During the passover of old the Israelites took a lamb “without blemish, a male of the first year” and killed this lamb on the evening which is the final moments of the 14th of Abib, (Exodus 12:5-6). The Israelites were then to ‘take of the blood of the lamb, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat the lamb,’ (Exodus 12:7).
11 “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.“
This was the night before the Israelites were freed from Egyptian bondage and were to begin their march toward their promised land. We see our Father calls this His passover. Was the 14th of Abib passover? Not quite.
What is important to understand is the Hebrew day goes from sunset to sunset. During the evening hours on the 14th of Abib which is the closing moments of the day, the passover lambs were to be killed. At sundown marked the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th of Abib.
What happened that night, which was the beginning hours of the 15th of Abib? The night the Israelites placed the blood of the lamb on and above their door posts while they were eating the lamb? Why is this event called, “passover” to begin with? Please turn your Bible with me to,
12 “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”
What about the blood of the lamb, why was it needed and why was it placed on and above the door posts? “The blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,” (Exodus 12:13).
If you had prepared your passover lamb at the end of the 14th of Abib (evening) and placed the blood of the lamb on and over your door posts, the LORD would passover your home which took place on the 15th of Abib (hours after the evening of the 14th of Abib).
One more verse to sum it up.
23 “For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.”
During the opening hours on the 15th of Abib (during the night), our Father kept the destroyer who is Satan from killing the first born of the Israelites by passing over their homes if they placed the blood of the lamb on and over their door posts. This is when the passover took place.
Today, we no longer perform these rituals as ‘Jesus Christ became our Passover Lamb’, as it is written, “worthy is the Lamb that was slain” for us when He died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 5:7, Revelation 5:12).
As we documented in our Bible Study, “Passover: Why We Should Be Celebrating It As Christians,” the passover lambs of old were killed on the evening of the 14th of Abib. Jesus Christ fulfilling this passover was also sacrificed for us at this time. This should not be a surprise to us as “there is no new thing under the sun,”(Ecclesiastes 1:9).
As the Israelites were able to overcome the destroyer who is Satan with the blood of the lamb, we too are able to ‘overcome Satan with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot,’ (1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 12:11).
This year on the evening of April 3rd marks the moment in time when the passover lambs of old were killed (14th of Abib) and also marks the same moment in time that Christ died in the flesh. That night, which begins the 15th of Abib marks Passover, “the High Holy Day” when the death angel was unleashed on Egypt and passed over those who had the blood of the lamb. Learn more: Passover: Why We Should Be Celebrating It As Christians
We wish everyone a happy Passover!