We are approaching a very important time for all believers. The time of our Messiah’s death and resurrection. Such an amazing and humbling time.
My goal here is to have a series of posts for our children. Each will give the history of passover with activities, worksheets, videos, and more. I’ll start out with the first passover, then go over how it was commanded to be kept, then point out what it has to do with Yahshua, then talk about how it’s not all fulfilled.
Here’s post 1 🙂
Over two and a half thousand years ago, YHWH saved his people and took them out of slavery in Egypt, leading them through the Split Sea and into the land of Israel.
Here’s how it all began…
The Hebrews were all living in Egypt. They had started out as friends with the egyptians but the pharoah that loved died and the Egyptians started to dislike them. Eventually the Hebrews became the Egyptian’s slaves.
For a long time, Pharaoh’s advisers had been warning him as to the growing threat of the Hebrew nation. His sorcerers had seen in the stars that a Jewish boy would be born who would grow up, overturn the entire Egyptian empire and lead his people to freedom.
(Pharaoh coloring page here )
“All Hebrews must work from sunrise to sunset…without pay!” Pharaoh declared. “Children must work as hard as adults. No parents are allowed to spend time with their kids. Egyptians may use a Hebrew slave to do whatever they need.”
The Hebrew slaves worked hard to build the pyramids and other things of egypt.
And worst of all: “All Hebrew baby boys are to be thrown into the Nile!”
During this time a Hebrew women had a baby boy. She hid him until he was three months old to save his life. Then he was too big to hide any longer. So, she placed him in a basket and placed him to float in the Nile river.
Moses sister Miriam stayed hidden in the bushes near the river and watched him. Before long the Pharoh’s daughter, the princess of Egypt came to the river and heard crying! She called for her servants to fetch the basket out of the river.
She feel in love with the baby and brought him home to live with her in the Palace as her son.
While Moses was growing up times got worse for the Hebrews. They continued to grow and thrive, which made Pharoh more worried, which made him pass harsher laws for the Hebrews. Despite the fact that he grew up in the palace, Moses could not bear to see the suffering of the Hebrew people. One day, Moses chanced upon an Egyptian taskmaster, savagely whipping a Hebrew slave to death. Furious, Moses killed the egyptian. Certain that Pharaoh’s officers would be after him, Moses fled to Midian.
Moses lived in Midian for a number of years, and was a shepherd for his father-in-law, Yitro. One day, a lamb ran away from the rest of the flock. Moses chased after it and saw a strange sight: a bush covered in fire, yet the bush was not being burnt by the flames! Amazed Moses drew even nearer, and all of a sudden heard the voice of YHWH speaking to him.
“Go down to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let My people go!”
Moses and his brother Aaron came before Pharaoh. “Let my people go!” they declared. But Pharaoh just laughed. They threatened Pharaoh with 10 terrible plagues if he did not listen to YHWH, but he did not believe them.
Plague after plague soon struck the Egyptians, each one more shocking than the next. Blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, sick animals, boils, hail, locusts, darkness – and the worst plague of all – death of the firstborn.
YHWH gave his people instructions to follow to prevent their first son from dying. That’s where the name Passover came from! He allowed PASSEDOVER the houses that followed his instructions and not kill their firstborn son.
So what were the instructions?
On the 10th day of the month they were to find a lamb. The lamb was to be less than one year old and be perfect.. no sores, cuts, or sickness. They would then bring the lamb to their house and watch it for the next 4 days to make sure it was a healthy lamb.
(coloring page here)
They were supposed to take the blood from the lamb, dip some hyssop into the blood, then put some blood on the doorpost of their house that they were eating the meal in.
That night they roasted the lamb and ate it all with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They then stayed inside the house all night long and if there was any lamb leftover it was supposed to be burned before morning so none was left when it got light.
Why would they eat it with bitter herbs?
The bitter herbs remind us of the bitter and cruel way the Pharaoh treated the Hebrew people when they were slaves in Egypt.
Why eat unleavened bread? Because starting on the day of passover, and continuing for 7 days it is the feast of unleavened bread! We are not allowed to eat leavened bread during that time.
Did you know they were to also eat it while dressed a certain way? They were to have their shoes on their feet, their staff in their hand, and ready to leave. I wonder why that was? Probably because they needed to be ready to leave.. They knew YHWH was going to lead them out of egypt and this was the last step. They needed to be ready to GO! when he told them to.
That night he went through the land of egypt. If a house did not have the blood on the doorposts he did not destroy them inside with the plague of the firstborn son dying.
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.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.
That night Pharoh got out of bed to discover his and all other firstborn sons had died and he called for Moses and Aaron. He told them “you and all your people go out and serve YHWH as you have said you needed to. Take your flocks, your herds and go! and Hurry!” They egyptians were very afraid of the Hebrews now and wanted them to leave as fast as they could. The people of Israel had to take their dough with them before it was leavened (that’s where the unleavened bread started!) and pack things on their backs. They borrowed from the Egyptians jewels, gold, and clothing and the Egyptians happily gave them to the people because they loved them.
And they left Egypt..
They hadn’t got far when they came to the Red Sea. In front of them was a big sea, and behind them the army of Pharoh. The Egyptians had changed their minds after they let the Hebrew people go and chased after them!
So what does YHWH do now? He parts the sea! The Hebrew people walk across the sea on dry land.. and then when the Egyptians follow he causes the sea to come crashing down on them killing the egyptian army.
From here they start headed towards the promised land.. a long 40 year hard journey. But something important is coming soon. The giving of the commandments! All of the feasts tie together.. and there is an important one coming up. 🙂 The first Sunday after passover is the feast of first fruits. From there you count 50 days to get to Shavout or Pentecost. That was when the torah was given at the mountain! So you can start counting after passover and know when the torah was given to YHWH’s people!