Old Testament Obeisance

After the Plague: HaShem and The Feast of Unleavened Bread

Passover (Heb: Pesach, Grk: Pascha) is the story of the Exodus from the chains of Mitzrayim. It is also the story of freedom and victory in Yashuah. One story is the prophetic shadow picture (type), the other it’s ultimate fulfilment (antitype). The former story is of Israel’s escape from physical chains and bondage, the latter represents for the believer a flight from spiritual chains and bondage and all manner of ill.

Lintel and door-posts marked red with the blood of the chosen lamb denoted a household from which the Angel of Death would spare the tenth and final plague — the death of the firstborn. The same beloved lamb, roasted, consumed with bitter herbs and unleavened bread in the dead of the night would help sustain the fledgling nation-on-the-run through a weeks-long escapade, up to and beyond the Red Sea, that later become no mere folklore but one of world renown. For the Yehudi, the Exodus is the pre-eminent event of scripture.

In some respects it was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire — a theme that was to play out over and over for the would-be Yehudim. But with HaShem their guide they always seemed to make the most of a situation, good and bad. In the wilderness they were shown to make the most of the manna. And just as a generous spirit gives freely and cheerfully, so too thrift and care stop us wasting and wanting.

We too would do well to learn from this Hebrew scripture. We too would do well to learn to make every post a winner. We too, for the rest of this week then, could do worse than to make the most of our matzo.

Death of the Firstborn Egyptians from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

And it shall be, when your children say to you, “What does this service mean to you?” then you shall say, “It is the Passover slaughtering of YWHW, who passed over the houses of the children of Yisra’el in Mitsrayim when He smote the Mitsrites and delivered our households.” And the people bowed their heads and did obeisance.

Shemoth 12:26-27, Besorah Yeshuah Natsarim Version

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