The yearly *seven feast days of Passover beginning Friday evening April 6th 2012 picture our atoning sacrifice who lived, died, was buried, and resurrected, availing us His life and freedom from a slow death in slavery to sin.
Passover portrays the Lamb of God, Yeshua who purchased (redeemed) us from our sin’s death penalty and its oppression in our lives. Isaiah 53 Sin, an active agent likened to multiplying yeast, acts much like a malignant spreading cancer, resulting in certain death.
God commanded Israel to remove the presence of yeast or leaven, symbolizing the habitual (acceptable) practice of sin from their homes on the first day of Passover, partaking of unleavened bread for seven days (our complete life following salvation) lest they be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:15 This morning in Israeli streets Jews are burning bread taken out of their homes in barrels as a festive custom of this high holiday.
Even so we as Believers are exhorted to throw off any weight that hinders us running our race that we might win the prize set before us for no man who accepts the regular practice of sin in his life without turning from it in persistent repentance knows not God. As it is written:
“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose that He might destroy the works of the devil.
No one who is born of God [habitually] practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 3:4-9
Centrally portrayed in Passover’s Seder (Order) is the Lamb of God who would be taken into the family environment for four days to then be sacrificed, His atoning blood necessary to cover the entrances to our homes as His Angel who Judges would then pass over the death penalty for the repentant sinner.
The story takes a historical turn: Dawn unveils a wondrous climax upon this dramatic portrayal; the sinless One wrapped in linen grave clothes is resurrected on the third day from within the garden tomb early on the first day of the week (*new beginnings following the Sabbath) exemplifying God’s rearrangement of beauty for ashes, pouring His life into those who mourned His loss, being the first-fruits of a glorious future resurrection for all of us who believe so that we might enjoy eternity together with Him, our Bridegroom and King.
Though we are weak in our natural abilities as also were Moses and Aaron, God Almighty demonstrated His mighty outstretched arm in response to their obedience to act out His directives, delivering the Jewish nation from Pharaoh’s military might while executing judgment against the false gods of Egypt. He also commanded nature to defy natural laws in protecting His people through the Red Sea passage! Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever, delivering, protecting, and redeeming His people Israel and all joined to her soon to be demonstrated once again in these days – Hallelujah!
* The number eight is the number symbolizing Yeshua and New Beginnings after the Divine Completion represented by the seventh day of rest, Sabbath.