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What was the Passover Sign of Moses?

In the previous post I looked at how the trial of Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac alluded to the sacrifice of Jesus. About 500 years have now passed since Abraham and it is about 1500 BC. After Abraham died, his descendants through Isaac, now called Israelites, are a vast number of people but also have become slaves in Egypt. This happened because Joseph, great-grandson of Abraham, was sold as a slave to Egypt and then his family followed as explained in Genesis 45-46 of the Bible.

The Exodus Passover Story

So we now come to a very curious drama centered around Moses and which is told in the book Exodus (so named because it is the account of Moses leading the Jewish Israelites out of Egypt). Moses had been commanded by God to confront the Pharaoh of Egypt and it results in a contest of wills between the two, producing nine plagues or disasters against Pharaoh thus far. But Pharaoh has not agreed to let the Israelites go so God is going to bring about a 10th and most fearsome plague. The full story of the 10th Plague in Exodus of the Bible is linked here and I urge you to read it because it will help you in better following the explanation below.

This 10th plague decreed by God was that every firstborn offspring would die that night except those who remained in houses where a lamb had been sacrificed and its blood painted on the doorposts of that house. Pharaoh’s loss, if he did not obey, would be that his son and heir to the throne would die. And every house in Egypt would lose the firstborn son – if they did not sacrifice a lamb and paint its blood on the doorposts. So Egypt faced a national disaster.

But in houses where a lamb had been sacrificed and its blood painted on the doorposts the promise was that everyone would be safe. Death would pass over that house. So this day was called Passover.

The Passover Sign – for who?

Many who are familiar with this account assume that the blood on the doors was a sign for the Angel of Death. But notice the curious detail in the account.

The LORD said to Moses … ” … I am the LORD. The blood [of the Passover lamb] will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. (Exodus 12:13)

So, though the LORD was looking for the blood on the door, and when He saw it He would pass over, the blood was not a sign for Him. It says quite clearly, that the blood was a ‘sign for you’ – i.e. the people. And by extension it is a Sign for all of us who read this account. But how is it a sign? After this event happened the LORD commanded them to:

Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for generations to come. When you enter the land … observe this ceremony… It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD’ (Exodus 12:27)

The Remarkable Passover Calendar

In fact we see at the beginning of this passage that this event inaugurates and launches the ancient Jewish calendar.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,  “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year… (Exodus 12:1-2)

So the Israelites were commanded to establish a calendar that celebrated this Passover on the same day every year. The Jewish calendar is a little different from the Western calendar, so the day in the year moves each year if you track it by the Western calendar.

Passover celebrated today as a result of Moses commands

This is a modern-day scene of Jewish people preparing to celebrate Passover in memory of that first Passover 3500 years ago.

But to this day, 3500 years later, they continue to celebrate the Jewish Passover Festival every year on the same day in their calendar and eat the seder meal in memory of this event in obedience to the command given then.

And in tracking this celebration through history we can note something quite extraordinary. You can notice this in the Gospel where it records the details of the arrest and trial of Jesus:

“Then the Jews led Jesus … to the palace of the Roman governor [Pilate]… to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover” … [Pilate] said [to Jewish leaders] “…But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No not him…” (John 18:28, 39-40)

In other words, Jesus was arrested and executed right on the Passover day in the Jewish calendar. Now if you remember from Sign of Abraham’s Sacrifice, one of the titles of Jesus was:

The next day John (i.e. John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world… ’”. (John 1:29)

And here we see the drama in this Sign. Jesus, the ‘Lamb of God’, was crucified (i.e. sacrificed) on the very same day that all the Jews alive then were sacrificing a lamb in memory of the first Passover that launched their calendar. This explains the annual timing of two holidays that occurs every year – a parallel that so few of us notice and even fewer ask ‘Why?’. The Jewish Passover Festival occurs most years in the same week that Easter does – check your calendar. (In some years, because of the Jewish leap month cycle they can be a month apart).

Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs

Back to that first Passover in Moses’ day where the blood was a ‘sign’, not for God, but for the people.  Now think for a minute about what signs do by considering these below.

