God’s instructions in Exodus 12 have many significant details, some of which have often been misinterpreted. There have been major controversies over the interpretation of Exodus 12 even within the greater Church of God. For example, for Jesus’ last Passover before His crucifixion, did He and the disciples observe it as Exodus 12 prescribes, or did they observe it a day early? Also, Judaism regards the Night to be Much Observed as “Passover” and regards it as a celebration of the Exodus from Egypt. That makes it easier to ignore Christ as “our Passover” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Don Hooser is a minister and writer for the publications of United Church of God. He lives in McKinney TX, a suburb of Dallas. He was born in Dallas and grew up mostly in east Texas. His beloved wife Elsie, originally from Detroit, Michigan, died in August 2020. Don's three children and their spouses are members of United Church of God. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Don and Elsie married two days after Don’s graduation.