Symbols and Signs — The First day of the Year # 9


Egypt godsExodus 12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.

An eight-day celebration staring with the sacrifice, the feast of unleavened bread is to be celebrated forever, and as a memorial to mark this festive event. It is to be a  mark of the past and the symbol of the future laid out for the nation, upon the return of their King.  It is a show of victory in the face of their enemies that there is a God in Israel, a God capable of delivering His people from the most powerful of enemies.

The day was to recall the judgment of God on their enemies, and the reverence they owe their God. The nation is to teach the generations to come the ways of the Lord that the nation may remain in good standing before the Lord. They were saved by God’s grace, but not because of any work, they have done, but even though this was the case, the nation would turn once again to their pride.

The Passover was and is the first day of the year for the nation, the days following are the days we called the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of consecration. It was an eight day celebration beginning with the Passover sacrifice, and the putting away of leaven in the home. The leaven was the symbol of sin, the short – comings of the nation, but on this day, the Passover, the nation is to come into repentance, and cleansing their lives, they are to position their lives to live holy before the Lord.

Over time this day and week would become a cultural event, and losing its meaning, many would come to forget its purpose. The Passover was the mark of the first day of the year and a pointer to the coming Messiah, and the way He should die delivering the world from the powers of darkness.

The Messiah came, died as He hung on the cross, as the nation cried “crucify Him,” and forgetting the law, and the purpose of the Passover, they rejected their savior. However, the power of the Passover was not lost, nor was the mystery of God hidden in His festivals. The secret of the Lord is with the righteous, and it is to His people He has revealed the events to come, and their season.

We are every closer to the end of days, and are told to ready ourselves by our savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He was that Passover Lamb sent to redeem the world, and the hour hand of God, the reason for the seasons, and the one who will at the appointed time, bring each day to pass.

imagesCA1K16J3John 19:15-19 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate said unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, we have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Indeed Jesus was their King, but the nation was ashamed of Him, and even in the hour of His death they scorned Him, they showed no compassion, He was utterly rejected by the nation He came to save, He was the Passover Lamb of God, the first day of the month and of the year, and the savior of the world. What we have here is the symbols of God laid out in His feasts, a point from which we may observe the coming end. God has given us a view the world cannot see, and as a show of His grace He has revealed to those of us looking for His return the seasons of comfort.

John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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