Preparing for Passover

Hi gang!  Yesterday I introduced a look into the Spring feasts celebrated by Jews.  We are approaching Passover, so I want to spend this week examining this important Jewish celebration.

In Jewish culture, preparation for the Passover (Pesach) actually begins a full month beforehand, just after the festival of Purim.  Since no leavened bread is to be eaten during the 8-day Passover season, special effort is made to remove all leaven from the home.  (Exodus 12:15)

Removing leaven (“chametz”) from the home is very involved, including finding crumbs of all chametz that may have been eaten anywhere in the home; finding crumbs that may have been left in pockets of clothes; emptying and scrubbing the refrigerator, stovetop, oven, microwave; putting away all dishes, pots, pans, etc that are normally used and bringing out items used only for Passover; pouring boiling water over kitchen tables and chairs and thoroughly scrubbing them; scouring the sink, counter, and appliances with boiling water; and scrubbing down all floors, windows and other parts of the house.  This is serious business!

Leaven is Biblical symbolism of sin.  There are lessons to learn from the Jewish Feast of Pesach.  It would do us well, spiritually, to go to great lengths to rid ourselves of “leaven.”  In fact, the psalmist says it perfectly:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!
~Psalm 139:23-24

In preparation for Passover, the firstborn male observes a fast the day before Passover.  The purpose of the fast of the firstborn is to commemorate the fact that firstborn males were “passed over” (lives spared) during the final plague in Egypt when firstborn males were killed unless the blood of the Passover Lamb appeared on the doorpost.

Again, Jesus, the firstborn, was the Passover Lamb who died in our place, so that we might live eternally with Him!  Jesus is the fulfillment of Passover!  As we examine the Jewish rituals, let’s open our hearts and minds to understand the spiritual things represented in them.  First, let’s recognize that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was Himself sacrificed for our sin; and because of that, we are able to remove the leaven (confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness) in order to enter into a celebratory feast with our Lord!

Praise God for the Passover Lamb!

 

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