Alan King's "They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat" is said to be the summary of every Jewish holiday or feast. No other feast exemplifies this saying as the Feast of Passover, which begins this evening. This is a feast, which as Jews we are to celebrate annually, throughout "all our generations", and though it is meant as a memorial of how YAHWEH with a strong arm delivered the children of Israel out of the house of bondage in Egypt, it is also an opportunity for us to review the several instances of deliverance, which we have experienced in all aspects of our life from the last Passover we witnessed till date. The Passover meal is not that kind of meal that one eats to satiate oneself. Rather it is a ritual that is steeped in history, in tradition, in a story about life in its entirety. When we eat the ROASTED MEAT from a lamb or goat, with BITTER HERBS, the experience as with life is bittersweet. As Jews we don't kid ourselves with the belief that everything has to be fine and okay, working according to plans, at all times. Nature tells us this same story everyday with things around us, even if we refuse to accept is as fact. Just look at the mountains and valleys, sometimes you're up, some other times you're down. The same is expressed when we dip the UNLEAVENED BREAD in Salt Water (though hypertensives must not make this a habit), and the very good times when we dip apples in honey, before eating them. It is true that the days of sacrificing a lamb or goat for the feast of Passover is over, and the slaughter of a goat as the Pascal Lamb not necessary, seeing as YAHSHUA is our Pascal Lamb, we however roast the meat to commemorate the ordinance, and while at it ensuring not to break the bone, as it was declared by Moses, and adhered to even as YAHSHUA took the place of the lamb, dying earlier than the other two impaled with him, who had their limbs broken to hasten their passage out of life. A feature of the Passover table (Seder plate) for some Jews include a piece of roasted lamb shank bone (Zeroa), referencing the directive to ensure that bone from the Pascal Lamb isn't broken. Yahshua's ordeal started the night before the Passover night, and hours before he was arrested, he'd supped with them, in what is popularly known as THE LAST SUPPER, where the New Covenant was inaugurated. We incorporate this into the Passover night, usually occurring at midnight, though there are others who feel it should be held on the night of the 13th of Abib, which is a day before the night of Passover. They make a very valid point. In commemorating Yahshua's last supper, the activities include the washing of the feet of partakers (includes only those who'd undergone immersion baptism), and the eating of unleavened bread, representing the body of Yahshua, and the drinking of wine, which represents his blood, shed for the "sole" purpose of cleansing the sins of mankind. So, tonight, the feast of Passover and Yahshua's last supper will be celebrated. Tomorrow will be kept as the usual Sabbath until evening, when the next feast, THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD will commence, to run a seven day course, of which the first (which starts from tomorrow's evening on to Sunday evening) and the last (next week's Friday evening to Saturday evening) serve as Holy Convocations in which "no servile work must be done". Nothing "leavened" must be found in the home of the Jew, from leavened bread (with yeast) or any food or drink that has undergone some or any form of fermentation, which includes malt drinks or beer. The only alcoholic drink that may be drunk in this period include wines or other sorts that haven't undergone fermentation. On the last day of the feast, which incidentally falls on a Sabbath this year, making it a High Sabbath, there will be a WAVING OF SHEAVES, in order to clear the children of YAHWEH to eat of new grains that have been harvested, until such a time, fifty days from that Sabbath when such first fruits are presented to YAHWEH in the Feast of First Fruits/Pentecost. Some Jews will not eat of new corn, some even bread until the feast of First Fruits is celebrated, however knowing what the waving of sheaves represents, there's no reason not to start eating corn or leavened bread after next week's Sabbath, once the waving of sheaves is done. So, this is typically what to expect amongst Jews this week. In some places, the ceremony will be more elaborate than what I have elucidated herein, while in others less so. I know of missions where the whole of the days of the feast are marked with several programmes with full attendance, while in others it is just the mandatory days and nights that are observed. In Nigeria, the tradition amongst many Sabbath Missions is to go back to the headquarters usually in Eastern Nigeria to celebrate the feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread for eight days. Whichever way we celebrate during this period, what is most important is the disposition of our heart towards YAHWEH, this is what eventually determines whether we leave the feast blessed or not. CHAG SAMEACH. 'kovich PICTURE CREDIT: - ANOTHER PASSOVER IS HERE

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