer, honesty, humility, and repentance has burst forth from time to time in various areas throughout the history of the Church, but I do not know of this happening in its fullness. Some of these events birthed awesome revivals and manifestations of God's goodness and power

But can you imagine every single believer and every fellowship group, denomination, church,and ministry doing this at the same time? Yet this is exactly what we are told to do during the days of preparation for the Passover.

We need to get the leaven out. This is something we have no ability to do BEFORE we are delivered from Egypt. But now, having been merged with God in covenant, and having taken Himself into ourselves as the bread of heaven and the whole Lamb, we have the ability to tell purity from pollution AND we have the authority within ourselves to caste it out.

We are to eat bread without leaven for seven days following this purging. Seven is the number of perfection, completion, and Holiness.  By eating unleavened bread for seven days we are reminding our selves that this event of deliverance is to change the nature of our lives and our lifestyles forever.  We are complete, perfect, taking nothing unholy into our selves.

Matt 5:48
Be perfect (complete, of full age), therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect(complete, of full age).
New International Version

Living in Christ we have everything pertaining to life and godliness, we have no need of any other food than the bread from heaven which is Jesus, our Messiah.

2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
New International Version


We Eat Bitter Herbs

Ex 12:8-9
That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
NIV

Bitter herbs remind us of the bitterness of bondage to the land of Egypt (sin).

 

Passover is actually three different Feasts in one Season

"Passover" is the First of Three seperate holidays collectively called " The Passover Season"  The holidays are called "Passover", 'The Feast of Unleavened Bread' and the "Feast of FirstFruits." Passover begins on the evening of the 14th of the Hebrew month called "Abib", it is also the first day of the seven day period called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You can check our Hebrew/Western Calender (coming  soon) to see the dates of God's Feasts for this year. Israel is commanded to eat bread made without leaven for seven days.

The Feast of Firstfruits, is observed on the day after the Passover day. The priest was to wave a sheaf of new grain before the Lord. Sheaves of grain often represent people in Biblical images (see Genesis 37) so the Feast of Firstfruits is a picture of New Believers that are now in relationship with God (the waving indicates their proximity to the Lord) and they are free from the power of sin.

Lev 23:10-11
'When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.
NIV

Passover Calendar

The calendar pattern of the Passover Season and the Feast of Weeks is outlined below. You can get a more complete overview of the Feast times with The Chart - Adobe PDF format. get Adobe Reader
Passover Calendar Chart

More insights

Exodus 12:43-47

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the Passover:

"No foreigner is to eat of it. Any slave you have bought may eat of it after you have circumcised him, but a temporary resident and a hired worker may not eat of it.

"It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones. The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.
New International Version


No foreigner is to eat of it.

This day is only for those who are willing walk in covenant with God, it has no significance for anyone else. If you are not willing to be included in His household, superficial compliance is of no value in saving you.

"It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.

Not one of Jesus bones were broken through all the brutality and torture of His excecution on the cross. Bones speak of structure, and integrity. There was and is nothing broken or divided in the Kingdom of God. Even though there are many covenants given by God, they all agree and confirm one another. There is no disagreement or nulifying of anything in the Old Covenant for the New. The Word of God has complete and utter integrity. Creation itself is held together by the integrity of His Word.  Jesus is the word made flesh, and the Lamb of God given to take away the Sin of the world.  His integrity is beyond all measure of scrutiny and not one of His bones were broken.  Freely He offered His life, it was not taken, he was not crucified  by any other power or authority than His own Love and willingness to do the will of the Father. Nothing between them was broken.

Unity

Everyone came out of Egypt together. They roasted and ate the lambs by families, and the blood was applied to thousands of different doorposts, just as we now individually enter into Covenant with God at different times and places.  But they came out TOGETHER, and we come out by means of ONE SACRIFICE given for all. From the view of eternity, there is only one Passover event that is the hope and salvation for us all. It is the death and ressurection of Jesus Christ. The wages of sin is death but the blood of the Lamb of God acknowledged and applied to the doorposts of our hearts delivers us from death. This is the event that the first Passover demonstrates.  Jesus was crucified on the very same day of the year that all those spotless lambs were killed in Egypt. There is absolutely no coincidence in these events. When we observe the Passover together, we acknowledge this.

Exodus 12:47
The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.

There is one sacrifice, one provision for all.  Whosoever believes can enter in and there is no other way. The plain truth is that we are not separate groups or denominations, we are all one. We have one Savior, one Spirit, one God and Father of all.When we refuse to gather as one at this Feast we stand as rebels against this truth.

Gather with family or gather in groups, eat new foods, eat symbolic foods,  and eat bread that is made without leaven. Gather together on the same day, the day that the Lord has specifically set apart to remember our deliverance. Gather together and tell The Story, tell His Story of how He came to "redeem us with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment."

Deuteronomy 4:32-34

Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other.

Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 

Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived?

Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
New International Version

Join with the Lord in His delight! On the Day, the very day of His deliverance!

See You At The Feast!

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