Spring is the starting of all things new. The trees are budding their new leaves. New baby animals are born. And a new year of God’s appointed times begin.
The Passover is the first feast of the new year and the first of the Spring Feast.
Passover is a remembrance of how God led his people (Israel) out of slavery in Egypt. Exodus 12 and 13 explains the first Passover which was instituted by the Lord.
“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Exodus 12:14)
The week following the Passover evening is called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. During this week you are not to eat anything that contains leaven (yeast, baking soda, baking powder, etc.). You are to remove all the “leaven from your houses” (Exodus 12:15) on the first day of this week.
“Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the LORD. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ It shall be a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.” (Exodus 13:6-10)
Both the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are memorials for us. On these days we should remember how the Lord led the Israelites out of Egypt and how He led mankind out of eternal damnation.
Just as the Passover lamb was slain before the Israelites’s flight out of Egypt, Yeshua (Jesus) was slain on our behalf.
It was no coincidence that Yeshua died on the cross during the Passover week. Matthew 26:2 says, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Yeshua is our Passover Lamb.
First Corinthians 5:7 discusses the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ [Messiah], our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”
We can get rid of the leavening (sin) in our lives because the Messiah was crucified for us. He has given us the freedom to begin our “exodus.” This is the true meaning and memorial of the Passover. This is what Yeshua lived His life here on earth for.
Happy Passover Week!