|This article explains how you may hold the Passover Service in your own home. It is not designed to keep you away from Passover Services organized by the church group in your area. But may be of help if you find that there is no local group in your vicinity or, perhaps, if they do not celebrate the Passover according to the scriptural instructions. To begin with, I will briefly describe the events that led up to the first Passover ever held. To do this we will together take an imaginary journey to ancient Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs, the sphinx and the mighty pyramids. The scene that comes to mind is strange to say the least: but it is true and very meaningful.|
|Exodus 3:||7: “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;|
8: And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
9: Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.”
Working through His servant Moses, Yahweh the God of Israel proceeds to humble Egypt, to humble Pharaoh, the mere mortal who dares to pose as a God on earth. By a series of devastating plagues Yahweh reduces Egypt to a miserable shambles. The temples, the houses and the countryside are all systematically laid waste by the hand of the Almighty. Everything in Egypt, the glory of the ancient world, is utterly ruined: all except the people of Israel and their possessions in the land of Goshen. Pharaoh, surprisingly, continues to defy the God of Israel and refuses to let His people go.
|Exodus 11:||1: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.|
2: Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold.
3: And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people.
4: And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
5: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
6: And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
7: But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. ”
The story is well known. At midnight a terrible slaughter took place and the only homes which escaped death were those which displayed the blood of the Passover Lamb. This is the instruction that Israel followed to escape that dreadful slaughter of the firstborn.
|Exodus 12:||1: “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,|
2: This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3: Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5: Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7: And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8: And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9: Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10: And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11: And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.
12: For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13: And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14: And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”
That was the first Passover ever celebrated. It was the night when the angel of death - the Destroyer - passed-over the houses of the believers who had displayed the blood of the Passover Lamb. If no blood was visible the Destroyer would enter the house and the eldest son or beast therein would die. It was a terrifying night for ancient Egypt: a night never to be forgotten by believer and unbeliever alike.
|Exodus 12:||30: “And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.“|
To Israel the Passover night was a night of liberation, the memorable night of their salvation from the tyranny and degradation of slavery. To Egypt it was a night of unparalleled catastrophe: a night of ignominious defeat and death. Yahweh the God of the Hebrews had reduced the mighty Egyptian empire to a dilapidated shambles and set His people free.
But this is all common knowledge to most true believers. Indeed the story of the Passover is so well known to Bible students that they tend to skip over it when making a serious study of God's Word. This is a tragic mistake; because the Passover story was in fact a preview, a ‘scaled-down model’ a ‘dramatized prophecy’ a ‘live object lesson’ to the whole universe of how Yahweh the Almighty God of Israel was planning to rescue millions of souls enslaved in sin by the super-Pharaoh Satan. The final act of that real rescue operation is about to take place in the closing days of this age, when once again the Destroyer will be despatched on his mission of death. Yes, Yahweh the God of the Hebrews is again going to astonish the universe in yet another act of deliverance, the second act, the grand performance! That whole experience of Israel's slavery in Egypt, the back-breaking toil, the brutality, the hopelessness, the pain and then the deliverance through the blood of the Passover Lamb, was a living object lesson of deliverance from sin and eternal death through the blood of Yeshua the Passover Lamb of God. In view of this amazing fact let us take a closer look at the Passover Service and learn what the Most High wants us to do in this generation just prior to the Destroyer’s appearance.
|John 1:||29: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
|John 6:||54: “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
|Verse:||56: “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.”|
|Galatians 3:||26: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.|
27: For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29: And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
|Romans 2:||29: “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”|
|Matthew 26:||26: “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.|
27: And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29: But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
|Luke 22:||19: “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.|
20: Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
|Exodus 12:||6: “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”
|Verse:||18: “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.”|
|Deuteronomy 16:||2: “Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.”
|Verses:||5: “Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:|
6: But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.”
|John 4:||19: “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.|
20: Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22: Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
|Matthew 18:||20: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”|
|John 13:||6: “Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?|
7: Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
8: Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9: Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10: Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.”
|John 13:||14: “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.|
15: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
|John 6:||53: “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.|
54: Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55: For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56: He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.”
|1 Corinthians 11:||23: “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:|
24: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25: After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26: For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27: Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28: But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29: For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30: For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
|Hebrews 12:||26: “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.|
27: And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
Faith in Yahweh, faith in His Son, Yeshua and in His Word - the Bible, faith in each other and the family, faith in the church will all be tested severely. To stand upright at that time of temptation will require total dependence on the Spirit of the Almighty. The PASSOVER NIGHT is the only night in the year which believers are commanded to observe. Great care should be taken to follow this divine instruction. This is what the holy commandment says.
|Exodus 12:||42: “It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.”|
The disciples failed to watch and pray even after the Saviour’s repeated warnings. As a result they all forsook him and fled: and the Apostle Peter denied him on three occasions. Had Peter prayed he would not have denied the Master. But we are in even greater danger than those early disciples. Most certainly we are no stronger than them. The midnight of the world when every soul will be tested to near breaking point is approaching at speed. It is almost here. If we watch and pray regularly, especially on the Passover Night our prospects of standing upright are much better. If we do not watch and pray we will collapse as surely as Peter did.
The Passover Night is a night to much observed. Yeshua the Saviour loves us with a love far beyond human imagination. He gave his life to redeem us from sin and eternal death. His aim is to present a faultless church to his Father; one that is washed clean of every sin and filled with the Holy Spirit. If you follow his instructions and keep the Passover Service at the appointed time and in the appointed way, and continually pray for his presence and power in your life, you will be kept in the The Hour of Temptation. That is his promise as quoted here.
|Revelation 3:||10: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”|
If you plan to observe the Passover Service in your own home, then make sure you and your company read the following:
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
(Numbers 6: 24-27)