Understanding Passover (Pesach)
First, to truly understand Pesach (Passover), one must have an honest understanding of the Temple service. We’ll have more on this very soon. Without that understanding, we open ourselves up to the doctrines and traditions of man. Yes, Pesach has it’s own traditions such as the seder. But, again, one would need an understanding of both the Temple service and how Y’shua became our atoning sacrifice.
The Lamb is not removed, it is Yeshua. The first Passover, the feast and it’s sacrifice/lamb was the memorial feast (Lev 23) that those who are in covenant with YHVH (through Yeshua’s blood sacrifice as the Passover Lamb) are to observe each year on the 15th day of the 1st month as an everlasting memorial (of the original Passover from Egypt* and as a physical earthly prophetic foreshadowing picture, a “rehearsal” that points to when Yeshua would come and be the true reality of what the “picture”/”rehearsal” is). Yeshua is the reality of all of the sacrifices – the sacrifice for sin, the trespass sacrifice, the burnt sacrifice, the peace sacrifice – any and all earthly physical animal sacrifices that were to be given at the Tabernacle/Temple. These animal sacrifices/Tabernacle/Temple/Priesthood were not the reality, they were only shadows until Yeshua came to BE the reality, Hebrews 8:5; 9:23-28; 10:1-8. These sacrifices, as the scripture tells us, “cannot TAKE AWAY sin” only “cover” them (the reason that they had to be done year after year). Where now, with the REAL ATONING sacrifice, the one that TAKES AWAY sin, Yeshua is there is no need for the animal sacrifices to be offered as they “cannot TAKE AWAY” sin, only cover it.
In 1 Cor 15:46 it tells us that: “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.” Meaning that YHVH gave us the earthly physical foreshadowing pictures/ historical events, memorial feasts/sacrifices/priesthood to obey to teach us about the REALITY – Yeshua. When Yeshua came and was the perfect sacrifice, there was no need to take an animal to the Temple anymore as the REAL sacrifice, it became the “memorial” sacrifice as long as the Temple stood. YHVH destroyed the Temple and it’s priesthood as it was no longer needed on earth, because Yeshua is ministering in the REAL Temple in the heavens. His blood is fresh upon the altar right now for anyone who wishes to have atonement for sin. Yeshua as our High Priest intercedes for us in the REAL Temple in heaven right now. Anything we do here on earth in the physical realm is a “memorial”, a remembrance and a prophetic teaching towards His return. We partake of the REAL Lamb – Yeshua spiritually. First we (mankind) was given atonement for obeying and bringing the earthly physical animal sacrifices in repentance to be sacrificed upon the shadow earthly physical altar year after year (natural first). Now we are given atonement through apprehending the blood of Yeshua on the spiritual REAL altar in heaven (spiritual second as in 1 Cor 15:46). No animal can do what The Perfect Lamb has done – once and for all, TAKE AWAY SIN. So, no animals can be offered, and there is no Temple where they can be offered (for they could only be offered at the Temple for it to be an acceptable sacrifice) No Temple because WE are the Temple now.
The Passover Feast is celebrated as a memorial as scriptures tell us to do, every year on the 15th day of the first month. Yeshua has “TAKEN AWAY” our sin (sin/trespass offerings), we are redeemed by the Blood of THE Lamb Yeshua (Passover offering), we are sanctified through the Blood of Yeshua as the other sacrifices. We no longer go to the Temple and offering an animal for atonement/sacrifices. We are the Temple now, He lives in us – spiritually – 1 Cor 3:16-17. We offer/apprehend his sacrifice spiritually on the altar of our circumcised hearts. When Yeshua died as the sacrifice upon the tree, He was dying as ALL the sacrifices, not just the Passover sacrifice. After YHVH’s people were redeemed from the angel of death by the blood of the lamb applied to their doors in obedience and were freed from Egypt, they took the covenant oath at Mt. Sinai with the Torah as the covenant terms. Those covenant terms had the Tabernacle/Temple services, sacrifices in it that the people could bring their appropriate sacrifice and come before YHVH in repentance. They would offer their sacrifice for the sin that they committed. By breaking Torah, they earned the death penalty. They had to bring the commanded animal to sacrifice (die in their place) to atone for that sin. There were two sin offerings/sacrifices, they were mandatory. The other offering/sacrifices were voluntary and were brought before YHVH from a heart that wanted to move closer to YHVH, one that wanted to come into His Presence in righteousness.
We still do so today. We still come before YHVH repentant with our sacrifice – Yeshua. We cannot come into His Presence without an atoning sacrifice, we would not be accepted, nor forgiven. We bring Yeshua as our sacrifice. When we repent and wish to come into relationship (communion – not the act or memorial service), or repair our relationship with YHVH, we “bring” Yeshua as our atoning sacrifice. It is done spiritually, though a truly sincere repentant heart. The fresh blood upon the REAL altar in the heavens has always been there even when the shadow altar was in use upon the earth. It is still there NOW, working as it has all through the ages. We can get confused that the earthly Tabernacle/Temple was the REAL one. But, as the verse tells us it is only a COPY of the REAL ONE in Heaven. The REAL ONE in heaven is where YHVH’s Throne is, it is where Yeshua is, it is where He intercedes for us, it is where His blood is still upon the altar for any an all to apprehend for atonement.
The passover is/was about redemption. Redemption is about “purchasing back from bondage of slavery”. YHVH did that for His people and redeemed them from Egypts bondage. He does it for us by freeing us from the bondage of sin, and will do so again when He returns. The sacrifices in the Tab/Templ were about justification/atonement/relationship and were put upon the altar.
When we celebrate the Passover as commanded in the Torah, on the day that it is to be done, we are celebrating our redemption from the bondage of sin. We celebrate in memorial of what YHVH did for His people in Egypt, and what He has done for us through Yeshua. And look forward to what He will do for us when He returns. The Feast is called the Passover in scripture as well as the sacrifice. They were two different things. Until Yeshua came, there had to be an animal sacrifice to eat at the Passover memorial feast. Now that Yeahua is that Lamb, we obey and celebrate the feast with unleavened bread, bitter herbs and in place of the sacrificed lamb, we do as He taught us to do: to do this in REMEMBRANCE of HIM (as the Lamb in realty) – eat the unleavened bread as symbolic of his body and drink the wine as symbolic of his blood. As often as we do this we remember His life, death, burial and resurrection. He is present spiritually – in each of us- as the Lamb. We honor Him, and remember Him – His sacrifice as the Lamb – through obediently doing what He commanded us to do, the way He commanded it, in the context of the feast He commanded it to be done. We are not to do this lightly, but with a right heart that understands and is in covenant with YHVH through Yeshua. Any physical lamb that is eaten on this day is just food. It cannot be the sacrifice as there is no Temple to be sacrificed in to be an acceptable one. As well as that Yeshua has taken the place of that physical lamb.
The covenant meal of the passover has symbolic acts. The eating of the unleavened bread and drinking of wine is the covenant meal. It symbolizes that the two (or more) were symbolically “eating” and taking in the other person, just as the wine they were “drinking” the others blood – their life, who they were. They were becoming ONE. That is what Yeshua tells us to do with the symbolic eating of the unleavened bread and wine. He lives IN US. The passover celebration as well as the other feast celebrations, Shabbat also, is a physical representation of a spiritual reality. We are still in the physical world and have physical things to obey and do that represent the spiritual reality. We have not changed or made man made cancellation of the lamb in the passover. We observe it as He instructs us. The Lamb is present, it isn’t the animal roasted for us to eat. We are confusing the shadow with the REALITY that is still in heaven at this time and that will return .
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