Absolutely AMAZING! Astounding!
Truly — Y’shua was/is our Passover Lamb — right down to the finest detail! Who but GOD could have arranged this?
Don’t miss out on celebrating the Feasts! Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the first of the yearly cycle … there is such a richness and depth in celebrating the Feasts — and every year, there is more understanding — each Feast is a special time with the Father, as we REMEMBER …
Trust this Pesach season will be such a BLESSED time in greater intimacy with our Abba, and fellowship with the community YHVH has put around you — blessings to you and your family!
MANY blessings and SHALOM!
- Judgment was pronounced upon Yeshua late at night (after the Passover seder) in the Garden of Gethsemane where he was betrayed and arrested, and later during his trial (Luke 22:53, 66–71; 23:1–25). Though he was sinless, he carried the sins of mankind upon himself (2 Cor 5:21; Isa 53:6).
The first born had to die at the hand of YHVH as a judgment against sin (Exod 11:5).
- Yeshua was the firstborn of Elohim and the first man born of the Ruach haKodesh (Set-Apart Spirit), and was the firstborn of Mary. At the first Passover, the firstborn of each family was to be the head, priest and patriarch of his household and was to lead his family in obedience to YHVH. If he failed to do so, then had to bear the judgment meted out by YHVH. Likewise, Yeshua bore the judgment because of our sins (our failure to obey YHVH’s word), which is death (Rom 6:23; 1 Cor 15:56).
- Yeshua in accordance with Torah-law was selected four days before Passover and anointed (set apart) as the Lamb (John 12:1).
- The people of Israel examined and accepted Yeshua at his triumphal entry in Jerusalem (John 12:2).
- The religious system examined and rejected Yeshua (John 26:57) because he was a threat to their religious establishment.
- Judas, one of Yeshua’s closest associates, declared him innocent (Matt 27:3–4).
- Pilate’s wife declared Yeshua to be innocent (Matt 27:19).
- The political system through Pilate declared Yeshua to be innocent (Matt 27:23–24).
- Elohim, the Father of Yeshua, pronounced him guiltless and without sin (Heb 4:15; 1 Pet 1:19).
This perfect lamb was marked for death and was set aside for a special purpose (Exod 12:3–6).
The lamb was to be a year old; that is, a mature adult (Exod 12:5).
- Yeshua died for our redemption in the fullness of his manhood.
The lamb was separated out on the tenth day of the first month (the Passover was on the fourteenth day of the first month, Exod 12:3).
- On the same day Yeshua came to Bethany (John 12:1) where on the evening of the tenth day of the month Mary anointed Yeshua with spikenard (John 12:2–37), the very day the Passover lamb was to be separated.
The lamb was to dwell with the Israelites in the family’s house until the Passover day when the lamb was then slaughtered (Exod 12:5–6).
- Yeshua dwelt with the Jews during this time, including having a meal in Bethany, making his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, turning over the money changer’s tables at the temple, and enduring his trial.
- Yeshua, our Passover Lamb, wants to dwell in the spiritual house of our lives.
The blood from the lamb was to be painted on the door posts and lintels of each family’s house (Exod 12: 22–23).
- Messiah’s blood (or mark) must be placed on our foreheads (representing our thoughts) and hands (representing our actions) for us to be redeemed from the penalty of sin and to protect us from Elohim’s judgment against sin (Rev 7:3; 9:4; 22:4; Exod 3:9, 16; Deut 6:8; 11:18).
In order for one to be saved from the YHVH’s judgment on Passover eve, one had to enter the blood-painted door and be inside the house (Exod 12:22).
- Yeshua is the spiritual door to salvation and the way to the Father in heaven. No one can be saved without coming through his blood for the remission of sins. There is salvation through no other “door” but Yeshua (John 10:9; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rev 1:5; Heb 9:22; 1 John 1:7).
Hyssop was used to paint the blood onto the door posts (Exod 12:22).
- Yeshua was given sour wine (a figurative symbol of blood) on hyssop while hanging on the cross (John 19:29). Hyssop was an aromatic “paint brush”-like herb. It was used in purification ceremonies in the tabernacle (Lev 14:4, 6, 51–52) and was used as a poetic metaphor of inner cleansing in Psalms 51:7. Blood can symbolized many things, yet, when add to it hyssop, its cleansing powers from the stain and condemnation of sin and death are emphasized.
Later in Israel’s history, the Passover lamb was taken to the tabernacle (and later to the temple in Jeruesalem) to be sacrificed.
- Yeshua was condemned to die by the Jewish priests in the temple in Jerusalem.
The lamb was roasted by fire (Exod 12:8–9).
- Fire is a biblical metaphor for judgment. Yeshua suffered the fire of his Heavenly Father’s wrath and judgment against man’s sins (Matt 27:46; 2 Cor 5:21). What’s more, while a person was dying a slow and agonizing death on the cross, it would feel like he was on fire as his body was burning up with thirst in the hot sun.
No bones of the lamb were broken, or else it would not have been blemish-free (Exod 12:46).
- No bones of Yeshua were broken while hanging on the cross, although it was customary for the Romans to break the legs of the crucified to expedite the victim’s death (John 19:31–33).
Each Israelite was commanded to take a lamb and eat of it (Exod 12:3).
- Salvation is an individual matter. Each person must partake of the Lamb of YHVH individually. This is symbolized by each person taking communion (the bread and wine—a symbolic representation of the Passover meal), which is traditionally done during the third cup of wine during the Passover seder.
Later, according to Jews religious rules, the Passover lamb was roasted whole over an open fire spit with a pomegranate skewer running through in its mouth and out its vent (like a rotisserie, see The Temple: Its Ministry and Service, p. 182, by Alfred Edersheim, Hedrickson, 1978).
- Yeshua was “impaled” on a wooden cross—whole, and suffered the “flames” of Elohim’s judgment against sin.
The Passover lamb’s blood was placed on the lintel and door posts of the Israelite’s doors.
- Yeshua was pierced in the hands and head (as well as his back and side) and bled therefrom. The blood on the door was a perfect outline of the blood on Messiah’s body while he was hanging on the cross.
The Passover lamb was killed about 3 PM in the afternoon. This was the same time the priests would offer up the afternoon (or evening) daily sacrifice in the temple, and the same time that they offered up Passover lamb for the nation of Israel.
- Yeshua died on the cross at the ninth hour, or 3 PM in the afternoon (Matt 27:46–50).