Friday, December 15, 2017

Pesach-Passover

March 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel, Monthly Articles

On the 15th of our month of March, the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of the New Year for Israel (5770) as stated in Exodus 12:1-2 “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Months were simply called by their number placement until after the Babylonian exile. This month is now called Nisan.


According to the rest of the passage, God instructs the Israelites to observe the 15th day (beginning on the eve of the 14th) as the beginning of Pesach, or Passover, to be kept for a week, until the eve of the 21st day of the month.

After instructing the Israelites to kill a lamb and place the blood on the their doorposts, God told the Israelites to roast it with fire and eat it in a hurry with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Today, the Passover feast has, as its centerpiece, the Seder, consisting of these components:
1. Zeroah, a shank of lamb–symbolizing the Passover lamb
2. Karpas, parsley or celery dipped in salt water–symbolizing the tears of the Israelites
3. Beitzah, boiled or roasted egg—symbolizing mourning that they can no longer bring a sacrifice to the Temple.
4. Charoset, a mixture of wine, raisins, apples, honey, nuts and spices, all mentioned in the Song of Solomon—symbolizing the mortar the Hebrews made for the Egyptian bricks.
5. Maror, bitter herbs, like horseradish or romaine lettuce—symbolizing the harshness of slavery–a second set is called Chazeret.
6. Matzot, three flat pieces of unleavened bread—symbolizing the bread eaten in haste by the Hebrews fleeing from Egypt.

If you research Pesach, you will find some interesting practices observed during this Feast. I’m going to mention a couple to show the meaning and relationship to Messiah that is overlooked by religious Jews, because their hearts are yet blinded to the fact that Yeshua fulfilled Pesach in all aspects! He kept the Passover meal with his disciples at the Last Supper and revealed Himself as the Passover Lamb. As believers in Yeshua-Jesus, the Son of God, these little details, though hidden from their understanding, are abundantly clear to us.

One important practice is the removal of leaven. Not only is the matzo bread supposed to be unleavened, but all forms of leavening are to be cleansed from the home prior to Passover, including utensils that might have come in contact with it. Leaven puffs up and symbolizes arrogance and pride–the true definition of sin. How ironic that performing this act has yet to open their eyes to the Truth.

As Messianic Believers, we need to keep one thing in mind about the modern day Seder. It was not instituted until hundreds of years after Jesus’ death. The original commandment by God was to observe the Passover with a slain Lamb, with unleavened bread, and with bitter herbs. And yet, I find it very interesting that we can find symbolic meaning in what is observed today.

There are three pieces of matzo served at the Seder. To the Jews, they can symbolize one of the following:
1. The three measures of fine meal from which Sarah baked cakes for the three angelic visitors in Genesis 18:6
2. The three categories of Jews–Kohen, Levi, and Yisrael—that make up the Jewish people,
3. The three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

I can clearly see the Trinity represented. Also, the machines, which pull the matzo (pronounced matza) dough through to flatten it, leave stripes on it, and it is pierced before it is baked. Read Isaiah 53!

At the Seder meal, the three pieces of matzot are placed together in a basket, and at the beginning of the meal, the middle one is removed and broken into two pieces. One half is placed back in the middle and the other is wrapped in a napkin and hidden. It is called the Afikomen. After the meal, the search begins for the Afikomen. Once it is found, it is further broken into pieces, and everyone gets a piece to eat–Luke 22:19. Again, the analogy is clear to those of us who know Yeshua and what took place during the three days of Pesach.
1.Yeshua-the Passover Lamb of God. Crucified on the day a lamb would have been slain by the High Priest in preparation for Passover-14 Nisan
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” — John 1:29.
2. Yeshua- the Unleavened Bread. Was buried on the day of Unleavened Bread-15 Nisan
“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh.” — John 6:51
“For He made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…” –II Corinthians 5:21
3.Yeshua-the First Fruits of the redeemed. Rose from the Grave on the day of the First Fruits- 17 Nisan

“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” — 1 Corinthians 15:20

Thus, Yeshua fulfilled each day of the three feasts of Pesach.

Clearly, God is in the midst of His people, and still they do not see Him. I pray that Christians will delve into the true meaning of Easter, and not be blinded, as are the Jews of today. May we take time to reflect on how our Lord and Savior fulfilled Old Testament prophesy as we read the Scriptures, and let’s praise the Risen Lamb, who takes away the sin of the world! Chag ha-Matzot!

For a more in depth study of Pesach I recommend this website.

Mid Stutsman is a mother of twelve children and “Nana” to ten beautiful grandchildren. She lives with her husband, Fred, on their Centennial family farm in Northern Indiana. God’s amazing love is the breath of inspiration for her artwork and the passion behind her writing. Learn more about Mid on The Israel Connection, Mids Point of View Blog and Mids Point.

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