I was never a big fan of using the like lettered headings to help remember points, simply because too many pastors overuse it. It was usually a source of irritation… but, since I almost NEVER use the trick, and these came together so easily…. Okay. Sorry excuse.
As I have pondered Passover, there seem to me to be four major ‘R’s that should be part of observance in order to get the most out of it!
Passover is to be a time of:
We are to revel in the great freedom and salvation won on this date in our annual calendar! From Lot’s rescue, to the Sons of Israel from bondage in Egypt to our deliverance from the power of sin and death! All of these are won as a result of the Covenant with Abraham, ultimately worked out in Yeshua our Messiah!!
Every Feast of Yahweh is a holy convocation, and most a special Sabbath day. It is a time of refreshment in Him and His promises! The Feasts are a pattern that annually walks us through HIS work and remind us that HE is in control and performing HIS plan of redemption in the earth!
In our rejoicing and refreshing, we celebrate as a remembrance the suffering of those who were in bondage… Lot, the Sons of Israel, us, etc… We are reminded that we cannot save ourselves, but need a Savior and Redeemer. We remember where we have come from and worship for each work of Salvation!
As we saw yesterday, this feast has yet another fulfillment portended in Scripture. There will be another Exodus so much greater than Egypt that Egypt will no more be spoken of!! Each time we celebrate we look back, but must also approach with the understanding that ‘this could be the year’ for that Greater Exodus!! Therefore, it is a dress rehearsal… We need to consider it seriously enough that the rehearsal aspect is not lost on us!