What are the function of 'signs'

Signs are pointer in our minds to get us to think about the thing the sign points to

When we see the sign of the ‘skull and crossbones’ it is to make us think of death and danger. The sign of the ‘Golden Arches’ makes us think about McDonalds. The sign of the ‘√’ on tennis player Nadal’s bandana is the sign for Nike. Nike wants us to think of them when we see this sign on Nadal. In other words, Signs are pointers in our minds to direct our thinking not to the sign itself but to something else.

Now the Passover account explicitly said that the Sign was for the people, not for God, but it was established by Him – He was the author of it.  So like with any sign, what did He want our minds to think of?  With the remarkable timing of lambs being sacrificed on the same day as Jesus, and given his title ‘Lamb of God’, it must be a pointer to the sacrifice of Jesus.

It works in our minds like I have shown in the diagram here about me.

Passover is a sign to Jesus in that his death was on the day of that sacrifice

The Passover is a Sign in that it points to Jesus through the remarkable timing of Passover with Jesus’ crucifixion

The sign was there to point me to the death of Jesus. In that first Passover the lambs were sacrificed and the blood spread so the people could live. And thus, this Sign pointing to Jesus is to tell me that he, ‘The Lamb of God’, was also given to death and his blood spilt so I could find life.  The meaning of Passover is Jesus’ sacrifice that gives us life.

With Abraham’s sign the place where the ram died so Isaac could live was Mount Moriah – the very same place where Jesus was later sacrificed. That enables us to ‘see’ the meaning of his death by pointing to the place. Here in the Passover we find another pointer to the same event – by pointing to the same day in the calendar – the calendar initiated by this very event.  And a lamb sacrifice is once again used – showing that it is not just a coincidence of any event – to signify the death of Jesus.  In two different ways (through location and through timing) two of the most symbolic and important events in the Old Testament directly point to the death of Jesus. I cannot think of any other person in history whose death (or any important milestone) is so foreshadowed by two similar parallels in such dramatic fashion. Can you?  I do cover some objections in my article here.

We saw in the trial of Jesus that still another title (‘The Son of Man’) from another Old Testament book (Daniel) from another era (Daniel was ca 500 BC – a thousand years after Moses) is literally becoming fulfilled in still another age (the last 300 years or so) through a growing world-wide voluntary worship of him – in large part because of this same death.  We also saw in the background to Pentecost that the Old Testament Feast of Weeks – from that same calendar inaugurated by Moses with Passover falls on, while also pointing to, the day of Pentecost.

Taken together, these foresights should signal to us that there are reasonable grounds to consider that Jesus is the cornerstone of a Divine Plan signaled long ago when mere slaves in Egypt auspiciously inaugurated their new calendar by Signing lamb’s blood onto their doors.

[Click here for this Sign explained to those with an Islamic perspective and an interest in the Prophet Musa’s (PBUH) message.]

17 thoughts on “What was the Passover Sign of Moses?”

    1. Greetings to you brother.
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  1. Kingstone Tigere Masona

    I would like comment on EXODUS 12 &13 concerning the ‘Lord’s Passover'( Ex 12v11) and the creation of a Jewish calender as stated in verse 2(Ex 12) There is so much need to ask for knowledge and understanding where the Lord’s laws are concerned. The Lord was quite specific about the creation of the Jewish calender. He said in Ex 12. verse 2, This month shall be unto you the beginning of ‘months’ ;it shall be the first month of the year to you(Jews). That month was called Abib.,The Lord was so plain in His instructions pertaining to that day. Where can we get the knowledge we truly seek as pertains to what He instructed and instituted concerning the passover? There is only one source of information that is true,and that is the Holy Ghost. Through His spirit (Holy Ghost)we can get to know what we want to know to understand the scriptures because they are His WORD. He does not change.We should take the Word as it is and not try to make it mean what we want it to mean.God does not use the calender created by men, His calender is in the things He has created, the natural things like the seasons ,the sun and the moons. His ways are not our ways. We should simply follow His commandments without trying to modify them. Mankind is doing nothing but creating confusion thereby distancing itself from its Creator.Can you please tell me if the month Abib is the same month as Nissan?

