“Passover is a season of life and healing, and a restoration of power and holiness.” Don Finto
“..this same night continues to be a night when ADONAI keeps vigil for all the people of Isra’el through all their generations” [Exodus 12:42].
Friends and Family!
It is with great joy that Charity and I are preparing for the birth of our firstborn son in the coming weeks!
As I was reflecting on the past week and asking the Lord to prepare me for the following week, I was made aware that our son will probably be born during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev 23:6, Num 28:17). There is a chance though, that he will be born earlier on Passover (Pesach) or later on the Feast of Firstfruits!
This is beyond exciting for Charity and I, as the significance of this time of the year is incredible! We have felt the fear of the Lord in regard to naming our son the name he already has in Heaven, the name his heavenly Father has given him. Now that we are in the season of his birth and facing the reality that it is most likely going to fall during a Spring Feast, our expectation for what the Lord is doing is through the roof! Stand with us in faith and agreement for the perfect plan the Lord has for our son!
With that, I felt compelled to dive into the Word and search out both the obvious and hidden truths concerning Passover specifically. This is the greatest time in the history of mankind. Yeshua, the “radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence” [Hebrews 1:3], died and was resurrected,” stripping the rulers and authorities of their power, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by means of the stake” [Colossians 2:15]. COME ON! If this time of the year doesn’t get you excited to be a son or daughter of God then you need to check your pulse!
Here is what I found in the Word concerning Passover:
Passover, called “Pesach” by Yeshua and the rest of the Jewish people, is the feast which celebrates the Exodus of the Jewish nation from Egypt, under the leadership of Moshe (Moses). It is, along with Shavu’ot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), one of the three pilgrim festivals, when Jews were to go up to Jerusalem.
It was established in Exodus 12:1-13:16 when the Lord spoke to Aaron and Moses while they were still in Egypt.
Sh’mot (Exodus) 12:1 “ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt..”
As you read on, you will learn a few things that you might not have known. One is that the Lord considers “this month”, which is called Nisan or Aviv, to be the first month of the year. In the West, we use a Roman calendar named after false gods, but according the Word, God is on a different calendar. In the West, we celebrate good holidays but name them after pagan idols (“Easter” comes from “Ishtar”, the pagan god of fertility, hence the eggs and bunny). In reality, the Lord has already given appointed feasts to Israel, to whom we are “grafted in” (Romans 11). These feasts were fulfilled and will be fulfilled by Messiah. Why should we give our own names to what the Lord has already named? Why should we try to create our own ways to supersede the plans God made even before the earth was created?
The blood of the Lamb placed on the wooden doorposts delivered Israel from the angel of death, who passed over God’s people when he saw the blood. God took away all of Egypt’s firstborn sons because Pharaoh would not return the house of Israel to God so that they, His “firstborn son,” could worship Him. It is amazing to think that God punished Egypt’s firstborn sons to deliver Israel from slavery, but he was setting the stage for the time when He would give up his own firstborn Son to make an eternal atonement for Israel and the world!
Another thing you might not have noticed before is that God STILL keeps watch over Israel, especially during Pesach. “This (Passover) was the night when ADONAI kept vigil to bring them (the people of Isra’el) out of the land of Egypt, and this same night continues to be a night when ADONAI keeps vigil for all the people of Isra’el through all their generations” (Exodus 12:42).
Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:4-5 “These are the designated times of ADONAI, the holy convocations you are to proclaim at their designated times. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between sundown and complete darkness, comes Pesach for ADONAI.” Passover is a celebration of God’s salvation!
B’midbar (Numbers) 28:16 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is ADONAI’s Pesach.”
D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:1-8 “Observe the month of Aviv, and keep Pesach to ADONAI your God; for in the month of Aviv, ADONAI your God brought you out of Egypt at night. You are to sacrifice the Pesach offering from flock and herd to ADONAI your God in the place where ADONAI will choose to have his name live… You may not sacrifice the Pesach offering in just any of the towns that ADONAI your God is giving you; but in the place where ADONAI your God will choose to have his name live — this is where you are to sacrifice the Pesach offering, in the evening, when the sun sets, at the time of year that you came out of Egypt. You are to roast it and eat it in the place ADONAI your God will choose; in the morning you will return and go to your tents.”
As you can see, Passover is a big deal to God! He gave these instructions because his desire was and still is for Israel to be a holy people, set apart for himself.
Yeshua, our Passover Lamb.
- 1 Cor. 5:7 “..For our Passover lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed.”
- John 1:29 (again at verse 35) “The next day, John saw Yeshua coming toward him and said, “Look! God’s Lamb! The one who is taking away the sin of the world!”
- John 19:33-36 (See Exodus 12:46) “..but when they got to Yeshua and saw that he was already dead, they didn’t break his legs… For these things happened in order to fulfill the passage of the Tanakh: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”
- Acts 8:32 (Luke is quoting Isaiah 53:7-8) “He was like a sheep led to be slaughtered..”
- 1 Peter 1:19 “On the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot.”
- Revelation 5:6-9 “Then I saw standing there with the throne and the four living beings, in the circle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been slaughtered… They sang a new song, ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation.’”
*Passover is not just a celebration for the Jewish people, but for everyone who believes and thus was ransomed by God!
During Passover, thousands of years later, Yeshua, the unblemished “Lamb of God”, gave up his spirit and was sacrificed for the sins of all mankind. Previously, Yeshua was examined and anointed in accordance with the Torah, was declared “innocent”, and then prepared and slaughtered at the same time as all the other Passover lambs in Israel. That night, Shabbat Passover begins.
His blood on the door frame of our heart saves us from death, and through union with Him we are justified! At his own expense, because of his relentless love and mercy, He did what the blood of rams and goats could not do. All to make a way for them, for us to enter the throne room, the Holy of Holies.
The Son experienced complete separation from the Fathers so that we would never have to, so that He could be our God and we could be his people forever. Yeshua, you are the only Way to the Father!
Join with what God has already done and with what he is still doing every year! Celebrate Passover!