The annual Memorial Feast of Passover is again approaching. This is one of Father’s annual Feasts, as commanded of all believers, in Leviticus 23.
The Memorial Feast of Passover is the first of the year’s Spring Feasts gatherings for Yahuwah’s [the LORD ‘s] people. This memorial gathering is Father’s way of reminding 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 this 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 Yahuwah [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 Yahuwah [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)
The above Scripture passage is an important part of the traditional Passover Memorial Feast. The feast [also known as the Passover Seder] is an annual remembrance of these four promises of Yahuwah to His people:
- 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.
This Passover Feast is the time for us to “do this in remembrance of me” — the partaking of the body and blood of Messiah, just as He did with His disciples, and as He commanded us to do (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:17-20; 1Corinthians 11:23-26).
Each year at Passover is the designated time to re-emphasise and renew Father’s New Covenant with His people, through Messiah’s sacrifice.
At Passover we remember that Messiah is our Passover Lamb, who was sacrificed for us (1Corinthians 5:7-8). We also recall Father’s great promises of deliverance from bondage, and His abundant goodness and mercy as He leads us through the wilderness of this life.
Passover is an annual appointment to gather together with thanksgiving, gathering together as families. Passover is truly a very special appointment with Abba “Daddy” Father.
The observance of the Passover Memorial Feast is just as significant as the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath! Just as the seventh-day Sabbath was established before the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai, so also the Passover Memorial Feast originated, and was established before Moses received the Ten Commandments on the mountain.
The Passover Memorial Feast is a night-time Feast on the 14th day of the Biblical month, that we need to be preparing for now as the new moon approaches — the new moon 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 Messiah [Christ] 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, as the Torah instructs us in Deuteronomy 16:3-4. Let us also be cleaning out our hearts as well, 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 sacrificial death, and to give praise, honour, and glory to Yahuwah for the 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.
Notice Father’s purpose in bringing us out:
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 bringing His people out! Father brings us out of bondage [HalleluYAH!!], so that He can bring us in — into His liberty, His kingdom, and His plans for His family!
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 2017? Depending on the sighting of the new moon, as well as the abib barley, the New Covenant Passover in 2017 [for all Born-Again Believers in Messiah], will most likely be in early April, according to the Biblical reckoning of the Biblical month.
For further 2017 updates, see: Updates at Notes From the Wilderness
When is Passover for 2016? Depending on the sighting of the new moon, as well as the abib barley, 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.
When is Passover for 2015? Depending on the sighting of the new moon, as well as the abib barley, the Passover Memorial Feast is likely to be in early April, according to the Biblical reckoning of the Biblical month.
Here is a link at Torah Calendar.com to a page for determining the Hebrew month: Determining the Hebrew Month
Here is a link at Torah Calendar.com to a PDF article about the timing for the Passover Memorial Feast: Do This in Remembrance of Me
For Further Insight See:
- The Four Cups of Passover
- The Arm of Yahuweh: Messiah Revealed in the Passover
- The New Covenant Passover: A Mystery
- Why Would A Christian Observe Passover?
- Passover Overview
- Overview of the Biblical Feasts
- The NAME
- Whom Do You Say That I Am? series at thewayprepared.com – Messiah In The Wilderness
- Hezekiah’s Passover – We can learn a great deal from King Hezekiah about proper (Spirit-led) Passover observance.