"The Mighty One, God the LORD, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down." Psalm 50:1
Text: Exodus 12 : 14-17, 19
AN EVERLASTING ORDINANCE
The Passover event was never to be forgotten! To ensure that the significance of God passing through Egypt in judgment would always be remembered, the Passover was instituted as an everlasting ordinance for the children of Israel.
“So this day shall be to you a memorial;
and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD
throughout your generations. You shall keep it
as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”
None of the other plagues that befell Israel was to be commemorated! However, the Passover was singled out for special remembrance because of its spiritual and symbolic features!
THE FEAST OF THE UNLEAVENED BREAD
In conjunction with the observance of the Passover, the children of Israel were to celebrate the Feast of the Unleavened Bread.
“Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses.
For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day
until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on
the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you.
No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which
everyone must eat – that only may be prepared by you.
So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
for on this same day I will have brought your armies out
of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day
throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.”
1. “A holy convocation”
A religious feast differs slightly from a mere festival! The Feast of the Unleavened Bread included two special “holy convocations”. These were especially set aside for worship!
2. “That person shall be cut off from Israel”
God’s instructions were to be carefully observed! No individual may act presumptuously! This warning was repeated for emphasis.
“…whoever eats what is leavened,
that same person shall be cut off from
the congregation of Israel…”