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Much observed! How does one observe a night? Days, we know, may be observed by resting from one's labors; their hours being devoted to worship, praise, prayer and good deeds. But how does one observe a night, when most people rest anyway?
The Passover Night is a night to stay awake, a night of vigil and watchfulness before a Feast.
The next part of the verse says the Passover Night is to be observed unto YaHuWaH.
"for bringing them out of the land of Egypt."
Here is the reason for its observance. It is observed in YaHuWaH 's honor because it is a night of deliverance from slavery. We will not attempt to describe the horrors of Israel's slavery in Egypt, because we cannot. Suffice it to say that the Passover night is observed in the Almighty's honor because it is a Night of Liberation. Bear in mind that it was on the Passover Night that the Almighty shattered the pride of Egypt by slaying the eldest son in every unbelieving Egyptian household: from the first born son of the Pharaoh on the throne, to the first born son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Not a single unbelieving family in all Egypt escaped that awful plague. All, except those who had applied the blood of the Passover Lamb to their door posts and lintels, were visited with death! Yes, the reason for observing the Passover night is an extremely good one and because of this we shall also consider the role of the Lamb's blood: for in very truth the Passover Lamb's blood is to the Sign of YaHuWaH what ink is to a signature.
Note those words "All the children of Israel." Who is Israel? This term means far more than just the natural descendants of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel after he had wrestled with Elohim and prevailed. (Genesis 32:28). The term "children of Israel" includes every truly converted person who seeks YaHuWaH 's mercy and blessing as Jacob did. Yes, every true believer in the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is an Israelite.
YaHuWaH is inviting all Christians to observe the Passover Night in honor of the victory won by the Blood of the Lamb. More about the blood later.
The phrase "in their generations" is also meaningful. Other translations use the words "generation after generation," "age after age," "for all time" etc. Why does YaHuWaH, the Almighty Elohim of Israel, use such powerful language in this apparently insignificant verse? Are Christians perhaps in danger of missing something of real value here by ignoring this weighty language? We think so. It is our opinion that hidden in this astonishing verse is a truth of wondrous worth: that the whole experience of Israel's slavery in Egypt:
It is only in this context, that is, by comparison with ancient Israel's deliverance from Pharaoh, that the invitation contained in that verse about the Passover Night can even begin to have meaning for Christians in this age. For the truth is: YAHUSHUA the Messiah is the real Passover Lamb and Satan is the Pharaoh of this world. And in this verse YaHuWaH, the Elohiym of Israel is inviting all Israelites (Jew and Gentile believers) in "every generation" to observe the Passover Night in His Son's honor. Because it was on that night that YAHUSHUA, the Lamb of YaHuWaH, began to shed His blood in order to liberate mankind from Satan's domain of sin, slavery and death.
The command requires that the Lamb's death and victory over Satan be remembered by the redeemed host "generations after generation," " age after age" - "for all eternity." It will be done.
Since the death of YAHUSHUA at Calvary, there is no longer any need to splash a literal lamb's blood on the door posts and lintels of our houses. (See the article, Animal Sacrifices, are they Necessary? ) There is, however, the urgent requirement to celebrate the Passover Service with the new covenant emblems of bread and wine.
|John 6:47-51||"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
|Matthew 26:26-28||"And as they were eating, YAHUSHUA took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My Body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is My Blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
After partaking of the Passover emblems of bread and wine, the true believer should keep vigil - till midnight at the very least: for it was at midnight that the destroyer struck in ancient Egypt.
We have learned that to observe the Passover Night means to "keep vigil," to "watch and pray." Do believers living in this generation need to keep vigil? The answer is yes we do. In fact the need to obey this vigil command is more important now than it has ever been: because the midnight of the world is fast approaching. Remember that it was at midnight that the destroyer went through the land of Egypt and slaughtered all the first born (Exodus 12:23).
Yes, we need to watch and pray at all times. But on the Passover Night we need to keep vigil as well. We need to stay awake and give ourselves to prayer - at least till midnight. This instruction is more important to our generation than those before. We have the perfect example of YAHUSHUA himself, who on that memorable Passover Night recorded in the gospels, obeyed the vigil requirement of Exodus 12:42 in every detail. His vigil in the garden of Gethsemane was the finest lesson of watchfulness and prayer the universe has ever witnessed.
Repeatedly he warned his disciples to stay awake and watch with him - at least for that fateful hour just before midnight. But they all fell asleep and when that hour of temptation came, they were all unprepared and forsook him and fled. (Matt.26:56) Oh what a lesson for us is their experience. How much more do we need to keep vigil than those early disciples! How will you stand when the Hour of Temptation comes to you? Bear in mind that the Destroyer (Abaddon/Apollyon) is scheduled to strike again in the near future.
|Matthew 26:40-44||"And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And He came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And He left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words."
|Mark 13:33||"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is."|
In summary we may say the following: