There was so much that we did in the month of April this year to celebrate The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Passover and Feast of First Fruits, that I will have to break it down into several posts. In the days leading up to Unleavened Bread, we hosted several fun learning days, including a 10 Plagues Day and homemade Passover Seder Plates. We enjoyed Rabbi Jack Zimmerman's hosted Passover Seder demonstration with friends, and our former church also did a wonderful presentation of the Seder with a sermon on communion. It was a splendid season of remembering the Holiness, Power, Redemption and Forgiveness of our Heavenly Father. We learn so much by doing!! "Don't deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it!" -James 1:22
For Passover, we did an intimate family dinner for night one, followed by a large formal dinner night two, with friends. It was so much fun!!! At the end of that week (Unleavened Bread), we hosted another Seder night, with more friends, where we ran through the elements of our Messiah in the Passover again and showed the documentary film, "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" on our projector screen.
As night one began, the kids painted cardboard pieces with pine branches and red paint to put over the door and we had some lamb chops for dinner. We ate it with our walking sticks to make haste!
Exodus 12:1-2, "Adonai spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you."
Exodus 12:7, "They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame at the entrance of the house in which they eat it."
Exodus 12:22, "Take a bunch of hyssop leaves and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame. Then, none of you is to go out the door of his house until morning."
24 "You are to observe this as a law, you and your descendants forever."
Exodus 12:11, “‘Here is how you are to eat it: with your belt fastened, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand; and you are to eat it hurriedly. It is Adonai’s Pesach [Passover]."
Exodus 12:25-27, “When you come to the land which Adonai will give you, as he has promised, you are to observe this ceremony. When your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this ceremony?’ say, ‘It is the sacrifice of Adonai’s Pesach [Passover], because [Adonai] passed over the houses of the people of Isra’el in Egypt, when he killed the Egyptians but spared our houses.’”
Exodus 12:49, "The same teaching is to apply equally to the citizen and to the foreigner living among you.”
There is so much in the fulfilment of Passover with our Messiah, it is impossible to capture it all in one post. But hopefully our highlights will be enough to stir the hearts of other believers to embrace the observance of the Biblical Feasts.
We filled our Elijah cup with verses about John the Baptist, who came in the spirit of Elijah.
As a family we washed each other's feet and read through Messiah's washing of the disciples' feet. What a hands-on, lasting memory for the kids. "After he had washed their feet, taken back his clothes and returned to the table, he said to them, 'Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me 'Rabbi' and 'Lord,' and you are right, because I am. Now if I, the Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other's feet. For I have set you an example, so that you may do as I have done to you. Yes, indeed! I tell you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is an emissary greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.'" -John 13:12-17
We enjoyed a wonderful new "lego" set of the Last Supper while reading through Scripture and soul-learning through play.
And we hosted another Passover meal and movie night on the last night of ULB with more friends.
Numbers 9:14 - And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto the LORD; according to the ordinance of the passover, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.
During the middle of Unleavened Bread, we were so overjoyed to be able to REJOICE in the absolute beauty of the Feast of First Fruits, which was the literal Resurrection Day of Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah!!!
Here's a link to the amazing fun we had observing this feast and its fulfilment: First Fruits Feast.