†††† The Passover is just a day away and I want to take this time to refresh our memory about that day and what itís about. From back when the Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery to the time when Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb for us. Exodus 12:1-30 tells us about the time when God first had His people begin to observe this miracle of their deliverance from slavery. What occurred then was also a foreshadow of what was going to take place in the future, which Jesus came to fulfill.
†††† We can still relate this story to ourselves even unto this day. This was to remain a memorial (verse 14) for us and an ordinance forever because of the significance that it showed not just for those that experienced it first hand or it wouldnít have been important for God to make it a memorial forever, it was for us at this time of year to reflect on what God has done for us and continue to do.
†††† Let us look at some of the verses and see how they may be used for us this very day. One that we can look at is verse 11 were Godís people (us today) needed to be ready at any moment to do what God asked of them to do. We need to be ready throughout our lives to respond to Godís calling wherever and whenever He calls on us to act. You could even compare their loins girded, shoes on their feet and a staff in their hands with having our loins girded with truth, shoes of the gospel on our feet and the staff in our hands to lead or show the way for others, leading them to God and our messiah Jesus. From this verse we learn that we need to be ALWAYS PREPARED.
†††† Verse 13 we see the blood of the lamb is used to keep at bay death and even to this day the blood and sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God is what keeps the penalty of sin which is death at bay. Jesus was the future lamb; the lamb back during the first Passover foreshadowed what would come pass when Jesus fulfilled This Feast Day. He would come and delivery Godís people from the slavery of sin and with his blood he would keep them safe from the death providing them a way to forever avoid the cost of sin.
†††† With the passing of the Passover begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Even the Feast of Unleavened Bread has significance for us and also was to be observed forever. Leaven for the most part is used to represent sin and as Jesus lived a sinful life the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a reminder to us to remove sin from our lives and that we should do what we can to keep our homes (bodies) clear of leaven (sin).
†††† Feast Days are not just for us to simply observe them, but to take time and remember what God has done for us in the past, present and what He will do for us in the future. These are times of fellowship and celebration to call to mind and to take time to relate things the Lord has done for us and others. Let us enjoy these days with our families and friends.
*Footnote: The Feast Days have so far been fulfilled on their perspective days, but not all have been fulfilled. The Day of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, The Feast of Tabernacles and the Day of the Lord.*