What kind of issues present themselves when the Passover season arrives? Would you believe that there are some people in the Messianic community today who do not believe that the Last Supper was a real, or even a kind-of, seder meal? How many of you have been engulfed in the argument that we need to do exactly what Yeshua did, and not any “traditions of men,” making Passover a bit unexciting? While there are longstanding disagreements on halachah between the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish traditions on what is kosher for Passover, think about some of the new Messianic disagreements that have arisen on what actually took place in those days leading up to Yeshua’s betrayal and execution. How long is three days and three nights? Was the Messiah really crucified, or put to death another away? And this is only a short list of what often gets discussed… Part 1 of 4
In this hour of restoration, the Holy One of Israel is forging ahead using a variety of circumstances to bring His people into a fuller understanding of Him and His Word. The festival of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is being utilized as one of the principal magnets for restoring the Body of Messiah.
When we consider the Spring feasts of the Lord, which begin with the remembrance of Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread, we are reminded that one of the reasons that we observe these holidays is because it is a sign of our obedience to God’s commandments. What is it about this particular sign that in and of itself is so life changing? Is it possible that the Holy One really does want His children to remember the trauma of the Ancient Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt—and what it required in terms of human life—in order to get our undivided attention?
Certainly, when Believers in Messiah Yeshua sit down to partake of the Passover meal, we are not just remembering the Exodus of the Ancient Israelites and the plagues that God dispensed upon the Egyptians. We are sitting down to remember great events in the salvation history of the world.
Mark and Margaret Huey, and John McKee discuss some of the distinct blessings of the Passover season, but also a number of challenges that arise for Messianic people during this season.