The annual Memorial Feast of Passover is approaching. This is one of Father’s annual Feasts, as commanded of all believers, in Leviticus 23. The Memorial Feast of Passover is a gathering of Yahuwah’s [the LORD ‘s] people, to remind His people of His great redemption by the blood of the Lamb, and of His mighty salvation and deliverance.
Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] has commanded all who follow Messiah to observe the Memorial Passover Feast throughout all generations, as we read in Exodus:
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 forever. (Exodus 12:14)
And ye shall observe this thing (the Passover) for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever. (Exodus 12:24)
The Passover Feast is Father’s annual Feast gathering for us to remember His redemption and His deliverance — for the past, the present, and the future:
The Passover Memorial Feast remembers the past, by the re-telling of the story of Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt, by the blood of the sacrificial lamb.
The Passover Memorial Feast honours the present, by connecting the salvation and deliverance of Yahuwah’s people with the sacrifice of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], the Lamb of God.
The Passover Memorial Feast speaks of the future, by acknowledging the Marriage Supper of The Lamb in the New Jerusalem when His Bride, who has been called to the marriage supper, has made herself ready.
Remembering Father’s Promises
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid (deliver) you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God… (Exodus 6:6,7)
As we see in the above Scripture, the Passover Memorial is an annual remembrance of Yahuwah’s four promises to separate His people, to deliver His people, to redeem His people, and to make His people His own special treasure.
These four promises are beautifully illustrated and exemplified in the four traditional cups we drink during the Passover Memorial Feast. Every Passover is a special time to re-emphasis Father’s great promises, and His abundant goodness and mercy upon His people. It is an annual appointment to gather together with thanksgiving, gathering together with all of Yahuwah’s sons and daughters. Passover is truly a very special appointment with Abba “Daddy” Father.
The Passover Memorial Feast is just as significant as the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath! Just as the seventh-day Sabbath originated, and was established before the giving of the Ten Commandments, so also the Passover Memorial Feast originated, and was established before the Ten Commandments were given.
The Passover Memorial Feast is a night-time Feast that we need to be preparing for now as the new moon approaches, signifying the beginning of the new Biblical year. Let us heed the apostle Paul’s exhortation to continue the observance of this Feast as highly significant and necessary for all followers of Messiah:
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ (Messiah) our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1Corinthians 5:7,8)
As the above verses teach us, Messiah Yahushua, the Lamb of God, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us! Therefore, let us keep this very special — and highly significant — appointed Feast!
Let us prepare for this Memorial Feast, as well as its companion Feast — the Feast of Unleavened Bread — by literally cleaning out our homes of all leavening (Deuteronomy 16:3,4). Let us also be cleaning out our hearts, cleansing ourselves of the leaven (sin) of malice and wickedness. Let us keep these Feasts with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth!
He Brought Us Out, That He Might Bring Us In
The Passover Memorial Feast is the annual appointed time for us to gather in our homes to remember Messiah’s death, and to give praise and honour and glory to Yahuwah for His mighty deeds He has done on behalf of His children. His mighty and wondrous deeds include:
- bringing us out of slavery into freedom,
- bringing us out of bondage into liberty,
- bringing us out of darkness into light,
- bringing us out of sorrow into joy, and
- bringing us out of mourning into dancing.
He brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore unto our fathers. (Deuteronomy 6:23)
The Memorial Passover Feast is the annual re-telling of Yahuwah’s awesome and wonderful redemption of His people!
Messiah tells us (Luke 22:19; 1Corinthians 11:25-26) that as followers of Messiah, we are to keep this Passover Feast, in remembrance of Him!
Therefore, Followers of Messiah… let us keep the Passover feast!
When is Passover for 2016? Depending on the sighting of the new moon, the New Covenant Passover in 2016 [for all Born-Again Believers in Messiah], will be either in late March or late April, according to the Biblical reckoning of the Biblical month.
The dates will be further confirmed or modified at the first sighting of the moon in Israel, some time around 11 March, and if the abib occurs by that time, or the dates will be confirmed around 09 April.
For further 2016 updates, see: Updates at Notes From the Wilderness
When is Passover for 2015? Depending on the sighting of the new moon [to be confirmed March 20], the Passover Memorial Feast is likely to be held after sunset the evening of Friday, April 3.
To view the first month Biblical calendar, enter the date of April 1, 2015, at the top of the page at torahcalendar.com then click on ‘View Calendar.’
For Further Insight See:
- Whom Do You Say That I Am? series at thewayprepared.com –
Messiah In The Wilderness