Preparing for Passover

Passover is coming up soon!  While all of the feasts of YHWH are significant Passover has a special place of importance for believers in Yahusha as it beautifully parallels his life and sacrifice.

My first Passover was when I was 15. While YHWH’s feasts are not hard to celebrate if you have never experienced them before it can be a little daunting!  I can tell you from experience that each time I celebrate Passover it comes more naturally and the meaning goes deeper in me. Whether you are new to Pesach or not here is some information to keep in mind as you prepare yourself and your home for Passover and the Feast of Matzah.


What?
Passover or Pesach commemorates the miraculous rescue of the Israelites from their slavery in Mitzrayim, found in Shemot chapters 1-15. On a deeper level this story speaks volumes on the blood of Yahusha and his salvation, with Passover being the exact day the Messiah was killed because of our transgressions. Passover is one day and is immediately followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread or Matzah Week.


When?
Passover falls on Aviv 14. See here for this year's dates. Immediately following Passover begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Feast of Matzah, which lasts for seven days. Yep, eight consecutive days of celebration!

Where?
At your house! There are special instructions for our homes during Passover and the Feast of Matzah.

Why?
Shemot 12:1-24 and Vayikra 23:5-8. 


What does this mean for me?

No work days. YHWH is a fan of mandatory vacation! Passover gives us two days where work is prohibited—the day right after Passover, the first day of Unleavened Bread, and the second on the last day of Matzah week. We should make plans to have time off from our jobs those days, as well as plan ahead to avoid cooking and housework. I believe this is an intentional instruction to free us up from the distractions that would keep our minds off these special holy days.

Get the hametz out of your house. Traditionally translated as leaven, we have discussed before how it actually means grains soaked in water. We are instructed to remove it from our homes and to avoid eating it during the Feast of Matzah in Shemot 12:19, so we have some Spring cleaning to do.
Scripture simply says to remove hametz from your home. The first place to start is by removing these from your fridge and pantry. You can use these items in the next few weeks and what you can’t use can be donated to a soup kitchen. You might be surprised by some of the things that are off limits during the Feast of Matzah, check out a list here. While most of the hametz in our homes is found in the cupboard or refrigerator there can also be some in the form of bread crumbs on the floor, couch, etc. Cleaning our homes and searching out the hidden leaven has the obvious spiritual application of searching for sin in us and removing it.

Get the hametz out of your heart. Spend some time prayerfully examining yourself and lifestyle. Does it line up with Scripture? Ask YHWH to help you make changes to honor him with your life.

You’ll need matzah. While this doesn’t have to be the only thing that you eat, you should eat it some each day—it is called Feast of Matzah for a reason. :) If you plan to purchase it, you’ll want to make sure the box reads ‘Kosher for Passover,’ depending on where you live this might not be easy to find. You can order it online or find a recipe to make your own. 

Make plans for the Seder meal. Pronounced say-der, this is the meal of Passover, the meal Yahusha shared with his Disciples as his last supper. I like to describe Seder as the Gospel in seven courses. There is a lengthy meal with many blessings and Scriptures spoken, the story of the Exodus read, and the foods eaten have rich meaning. Search online for a Hebrew or Messianic Seder meal you can attend or make plans to have your own at home.

Celebrate. This is a holiday so make plans to act like it! Put up decorations, list the hametz free recipes you want to try, make crafts with your kids, invite friends over for a special dinner with matzah, watch the Ten Commandments movie, read the story of Passover in Scripture, as well as Yahusha's last supper. The thing that makes days special is treating it that way. If you need ideas check out my Pesach board on Pinterest.


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