Happy Holy Week everyone! :) In the last few moments that Jesus was alive, before He was crucified, we remember that he celebrated the Passover with his disciples…
For those who do not know what this feast is about, it was done before the last of the ten plagues passed through Egypt killing all of the first born. (Fact: even the livestock’s first born!) The Israelites had to take a year-old male sheep/goat without defect to be killed at sun down. They had to take the blood and place it on the sides and the tops of the door frames of their houses. Staying indoors, they would not be harmed, because when the Angel of Death came to claim the first born, it would see the blood, and PASS OVER that house, without harming anyone in it.
That night, the Israelites would have to “eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.” (Exodus 12:8)
SO…In this season of commemoration, my family and I decided to celebrate the Passover feast like the Israelites had before they left the land of Egypt. And while we were preparing, we decided to really look back at that day, and prepare the way they did.
Here are the first few verses of Exodus 12, which share how the Lord wanted the Passover to be celebrated during the time of Moses..
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a] for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
Okay. It was too expensive to buy a whole lamb, and our neighbors weren’t around, so we had to settle for just part of it. We bought the shank area (the leg), which is the part that the Israelites (now the Jews) normally eat when they celebrate the Passover.
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
We don’t know if the lamb was male though. It was out of our hands. :(
7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs.
So, we didn’t put the blood on our doorposts anymore, cause there was no more plague going around. But we definitely roasted the lamb over a fire! HAHA! Yumyumyum! We ate salad with romaine lettuce too. Romaine lettuce happens to be counted as a bitter herb, and we made unleavened bread!
10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.
The whole family dressed up nice and we definitely did not leave anything for tomorrow! Eating it in haste was not a problem. I ate too fast, I didn’t even bother taking a picture of the salad! “And God said it was GOOOOOOD!” Haha!
IN ADDITION, I wanna highlight the making of the unleavened bread, and how my family came across the recipe for it.
My younger sister, who was around 7 or 8 years old at that time, is a very enthusiastic Bible reader. I must admit that her drive to study His word is a lot more than I give her credit for. So, she came across the story of Elijah and the widow, where Elijah asked the widow to make him bread with the last bit of flour and oil that she had. Out of curiosity, my sister tried to make the supposed unleavened bread, and to our amusement and great surprise, we were successful in making it! Who knew that the Bible could be a cookbook too!
Since then, unleavened bread has become part of the family menu. I had the privilege of making the bread for our Passover feast this evening with my younger sister (who is turning 11 soon!), and I think this is something I’d like to carry over and teach my kids as well. :)
Hope you guys enjoyed the little info on the Passover and how to make unleavened bread. Try it sometime!
Next project: EASTER BREAKFAST! Woohoo!
Note: The Passover used to be something required for those who believed in God, but He no longer requires us to celebrate the Passover, because His son, Jesus Christ, took the place of the lamb that was slaughtered and whose blood was shed, to protect us from the supposed Angel of Death, granting eternal life to all those who accept it. Just like how the Israelites placed the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, all those who believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, are marked with the price of the blood of Jesus.
I’m interested to know…. How did you spend your Holy Week?? :) Feel freeeeee to share!!