To start we are not Jewish and are not doing a Jewish thing. I just wanted to get that out there before I start.
About 4 years ago, Yahweh (God) opened our eyes while reading the scriptures. It was during a homeschool lesson that my son and I were doing that struck a chord. We were reading the Exodus account where Yah delivered Israel out of Egypt and took them out of slavery. They traveled through the wilderness and were taken care of by Yah. I will share the verse that caught our attention.
In Exodus 12 we learn the instructions for the first Passover. We learn that this time of year is also the beginning of the year. Ex 12:2 “This month will mark the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year for you. So that means that the year actually starts in the Spring when everything is coming back to life. Just makes sense, doesn't it? Yah also told them to slaughter a lamb for each household and to put the blood on their doorposts. This was to be the sign for the angel of death to pass over the Israelite's homes and spare them from the judgment coming upon the land. It was to be a perfect lamb, does that sound familiar?? Ex 12 5 Your lamb is to be without blemish, a year old male. Yeshua (Jesus) is the perfect lamb of Yah that was placed upon a cross and his blood was shed for us. That my friends is not a coincidence. We read that the Israelites had to eat fully dressed and ready to run out the door. And then we get to the verse that hit us. Ex 12 14 “This day is to be a memorial for you. You are to keep it as a feast to Adonai. Throughout your generations, you are to keep it as an eternal ordinance. Wait a minute... What?...
You see being a Christian who I thought knew my Bible, I never once had seen that phrase. Now I know there will be some of you who comment saying but didn't Jesus nail the "law" to the cross? The short answer is NO. As you read the Gospels you will see that they quote what we call the Old Testament. The disciples didn't have "New" teaching. The only teaching that they had was the scriptures that were handed down from generation to generation. Those scriptures are what are referred to as the Books of Moses or the Books of the Law (Torah). These scriptures lay out EVERY facet of life. When you read the scriptures you see life in the way it is supposed to be lived.
Now friends tomorrow is the Passover and then the 7 days of Unleavened bread. We are to remove the leaven from our homes. Not just in the practical of discarding the bread and yeast. But we are to examine the spiritual leaven that we hold inside our hearts. Sometimes that is the hardest to let go of. Pride, anger, arrogance, resentment, dishonesty, and jealousy are all symptoms of spiritual leaven. So over the 7 days, we read scriptures that help us with shedding our old ways. This year my husband has chosen 1 & 2 Peter for us to study and put into practice. I am looking forward to this week and taking the time to examine what I still need to let go of.
If you would like to learn more or have questions feel free to send them to us. We have found some wonderful teachers that we follow and trust. Below I have linked one of them and his series on Passover and Unleavened Bread. I pray that it blesses you.