THE PORTRAIT: The Passover holiday begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which typically falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. The Christian holiday commonly known as “Easter” falls on the calendar around the same time as Judaism’s Passover.
In accordance with the instructions God had given to Moses, “…on the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb…without blemish…a male of the first year…take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it…eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs…I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt…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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you…Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off…For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off...You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread…So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations.
- The Lamb of God: The Passover offering which the Hebrews ate in temple times represented the Holy One having spared their lives in Egypt when He passed over the houses of the Hebrews when He struck down the Egyptians. (Exodus 12:26-27) Concerning the Messiah it is was written that: “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep is silent before her shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) It is also written, “John saw Yeshua coming to him and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'” (John 1:29)
- The Blood of the Lamb: It is written that, “Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:18-22).
The wine that the Hebrews drank was red in color and represented the blood of the Passover lamb; and the parsley represented the hyssop which the Hebrews used to place the blood of the Passover Lamb upon the sides and tops of the door-frame of their house. The saltwater represented the tears shed in Egypt because life there was full of pain, suffering and tears.
Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion. The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
Christian Sacrament of “The Lord’s Supper” (aka Communion) commemorates the Passover offering that is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world:
1 Corinthians 11:23-29 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
Certainly not to its credit, 21st century Christianity is as full of variations in “tradition” and “customs” as is Judaism in which adherents have divided themselves in denominations based upon extremes of literal-to-conservative personal interpretations of Biblical texts.
For example, concerning the sacrament of baptism, one would find denominational differences whereas the “liberal” leaning denominations baptize by “sprinkling” of water while the “conservative” leaning baptize by full “immersion” in water. Another example involves the sacrament of “Communion” aka “Lord’s Supper”, one would discover differences in when, in how, in with what elements, and in whether or not the elements have symbolic meaning as is the belief of Protestants or, are “transubstantiated” (not the belief of Protestants) as in Roman Catholicism.
So it is in Judaism. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in ancient Egypt. How the 21st century Jewish family celebrates Passover, and what elements are included in their Passover seder meal varies in accordance with orthodoxy and tradition.
- Just thinking out loud…a few stray thoughts on the subject:
- CHRISTIAN SACRAMENT OF “COMMUNION”, aka “The Lord’s Supper”
- PASSOVER SEDER HAGGADAH for BELIEVING JEW
- WILL THERE BE A RESTORATION OF SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM IN THE NEW TEMPLE…and, if so, WHY??
- In my own personal opinion, based upon almost 40 years of personal study of the Scriptures including the book of Ezekiel, I am one of those believing in the literal interpretation view of Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48, “literal” as meaning that God’s intent in speaking to Ezekiel was to foretell of an “end times” event in which the Temple would be rebuilt in Jerusalem, and that God intended to restore the sacrificial system of burnt offerings.
- Why would God do that? To the follower of Jesus Christ, the New Testament clearly and unequivocally attests to the fact that Jesus Christ is the only and the once and for all time sacrifice for the sins of mankind that is acceptable to God. So, if this is true, then WHY would God restore a “system” that was made wholly obsolete, a sacrificial system of bulls, goats, and lambs?
- In my own personal opinion, I believe that God conveyed through Ezekiel a season in the “end times” that an event will occur in which God unveils the eyes of Israel, eyes “blinded” by God since Israel crucified their Messiah, and the people of Israel will suddenly “know” the answer to the “mocking” response to the notion of a messiah who has been on earth once already: they say, “When Messiah comes, then we will ask him if he has been here before.” In my opinion, God’s revelation of Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel will be the scars in the hands and feet of Jesus…and such shame will overwhelm the people of Israel like no other time in the history of mankind! Israel will then experience in great shame the grace of God that was accomplished at the cross…and the restored sacrificial system will be to the nation of Israel the symbolic commemoration that is “Communion” to the follower of Jesus Christ. And, in my opinion, it will be that celebration in the Temple that replaces the “wine and cracker”. In other words, it will NOT be the sacrifices by which sin is atoned, since Jesus alone was once and for all the only acceptable sacrifice. The sacrifices will now become the memorial service. I end this segment with the reminding the reader that this is a personal opinion.
To be continued (11/29/16)