The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ is actually the beginning of an amazing, astounding sequence of events that lead to you being saved from death, built up into the fullness of Christ, raised up from death, composed of spirit, never ever again to die or dread death.
One of the most damaging false teachings is that God’s plan of redemption is finished… or completed with the death of Jesus. That there is nothing more that you can, or should, do.
The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ is actually the beginning of an amazing, astounding sequence of events that lead to you being saved from death, built up into the fullness of Christ, raised up from death, composed of spirit, never ever again to die or dread death… and for those of you called at this time, add to this the honor of marriage to Christ, and a glorious future with Him in the ages to come.
These are the things we rehearse each year through the 7 annual holy days of our God.
The Passover sacrifice of Jesus was always part of God’s plan or process even before human beings [the ones who would participate in the plan] were created. The actual event of His death would come much later but was pictured and foretold through the Passover lamb killed that night in Egypt long ago [about 1450 years]
The Beginning Begins at the Beginning
Exodus 12:2-3 Exodus 12:2-3  This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
 Speak you to 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:
American King James Version×the Passover is the beginning… and God emphasizes the point. This time is to be considered the beginning. The beginning of months, the beginning of the year, the beginning of God’s amazing, astounding plan [amazing and astounding because it is hidden under a mountain of false teaching and error].
On the 10th day each family of Israel was to select a lamb without blemish. They would keep the lamb until the 14th day began. The 14th day would begin when the sun went down that evening. During the night they were to kill the lamb prepare it, roast it and eat it. They would also smear its blood over their doorways to protect themselves from the angel of death sent that night… sent to strike the firstborn of every family in Egypt at midnight. The death of the Passover lamb occurred during the night-time portion of that 24 hour period… the 14th day.
Exodus 12:6-13 Exodus 12:6-13  And you 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.
 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the entrails thereof.
 And you shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire.
 And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.
 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.
 And the blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
American King James Version×– the night of the 14th … the same night we gathered to observe the Passover… to eat and drink the body and blood of Christ.
Exodus 12:21-22 Exodus 12:21-22  Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
American King James Version×–Moses now passes God’s instruction on to Israel. Please note the key phrase at the end of the command… stay in your homes until morning. They were to stay in their houses the entire nighttime portion of the 14th day.
Exodus 12:29-30 Exodus 12:29-30  And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
American King James Version×during that nighttime period of the 14th day [at midnight] the death angel strikes down the firstborn of Egypt. In verse 31 later during the same night, Pharaoh sends word to Moses and Aaron that he wants Israel to get out of Egypt.
Note: I say “sends word” since Moses and Aaron would not have come out during the night. All Israel were to stay in their homes during the dark portion of the 14th day. Also, Moses had told Pharaoh at their last meeting “you will not see me again”. Ex 10:29
Exodus 12:33-36 Exodus 12:33-36  And the Egyptians were urgent on the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.
 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.
 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:
 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent to them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.
American King James Version×After daybreak the people of Israel would have come out of their homes. The Egyptians wanted Israel gone! To urge them on their way the Egyptians gave them jewelry, clothing [portable wealth]. This transfer of goods could only have taken place during the daytime portion of the 14th since Israel was forbidden to leaven their homes until morning.
Key point: Israel did not go out from the land of Egypt until the night that followed. During the daytime portion of the 14th day, they were grabbing all their stuff… receiving all the jewelry and clothing from the Egyptians and gearing up to leave.
We are talking about 600,000 Israelite households. Consider the logistics. By the end of the daytime portion of the 14th day, they were ready to head out. Night would be falling… according to God’s clock, a new day was about to begin. The 15th of the month.
Exodus 12:41-42 Exodus 12:41-42  And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.
 It is a night to be much observed to the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
American King James Version×the “very day” begin referred to here is the 15th day of the month. The first Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which began at sundown. That was last night… the night to be much observed… a night of vigil.
Note: verse 43 begins a new section which goes through some additional Passover regulations.
Israel left Egypt during the nighttime portion of the 15th day. The beginning of the 15th day.
Deuteronomy 16:1 Deuteronomy 16:1Observe 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 forth out of Egypt by night.
American King James Version×they went out by night
Numbers 33:3-4 Numbers 33:3-4  And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.
 For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the LORD had smitten among them: on their gods also the LORD executed judgments.
American King James Version×they went out on the 15th day of the month.
Now I have to do something I don’t like. I have to give airtime to some false interpretations.
Some say the lamb is to be killed at the end of the 14th day and eaten on the night of the 15th… the same night that they were to go out from the land of Egypt.
But, Israel was not permitted to go out of their homes during the night that they were to eat the flesh of the lamb. If that major flaw in such a teaching were not enough then consider the logistics of killing, cooking, eating, being summoned by Pharaoh sometime in the wee hours of the morning… and then in the 2 or 3 hours remaining gathering up your stuff… getting all the riches of Egypt… and marching several million men women and children out of the land. It doesn’t work!
The Passover is Separate From the DOULB
Numbers 28:16-17 Numbers 28:16-17  And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD.
