The History Of Passover

When Is Passover

What Is The Meaning Of Passover

From the biblical history of Passover we know it was first kept during the last of the 10 plagues, when the Israelites were still slaves in Egypt.

What is Passover and what is the meaning of Passover?

According to the biblical history of Passover it is a feast, a sacrifice to the Lord, an ordinance which was to be kept as a memorial for ever.

Exodus 12:14, 24-27 (King James Version)

14. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

24. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

25. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

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.

The History of Passover - Blood On The Door

An important part of the history of Passover is the blood on the door posts -

Exodus 11:4-7
(King James Version)

4. And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

5. And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

6. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

7. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23 (King James Version)

12. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

13. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

21. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

22. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

23. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the

LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.


History of Passover -When is Passover Kept?

As per the Biblical history of Passover it is kept in the evening, on the fourteenth day of Abib, the first month of the year.

Exodus 12:1-3 (King James Version)

1. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

2. This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

Leviticus 23:5 (King James Version)

5. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover.

Deuteronomy 16:1 (King James Version)

1. 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.

History of Passover - What is the traditional dinner or food?

From the biblical history of Passover the food consisted of roasted lamb and unleavened bread. It is the feast of unleavened bread.

Exodus 12:5-6, 8-9 (King James Version)

5. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6. And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

8. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

Luke 22:1 (King James Version)

1. Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

As per the biblical history of Passover they had to eat unleavened bread for seven (7) days, from the 14th day to the 21st day (7 days, but 8 nights).

Exodus 12:15-20
(King James Version)

15. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

16. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

17. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

18. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

19. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.

20. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

The biblical history of Passover indicates it was not to be kept by any uncircumcised males.

Exodus 12:43-48
(King James Version)

43. And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

44. But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

45. A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

46. In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

47. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

48. And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

History of Passover or Easter?

Easter is mentioned once in the bible, when Peter was put in jail after James was killed, however the correct translation should be Passover. Notice the days of unleavened bread.

Acts 12:3-4 (King James Version)

3. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

4. And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

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