As we prepare ourselves for the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, I want to focus your attention the group of Psalms that are called “The Egyptian Hallel.” The phrase “Hallelu Yah” — praise the Lord — shows up frequently in these Psalms. That is why they are nicknamed “the Hallel.” These are the Psalms that Jews in New Testament times commonly sang during the Passover seder and we see in the Scriptures that Yeshua and the Apostles sang “The Egyptian Hallel” with Him for the last time before His death.
The Apostle John tells us that John the Baptist was the first one who proclaimed the primary purpose of Yeshua’s mission. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (Jn. 1:29, 36) But this Lamb did not show up the way the experts wanted and when Yeshua refused to fulfill the violent desires of the religious experts, they inflicted grave violence on Yeshua, but Yeshua expected that, and so did John the Baptist, even though he didn’t live to see it.
The Exodus is a picture of us. They were to live by every word of God’s mouth and we are to live in the same way.
Lamb Selection Day is closely connected with Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement). Both occur on the 10th day of their respective months: first month for Lamb selection day and seventh month of Yom Kippur.
And the words of the herald for the Mashiakh (Messiah), Yokhanan the Immerser (John the Baptist), that Yeshua was “the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn. 1:29) further connects these two memorials of God’s salvation plan.
Two key themes in Luke 19:29-44 are the arrival of Yeshua (Jesus) into Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) on a donkey and the responsive public cry, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38; quoted from Psa. 118:26).
This chapter covers a central theme via the interrelated parables of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son: The Son of God was sent to “find” and “bring back” the “lost sheep” of Israel. With the soon approach of the annual Lamb Selection Day for Passover — 10th day of the first month of God’s calendar — it’s fitting to note God’s “tale of three lambs” in Luke 15 and throughout Scripture:
- flock or sheep pen of God (the righteous)
- lost sheep from that flock (“sinners” and those “far off” of the nations)
- “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29)
You have have Passover and Unleavened Bread without Shavuot. All the spring feasts come together as one to paint a picture for those who have an ear to hear. Yokhanan the baptizer for repentance and herald of the coming Messiah and the Kingdom of God (John the Baptist) said of Yeshua, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) We don’t ponder that statement as much as we should.
This Passover seder may be a little different from most. This year, the recounting of the Passover — the plagues, the Pesakh lamb, the unleavened bread, the bitter herbs — will be led by readings from Scripture, rather than stories based on Scripture.