 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
American King James Version×
Leviticus 23:5-6 Leviticus 23:5-6  In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover.
 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
American King James Version×
We put out our leavening before the 15th day begins. So, the de-leavening starts beforehand on the 14th day. So in our minds, it tends to get rolled together. And during the days when the New Testament was recorded, the whole season had come to be called either… the days of unleavened bread or the Passover [ie the Passover season]. You see this sort of festival shorthand used in the scripture as well.
But the entire 8 day period consists of Passover on the 14th day [which is not an annual Sabbath] followed by 7 complete days of unleavened bread beginning on the 15th day. The first and the last of those 7 days are considered annual Sabbaths. On them, we have a holy assembly and do no work.
Another False Interpretation:
It is very common for people to become convinced regarding the need to keep the Passover as a memorial of the death of Jesus and the inauguration of the new covenant… but yet remain unconvinced of the ongoing purpose and importance of observing the Days of Unleavened Bread. In fact, I believe there are more of “them” than there are of “us”.
Exodus 12:14-20 Exodus 12:14-20  And this day shall be to you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
 Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
 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.
 And you 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 you observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whoever eats 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.
 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall you eat unleavened bread.
American King James Version×the day spoken of as a memorial here is the 15th day. Like all days in God’s manner of counting time… it begins with sundown.
After sundown, there is some form of vigil [NTBMO]
There is a holy assembly [church service]. You presence is required.
All the leaven should be gone
Start eating only unleavened bread
Verse 17 tells us its to be a permanent ordinance/practice to serve as a remembrance or memorial of deliverance from bondage.
Note: like the weekly Sabbath… like the Passover… the Days of Unleavened Bread are a lasting ordinance/practice given prior to the establishment of any covenant. Therefore, the Days of Unleavened Bread have an importance and significance outside of, or beyond, the covenant. So the days of Unleavened Bread cannot be easily written of as “part of the Old Covenant”. Neither was the Feast of Unleavened Bread instituted with any sacrifices… so they cannot be easily written off as part of the sacrificial system ended with the death of Christ.
What is a memorial?
A memorial is something we do to remember persons or events. A non-biblical example would be memorial day… when we remember fallen soldiers.
First, we have the memorial of the Passover which is a remembrance of the forgiveness of, and the redemption from, our past sins… Which is the beginning of God’s plan to bring us to that completeness in Christ. Jesus said… do that in remembrance of Me. So we do. .. on the 14th day.
But why stop at the beginning? The forgiveness of past sins is necessary but sin is not done with us yet. It keeps coming after us.
Next… the 15th day is also a memorial. A time to remember our deliverance from bondage. For Israel it was a very real bondage in the forced labor camps of Egypt… for you it is bondage to the ways of thinking and acting that God detests. Ways of acting and thinking that ruin your hope of participating in the glorious future God has planned for you.
It is bondage to the way of living that leads only to death.
Why observe the 14th [deliverance from past sins] but neglect the Days of Unleavened Bread? The Days of Unleavened Bread are the reminder to go forth and sin no more! To keep His law! To put on righteousness and Godly virtues! To add to these the fruits of the Holy Spirit… and love!
We are here for the 1st day of Unleavened Bread… and we’ll be back in 7 days for the last day of unleavened bread. Take notice that this feast is not a singular event like Passover … or Trumpets… the Days of Unleavened Bread are a period of time… 7 whole days.
It takes time to accomplish all that going forth! It’s a process of putting off the bad stuff and putting on the good stuff that must be done… and done again… and done again... until it is complete. We are to grow into the fullness of Christ.
Note: The feast of unleavened bread is probably 7 days ling because 7 is a number that signifies completeness.
Exodus 13:3-10 Exodus 13:3-10  And Moses said to the people, Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
 This day came you out in the month Abib.
 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring you into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month.
 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.
 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with you, neither shall there be leaven seen with you in all your quarters.
 And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did to me when I came forth out of Egypt.
 And it shall be for a sign to you on your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD's law may be in your mouth: for with a strong hand has the LORD brought you out of Egypt.
 You shall therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
American King James Version×this feast is a sign/memorial that the law of God is to be on your lips… you are to teach, judge, and live by the word of God. It will be written on your hearts and in your minds.
These verses speak of it as written on your hand [meaning what you do] and on you forehead [meaning what you think]. In the last days the Beast, the wicked one will write a different mark on people’s hands and foreheads… a mark for those who reject the authority and law of God.
Which mark will you take upon your hand and your forehead… what you do and what you think?
The Passover Is Only The Beginning
Jesus died… but that is not the end of the story. He did not stay dead. Jesus Christ was raised up again to life through the power of the Father.
He is at the throne of God right now… at the Father’s right hand
He is at work right now as your high priest… cleansing you from sin… and delivering you completely from its power. The power to kill you. To keep you from receiving life everlasting.
The Days of Unleavened Bread are a lasting memorial… a sign on your hand [what you do] and on your forehead [what you think]. A sign that you keep His commandments in sincerity and truth.