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God was clear, the Passover celebration was to be considered a vital part of the culture.  Those that traveled with Israel, foreign or native, needed to celebrate.  Even those that were unclean needed to celebrate Passover.  The Passover was a critical reminder of God’s rescue of the people of Israel.  Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites despite the pleas and promises by Moses. God had to take drastic measures to liberate the people.  The Passover celebration was the reminder of not only God freeing the Israelites, but also that God avenged the deaths of the 1st born males of Israel.

God desires that we know and remember the truth in our relationship with Him. The Lord uses the Bible, fellowship with other believers, and prayer to draw us closer to him.  He also uses occasions like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Passover to help us remember the things He has done to be in relationship with us.

When we encounter these days, we need to do so with reverence and gratefulness.  It is not about the trappings or presents–it is about God freeing us from our slavery and sin, just like He freed the Israelites from their slavery. We must never forget the lengths God went to to free us and to save us from eternal separation from Him.

God Bless You

The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, “Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations.”

So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover, and they did so in the Desert of Sinai at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses.

But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day and said to Moses, “We have become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be kept from presenting the Lord’s offering with the other Israelites at the appointed time?”

Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the Lord commands concerning you.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, 11 but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones. When they celebrate the Passover, they must follow all the regulations. 13 But if anyone who is ceremonially clean and not on a journey fails to celebrate the Passover, they must be cut off from their people for not presenting the Lord’s offering at the appointed time. They will bear the consequences of their sin.

14 “‘A foreigner residing among you is also to celebrate the Lord’s Passover in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for both the foreigner and the native-born.’