Firstborn and Only Begotten

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

Exodus 4:22 (KJV)

Firstborn – As a follower of Yeshua, it is easy to forget history when you believe the history of the faith began with the advent of Jesus in the first century. When all we read is the New Testament, the history prior to it becomes irrelevant. If I believe that Yeshua completely absolved everything written in the Old Testament to create a new religion called Christianity, then I have lost perspective.

During the time of Passover, I am pulled in two directions as both an observer of Torah and a follower of Yeshua. Most of my Christian peers recognize Jesus’ suffering during this time and His resurrection, and I with them, mind you. It is, after all, the time of Yeshua’s death and resurrection. And that is a momentous occasion that a faithful believer honors yearly, if not daily.

But it is also important to recognize that Passover is God’s holy day that He instituted for a particular reason. He even specifies our remembrance of it. Let us read what God says about this time of year.

26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

Exodus 12:26-27

Passover is a direct call back to when God heard the suffering of His firstborn. Yes, Israel is God’s firstborn son. This holy day is to remember how God redeemed His firstborn. In correlation to that, Yeshua is God’s only-begotten son. Did you catch that? Yeshua is not God’s firstborn.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

But God calls us to remember Israel. Remember the suffering of God’s firstborn son. Surely, as followers of Christ, we can see the obvious ties to Christ, the redemption He provides, and His suffering and ultimate victory. The Old Testament is filled with relationships that lead to Christ’s work – His death and resurrection. But as Christians, we do not have the authority to change what God instituted and the purpose of His holy day – Passover. It’s still about Israel.

As we commemorate the Passover, we can recall both accounts of suffering and redemption. But when my children ask about this holy day, as they always do… I will remind them of the suffering of Israel and how God redeemed them with many miracles. As my children mature, I will watch them make the connections to Christ on their own and smile at their wisdom.

The Paschal Lamb

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

Passover – How many of us have referred to Christ as our Passover lamb who was sacrificed for our sins? This verse from Paul is foundational in supporting that doctrine – at least the way we interpret it. This entire teaching is based on this one verse. Interestingly, there is no other Scripture that references Yeshua as the Passover lamb in all the Bible. If Yeshua is the epitome of the Passover lamb, why is this the only reference?

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Passover in the Home

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

Mark 14:22 (KJV)

Imagine for a second that Yeshua went to a synagogue or church to break bread on the Passover evening. Walking in, Yeshua would be invited to sit somewhere special as a recognized rabbi. His disciples would sit elsewhere among the crowd of strangers. Those heading the service may not even give Yeshua an opportunity to speak during the occasion. This is most likely the experience of everyone who gathers in a church during Passover.

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Slavery Prophecy Fulfilled, Twice

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
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16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

Genesis 15:13-16 (KJV)

This is the prophecy that starts the story of redemption which we know as Passover. God prophecies to Abram explaining how Abram’s seed will go into slavery for a long time and then come out in abundance and wealth. Continue reading “Slavery Prophecy Fulfilled, Twice”

Month of Abib

Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

Deuteronomy 16:1 (KJV)

Abib -It might surprise you that this word is not the name of the month. The word abib or aviv means a stage of barley growth. YHWH doesn’t give the months names, but identifies them by their season. In the month where the barley reaches the abib state of growth is when the year begins and when we observe Passover. It’s a requirement to understand agriculture if we’re to understand God’s holy days. Continue reading “Month of Abib”