Happy first week of June to y'all! Where is this year going to so quickly?! I've wanted to get this post out the last couple of weeks, but each time I ended up blogging another post. Passover for our household has consisted of varying events over the years, but since we've been keeping the feast days consecutively for the past two and a half, this past Pesach was different than we've had before since this time we were able to just have our own family remembrance and learn deeper together what this special time is for, bringing us closer to the Father in understanding His ways for us as members of the Body.
While there are many traditions one can find on keeping Passover, we left most of that out (aside from eating of the emblems), and just decorated a bit and made up a fancier meal to eat our lamb with to show that the night was different for a reason!
Mom made koogle, roasted eggplant, a delicious garlic vegetable mix and two desserts!-- Chocolate pecan pie and a mixed berry cheesecake! Making me want some just thinking about it! Our Aunt brought the lamb for us and I made those potato roses! Oh goodness was it ever a rich meal!
We had our Mom's good friend over to partake with us, but other than that, as I said was just our family! What a change from the last couple years of large gatherings with which so much more preparation is involved! I had some mixed feelings about all that as it was our first time leading the dinner just ourselves, and also thinking back on years prior I missed all the hub-bub and fellowship with those we'd been with before. But honestly the night turned out so well! I'm so grateful for the Lord's guidance as we continue this journey. For this night I'll be able to remember of spending with some of the people I hold most dear in life as we looked back on YHWH's goodness as He preserved His people.
This may seem like alot to read, but I didn't want to just include some verses from the chapter of which the reasoning and command of this Feast was given, but give you the full context. I've highlighted some of the main sections that focus on the points of this post.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on 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 are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you.
17 And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever. 18 In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses. If anyone eats what is leavened, that person will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwelling places you shall eat unleavened bread.”
21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you.
24 You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. 25 And when you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. 26 And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord's Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
28 Then the people of Israel went and did so; as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
We see the how and why of Passover here in Exodus 12. Some concepts of other Feast days can be more difficult to learn how to grasp, but Passover is really quite simple; we're to observe it forever, remember because YHWH passed over the houses of the Israelites as He struck the houses of the Egyptians.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
I put together a little place card (shown below) for each one of us the night of our Sedar meal, which included the Scripture readings we're go through that night. We read a few other ones besides Exodus 12 and the passage from Matthew I included above, but for this post's needs I think the two alone meet them well!-- We're to keep the Feast of Passover just as our Messiah Himself did!
Have you ever attended a Sader meal?
What do you and your family do at Passover?
Have any questions? Please ask!
the elder sister & writer