BY RICHARD SISON | 2015
Today, the Jewish people from around the world celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their freedom for over 3 millennia from being slaves in ancient Egypt that led to the birth of the nation of Israel under the leadership of Moses.
Passover commemorates the story on how G-D judged the Egyptians, the enemy of His people, as described in the Hebrew Bible, by killing all the first-born among the Egyptians. This monumental event caused the people of the L-RD to be freed from the bondage of slavery and was led to the promise land.
Passover is the second “appointed time” (Heb: moed) mentioned in Leviticus 23 as Sabbath being the first “moed”. It was first observed in Exodus 12. Passover is an event that is most celebrated by the Jewish people even up this day. As many secular Jews would say, they’d make sure to celebrate the Passover every year even if the miss out any other Biblical/Jewish Feast, its fine with them. Yom Kippur is another “appointed time” they would observe wholeheartedly.
The English word "Passover" was first recorded in the English language by William Tyndale's translation of the Bible, later appearing in the King James Version as well. The Hebrew verb "pasàch" is first mentioned in the Torah account of the Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:23). There are many speculations about its exact meaning: the commonly held assumption that it means "He passed over", in reference to God "passing over" (to skip) the homes of the children of Israel during the final plague against the Egyptians.
This stems from the translation provided in the Septuagint (παρελευσεται in Exodus 12:23, and εσκεπασεν in Exodus 12:27). Targum Onkelos translated Pesach as "He (GOD) had pity”.
Significant Events of the Passover
1. Salvation of Israel and the “mixed multitude” and birth of the nation Israel.
2. The end of supply of manna (Jos 5:10-12)
3. Josiah kept the Passover after Torah was found. (2 Ki 23:21)
4. Hezekiah cleaned the Temple and invited all Israel to celebrate Passover (2 Ch 29:3 - 30:5)
5. Ezra celebrated after return from captivity (Ezr 6:19)
6. The establishment of Newer Covenant (Luke 22:20)
7. Death of Yeshua was on Passover.
8. Millennial kingdom celebration of Passover (Eze 45:21)
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