Posted in Bible reading, life of Moses

Passover

Exodus 11:1-10
Exodus 12:14-42
Hebrews 11:23-28
Psalms 105:37-38

The Passover lamb.  The tale of God delivering His people, the Israelites, from Egypt, is a well known one.  It’s even the subject of several films.  It’s also one of my favourites.  Notwithstanding that Moses is one of my favourite biblical figures, it’s also powerful because it points to the Cross of Jesus.  
When I was working at the Jewish Childcare centre I learned (at least at the level of the children) the importance of Passover to them as descendants of Israel.  That was fascinating, but at the same time made me a little sad.
God’s gift of grace and Jesus’ blood shed on the cross that covers all our sins…. The Jewish have rejected.  Not every single one of them though; there are messianic Jews and Jewish Christians (they’re both different by the way).  But, the majority at this point reject Jesus as Saviour, Messiah, Lord.  
Notable, I think was the detail that God explained to Moses, about how His people should commemorate the Passover.  
Unleavened bread being one of the more recognisable.
Interesting point to note here, I think:  When Jesus shares Passover with his disciples and takes the first communion with them, He would’ve been eating unleavened bread.  So, in some sense, churches that use those thin wafers are probably closer to what would’ve actually been used as opposed to those that use normal bread loaves.
Just a thought. 
Another thought, there are Christians who believe we should partake in the Passover meal and commemorate it.  There are some who do that instead of celebrating Easter (as they have an issue with the pagan origin of the NAME of the festival).  I can see where it can fit, as Jesus is the ultimate Passover Lamb.  However, there are problems with it too.  
Instead we should perhaps celebrate and commemorate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, if we want to avoid the label of Easter.   
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