4. The animal should be roasted with fire and eaten with bitter herbs and unleavened bread.
For the avoidance of any doubt YAHWEH went on to reiterate further, “…Eat not of it raw, nor sodden (boiled) at all with water, but roast with fire; it’s head with it’s leg, and with the inner parts.” (Exodus Chapter 12 verse 9).
5. None of it is meant to be left till morning, while that “….which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.”
YAHWEH definitely doesn’t encourage waste hence the former admonition for families that cannot finish a lamb or goat to merge with another in celebrating the feast, in Exodus Chapter 12 verse 4.
This first feast of Passover was eaten with “…loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste:…” (Exodus Chapter 12 verse 11), because come dawn, the host of Israel will have to leave Egypt, with no time left to pack their belongings for the long journey ahead of them.
Most of the activities instituted and performed at this first Passover will not be again observed, as the first was strictly tied to the liberation of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. They will go on to collect from their Egyptian neighbours ornaments of gold, silver and other luxurious items including clothing (Exodus 12:35). Interestingly, an Egyptian comedian recently asked that Egypt should sue the State of Israel for the Ten Plagues, and for all the wealth they took away with them from Egypt back in the day.
We shall get to the modification part in a while, but let me get to some contentious issue regarding the propriety of continuing with this feast, as most Christians today believe otherwise.
Verse 14, of Exodus Chapter 12 reads thus; “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial (like your birthday or any memorable day of your life which you find far more interesting than your day of birth); and ye shall keep it a feast to YAHWEH throughout your generations (note that no end time or period was mentioned here); ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance FOREVER (further emphasizing what has already been aforestated).
It is the understanding of many a believer that this does not apply to non-Jews, yet many would readily cling to the blessings of Abraham of whom YAHWEH proclaims that “of his SEED shall all nations of the earth will be blessed”, yet denounce the way of the seed, determining by fiat which should or shouldn’t be adopted or observed, especially and most importantly those expressly decreed by YAHWEH!
Seeing that the first Passover was initiated for a purpose, YAHWEH made modifications to it seeing that the circumstances for subsequent celebrations will be different stating in Exodus Chapter 12 verse 42 thus;
“It is a night to be much observed unto YAHWEH for bringing them out from the land of Egypt.
(43) And YAHWEH said unto Moses and Aaron (at this point Moses had taken up the part of a God and Aaron, it’s prophet), this is the ordinance of the Passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof (the Passover wasn’t open to non-Jews and in today’s world people outside of the COVENANT. It isn’t like any other feast where you can invite your friends and/or foes to come and wine and dine with you): (44) But everyman’s servant that is bought for money, when thou haste circumcised him (as YAHWEH instructed Abraham to do to his male children on the Eighth Day of birth in Genesis Chapter 17 verse 11-12), then shall he eat thereof.
(45) A foreigner and a hired servant (which may translate to one’s employee in today’s lingua) shall not eat thereof (as there should be no compulsion).
(46) In one house shall it be eaten (this is at variance with the former directive that the Passover be celebrated in individual homes by different families. This one house speaks about a temple, a place upon which YAHWEH will decide to place HIS name in the land of promise, which is why many travelled to the Temple in Jerusalem even in New Testament times to celebrate the feast as we do today at the different congregations worldwide), thou shalt not carry forth any of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof (and when YAHSHUA became the Passover lamb of the year he was to be impaled, he died way before the expected time to avert having his leg broken like it was with the two thieves impaled with him- John 19:32, “For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken” – John 19:36).
(47) All the congregation of Israel shall keep it (and by extension those who profess to live by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of YAHWEH).
Unlike many feasts you will come across in the Bible as commanded by YAHWEH, the lamb or goat for the feast of Passover isn’t for sacrificial purposes. No burnt offering of same is required, rather every part of the roasted animal was and is meant to be consumed with bitter herbs and unleavened bread.
We are admonished in Exodus Chapter 12 verse 24 to “….observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons FOREVER.
(25) And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which YAHWEH will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
(26) And it shall come to pass when your children shall say to you, What mean ye by this service?
(27) That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of YAHWEH’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians, and delivered our houses (this is role played in many homes and congregations during the feast of Passover today amongst YAHWEH’s people). And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
I know that many may still not see the relevance of celebrating this feast today despite injunctions encouraging us to celebrate this feast FOREVER, and in ALL OUR HABITATIONS, from one GENERATION TO ANOTHER.
Ruminate on these for now, while I prepare the next meal for your consumption. Selah!