| The Spiritual Significance of Passover
Biblically Accurate or Hebrew Name: Pesach (pronounced PAY-sock)
Biblical Significance: Pesach began the night the Hebrews slaughtered the lambs they had brought
into their homes to live with their families from the 10th day to the 14th day of the first month. At dusk
that night, the lambs were sacrificed, their blood placed on the sides and tops of the doorframes of
their homes and the meat of the lambs roasted and consumed with bitter herbs, which the Hebrews ate
with their sandals on and staffs in their hands. Death passed over the homes of those with the lambs’
blood on their doors, but all other firstborn sons were slain that night. In the morning, the Hebrews were
released from bondage to slavery, as all Egypt mourned the deaths of their firstborn sons.
Spiritual Relevance: Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is the Lamb of God sacrificed so that we would
be spared from death, given eternal life and delivered from bondage to sin.
Observance Suggestion: Have a Pesach seder (Passover meal) with family and friends celebrating
the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and retelling the Biblical story to our children. (“Seder” is pronounced
SAY-der). Read Exodus 12:6-11 for the Biblically-prescribed elements of a seder: roasted lamb
meat, bitter herbs, matzah (unleavened bread). Feel free to add other items to create a full meal, but
no yeast! For a first-time seder, you may wish to cook your lamb with rosemary or orange peels (both
are great lamb seasonings). For bitter herbs, most people eat horseradish—eat just a little, because it
is bitter. Look online for various formats and orders (haggadah) to find one that ministers to your
family or download our haggadah attached above.
Notes: All Biblical elements of the Pesach seder (and the Jewish traditions from prior to the
Babylonian captivity) represent the love of God and sacrifice of Messiah Yeshua. Research Passover
traditions and their meanings and feel free to create Biblically-based traditions of your own, but be
careful. There are many traditions that arose during the Babylonian exile that are completely pagan
(like the egg on the seder plate). Others are a part of Kabbalah—a Jewish mysticism that is steeped
in witchcraft. Be led by the Holy Spirit and guided by believers who have observed the Seder for
years. Don’t try to go it alone! Though this meal is the one Yeshua shared in the Upper Room with His
disciples (the Last Supper), this is a celebratory (rather than a somber) event. We don’t have to
slaughter a lamb, as the Lamb of God has already been sacrificed and HE IS RISEN!