A Passover Word from Samuel

When the Almighty God rescued Israel from bitter oppression in Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm (Psalm 136:12), He meant for it to be something foundational in His relationship with His covenant people Israel. He decreed it should not only be memorialized with a festival throughout all time, but also become an essential part of His own personal identity as revealed to His people. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Exodus 20:2) Repeatedly He describes Himself this way. It is clear that The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob wanted it to remain in the forefront of Israel’s thoughts: He is the God who saves. 

In fact, the God of Israel makes Himself known to all who call upon Him as the God who redeems, restores, and brings us out of slavery into freedom. In the feast of the Passover we remember how God worked through miraculous signs and wonders to free Israel, a people He has chosen for Himself for all time, from physical bondage and from His deadly judgement upon Egypt. No power of man and no false god of Egypt could keep Him from fulfilling His Word to Pharaoh: ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” (Exodus 4:22-23a) A sweet celebration of grace and favor in itself, Passover foreshadows another greater, more miraculous redemption.

God sent His Son Yeshua, whose name ישוע (Yeshua) means “salvation” to remind us again that He is the God who saves. Through Yeshua, Elohim saves for Himself people from every nation, tribe and tongue from slavery to sin and from death. For it is written, “Yeshua answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34), and “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord (Romans 6:23).”

Yeshua offered Himself to purchase our forgiveness during the feast of Passover, as we read in Mark 14. He presented Himself as the final Lamb offered for sin, spilling His blood to cleanse our sin and save us from judgement. Just as the Almighty God turned his wrath away because of the blood on the doorposts the night He led Israel out of slavery, He again turns away His wrath and gives us freedom because of the blood of Messiah, “our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7).”

Redemptive love is at the center of God’s deliverance of His people Israel from Egypt. “But because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh King of Egypt (Deuteronomy 7:8).” He was moved by this powerful love again to send his Son, Yeshua, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Passover is, for all who celebrate it, a time to give thanks for God’s redeeming love and for freedom we could never have obtained without His miraculous intervention. As we celebrate this festival of freedom, let us remember with thankful hearts all the God of Israel has done so that we can truly know Him as our God, the God who saves.

Blessings to you this Passover,

Samuel Smadja