After a long wait, we continue. Now is the time we begin to tackle how Jesus fulfilled the Passover.
Let’s head back to review the Passover event a bit:
Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.Exodus 12:5-6
The Passover (lamb) was to be killed on the 14th day of the first month (called Abib ) of the Hebrew calendar. This lamb 🐑or goat 🐐 was to be killed at twilight. Now this twilight from the actual Hebrew text literally reads ” between the two evenings “
From the Hebrew Calendar, the first evening starts at noon (12 pm) – when the sun now begins to go down. The second evening was when the sunsets.
This lamb was to be killed in between these two evenings.
That was a lot to time. So that everyone got time to kill their lamb or goat for the Passover.
Note 👉: I have to give you details of the event so that you’d be able to appreciate the brilliancy of God’s plan in Jesus. So for now just enjoy some knowledge about the Passover.
Now…. when the temple was built. There was a law concerning the sacrifices. One important law was the evening sacrifice in the temple.
Lambs were to be killed normally around 2:30 pm (middle of the 9th hour of the day), and offered to God an hour later – so let’s say 3:30pm.
This was the norm for the people.
Except during Passover (Abib 14). For Passover, the evening sacrifices are rather killed an hour earlier (1:30pm).
When the Passover also falls on a Friday… Things change. Because from Friday evening …Sabbath begins…
So if Abib 14 falls on a Friday, the lambs are rather killed at 12:30pm (another one hour earlier).
This was important for Jesus. He was crucified on Abib 14, and I want you to have an idea of what the other people were doing around that season for Passover and the Evening Sacrifice …right before a sabbath. That particular day fell on a Friday.
Which means during the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, the lambs were to be killed around 12:30 pm.
Just take note. It’s so that every body would get the chance to fully cook the lamb or goat meat by Sundown.
Why? Because on Abib 14, you can’t go out of the house in the evening (after sundown). Here’s why 👇🏼
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts, and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.Exodus 12 : 21 - 22
They weren’t to go out that evening till the next morning. The judgement happened later that night.
And it because a custom for the feast.
So, when did Jesus had his last supper? Definitely not on the Friday Abib 14.
Cos right after their meal, they sang a hymn and went out to Mount Olives. Going out would have been against the law that Jesus came to fulfill.
While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.Mark 14: 22, 26
So It was the night before – Abib 13. It was also this night that Jesus was arrested. And the story began.
It’s about to get exciting. Keep all these in mind …you will need them to understand the event and appreciate the beauty of God’s wisdom.
Until then. See ya 😁