Passover Of Redemption Connected Generations
Shemot (Exodus) 12:21- 51
A foundational understanding for any follower of Yeshua is knowledge that our beliefs are linked to previous generations. B'reisheet 6:8-9 states "Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord because he was perfect in his generation. Noah's perfection was possible because he walked with HaShem in the revelation that HaShem had given to him. In other words, HaShem only required Noah to serve Him with what HaShem had revealed. Therefore, even though sin existed in Noah's generation, sin was not measured in terms of the Torah. Romans 5:12-13 in the Complete Jewish Bible states "Here is how it works: it was through one individual that sin entered the world, and through sin, death: and in this way death passed through the whole human race, inasmuch as everyone sinned. Sin was indeed present in the world before Torah was given, but sin was not counted as such when there is no Torah." During the time of Noah sin was not counted as such, because the Torah had not been given. Noah's righteousness was based on revelation knowledge that did not include the written Torah.
When the Torah was given to the Children of Yisrael, there was a more complete revelation of HaShem. The Torah did not eliminate the previous revelation that Noah's generation had been given. The revelation of the Torah gave the Children of Yisrael more understanding. Therefore, the Torah complemented the revelation Noah had been given. In a similar way, the teachings of Yeshua complement all the revelations these previous generations have been given. Therefore, the revelation of Yeshua should enhance our understanding of how HaShem, revealed Himself in previous generations. To remind us that the revelation of Yeshua is to enhance our understanding, HaShem set aside special times when we are to assemble and reflect on the great deeds and miracles He wrought for our forefathers. One of these special times of remembrance is the Passover. Shemot 12:24-27 states "You shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. And it shall come to pass, when ye are come to the land, which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, what mean ye by this service? 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." The Passover is a teaching tool HaShem uses for enhancing our understanding of Yeshua, and how in Yeshua, HaShem is transforming a mixed multitude of individuals into one nation.
Shemot 12:21-24 states "Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever." In the first Passover HaShem commanded The Children of Yisrael to take hyssop dip it in the blood of the Passover lamb and paint it on the lintels of the doorposts. Painting the blood of the Passover lamb on the lintels guaranteed protection to the firstborn who were in that household. In His mercy, HaShem did not want anyone to perish. Therefore, non-Hebrews who chose to escape the death of the first-born could join with their Hebrew neighbors and come under the same protection that the blood of the Passover lamb brought to the Hebrews. Because many non-Hebrews accepted the offer, HaShem was able to deliver a mixed multitude from Egyptian bondage. Shemot 12:37-38 states "the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle."
Delivering a mixed multitude from Egyptian bondage also meant that a mixed multitude of religious beliefs would be present in Yisrael. However, deliverance from bondage did not give the mixed multitude, the right to practice the idolatrous religions they had been taught in Egypt. HaShem brought the mixed multitude out of Egypt to create one nation. Therefore, the mixed multitude was required to give up the idolatrous religions they had been taught. To change the mixed multitude HaShem led them to mount Sinai and give them the Torah at the same time, He gave it to Yisrael. As a result, the mixed multitude was blended into Yisrael and required to practice the same religion. The mixed multitude became no different from natural born Yisraelites. In fact, for the mixed multitude to celebrate the remembrance of Passover the following year, they were required to be fully immersed into the covenant of Avraham, by becoming circumcised. Shemot 12:48-49 states "when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you."
HaShem was concerned for every individual living in Egyptian bondage. Therefore, HaShem granted mercy to any individual who was willing to enter the protection of the Passover lamb. As a result, a mixed multitude of individuals were delivered from Egypt. However, making the mixed multitude into one nation required the mixed multitude to give up the idolatrous practices they had been taught, by replacing them with the teachings of the Torah. To accomplish this HaShem gave the mixed multitude, the Torah at the same time, He gave the Torah to the Children of Yisrael. As a result, the mixed multitude became completely melded into Yisrael. In fact, by the time that the Passover of remembrance occurred the following year HaShem required the mixed multitude to be circumcised to celebrate the feast. During this present Passover season, let us remember that HaShem delivered us from bondage to create one nation. Therefore, it is our duty to replace our idolatrous ways with the Torah, so that we will become one body in belief and in practice.
By Rabbi Yaakov benYosef ABOUT-Torah.org© 2010 About Torah Newsletter