Passover: A Walk Through Holy Week

“Let my people go!…” those were the words of Moses to the Egyptian Pharaoh as he followed God’s instructions in negotiating the release of the Jews from slavery.

Where Passover started…

The story starts with the Burning Bush (Exodus 3) where God spoke to Moses.

But Pharaoh was stubborn. He wasn’t going to let thousands of slaves free just like that. Who would make the bricks to build the temples?

Moses would not take no for an answer — or God wouldn’t. So God sent plagues — one after another. He turned all the water to blood, sent frogs to cover the land, then the gnats, then flies. Still Pharaoh stood his ground. Then God killed all the livestock, but He saved the Israelites’ stock. Then all the Egyptians broke out in boils. Then hail. Then the locusts. So not just the livestock was gone, but so were the crops. Nope, Pharaoh said that was just “magic”. Then there was 3 days of darkness.

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart once more, and he would not let them go. “Get out of here!” Pharaoh shouted at Moses. “I’m warning you. Never come back to see me again! The day you see my face, you will die!”

“Very well,” Moses replied. “I will never see your face again.”

Exodus 10:27-29


The Lord then spoke to Moses and told him that He’d send one more plague. All the firstborn children in the land will die. To protect the Jews, the Lord told Moses to have the Jews take lamb’s blood and put it on the door frame of their houses. And he gave them other very specific instructions (Exodus 12). The plague that killed all the firstborns “passed over” all the homes of the Jews and only affected the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh, after witnessing the death of his son, allowed Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

That “Passover lamb” is a foretelling of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb.

Modern-day Jews celebrate Passover every year on the anniversary of the original event in remembrance of their ancestors’ release from slavery. It begins on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan (March and April) – the first month of the Hebrew calendar year.

In one of today’s Daily Articles, Dr. Jim Denison quotes his wife’s blog about Passover:

But as Janet reminds us, the “passover” we need even more urgently today is salvation not from “the virus that is costing people their earthly lives, but the virus that is costing people their eternity.”

The enemy will use distractions of any kind to lure us away from what matters most. They may be tragedies such as the current pandemic or promises of a return to “normal” when it is over. They may be global or personal.

But anything that draws us away from God is a victory for Satan.

Denison Forum

The Last Supper

Jesus’ last meal with His disciples was celebrating Passover.

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?”

So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.

Mark 14:12-16

What Jesus does next astounds His disciples.

Soli Deo Gloria — to God Alone be the Glory!

3 comments

  1. […] When we think of Jesus we think of the mild-mannered teacher who healed people, calmed a storm, told stories, prophesied and later was executed for committing no crime. But there was one incident when Jesus got angry. In Jerusalem, the Jewish temple was an important place. Pilgrims from all over the area would make there way there for the Passover festival (and others). There were required to sacrifice an animal – dove, goat or a lamb.  Since these people came from different areas, they had different forms of currency. Besides the merchants that sold the sacrificial animals, there were money changers. These money changers charged a very large amount to change the currency. The were taking advantage of the people who had to buy animals. It was commercialism to the extreme for that place and time. The system was designed for profit rather than worship.  This story is recounted in all four gospels also – though the Gospel of John is not in chronological order. Where Matthew, Mark and Luke were focused on events, John interprets the meaning of what Jesus said and did.   On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” ~Mark 11:15-17 Jesus stayed in the temple area healing the blind and the lame. (Matthew 21:14) That disturbed the leaders of the temple.  The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. ~Mark 11:18 Here’s where it starts.  Next time: Passover  […]

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