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes Abib was changed to Nissan sometime around the return from the first captivity (ie about 500 BC). Also, the start of the Jewish new year has moved since the time of Moses as well. Jews today start their year in Tishrei (Sept-Oct) with Yom Kippur. So the months are the same as in Moses’ day, but the year’s start has moved. Off-hand I am not sure why this happened

  2. to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover” We are the Continue Church of God 7th day in Ghana

  3. Shalom aleichem.
    This reading was quite inspiring…… However I can’t help seeing where a few corrections are needed. Such as….. There’s no such thing as (holy- ghost).
    First thing. The word (holy) is of heavily realm. While”ghost” is of the evil or under world. So the correct thing to say is “(HOLY SPIRIT)”.

    Another thing I would like to touch on is the name of the Messiah…. Jesus is not the true Name of the Messiah, as he was born a Hebrew, to an Hebrew parents, live an Hebrew life, and speak the language of Hebrew, therefore it is impossible for him to get an English name. His true Name is Yahsuah.

    1. Mr. Wilton Walters…there is Holy Spirit and there is Holy Ghost. They are the same but they have different jobs. The Holy Spirit is here to help you and to comfort you. The Holy Ghost has a different job, one different from the Holy Spirit’s. The Holy Ghost is here to give you power from the Lord God our Saviour, and the Holy Spirit is with you always. He is naturally there. He was permanently placed there by God (and by there I mean in you). But the Holy Ghost is different. It comes and goes depending on the move of God. You either feel it on you or in you, but the Holy Spirit is naturally in you. Like i said before, He is always in you. God bless.

      1. Wrong. Not sure where you got this idea SG, but pneuma is the Greek and it’s up to the translator to decide whether to use ‘Spirit’ or ‘Ghost.’

        1. Urdu, incorrect. It is most definitely not up to us to make that choice between Spirit & Ghost or translate as we deem it fit. We must always endeavor to use the correct wording to make sure that our fellow pilgrims throughout earth are not confused. Holy Spirit is generally referred to on earth as conscience. Ghost can also be used as Spirit yes but not in this case. God consist of different parts (departments). This will be explained at the elected time. Ghost is and will always be the same as the Spirit as I have said before but will always have separate functionality. One, is to guide you – He is the Helper, the Teacher, He is part of life itself. He is that silent yet almost loud voice you hear that tells you have done wrong or are doing wrong or are about to do wrong – conscience. He even tells you if something bad is about to happen. People who practiced listening to Him have sometimes even called Him sixth sense(this is Holy SPIRIT). Holy Ghost is power you might feel in or on your physical body. People over the ages have revealed that the Holy Ghost has touched them while others say Holy Spirit. Yes, indeed you are correct. No one can stop us from using either one but we have to be careful and make sure that what we teach, preach or disseminate is inspired by God’s Word or revealed to us by the Spirit of Truth that descends to unravel the mysteries of the Father. Remember, what man believes will never change one atom of His Truth. We can never or should never accept the Greek translation, idea, belief or doctrine(that your spirit is connected to to your breath). It has never been connected to your breath, neither shall it ever be. NOT TRUE. Yes of course you can change the way you use the two terms; but do not confuse the two. Everything the Creator, Judge, Father; & Christ as His Word & the Divine Master of the Wisdom has brought into being has perfect & divine order. A flash of divinity is revealed to you and I trust the celestial song floods your heart with divine balsam, bringing you to sweet awakening – moving you towards your future spiritual mansion. Spirit appears to forgets its past, but in reality never the knowledge of the Teaching.

  4. God blessings to you Mr. Ragnar for your insightful teaching which is more focused on the ‘hidden things ‘ of Scripture that an ordinary mind can hardly comprehend. Continue in your labours,its surely bearing fruit. Thanks!

  5. The writer claims, jesus Jesus is the passover lamb???

    Do you know the prophecy about Israel?
    Israel was prophesied to be punished by God. And it did happen. Jesus even quoted it..the prophecy in Zechariah 13.
    “Strike the Sheppard and the lambs will scatter…2/3 will perish, 1/3 will be left therein.

    So, your claim is NONSENSE!

    What happened to the followers of Jesus? We’re We’r saved from Gods punishment as spoken by the prophet Zechariah? No! They were given to the sword. As written in the book of amos (9:10) the sinners of my people shall die by sword.

    Study the prophecies spoken by the Prophets.

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