Passover - The Festival of Deliverance
I. Introduction to Pesach
Passover, or Pesach, begins during the full moon in the first month of the year, namely on the 14th day of Nisan. Passover is called the "feast of freedom" since it celebrates the Exodus of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and memorializes the night when the faithful were protected by the blood of the lamb - a clear picture of the sacrifice of Yeshua the Mashiach as Seh HaElohim - the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Introduction to Passover
Passover is an eight day springtime holiday observed from Nisan 15 through Nisan 22, which usually occurs in March/April on the Gregorian calendar.
- A brief overview of Passover
- The Month of Redemption
- Chodesh Ha-Yeshuah
- A Night to be Guarded...
- When (exactly) does Passover begin?
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot)
- Passover Torah Readings
- Torah Portions from Exodus:
- The Song of Songs
II. Theology and Passover
The following articles are intended to help provide a theological framework for the holiday of Passover from a Messianic perspective.
- The Very First Passover...
- The "Limping" Messiah...
- The Gospel in the Garden
- The Great Lamb of God
- The Meaning of Passover
- The Torah of Passover
- The Need for Blood Atonement
- Akedat Yitzchak - The Sacrifice of Isaac
- The Gospel According to Moses
- The Passion of Isaac
- Sequence of the Plagues
- A Night to be Guarded
- Love Story Exodus
III. Preparing for Passover
reparations for Passover occur a full month in advance, directly following the festival of Purim.
- Preparing the house
- Rosh Chodeshim
- Shabbat HaGadol
- Fast of the Firstborn (Ta'anit Bechorim)
- Bedikat Chametz (Search for Chametz)
- The Vernal Equinox and the Crucifixion
IV. The Traditional Passover Seder
The traditional Passover Seder begins on Erev Pesach, that is, before sundown on Nisan 14th (at sundown the day changes to Nisan 15th according to the Jewish calendar, the first day of Passover).
- The Passover Seder
(Download the free Seder Guide here [PDF download])
The festival of Firstfruits provides a picture of the resurrection of Yeshua the Mashiach from the dead.
- Reshit Katzir - the day of firstfruits (also called Chag HaBikkurim)
VI. Counting the Omer
The Omer is counted from Nisan 16 through Sivan 5, the start of Shavu'ot (Weeks or Pentecost).
- Sefirat HaOmer
- Lag BaOmer
Exactly seven weeks (i.e., 49 days) after the festival of Firstfruits is the celebration of Shavuot ("Weeks"). Since Shavuot occurs on the 50th day, the Greek translators of the Torah called this day "Pentecost.
- Chag Shavuot
For Further Study:
- The Biblical Calendar
- The Month of Nisan and Deliverance
- Rosh Chodashim (New Year's Day)
- The Spring Holidays
- Preparing for Passover
- Removing Leaven from our homes
- Shabbat Hagadol
- Unleavened Bread
- Love Song of Passover...
- Reshit Katzir (Resurrection)
- The Gospel of Moses
- Counting the Omer
- Shavuot (Pentectost/Weeks)