Think Passover is a Jewish Festival?
There is no reference to a “Jewish religion” in the original Hebrew Scriptures. Israel and Judah divided about 900 B.C. and both were eventually conquered. The ten Northern tribes of Israel assimilated into Assyria and Judah was taken into captivity for 70 years by the Babylonians; just as Jeremiah prophesied, Jeremiah 29:10.
The term “Jewish” comes from “Judah.” In 1948 the Jewish people chose “Israel” as the name of their new state. Today, many believe the “Jewish religion” is synonymous with “Israel.”
Jesus, (Yehoshua), the Messiah, was prophesied to come through the line of Judah, Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6. He was a Jewish Rabbi, but He didn’t follow the legalism, (additions and subtractions) of the Jewish religion, He called his followers to leave everything behind and “come, follow Me,” Matthew 4:20.
Yehoshua Is the Word of Truth, John 1:1 and our Creator’s Word Is Torah, meaning the Way, Truth and Life. Like Light, the Truth boldly exposes all who add or take away from Torah. He exposed the religious leaders as hypocrites, blind guides, white washed tombs, wicked, laying heavy burdens on men’s shoulders, self-exalting, indulgent, greedy, murderers, serpents…Matthew 23.
All that to say, Passover is not a “Jewish” Festival. Passover is the Good News of Salvation for All people as revealed in the Torah and the Prophets, the copy and shadow of the Heavenly/Spiritual, Hebrews 8:5; Exodus 25:9.
Israel, “the Firstborn” Reveals Yehoshua, (YHVH Is Salvation)
YHVH, (He Is, Was and Always Will Be). His Covenant of Ten Statements, were written on stone by His own finger, Exodus 31:18. Moses was shown the Pattern of the Heavenly/Spiritual, because the physical came first, to reveal the Spiritual, 1 Corinthians 15:46; Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 10:1.
From the promised “Seed,” Genesis 3:15, to the birth of the nation of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:18, their 400 years of slavery, it was all foretold by YHVH to Abraham, Genesis 15:13. From the Temple to the Sacrifices, The Torah reveals YHVH’s Salvation, Yehoshua.
If Yehoshua explained what was said about Him in Moses and the Prophets, we can too.
John the Baptist, Paul, Peter and
John Called Yehoshua The Passover Lamb.
The blood of the Passover Lamb redeemed every “Firstborn” of Israel from death. YHVH calls Israel His “Firstborn;” Exodus 4:22. The “Firstborn” is another Shadow revealing Yehoshua, the “Firstborn” from the dead; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5.
The Day Before Passover, Yehoshua Explains that He Is The Covenant.
Sin is the Cause of Death, Genesis 2:17
“…in Adam all die, so in Messiah all will be made alive,” 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12; Psalm 103:12
Our Creator’s Appointed Times have been set from the beginning, when He put the lights in the sky to make a separation between night and day and to be Signs, (Oth) for His appointed times (Moed) and years, (Shanah), Genesis 1:14.
The Way, or Tree of Life and Death were known from the Garden of Eden. Moses was shown the (heavenly/spiritual) details and wrote down the details, calling God’s pre-Appointed times, “Chuqah Olam” meaning, “Appointed Forever.”
“Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate (Chagag #2287) it as a festival (chag #2282) to YHVH; throughout your generations you are to celebrate (Chagag #2287) forever (Olam #5769).” Exodus 12:14.
Light, Bread, Eternal Life, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth.
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4; John 8:12.
Jesus said, “I Am the Bread of Life,” John 6:48.
“I Am the Living Bread that came down from heaven, if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And this bread, which I will give for the life of the world, is My flesh,” John 6:33, 51.
Events of Messiah Before Passover
Lamb Selection Day
On the 10th day of Aviv, a lamb was chosen and observed for any defects; Exodus 12:5; 1 Peter 1:19. When Y’hoshua, rode into Jerusalem, on a donkey’s cult, it was lamb selection day and the People recognized He was fulfilling prophecy; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4; Mark 11:7; Mark 11:9, 11; Psalm 118:26; John 12:12…
He Cleansed the Temple
Like the Physical Temple, We Cleanse Our Spiritual Temple
…your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit… 1 Corinthians 6:19
Spring cleaning may have originated from the annual riding the home of Chametz/Yeast in the days preceding Passover.
Spiritually yeast represents “Sin,” as defined by the Ten Commandments, more specifically, it’s our lack of Love, (Chesed), meaning; Merciful/Compassionate, Loyal, Loving Kindness, toward God and one another; Leviticus 19:18; Romans 13:8; James 2:8; Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:10.
Yeast is Pride, it “puffs up” our ego the way C02 gas puffs up bread dough, making the dough appear larger than it really is. Yeast is symbolic of boasting, arrogance, lies and hypocrisy; 1 Corinthians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 8:1: Luke 12:1.
We Must Examine Ourselves Before Taking the Cup and the Bread.
“Search me O God, and know my heart, examine me, and know my thoughts, Psalm 139:23
“Examine me, O YHVH, test my inmost being and my heart.” Psalm 26:2
“Each one must Examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28
Yehoshua is Anointed for Burial at Bethany
At Twilight the Woman of the House Lights a Candle.
