Mar 20, 2008

Passover - Seder

Today is Maundy Thursday. Today is the day that Jesus gathered with His disciples to kick off the Passover festival.

The Passover festival would last for seven days.

The Passover would start with the Passover meal where a year old male lamb without blemish would be sacrificed. The lamb would be eaten with bitter herbs and matzo (bread without yeast).

This was to symbolize the hardship and cruelty of slavery in Egypt. The unleavened bread represented the haste in which the Israelites departed Egypt.

The lamb was to be slaughtered on the eve of Passover at 3:00pm on the 14th day of Nisan.

Exodus 12:1-23 describes the first Passover. I encourage you to read it on your own. Let me highlight a few verses.

Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down." (Exodus 12:21-23)

As long as you were covered by the blood of the lamb, you were safe.

That's it. Nothing more and nothing less. Just the blood of the lamb. That's all.

No Jew would have missed the significance of Jesus, the lamb of God, drawing His last breath and dying on the cross at 3:00pm.

Are you covered by the blood of the lamb?

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