Fourteen of Nisan  Eve of Passover

        Tonight, is the Eve of Passover and ‘Seder Night’. Remember, only unleavened bread and products may be eaten for the next 8 days.

        There is no Jewish festival that has more meaning or symbolism than Passover. The Seder tonight reminds us of the events leading up to the exodus from Egypt and God's intervention on behalf of our ancestors. The meal includes various elements that remind us of those events. Passover and the Seder reminds us of the events of Yeshua's last days including His last Seder, His death and resurrection.

        Remember how we got a lamb 4 days ago so we could ‘check it out’? Let's review.....
Exodus 12: 3 On the tenth of this month (take) a lamb for each household…: 5 Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats…. 6 You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Now we are getting the nitty gritty of Passover.....Continuing with that lamb: 7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two door posts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

blood on lintel 8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments--I am the LORD. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pesach (pass over) you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.

What did Yeshua do?
        "On the first day for matzah, when they slaughtered the lamb for Passover, Yeshua’s disciples asked Him, 'Where do you want us to go and prepare your Seder'?" He told them where to go and what to do to get things ready. So, off they went “and they prepared the Seder. When evening came, Yeshua arrived with the Twelve.”

        Many things happened during that last Seder that Yeshua had with His disciples: He revealed that He was going to be betrayed and who was betraying Him; foot wash He gave them an example of 'servant hood' to follow by washing their feet; He gave new meaning to the traditional Passover ‘bread’ (matzah) and wine by declaring that His blood was going to be shed on behalf of mankind, to pay the price for man’s sins, just like the Passover lamb that was slain earlier in the day. And, once again He told them that He would be raised again in three days. (Mark 14:12-29)

        They then sang the traditional song from the Psalms and went out to the Mount of Olives, to the Garden of Gethsemane where He went to pray, then later He was betrayed, arrested and carted off to the high priest's house. (Mark 14:32-60)
Carl and I were in that Garden of Gethsemane, the same day that we walked down the 'Palm Sunday' path.

Passover is not just about the history of the Jews. It is also about God's plan of redemption for all peoples and all nations. The Israelites had to believe and apply the blood to their doorways. The same goes for each person today, both Jew and Gentile. By faith, if we have applied the blood of Yeshua, the perfect lamb of God who died to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29), to the door posts of our own hearts, then God must pesach (pass over) and save us from sin.

It is a matter of believing what God says, just like Yeshua taught when the fig tree withered. I hope that you all will have an opportunity to attend a Messianic Seder this evening, where everything is 'brought together'. If not this year, then next year. To read the traditional readings, Click Here. These readings begin tomorrow, Passover day.

Tomorrow is Passover - It is a Sabbath - a 'no work' day

Story Continues, Nisan 15 ~ Passover