In Part one we discussed an important part of ancient eastern culture--the blood covenant, and the hosts' obligation in guest hospitality. For more on this read:
If you have read part one of this series, I'm sure you have read the whole account of Passover from Exodus Chapters 1-12 and beyond. So for now we will focus on the verses which describe the parts which relate to where we ended in Part one: The ancient kings and the blood covenant between them and those in their kingdom, and how it relates to Passover.
Let's read Exodus 12:1-3,5-7,11-13
Exo 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Exo 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Exo 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
Exo 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
Exo 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
Exo 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
Exo 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S Passover.
Exo 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
Exo 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Exo 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
As we can begin to see, this takes on a different context when you understand the culture in the setting this is taking place. Remember the King would cross over the threshold of those who accepted him in peace, guaranteeing and decreeing protection upon their home and all those who were under that family's roof. His enemies who did not accept him were destroyed and vanquished.
Let's also read: Exodus 12:22,23
Exo 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
Exo 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
So let's look at what Yahweh was doing. The common misconception has been in many cases that the blood was keeping Yahweh out of the house, when in actuality the blood invited Him in to protect them against any harm. He was/is the Conquering King PASSING OVER the threshold of those who accept Him as their ruler and King and stepping into their home to protect them from the destroyer (His army) that is come to destroy His enemies. How did He know who was who? The blood at the threshold of the home was the sign of acceptance of the King's covenant and inviting Him in. This is why it is called PASSOVER.
With this understanding of the culture of ancient eastern hospitality and Passover, we are thoroughly prepared to really understand the blood covenant ("New Covenant") and the sacrifice of Yahshua Messiah (Jesus Christ). Let's begin by reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
And Hebrew 8:6-13
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
Heb 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Yahshua came to give up His life and pour out His blood at the threshold of His Father's Eternal Dwelling. In the New Covenant (which is for all who accept it, not just Israel), Father Yahweh reverses the roles from the Passover in Exodus. He now says, "I wish to treat you as a king, and invite you to step across the threshold where the most precious blood of the universe is poured out in My dwelling place. This is not the blood of a goat, a bullock, or even the 'fatted calf'. This is My own blood poured out through Yahshua Messiah." When we step across this threshold, we enter into a Blood Covenant with Him, thus obtaining His Authority and Benefits including: an Eternal Life of Joy, Health, Protection, Wealth, Prosperity, and yes a life of FUN for Eternity. HALLELUYAH !!!
Contributing Author: Ahveekhy Ben BinahYah
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