Passover Observed April 6 & 7 – Part 1 of Holy Week
We take a time out from engineering during this week of holy observances to think on the truly important.
In 2012, Passover is celebrated on April 6 through 7.
Passover commemorates the passing over of the angel of death during the 10th and last plague on the night before the exodus of the Hebrews from Egyptian captivity (circa 1450 B.C.E./ 1450 BC). At the first Passover a year old lamb was roasted over an open flame and then eaten by the family during the evening meal. Those who participated were dressed for immediate travel.
The blood from the lamb was applied to the head and sides of the door before the meal so that angle of death would not kill any of the firstborn in the household. The basis events and order of the first Passover were portrayed in the movie the Ten Commandments.
While in the wilderness travels, God commanded the Hebrews to commemorate Passover as a remembrance of His deliverance of them. Today many Jewish descendants of the Hebrews observe a Seder Meal with family and friends on the evening of Passover to commemorate these events. “Seder” is derived from the Hebrew word for “order.” Note that the Seder Meal is observed on the day before Passover on the Gregorian calendar as the Jewish day actually begins at sunset on the evening before.
But this not a feast day for the Jewish people alone. Today some Christians recognize that the Last Supper of Jesus Christ was the observance of the Passover Seder Meal. In fact, Passover continued to be observed by the early church, which was originally considered a sect of Judaism. It wasn’t until the number of Gentile converts greatly outnumbered the Jewish followers and some political events occurred in 132 C.E. (AD 132) that the Passover observance fell out favor within the Christian church.
And so, we extend “Happy and Blessed Passover” greetings to all our friends and readers who observe and commemorate G-d’s deliverance of the Hebrew people approximately 3500 years ago. What an awesome G-d!