… is Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for today?

“As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you. But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster.” (Jeremiah 44:16–17, ESV)

‎The Assyrian cylinder seal shows the Tree of Life on the left, then two ibexes fighting with each other, a praying person in the middle, and on the right the goddess of love and war (Ishtar) on a lion, Ishtar’s symbolic animal. Since she is a war goddess, she is pictured with bow and arrow.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices justice is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:4–8, ESV)

… last Friday night we had our annual Passover Seder meal in memory of the Last Supper Passover Seder meal of Jesus called Christ. it was a Passover Seder that Jesus celebrated the night that He was betrayed, the night before He gave His life as the “Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) in our home we have been celebrating the Passover Seder for almost 20 years, having abandoned the holiday of Easter for what we believe is what the LORD intended for us as followers of the teachings of Jesus.

… this was not the way i was raised.  the family i was raised in has a long history of celebrating Easter with it’s colorful eggs and bunnies.  in fact, Easter was one of the two holidays that we would make the five hour trip to my grandparents house where my grandmother, an arts and crafts person, would have set up an Easter Egg tree for our enjoyment, as well as many other Easter themed decorations.  the Easter Egg tree was no small thing, as my grandparents would spend the prior months poking small holes in the top and bottom of eggs and blow out the egg leaving just the shell.  these empty egg shells would be dyed and painted – each one a work of art of there own, and then hung from a tree branch that my grandfather would have fastened to a platform to keep it from falling over.  until there were enough egg shells to complete the tree, my grandfather would have to eat a lot of scrambled eggs – giving up his usual ‘sunny side up’ eggs for the sake of the grand-kids.  we would all get up early on Easter morning to find Easter baskets filled with candy and small toys left by the Easter Bunny.  we would then all get dressed in our finest of dress clothes and head to church for an Easter Sunrise Service where we would sing songs and remember that Jesus rose from the dead by sunrise on Easter Morning.  we would then go back to my grandparents house, have breakfast and then a big Easter Egg hunt in my grandparents yard followed by a day of fun hanging out with our cousins, eating lots of candy, and playing with our new kites and airplanes made of balsa wood.

… a number of yeas ago we attended a messianic synagogue that celebrated the feasts of the Bible with the belief that Jesus was the promised Messiah Who was the fulfillment of many of those feasts and festivals.  of all the various feasts, the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread have been the most fulfilling.  it was at the Passover meal that Jesus proclaimed “This is My body,” and “This is My blood,” instituting what the church calls The Last Supper or The Lord’s Supper.  when the majority of the Jews were having their lambs sacrificed for Passover, Jesus was being crucified – The Lamb of God (John 1:29,36), the final Passover Offering for all time. in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we read “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”” (Revelation 5:12, ESV)

… the first Passover is recorded in Exodus 12 where the LORD tells Moses and Aaron, “This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it is the first to you among the months of the year.” (Exodus 12:2, Brenton LXX En) and then He lays out the requirements for the Passover.  an

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