This is a special season, a doorway to commanded blessing. At this season God promises in His word to pour out seven specific and very powerful blessings. When we honor and observe God’s ways, we also reap God’s blessings. This specifically applies in scripture to the observance of God’s calendar. We don’t follow God or His ways out of blind obedience, or religious devotion to a set of regulations. We follow the ways of God as New Creatures out of love for Jesus, and joyful devotion to “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” — the words that God has given us for our benefit!
Passover is a celebration of our freedom from the bondage of evil in the world. In order to escape the last plague in Egypt, God’s people were to apply the blood of a sacrificial lamb on their doorposts and lintel, so that when the angel saw the blood, he would ‘pass over’ their house (Ex. 12:13). This final plague was God’s decisive stroke against the false gods that held God’s people in bondage, which resulted in their deliverance from slavery and their release into freedom.
As a memorial, God has instructed His people to honor the Passover by eating unleavened bread and performing a solemn observance of the event in remembrance of Him as our deliverer: “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” (Ex. 12:14). The Bible tells us that Passover is to be a permanent ordinance… a celebration for all of God’s people throughout all time. You can celebrate Passover! I have made a Passover guide available, and you can find it here.
Jesus lived and died as God’s perfect Passover sacrifice: as the true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world once and for all! But did you know that Jesus observed the Passover? Did you know that the Apostles observed it year by year, and taught every Christian to observe it? Paul encourages it in his letters, and God commands it. God commands His people to live in His ways because He wants His people to live in abundant blessings! In Exodus 23 God promises seven blessings that we are to be heir to as His people through the observance of Passover:
1. God will assign an angel to prepare the way for you. “Behold I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared” (v. 20) and “For My Angel will go before you” (v. 23). — the Blessing of Divine guidance!
2. God will be an enemy to your enemies. “But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries” (v 22). – the Blessing of Divine protection!
3. God will give you all that you need. “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water…” (v. 25). – the Blessing of Divine provision!
4. God will take sickness away from you. “And I will take sickness away from the midst of you” (v. 25). – the Blessing of Divine health!
5. God will bless your fruitfulness. “No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land;” (v. 26). – the Blessing of Divine abundance!
6. God will give you a long life. “I will fulfill the number of your days” (v. 26). – the Blessing of Divine life!
7. God will bring increase and inheritance. “Little by little will I drive them out from before you, until you have increased and you inherit the land. And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand” (v. 30, 31). – the Blessing of Divine birthright!
Christ Our Passover
“For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinithian 5:7)
Each time we honor the Passover — remembering Christ, “our passover” — and follow God’s decree to bring a sacrificial offering to Him during this time, we are tapping into the supernatural flow of these seven blessings.
It is important to note that Jesus Himself observed and kept the Passover. Whenever we partake in Holy Communion, we are acknowledging Jesus’ blood sacrifice – in fact, communion is an act of ‘remembrance’ requested by Jesus of His disciples during the Passover feast that we now call the Last Supper:
“And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people… And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat… And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide [it] among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:1 – 20)
Because of the blood of Christ, we have a new life – a new beginning. Our past does not define us. Because of our covenant connection, and the blood of “our passover”, Jesus Christ, we are free from sin – and when we observe God’s command to honor this special appointment with Him, we activate His seven supernatural blessings in our lives! So remember to honor the Lord and keep His appointment – by observing the Feast of Passover.
A Passover celebration is a special meal. It might be daunting to do it when you know little about it. That’s why I have compiled and edited a Passover booklet, The Redemption, that contains the order and text of the seder gathering. You can find it here.
Include a special Passover offering to The Lord in your celebration! Through The Veil Ministries would be grateful if you chose us. To make a donation to TTV just click on the Through The Veil “hands” image in the sidebar to the right. Any offering you might give will go directly to support our effort to establish House of Prayer Centers in Fiji!
Remember: this year Passover begins at sunset on Monday, April 14 2014, and ends at sunset on Tuesday, April 22 2014.