“Blessed are You our Father, our God (Elohim), King of the Universe, You are the Light of the World,” Amen (Revised from “commanded us to kindle the lights”)
Aaron and his sons washed their hands and feet; Exodus 30:19 Exodus 40:31. Y’hoshua humbly washed the feet of His disciples, John 13:5; Genesis 18:4; Matthew 20:28. Clean hands signify a pure heart; Job 17:9; Psalm 24:4; Psalm 26:6; James 4:8, but this is optional, Y’hoshua also reprimanded the religious hypocrites who taught their hand washing tradition as a Commandment of God: Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7; Isaiah 29:13; Luke 11:38.
Sanctification, To Make Holy, Set-apart, (Qadash)
Pour The 1st Cup of Sanctification, I will bring you out; Exodus 6:6.
Fill the cup to overflowing, Psalm 23:5. Imagine the physical symbolism of the grapes that were crushed and transformed into Wine. Wine is also symbolic of the blood required in cutting a covenant and it gladdens the heart. Psalm 104:15; Exodus 24:8; Mark 14:24…
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was oppressed for our iniquities; the chastening was for our Shalom and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24
The Traditional Blessing for the 1st Cup
“Blessed are you YHVH our Elohim, King of the Universe, creator of the fruit of the vine,” Amen
Seder Means Order
“And when your children say to you, ‘What does this service mean?’ you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to YHVH who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.” Exodus 12:26
(Children are the priority on this night. Traditionally the youngest is asked to read this question. Add your own creativity to make the order fun and memorable); Exodus 13:8; Exodus 13:14. Exodus 10:2; Exodus 13:8;.Psalm 78:4
“We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of YHVH, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.” Psalm 78:4
*Ask comprehensive questions to ensure everyone understands the meaning of the Passover sacrifice, Matzah, unleavened bread and Maror, bitter herbs.
The traditional blessing is said before dipping the bitter herbs in the salt water of tears.
“Blessed are You, our Father, our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments and commanded us to eat bitter herbs.”
Break the Afikomen, Wrap it in Linen, and Hide for Later. Take the three pieces of Matzah, out of One bag, and break the middle piece. Wrap the larger half in linen and put it in an Afikomen bag. Tuck it away until you can hide it while the children are eating. After the meal the children will search for it and the one who finds it is given a silver redemption coin. Exodus 30:11-16
Y’hoshua said, “I Am the Bread of Life” John 6:35
Haggadah Means, The Telling
Pour the 2nd Cup of Remembrance: “I will Deliver you,” Exodus 6:6.
The Hebrew word “remember” means to “re-experience.” From Abraham to Jacob/Israel. How Israel ended up in Egypt as slaves and how YHVH delivered Israel from their oppression.
We remember the 10 plagues by removing 1 drop of wine from our cup as each plague is read; (use your own creative visuals) 1. Nile River turned to Blood 2. Frogs 3. Lice 4. Flies or Wild Beasts, (Arov means swarm or mixed) 5. Animal disease 6. Boils 7. Hail 8. Locusts 9. Thick darkness 10. Death of the firstborn, (Ask if anyone can see the parallels of the firstborn? Read Exodus 4:22; Psalm 89:27; Hebrews 12:23…
Now Pharaoh orders Israel to leave but it doesn’t take him long to a change his mind and pursue them. (The parting of the Red Sea creates the Way to “cross over”, to freedom. Note, the word “Hebrew” means to “cross over.” We “cross over” from death to life spiritually in Y’hoshua, (YHVH’s Salvation).
“We know that we have “crossed over” from death to Life, because we love one another. The one who does not love remains in death. 1 John 3:14
After the Blessing Drink the 2nd Cup.
“Blessed are you, our Father, our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.” Amen
2nd Traditional Hand Washing and Blessing over All the Matzah
Blessed are you, our Father, our God, king of the universe, we wash our hands and purify our hearts in your Name, (revised from “commanded us concerning washing of the hands.”)
“Blessed are you, our Father, our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth,” Amen
Eat the Matzah with the other Bitter Herbs
“Blessed are you, our Father, our God, King of the universe, who sets us apart by His Commandments, and commanded us to eat unleavened bread and bitter herbs.” Amen (revised two blessings)
The Passover Meal Begins
The Holy, Sanctified, Set Apart, Passover Meal traditionally serves chicken soup with matzo balls but you can be as creative as you like. Begin your own traditions serving any clean food that does not contain yeast.
Blessing YHVH after Eating is a True Command
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless YHVH your God for the good earth, (eretz) which He has given you.” Amen Deuteronomy 8:10
Have the Children Find the Afikomen and Redeem it.
Pour the 3rd Cup of Redemption: “I will redeem you,” Exodus 6:6.
Everyone takes a small piece of the Afikomen, representing the Body of Y’hoshua.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink this fruit of the vine again until the day I drink new wine with you in the Kingdom of My Father.’ Matthew 26:28,29; Luke 22:16-18; Jeremiah 31:33 Jeremiah 31:33
The 4th and Final Cup
Elijah’s cup is traditionally poured but not drank and the door is symbolically opened to welcome Elijah’s coming, Malachi 4:5; Matthew 11:14. Y’hoshua revealed that John The Baptist was Elijah. We can now pour this cup in anticipation of our Messiah’s return.
The 4th Cup of Praise: “I will take you to Myself,” Exodus 6:7 Also called the cup of Blessing; 1 Corinthians 10:16. Joy is likened to Light in the darkness. We are taught to rejoice in all things, Philippians 2:18; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16…
It’s Time to Sing the Hallel, Praises; Psalm 113-118; Exodus 15:21…
“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Matthew 26:30
“and they sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and wonderful are Your works, YHVH God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations!” Revelation 15:3
Make a toast to Life, and say, “next year in Jerusalem,” at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!