Everyone knows the story of Moses, who through the power of The Lord, made Pharaoh free the children of Israel from captivity. This was done through many plagues set out by The Lord, but the final straw was when God killed all the firstborn children of Egypt. He passed over all of the children of Israel’s home that put lamb’s blood over their door. This was known as the Passover and is celebrated by the Jews every year since.
God conquered Egypt. He freed the children of Israel and they traveled in the desert to the land promised by God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This was not an easy journey, even though God supplied their needs, sending manna down from heaven and water from rocks. The children of Israel complained and complained. They showed little faith in The Lord. When God came down to speak to them, they told Him they would do all that He required. God then gave Moses the 10 commandments struck into stone. When Moses came down he saw the children of Israel building a massive idol in reverence to The Lord. Moses told them to destroy it as it was an abomination to The Lord. They were worshipping God the way the pagans of Egypt did. The Lord came down and gave them the Law. This Law is the Mosaic Covenant and was only given to the Jews to follow. It was only given to them. But this is what made them different from all other people. They had set guidelines and rules that was given to them by only one God, when all other cultures believed they were subjected to many gods.
There is much to the Law. It will not be covered in-depth in this article. What needs to be understood is what the Law was. It was the process of how to atone for one’s sin. There were animal sacrifices required, bringing tithes to Levitical Priests, resting on the Sabbath (which Jews recognize as Saturday), and many other requirements. It was very strict and needed to be followed by the letter. If you were guilty of not following one, but did follow all the others you were still guilty of not following the Law.
So now the Jews were judged by God through the Law He gave them. This is what they follow to this day. God was very specific when He commanded them not to worship Him as the pagans do, stay away from all idols, and do not mingle with the pagans things.
God even let a whole generation of Israel wander & die in the desert for 40 years, not allowing them to get to the land He promised them because of their disobedience and mingling with other gods. Moses even took the penalty for some and was not allowed to enter the promised land.
The important things to notice here are that:
1) The promised land was simply the land of Israel, the current land that the nation of Israel owns now, (including the land in Palestine occupation)
2) The Jews were given the Law that was given to them by God. They live by it currently.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
2 John 1:6
English Standard Version
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Passover is the 14th of Nisan/Abib. Exodus 12:2 Leviticus 23:5 and Deuteronomy 16:1.
I know Jesus said the sabbath was made for man not man for the sabbath. What is your opinion on it? I’m still learning.
When is the Passover? How is it calculated? Are we required to celebrate it if so how should it be celebrated?
14th Abib/Nisan which is April.
“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.
‘On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD.
Yes Jesus Christ was crucified on the passover, he is our passover lamb.
John 13:1-17 Mark14:12-25 Matthew 26:2-19 John 18:28
Luke 22:15 John 11:55
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
I too will love some feedback just like LaShanen
I understand that we are under a new covenant but that said, are we not still to honor the ten commandments and feasts dates? Ive been getting many conflicting answers from sources that should be in accordance with one another.Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Shalom and Yah bless