Passover is the first High Holiday of the Lord described in Leviticus 23. It is the first of the four Spring feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Shavuot. The first three are sometimes grouped together and are collectively referred to as Passover.
The day of Passover, occurring on the 14th in the month of Abib or Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, was the day that the angel of death killed all the firstborn of Egypt and all those who did not have the blood a spotless lamb on their doorposts and lintels. It was the day that the Hebrews were passed over from death. Passover is the day Jesus was killed on the cross, being the perfect, blameless, spotless, sacrificial lamb for our sins.
We celebrate Passover today, by remembering the Exodus story, and Jesus’ death on the cross while looking forward to his resurrection on First Fruits. We remove leaven from our homes and our lives, take communion, and have a joyous feast day!
Here are some Passover scriptures to help us do just that!
Exodus 12: 1 – 24 – How the first Passover was celebrated.
Exodus 34: 18 – Command to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread and to eat unleavened bread
Leviticus 23: 4 – 8 – How to celebrate Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Numbers 9: 1- 14 – The Second time the Passover was celebrated by the children of Israel. Those that were unclean or on a long journey were permitted to celebrate the Passover.
Numbers 28: 16 – 25 – List of offerings to bring for sacrifices and the Sabbath – rest days of Passover and Unleavened Bread.
Numbers 33: 3 – Elohim told Moses to write about their journey through the wilderness, and writes when Israel left Egypt.
Deuteronomy 16: 1- 8 – How to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Deuteronomy 16: 16 – 17 – Passover is one of the three pilgrimage feasts.
Deuteronomy 26 – Summary of what happened in Egypt.
Joshua 5: 1 – 12 – The first Passover celebrated in the Promised Land.
2 Kings 22 – 23: 21 – 25 – King Josiah and the priests found the Torah for the first time in years. After cleansing the land and the Temple of idols and wickedness, they celebrated the Passover for the first time since the time of the Judges.
2 Chronicles 30: 1 – 27 – A command to celebrate the Passover in the second month, by King Josiah, because there weren’t enough priests purified to perform the Passover in the first month.
Ezra 6: 16 – 22 – After the Babylonian Captivity the children of Israel celebrated the Passover.
Ezekiel 45: 21 – 24 – A command to celebrate the Passover by the prophet Ezekiel.
Matthew 15: 1 – 9 – We should never nullify or diminish the commands of Elohim by our own traditions.
Matthew 22: 29 – We should always seek to know and understand the Scriptures for ourselves.
Luke 2: 41 – 42 – Mary and Joseph goes to Jerusalem every year for the Passover.
John 2: 23 – Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover.
Acts 20: 1 – 6 – Paul celebrates the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
1 Corinthians 5: 6 – 8 – The yeast we remove from our homes during Passover is a symbol of the sin in our lives.
1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 29 – How to take communion and what the bread and wine at Passover represent.
Colossians 2: 1 – 17 – The High Holidays, New moons, and Sabbaths are a shadow of what’s to come, they teach us about Jesus the Messiah, and we shouldn’t let anyone deceive us into not celebrating them.
Hebrews 10 – Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for our sins forever.