Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread introduce the significance and symbols of the firstborn in God’s master plan. God placed great importance the authority, rights and privileges of the firstborn. The birthright went to the firstborn at the discretion of God, based on the actions of the firstborn. In ancient Israelite, the firstborn served as priests and offered sacrifices to God on behalf of the family. God later selected and hallowed the Levites to serve in that important role to help the people remain in a justified position with God. Jesus Christ, the ultimate fulfillment of the rights of the firstborn is the firstborn among many brethren. When he returns we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.